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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are lots of rich, catty people at GW, just being totally honest. There is a large LGBT population at the school, which is awesome, except when you are a straight girl looking for a straight guy...

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3 College Junior

Majors: The program is writing intensive, and I really don't want to write for my career, so it can get annoying when I want to go do my own thing, but I am limited to the pre-set structure GW has made. Also, the school is very politically active, and politics are tied into the majority of classes, which can be annoying because I'm not that into politics.

2 College Junior

Weather: It rains ALL THE TIME. Plus, it's humid constantly. Also, for any sort of big storm, the city of DC shuts down. They are not equipped to handle heavy rain storms or light snow storms.

3 College Junior

Majors: The School of Media and Public Affairs is a very selective program at GW. You can deply direct admit as a freshman when you are applying to the school, or you can apply your Sophomore year when you are at the school. The essays can be challenging, but show how creative you are! Also, this program is very heavy with writing, so show off how well you can write.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Media and Public Affairs department at GW is small, only about 100 students per grade in the program, so the classes and assistance is very personal and all your professors know you by name. Typical class sizes are 40-50 students. The workload can be overwhelming, but it's a good challenge. There are plenty of internships and job opportunities throughout the year if a student feels that they can take one on, on top of their studies.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: In comparison to other schools, GW has some of the best dorms. Foggy Bottom dorms tend to be older and dingier, but they have a great location and fun to live in. Mount Vernon dorms are immaculate and beautiful, but have the stigma of living on the Vern. Upperclassmen housing is even better. Most dorms are suite-styled so residents have a shared bathroom with about four people (the only exception is Mitchell Hall which has communal bathrooms). Best freshmen dorms are Lafayette, Potomac, and Thurston.

4 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into Psychology major is not difficult. There were no special application process required when applying to the school. To declare as a psychology major, there are a few pre-requisite courses students must take. By enrolling into these pre-requisite courses and taking a couple more advanced courses, declaring psychology as a major is not difficult at all.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Aid packages are not the best at GW, but they generally do a decent job. They also give out merit scholarships for good grades.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is great at GW. There are plenty of frat parties, as well as bars and clubs in the surrounding areas such as Georgetown and Adam's Morgan.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: During late spring and early fall the weather is pretty hot and nice. Other than that, the weather is moderate, except for when it is bitter cold throughout January and February.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are often reports of students being attacked/robbed, not by students, but by adults in neighboring communities. Other than this, I feel pretty safe on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do near the GW campus, like go to the monuments, go shopping in Georgetown, visit nearby areas like Dupont and Adams Morgan. Its hard to be bored.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants by GW are ok. There are a bunch of different options in Dupont which is about a 20 minute walk but right next to campus are a decent offering as well. Some of the places are alright but they sometimes have suspicious looking food. Otherwise it's not so bad but it could definitely be better.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: We have a really awesome Amnesty program which means that if anyone gets EMeRG-ed the first time then you just get a call to your parents but nothing academically happens.

That's only if you get caught. While the freshman are always getting EMeRG-ed the rest of campus is fine. GW is a huge drinking school and it's only those that can't hold their liquor that get in trouble.

3 College Junior

Athletics: While we are a Division I school there isn't much school spirit and our major sport is basketball but the team isn't very good. The other teams like tennis and volleyball are ok but no one really goes to games.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: If you want to meet lots of people live in Thurston, great athletic center, and Mt Vernon is a fun get away and a good place to study

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: love the variety of food on J street but can get expensive be careful

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: On paper, reasonably diverse. In practice, rich kids from New Jersey and rich kids from abroad do not make for a place that will challenge your perceptions.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: It is very expensive, i think like 300 a month. not worth it

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: They are everywhere. Good luck getting away from them,

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Generally a good looking bunch. Definitely not breathtaking.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: You can often stay away from UPD, but if they come across you dont expect to be given a warning

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: my computer was stolen from the downtown library the first month of school you must be very careful;five computers were stolen within an hour that day

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: UPD = assholes
DC / federal police = super assholess

5 College Freshman

Diversity: GW is about as diverse as it gets, what with the amount of international students which come to go to school in the nation's capital. Additionally, DC itself has a lot of racial and socio-economic diversity, if one were to explore outside of the immediate Foggy Bottom campus, which is good for awareness.


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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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Students at GW tend to complain a lot about the pricey tuition, lack of school spirit, perhaps unnecessary new facilities, and excessive nickel-and-diming. However, most students stay at GW for four years—GW’s retention rate is 91 percent. Many students are also upset about how GW compares academically to other schools, and that the science labs and facilities are run-down and old. GW students want the best and sometimes the University does not live up to their expectations.

Although GW provides students with a large variety of entertaining on-campus activities, students can also go off campus and enjoy the city. The University’s location in DC makes most GW students’ experiences worthwhile and interesting. GW would not be the same, nor as wonderful, if it were not located in DC. The city adds life, variety, and uniqueness to the campus environment. Students have the opportunity to land incredible internships while taking classes. The city also offers countless off-campus shows, productions, sporting events, restaurants and bars, museums, and (of course) the monuments to visit. Washington is the perfect college town because it attracts young people from all over the country, gives students amazing opportunities, and is easy to manage. GW is a great place to be—most students are happy to spend their four years here.

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