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Washington, DC
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$47,343
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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public transportation is very good around GW. Because of its central location in downtown DC, it is a quick bus ride or metro trip to Dupont Circle, Chinatown, or anywhere else you need to go. DC's public transportation is very simple and convenient. However, there are often long wait times due to metro track work, and it has gotten increasingly expensive as of late, which is why I give it an A- rather than an A or A+. GW does offer a free shuttle around campus, which is great during bad weather.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: DC is great. If you are bored or have nothing to do, that is your fault. There is never a dull moment here.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone at GW is different. There are so many international students, people of different backgrounds, etc. People at GW are also very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Weather: DC weather isn't great, but its not horrible. If you are looking for sun 360 days a year, DC isn't the place for you.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't very much parking available, usually just street parking. You can buy a parking spot, but it is really expensive.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a decent financial aid package, and eventually got $5,000 when my parents asked them to reevaluate my application.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: GW may have some pretty nice dorms, but they are overpriced. The cheapest dorms are the ones on Mount Vernon (except West Hall) and Thurston. Thurston is a pretty good deal because it offers a private bathroom and the rooms are pretty big. Once you're an upperclassman though, your choices are very expensive unless you can live off campus. I currently live in a single with communal bathrooms and kitchens, and I'm paying as much as those who are living in suites/apt styled rooms that have both a private kitchen and bathroom. Additionally, some dorms are all the way on the edge of campus and thus making it pretty far from classes. The housing process is fair because it's randomized.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: GW offers a wide variety of sports and good facilities. It has a relatively new athletic center that houses basketball courts and the pool. On the Mount Vernon campus there is an outdoor recreational pool, several tennis courts, and a turf field. But given all that, it is somewhat of a waste because GW has little to non-existent school spirit. Additionally, most of the sports teams are mediocre here.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: GW has solid academic programs. It's main strengths lie in International Affairs, Public Health, and Journalism/Media. GW does have some really great adjunct professors who often have extensive experience in federal government or elsewhere that can contribute significant practical insights. However, since most have full-time jobs it can be difficult to arrange one-on-one time and most classes tend to be large until you reach upper division courses.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: GW is very accepting of LGBT populations and there's an extremely large number of international students. The same acceptance doesn't apply to individuals with any political or religious affiliation. Also, the vast majority of the population is very affluent, white, and from the East Coast.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Parking is super expensive and hard to come by; this isn't unique to GW, it's an urban campus after all, but the prices are just outrageous

1 College Freshman

Parking: The parking on GWU is TERRIBLE. I'm not sure if you're even permitted to have a car until/after your sophomore year. Luckily, the public transportation is great enough, and the school offers a free shuttle to the Vern campus (about a 15 minute ride) and runs every 5-15 minutes.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: At George Washington, you can easily find an internship and volunteer opportunities. This ranges from volunteering at the GWU hospital to serving food at Martha's Table (a local food bank).

4 College Freshman

Facilities: With Georgetown on your left and the Capital on your right, it is hard to beat the location of the George Washington University. This being said, there's always an event going on (both gwu-related and not). There is also a very active Greek life, which you see running around campus always holding some event. Biggest tip: don't be a commuter student. It sucks. I'm a commuter student and I miss out on everything! Plus, the housing at GWU is pretty nice.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Pretty prevalent, awesome groups. Definitely rush!

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Girls are crazy hot here... Guys are a different story. The ratio makes it easy to find a girl if you walk around with your eyes open. If you are a girl... not the easiest thing.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Amazing city, so much to do at night!

3 College Junior

Diversity: GW has a pretty representative composition within its student body, including a large international student population. The diversity among faculty could use a boost, however.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms range from the downright disgusting to the really nice -- think all the way from never cleaned, mold-infested dumps to newly renovated, clean, and inviting. Upperclassmen dorms also vary -- Mitchell is a famous wreck, but South is pretty nice. It's all luck of the draw.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I love DC. It's a great city, and there are plenty of options pretty much anything you could think of doing within walking distance from GW -- Georgetown, Dupont Circle, and the tourist-laden National Mall (ugh) are notable examples. There are plenty of other options in DC, like U St., H St., and Columbia Heights for partying and shopping, but they're a hassle to get to via Metro.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's a shame that the school puts so much money into the athletic programs (building exquisite squash courts in the gym, doling out a few million for a state of the art gym, etc) and the rate of return is abysmal. School spirit is very low, and games, though free, are sparsely attended, if anyone even knows that they're going on. This is definitely not a sports school.

2 College Sophomore

Facilities: Greek Week was barely noticeable. You see a lot of people wearing letters on campus, but they're often for honor societies or community service fraternities than for Panhel/IFC ones. Alternative Greek life is way more popular, but the more traditional version is very pretentious -- it's like they're trying to be a hardcore SEC school. That said, there are a lot of nice kids in the Greek system, and it's a great way to make friends, but don't expect a true Greek experience, like one you see in movies or down South, from the process.

Also, freshmen planning on rushing -- don't consult TFM for rush advice. You'll look like a tryhard.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: If you went to a solid high school, GW should be on about the same level. That said, there are fluff classes, but take those with a grain of salt. They're fluffy in terms of the amount of work you need to put in, but sometimes the professors can be too harsh in grading for those classes. There are hard classes, too, but those are more dependent on the grade distribution than anything else (i.e. 95%+ is an A).

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Im in Crawford, which is one of the best freshmen dorms on campus. It is right at the heart of campus, all the food is around here, most classes are nearby, and the best part is that it is small. Everyone knows everyone and it's like a small family. The parties are smaller, the hookups are less, and it's a lot more quiet when exam time rolls around and you don't want to be disturbed by the constant noise of Thurston partiers. If anything try for Crawford if you like small groups, and go party at Thurston on the weekends. It makes for a very nice college experience.

2 College Senior

Weather: Overall the weather in DC is pretty terrible. It is extremely humid most of the year and can be quite rainy. The spring gets hot really early (try March) and the summers typically range from 95-110 degrees F every day (plus you have the added bonus of 90% humidity. Yum). The fall usually comes late (November) and snow is rare (unless you have an apocalyptic snow storm like we did in 2010). If you enjoy long autumns and cool moderate springs, don't live here. EVER.

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David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
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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