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Washington, DC
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9,758
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$47,343
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Hard
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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I do not party or drink, so I view the nightlife mostly as an outsider. The parties are mostly in senior dorm rooms, which then continue on to bars or clubs. Partying is a big deal at this school, and also are often in Greek life as socializing, between frats and sororities. Age doesn't seem to matter much; in fact, most freshmen are the most eager to drink and party. Rarely anyone has a car as it is not necessary or convenient in D.C., so there is no drunk driving which is good. The 4-ride system is incredibly helpful, not only for those trying to get to the clubs or around campus at night, but also for those who do not drink and want to get out of situations quickly and back to their dorm. 4-ride is a great asset of the school and I have never had trouble with it.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the atmosphere of D.C., specifically around GW. There is a GW Foggy Bottom metro station which makes access to all attractions such as downtown D.C., museums, and other monuments very simple. There is always something going on in the D.C. area, and new areas to visit via metro. There is great and easily accessibly shopping and activity in Georgetown, and easy access via metro to many sports and concert events. The local attitude toward students seems indifferent.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The variety of food at GW is not great; most options include sandwiches and salads, and it gets boring very fast. Most food is very expensive and over-priced, which is difficult for students trying to manage budgets while staying healthy, as the healthier the food, the more over-priced the food. A salad at a local healthy joint costs more than a meal at a popular upscale restaurant in the city. The convenience isn't great either, and many restaurants are not open late enough for college students who are known for staying up late. It is very difficult as a student when studying for tests and finals to find any healthy late-night energy in food, as the only place open is Starbucks. It is very frustrating and disappointing for such a great city and school that there are so few options. There are no student discounts to my knowledge.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had a great experience at my university so far. I have enjoyed all of my classes and have learned much more than I thought I would have in only my first year. Almost all of my professors have been extraordinary, kind, knowledgeable, and helpful. My school's location is certainly what makes it unique, and it is such a different experience to walk through a city to class as opposed to other schools I have visited. I also love the diverse community at GW, and going to class and conversing with people from so many different places and backgrounds makes me excited to learn new ideas and perspectives. I would choose my school again if I could do it all over, thanks to the awesome environment of D.C., the friends I have made and the people I have met, as well as the athletic community I am a part of as a varsity athlete.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security on campus is not really that secure, disappointingly considering we are in the middle of the city. It sometimes scares me how easy it could be for non-students to access dorms and enter without having a pass. The people who you must pass to tap-in to dorms are not security guards, they are simply students, which concerns me for safety reasons. Campus is well-lit, so I am not necessarily afraid when I walk by myself, but I am really careful and try to not do it often, because I do not see campus police around often at night.

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Sorority girls are often viewed as snobby and careless. This stereotype is often proven to be true, as the sorority girls I know and have hung out with act snobby and like their cares and problems, although superficial, are the only things that really matter. They often come off as fake and it can be annoying to hear constant complaints about problems that are so minimal.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: GW is very diverse and I have found that although it is a large and mixed community, there is a lot of acceptance. Many friendships, including my own, include a mix of religious and political beliefs, yet our friendships are very strong and it teaches us to be much more aware of what we say and how we think.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in DC changes frequently; it could be hot and sunny one day, rain the next, and snow the next day. While this weather is sporadic and hard to plan for, I would not say it necessarily takes away from my campus experience.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: DC public transportation is easy to maneuver, cheep, and accessible.

4 College Freshman

Weather: This past winter was probably on of the worst in DC history, but that's only because they don't know how to manage snow. Springs are beautiful, Summers are scorchers, Fall is just like spring, beautiful, and Winter is usually very mild.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Depending on the department the majors can be incredible. Honestly, all the programs are well run, minus maybe the science programs, but they are completing a giant engineering building and planning on expanding the science and engineering programs. Professors are incredible, intelligent, and often trailblazers in their own fields. All the seniors I know are graduating with jobs lined up all over the country. Not only is GW great with training, they're incredible with connecting students to alumni and setting up jobs.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I applied as undecided in the columbian college of arts and sciences, and transferred into the elliot school of international affairs. There are 4 of 5 classes that need to be taken and a 3.0 GPA required to transfer, however once those classes are achieved, transferring in is very simple.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's the best, depending on what time and how far you feel like traveling. Delivery options are not that vast, expensive, and close early. The latest a place will close is midnight. However because this is DC, the dining options further in the city are vast, varied, and very good, albeit expensive.

4 College Freshman

Computers: GW1x can be okay, but it's most definitely better than other campuses. Some days it can be slow, but the university usually send emails warning about system update days. I highly suggest buying a mac. A classroom on any given day can look like an apple ad.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing gets better as you get older, but depending on the dorm you live in as a freshman, you could have 4 years of amazing housing. Freshman housing on the foggy bottom campus (based on age and cleanliness): Potomac, Lafayette, Thurston, Madison.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life at GW is a little different from other schools. It's not as intense as in the south, but it's definitely larger than you'd expect for a city school. Official stats say 1/3rd of the campus is greek, but the presence is much more visible. For sororities, if you're pretty and have a cool personality it's easy to get into a top house. The fraternities take all types of guys so you really have to depend on word of mouth to figure out where you fit in. If you aren't greek on campus, your life isn't over. Plenty of greeks are friends with GDIs. A few of the fraternities and sororities have townhouses on 23rd street, which is our version of a townhouse row. Others have floors of certain dorms.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This is the best mix of a college and a city that you'll get. GW's foggy bottom campus is on a 5x6 block radius, so you know when you're on campus and when you're off. DC has some of the best activities to offer: museums, fine dining, plays, monuments, comedy shows, nightclubs, bars, free events...the list goes on and on. There's never a dull moment, and there's always a way to escape from the typical college weekend (binge-drinking and raging)

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit isn't GW's forte. However, the teams here are actually pretty good. This campus is different from others in the sense that you won't see kids walking around every day wearing GW shirts, and stadiums won't be packed for sporting events. But if you want to be a part of the school spirit, Colonial Army (the spirit club) is free to join and they seem to have a lot of fun supporting the sports teams. In short, you can seek it out if you wish to have it.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are bigger than I expected than they would be, but they don't dominate the campus. Following GW's "rick kid" reputation, there are "rich kid" drugs. That being said, nobody looks at you differently if you don't want to engage in drug usage, you won't miss out on anything.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: It honestly depends on the classes you take. The Journalism, International Affairs, Political Science, Economics and Business departments are all very strong. Professors can be hit or miss. All of the professors I've had have been very helpful and genuinely care about the well being of their students. Friends of mine will say otherwise. You get out what you put into your classes, and with professors will take notice.

3 College Junior

Majors: Not that many choices, but if you have a good fit, the opportunities and access available to GW students is unparalleled (even by other "DC area" schools).

5 College Junior

Majors: The internships are the best part of my experience at GW. I've had four, with the latest one for over a year and a half now. I will be working there after graduation. Each internship has given me the opportunity to be a real employee of national companies or organizations, while learning important skills in time management. I even got class credit for one of my internships.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UPD tries to break up any on-campus party and negatively impacts greek life.

2 College Junior

Athletics: None of our sports teams are really good or well-known. People pay attention to the basketball team when they do well, but that's about it. They'll go to the games if they give away free stuff.

3 College Junior

Academics: The academics are okay (really depends on course of study), but the real academics go on outside the classroom! Make use of the area as much as possible!!

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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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