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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Overpriced with few options. Also, campus dining is required for at least freshman year. After that, students have the option to use money at outside vendors.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics vary per department. Some areas are much easier than others.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Biology is not really an important major here due to the location in DC and amount of students studying International Affairs and Political Science. There are a couple opportunities, but they are extremely competitive.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Only basketball is really watched/cared about.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's actually a little weird. At GW, majority of students identify as gay. Many of the students are international. The school tends to be liberal, though there are a few conservatives. All religions are on campus, though majority of students are Jewish.

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't qualify for financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: It's location, access to internships, and programs!

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I heard many get nice packages I'm having a struggle though

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm thinking about going greek

4 College Freshman

Academics: Almost anything you can imagine

5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It's good we can eat anywhere around campus

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's in a city so everything is around and accessible

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a great mix of people from all over the world and with so many different views!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got the dorm I wanted and it's gorgeous

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are nowhere near as important as academics, but are available for those who wish to become involved.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can get anything in DC. I love the ability to grab just about anything within a block radius.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I like that there is a diverse group at the university.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I love the athletics on campus. I'm not there 100% of the time but love to attend whenever I can.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus w/ my spouse/kids.

College Junior

Nightlife: I live off campus w/ my family so I am not into all the parties that are presented.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Kids are going to drink. I'm an adult and professional and of age. There are many 'social' gatherings that are coordinated that include drinking. Nothing is out of control and it is much enjoyed.

Drugs, they are not visible but available.

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College Junior

Scholarships: I have been using my Post 911 through the military which has run out. I am not searching for scholarships to pay for the last year. I'm just getting started in this process.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I love my specific major and have not yet taken upper-level classes in my major, I like the path that I'm on so far. The workload will most likely be reading and writing heavy, as it is psychology, and I am not sure of the job opportunities so far. I think my opportunities upon graduating will be pretty good, however I know that most of the internship opportunities are not for undergrads, and are more focused on poli-sci majors. The psychology professors I have been in contact with so far seem knowledgable and helpful, and I look forward to learning from and working with them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I have not encountered much campus strictness nor have I encountered many University police. I do hear of parties being broken up and noise complaints, however they do not seem to greatly affect academics or social life. Parties do not stop just because they were broken up before, students are just more careful, and the university does not seem very strict on enforcement, however I imagine they would be strict if students were caught.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a good amount of school spirit at the school, considering GW is more of an academic than athletic school. The athletic community is very close and supportive of each other. Most teams perform well, and some perform extraordinarily and make it to nationals or national championships. The fan support was awesome for the basketball team and seems to be there for other teams as well; there is definite support and excitement for the sports at GW, and it means a lot to the athletes. The facilities are pretty good; Smith is very nice and new, and the Vern is pretty nice, however Smith seems to be nicer and newer than the Vern facilities, which is hard for Vern athletes. In addition, the sports medicine team at Smith is way better and more experienced than those at the Vern, which is unfair for Vern athletes who only have access to such trainers on the Vern.


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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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