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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing off campus is really expensive, that's not really the University's fault, just by nature of being in DC, you won't find housing easily, and when you do it won't be any cheaper than the already expensive on-campus housing.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The University police is pretty strict, and you only get let off (not on your record, but still pay a $50-100 fine) once your whole time at the university. After the first time you get caught, it goes on your record. Considering my friends at universities in the UK and Quebec are drinking legally and some have bars inside the dorms, you can't help but feel unfairly treated.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is somewhat 'bipolar' in DC. You need to be prepared for everything. (Except tornadoes and earthquakes). I know they've had very extreme cold that lasted a little under a week.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Coming from the National Pan-Hellenic Council perspective, there may not be massive numbers but the diversity in types of fraternities and sororities is great. Greek life in the NPHC, however, is a huge commitment financially and timewise. You must be ready to give your all when it comes to event planning, fundraising and putting passion into what you do, and this is only emphasized because there are not that many of us.
I've observed Greek housing but never lived in/been in a house.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Mainly upper middle class Caucasian and East/South Asian. Diversity must be sought out by the individual. Being a graduate student, the diversity is minimum within the department. Social life is there, but it also must be sought out.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Campus life here is a contradiction of laid back and intense. At any given moment, you can see people lounging in the library, marvin center, lawn (when good weather) while at the same time they could be focused on their books on the lawn or taking over the library study rooms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of nearby off-campus housing is impressive. However, the price is exorbant and not worth the hassle.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is no cafeteria, but the closest thing there is to a cafeteria has terrible food. It is mandatory for Freshman to purchase money that can only be used there. The food is terrible. The rest of the dining plan-- colonial cash-- is nice because it gives options to eat throughout the city.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are average. They offer a significant amount of aid money, although the tuition is already so high that they don't make the price that much more affordable.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is some diversity, although the main ethnicities are Caucasian and Asian. Economic background seems to be exclusively upper-middle class, with the majority of students coming from old east coast money. The campus is very diverse in the number of LGBT students it has.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People come from all over the world to GW which is awesome. Many though come from privilege and boarding schools. There are a few multicultural groups.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are either gay, might as well be gay, or taken. If a guy is straight and single, he gets the pick of a lot of girls. People dress nicely ALL THE TIME and preppy too... Quite a few people are rude and shallow and it takes more effort to find real people.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Lots to do everywhere in DC. Don't go out at night unless with atleast two other people into the city. People are generally friendly especially on campus. You can tell when you leave the college area though.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be difficult but not many students own cars as undergrads.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Fake IDs aren't very popular because in DC getting caught with one will go to Federal Court and be treated as identity theft, but this doesn't really hinder underage students. There are places around campus that don't card (including a liquor store--if they do card you, they accept student IDs). There are a lot of parties and nightclubs are very popular among some crowds. Frat parties are the most common, although there is variety.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would have given an A+, but there's not as much economic diversity as there could be. International students have a large presence, partially due to the prestige of GW's international affairs program. The campus is not dominated by any religion in particular, but I would say the Judaism has the strongest presence. Differences in sexual orientation are very accepted and the percentage of LGBTQ students is high. Political diversity is strong, except possibly in the respect that there aren't very many students who don't have strong political convictions. Students have a low tolerance for any form of discrimination.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've heard GW described as a party school version of Georgetown. Drinking is pretty big (at least with the people I know). People do smoke, but I don't think I know anyone who does hard drugs, although I'm sure it happens.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I received an amazing amount of financial aid. I am a low income student and it is less expensive for me to go here than a state school. By a lot.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: GWU has alot of computer labs on campus and you have internet access.

4 College Freshman

Majors: They all seems to be fine, not sure where I will go with my international relations major though

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not bad food but extremely expensive. hard to get a meal under 10 dollars anywhere

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel pretty safe walking around in general, I don't like having so many random people walking through the college campus though and I have heard of people getting jumped in other parts of the city

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very expensive and Thurston(largest freshman hall) is very old and nasty

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: DC is a great city; there is so much to see and do! I was never bored while I was at GW. Because DC is such an international city, there are always interesting cultural events going on, such as festivals, performances, Embassy open houses, etc. Shopping in nearby Georgetown is always popular, but there are also many other cute neighborhoods with shopping, restaurants, bars, and music venues, such as Eastern Market, Adams Morgan, U Street, etc. There's also the tourist side of DC, with the National Mall, the Smithsonians, the National Zoo, and the Capitol. There's always something going on!

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: GW is a very internationally diverse school. I was able to make friends with students from many very different backgrounds; ethnically, religiously, and culturally. As GW is also located in our nation's political center, a wide range of political beliefs can be found on campus. While GW is an expensive school, it is also very good about giving financial aid, meaning that people from across the spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds can be found in attendance. Needless to say, I found GW to be a very diverse school on many levels.


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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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