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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Eating is not cheap in DC, especially in the Foggy Bottom area. The city itself has a lot to offer and so many cuisines, but you may have to travel out of the immediate neighborhood to find those places.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC has so much to offer, at GWU is smack dab in the middle of it all. Foggy Bottom, where the school is located, is safe and has an old-town feel. It's near the financial district (K-Street) and the downtown mall, perfect for internships. DC has a plethora of diverse places to go out to eat, hot neighborhoods to hit up the bars, and tons of free activities to participate in (the museums, zoo, concerts, etc).

4 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in a Master's of School Counseling degree, and I would do it again. Although I cannot say whether I will for sure stay in this field for the rest of my career, I've found that these days any Master's will further you in the job market and the degree area is not as important. The skills involved are what are important. So, for now, I'm happy to be taking classes that I'm genuinely interested in, and am excited to pursue a job in counseling. And if that doesn't work out, I have a Masters in Education and Human Development, and that still opens a lot of doors.

4 College Freshman

Majors: In my Masters in School Counseling program, 2 semester long internships as a school counselor are required. They are 3 credits each (1 class a week and 300 hours of work at the internship). I have no concerns about finding the internship, because the program guarantees a placement.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The application for the Masters in School Counseling was fairly standard (one essay, 2 recommendations, GRE, CV) but they require you to come for an in-person interview. They believe that in this degree, it is very important to evaluate someone's in-person presence. Be prepared to travel for the interview if you're serious about the program!

4 College Freshman

Majors: The unique part of the GW Masters in Counseling program is that they find you internships around the DC, MD, VA area for you to work in and gain hands-on experience throughout your second year (and earn class credit for). The faculty in this program, be counselors themselves, are also very aware of "self health" and the need for the students to take care of themselves too.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Besides the fruit and salad bar, all the hot foods make me sick.

3 College Freshman

Majors: GW accepted almost all of my AP credits and I have alot of friends who were able to declare their major this year. Once you get to know the system, registering for the right classes in your major is quite straight forward.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Being immersed in the city, there are lots of options for a typical weekend. However restaurants tend to close very early in the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I did not have an internship this year but there are so many opportunities available in the city.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Lots of shops, restaurants, the waterfront, near metro, near museums, public transportation accessible.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining options on campus are terrible. The main dining hall where you can use your dining hall dollars does not have a good variety of options, and the options that are available are not very appetizing. To top it off, it is rather expensive, it closes early everyday, and it is closed on weekends. There is a lot of good options on campus and off campus that take colonial cash, but of course many of those options are pretty pricey.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I really love the Foggy Bottom Campus because it's right in the middle of everything. There is always something to do on and off campus. Some nearby attractions include visiting the Monuments or the White House.The School is always hosting events everyday and there is always something going on in the Foggy Bottom Neighborhood. If it's not on campus, there's always something to do a metro stop away. It is also a 15-20 minute walk from Georgetown.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Everything works great
computer labs have pcs and macs. Wireless printing and wifi available everywhere

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek girls are caddy. I would never go greek. My best friend is very southern and was looking forward to sorority life and she hates it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The VA campus is small and there is a county police station less than a mile from campus

5 College Junior

Nightlife: I am a newly admitted student but since the main campus is in DC i would assume they are pretty good.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Do not know very much about the athletics program. I am newly accepted.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a very wide variety of developed major programs. I am very happy with ESIA and the wide variety of good well established concentrations it has.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the campus housing is very good. Some dorms have gyms and places to eat located inside them. Most dorms have private bathrooms.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus housing is going to be more expensive solely based on the fact that we're in DC, but other than that there's a good variety of off campus housing options in DC.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at GW is overpriced and difficult in general. On street parking is really expensive, parking police are ruthless, and there are rules that aren't written on street signs (like no on street parking during rush hour, but only on certain streets). Garage parking is ridiculously expensive and congested.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers in the libraries are good and available. It may be a little more difficult during exam times.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Most buildings are very new and nice, but there is a limited amount of green space. While this wasn't an issue for me, as I enjoy a city environment, some people may miss the idyllic green that exists on most college campuses.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The opportunity to be involved in politics. There's nothing like it.


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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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