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Washington, DC
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$47,343
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Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Good Opportunities – Being in DC, there is an abundance of places where you can find internships. Some work for federal agencies, White House, Congress, boutiques, etc. The advising center is also pretty nice. I heard that the GWSB advising center is the best at GW, and I agree. The staff are nice and your personal advisor does feel very catered to you, unlike in high school. What I dislike about GWSB is that it's not too challenging and noncompetitive, which could be detrimental to you once you head out into the cut throat business world.

2 College Sophomore

Academics: Not for Wall St – The business program is not meant to groom you for Wall St. It focuses heavily on social and corporate responsibility and ethics. With that said, many of the courses are management courses that teaches you how to be a better manager/boss. The program further emphasizes this by involving a lot of group work in classes. Hence it is also known as Group Work School of Business. The difficulty of the program is very low. Unlike top business schools that encourages competition with stricter grading standards, GWSB has very lax grading and I find it pretty stress free and non challenging. Only a handful of grads have landed internships/jobs on Wall St, and this is what they've told me. If one really wants to work on Wall St, he/she is going to have to go beyond what he/she has learned at GW (since GWSB is not a target school).This includes networking, self studying, land major internships, etc. Basically, they said that you're on your own and GWSB is barely any help. I honestly would not do this program again. When I came into the program, I was a bit immature and had no idea that it focused so much on social/corporate responsibility. Had I known earlier, I would've gone to another school that focused more on finance. If you're into management though, GWSB would probably be good for you.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Give Them What They Want – It's pretty easy to get into the business school. I only had one business extracurricular that would support my application, but I was pretty active with it (ex. holding leadership positions and going to competitions). For the admissions essay, I wrote about some of the things that GW values, which essentially means sucking up to them. My GPA in high school was about an A-, and my standardized scores were not phenomenal, but certainly in the lower part of the upper 25%.

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4 College Junior

Weather: All Four Seasons – While the cold can get overbearing, and the summers are insanely humid, the best part about GWU and DC is that it has all four seasons. Spring flowers are always beautiful (GW landscapes really well around its campus - especially with the cherry blossoms!), the snow - when it covers the National Mall, for instance - is majestic, and the fall leaves are gorgeous.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Some of the buildings are truly stunning, but others are not so much.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: No Pressure...Up to You – Drinking isn't really viewed as the cool thing but rather something you CAN do if you like. No one is gonna exclude you from their "clique" if you don't partake.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greeks Are Just Eh! Yes, they have their own housing but they aren't treated like exclusive clubs.

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1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Very Unfortunate – Although I met a lot of good people, I was dumbfounded by the overwhelming snobby attitude of GW. Greek Life has taken over so much that anyone who isn't in it feels outcasted, and people in it just fight to be the prettiest, the smartest, and the richest. Guys treat girls like objects, and girls don't give them any reason not to. Although GW has a reputation for being difficult to get in to, a lot of people get in because they can pay full tuition, which is very sad for the people who really deserve to be there. The athletes for the most part are really great people, but other than that, GW is about partying, and spending as much money as possible.

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Pretty Bad – Although there are sports, no one pays attention to them. The Women's Rugby team went to nationals last year, and no one even knew. The basketball games are a joke unless students are promised a tailgate with free alcohol.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: So Much to Try! Everywhere you go there are different food options. A lot of chains, but they are all trendy and fun.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Almost None – Parking in the city is always difficult, and parking garage prices are way too high

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Kind of Obnoxious – Greek Life at GW is taking over. Some frats and sororities have really nice kids in them, but some are only about paying for friends and getting wasted. A lot of people love their greek friends because it's a really big community, but if you're out of it, you definitely feel it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – During orientation you meet police officers of the GW campus, during this session, they make you put their contact number in your cell hone so you can reach them 24/7. They also offer rides to students at night who are going in between campuses, or off campus parties, etc.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Endless Activities – There are many places to go in metro area D.C. & Georgetown. The access to the monuments, the museums, social clubs, places to go on campus, guarantee good time.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus strictness is average. There is a lot of underage drinking that goes unpunished, but other than that tolerance of excessive noise, drug use, and other common problems on college campuses are generally taken care of.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – There are students from all over the world here, from all different ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. The diversity is really evident in the classroom; there are many different opinions and points of views which really adds to the educational experience. From my experience, there is less diversity when it comes to economic backgrounds and political beliefs; the students tend to be from wealthier families and the political beliefs tend to be very left.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Many students complain about the quality of food in J Street, the equivalent of a campus dining hall. It becomes a chore to spend the 1400 dollars there your freshman year because the food isn't great and it's very repetitive. There's also 2000 colonial cash, which can be used at many places like Sweetgreen, Chipotle's, and various other restaurants around DC.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: No Attractive Guys! There are probably 3 cute guys on the entire campus and their heads are so big because they are getting so much action, so the only 3 cute ones are players.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper Than on-Campus – There are lots of options right around the campus and most of them are cheaper than on-campus housing

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Campus – I've never felt unsafe on campus but remember that GW does not have a closed campus. The city really is your campus. In like any city you have to be smart about safety.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: In DC Sky's the Limit – Washington, DC is a wonderful city enriched with history and culture. Living in the nation's capital, you are so close to the White House, the Capitol, the monuments and all the Smithsonian Museums.

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4 College Senior

Weather: I'm from Florida and I love heat and humidity so D.C. is a good place in summer. The weather doesn't get an A because the winters are a bit harsh for me. This winter was unusually mild, but temps dropped to 20's Farenheit on many mornings. Overall, not much to complain about.

3 College Senior

Academics: Nice Variety – GWU doesn't offer a huge variety of majors... well they offer an average list of majors but I haven't met but maybe 8 different majors. The variety offered in the popular majors is good and topics for many courses change every semester and rarely repeat.

3 College Senior

Academics: Profs Helpful – Professors are easy to talk with and they help where they can. A few are outstanding and really take the time to get to know their students. Unfortunately many are too full of themsevles to care whether or not you understand the material. They are also not very flexible when it comes to rules or guidelines of their class which is a problem when the older profs have outdated and impractical rules.

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1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: No Winners Here – The guys here on average are small and nerdy. The guys that don't fit into this category are very hot, but very gay.

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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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