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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Majors: Very Evaluative – Application looks at the whole package from a student-grades, involvement in high school, and why they want to attend the university.

1 College Junior

Parking: I advise you to take advantage of the Metro Rail system. It is very convenient and cheaper. Parking on campus can cost more than $10/day.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurant Week – Every year in August DC has restaurant week when you can check out local favorite restaurants for a set price for a three course meal during lunch or dinner.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Multicultural & Multiple Activities – Washington DC has a variety of activities always going on for free. Also with the metro, it is easily accessible.

3 College Junior

Weather: Four Seasons – If you enjoy having all four seasons, you will love it here. I prefer warm weather so I don't enjoy the winter.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Super Popular (Then Again, What College Is It Not?) – Drinking is quite popular. As for the drugs, know the right person or the rich person and you get your drugs. Be smart, and don't do it in the dorms. Real talk.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Metro Named After It – Not DC metro, but a metro stop has the named "Foggy Bottom." GW's main campus name is Foggy Bottom. The metro stop is right next to GW Hospital. The school's is very convenient. If you're too cool for the metro, then there are taxis and bus stops on campus and near campus. Of course, taxis cost a lot of money and you pay bus costs the same as any other citizens. But why do that when the metro stop is near everything. If you're a health freak (like I am) then you can walk places. Foggy Bottom is very close to K Street (where many large businesses are located) and Chinatown. Inconvenient? Very. As for stores, there are multiple on campus and near campus. When you walk out of the metro, you will see a line of stores including Wholefoods and Green Life (Yeah, GW students are health freaks).

3 College Junior

Athletics: Politic Is the Number One Sport – So the one thing you'll hear at GW is that politic is the number one sport. We don't have a football team. I was turned-off by that when I first came, but it's not a big deal (unless you're a die-hard fan). GW may not be for you if you need sports. In all honest, sports is not a big deal here. You'll find many students who are passionate about what they do, which includes politics to women's rights to many others. There is not much school spirit here either.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Would Not Have Chosen Another School! My experience at GW is getting better each year *knock on wood.* The people are fairly nice. But I like GW for its character. I feel like the school gives its best shot to try to bring a community together. The students are very ambitious and makes you want to work hard. I really like that if you are not a person that is involve in school (such as clubs or programs) then you can find your outlet at firms or with companies in DC. I feel like I have many options at GW. Also, the faculty does a very good job helping the students. The professors in the Columbian school are very nice and willing to help their students. I would choose GW again if I could.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Very Split/Cliquey – This is from my own experience. How I see it is that GW is pretty diverse. However, the unity of GW = not so much. There are different clubs and programs for one's own ethnicity or interests but they tend to be cliquey to me. I find it better as a well-rounded person to be friends with different types of people from different groups. But if you find yourself better in a particular group, then have fun! In addition, one can find many different people with different economic background. Heck, GW is known for their good financial awards. So no worries. Although, I find find that there are many students from the New England area; New Jersey mainly. No joke. But all in all, there are a lot of kind people (unless you're in the Elliott school where I find there are many competitive people).

4 College Junior

Facilities: It's in America's CAPITAL! No matter how one feels about GW personally, he or she cannot deny that GW is amazing for being in the heart of everything! It's in the capital of America!...where every main political or happenings are here! One can always find some kind of internship by attending GW, regardless of his or her interests. International companies, major law firms, and nonprofit organizations are headquartered in DC along with the great federal agencies. Best believe the fact that GW is in DC is one of its biggest advantage. Other than that, the faculty are very responsive with students' concerns. Each college (Elliott, Columbian, etc.) have their own character, therefore, the staff may differ slightly. Oh, and one cannot be bored with the easily accessible metro nearby that takes one anywhere in DC.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Good Effort – You can tell GW makes a very good effort in creating activities and events for the betterment of the community life. Those who are involved are very involved. But those who are indifferent...well you can't really change that. The facilities of GW are in good condition and everything is very accessible.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Seriously, they are so lax. Sometimes I wish less so. Academically, I don't know if its possible for an entire school to be lax, but the syllabus is law in my experience.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Life is really growing at GW, mostly because the school sees it as a way to bring a community feeling to the school. But one of the whole reasons I applied here was because it lacks that kind of blatant ra ra spirit. I don't really like the Greek social atmosphere, but its not really relatable to Greek life at non urban schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: No Complaints – I've never felt unsafe and campus police is always really nice. I think my lack of need for their services and never feeling unsafe lends to my positive review. However, the school does seems very preoccupied about personal safety.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Good but Temperamental – The aid I received from GW was fantastic and really a lifesaver, I'm really grateful. However, after your freshman year it is more of a hassle and a pretty complex system. The staff is really responsive though and there are a lot of ways for you to express your total financial situation.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: GW is small enough that you can get everywhere by foot, the same can be easily applied to DC. How long are you willing to walk is another question. The metro system is so simple, clean, and for the most part efficient that getting anywhere you'd rather not walk too. Occasional cabs run 8-15 bucks and that doesn't hit the wallet too hard, not that many students really care about that. Buses, if you know how to use them, are easy and affordable as well. The Vern sucks.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse but the Same – Everyone is diverse in the sense that they come from different backgrounds, etc. but everyone tends to be economically well-off, and those who aren't, act like it.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Good Mix of Girls – There are a variety of girls at GW, but as a majority, they're just okay.

4 College Junior

Majors: Lots to Offer – There are a lot of internship opportunities at campus and around campus that are very informative and help develop your skills.

3 College Junior

Athletics: They're Okay – They're not publicly ranked or in a big division but they're good athletes

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College Junior

Campus Dining: I haven't eaten at the campus dining hall at GWU yet.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: George Washington has a lot to offer in terms of events, opportunities, and activities. There is a lot to learn by living in the nation's capital and a lot of networking opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Great Awareness and Follow up. I live off campus, but I see reports of substance abuse in the safety notices from campus. I give them credit for reporting everything for student awareness, and for pursuing follow-up to each case.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot and humid during the summer, and cold during the winter


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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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