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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Junior

Health & Safety: health care terrible – Universally regarded health center as having terrible staff and way overpriced. i highly advise setting up another doctor outside of the university.
counseling staff is terrible. i went in for some help with adjusting and they were absolutely terrible. it truly is a matter of "how fast can we get this person out of here" as opposed to "i want to help this person".
Sumer-Richards by far the worst of them all. Very insensitive and cold. Terrible advise.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Great Opportunities, Fun – The best part about GW is the opportunities it provides to students outside of the classroom. EVERYONE has at least one internship, most people have multiple. There are always fun activities around DC and plenty to see and do.

5 College Junior

Nightlife: One of the best cities in America as far as nightlife. GW is in the heart of DC and has very easy access to some amazing nightlife.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Clean, Relatively Safe – GW Hospital is on campus and very easily accessible. Occasional crime from non-students does occasionally happen, but GW responds very quickly and effectively.

1 Recent Alumnus


This is by far the worst excuse for a University I have ever experienced in the entirety of my life, they charge you for everything, the staff and professors are not helpful, inattentive, and self-absorbed. I was in the Masters of Public Health program, in this program they require you take a Practicum which is an onsite work experience requirement, which is a great idea but awful execution. The problems: 1) you have to find the practicum yourself, without zero help, references or guidance 2) once you do find it, the ambiguous cyber administration has to approve it, which is a complicated and mundane process that will make you want to pull your hair out, and 3) This the cake topper, THEY CHARGE YOU OVER $2,000.00 for a requirement that has no classroom instruction whatsoever. They are charging you for a service they did not provide, its morally deplorable. This institution is set up more like a Corporate entity that is only out to make money and NOTHING ELSE.

Also, there have been several cases of racism that have been settled out of court between this school and students. ACLU has been been contacted regarding one of these cases. Awful.

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4 College Student

Transportation: Its the city! There's transportation everywhere. You can take the bus, the metro or a cab. For long distance locations you can go to the Reagan airport or go to Union Station and take a greyhound or megabus or amtrak.

Around the campus, you can take 4-ride if you don't feel safe or if you just don't feel like walking, especially in the rain

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are around every corner. There are fast and cheap options, sit-down dining for a decent price, and fine-dining available too. There are many hip bars and restaurants for the college student and young professionals.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off-campus options for GW students. GW is located in downtown DC and only a few blocks from Georgetown so there are many delivery and late night options and restaurants that range from cheap to ultra-expensive. Many off-campus restaurants take Gworld off campus, so this is an added convenience. I suggest checking out Old Ebbitt Grill for great food and a chance to rub elbows with congressmen and senators and Wingos is a cheap and late-night option for those all-night cram sessions.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing mainly consists of apartments or houses if you get lucky. However, you cannot live off-campus until Junior year and I hear that it is fairly difficult to find a place for a good price. Otherwise, they are expensive but close to campus!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: As a freshman, you have a mandatory amount of money on your GWorld card that has to be used at JStreet, which does not have great options and can be repetitive. However, you are also given a set amount of money on the card that can be used at various restaurants around DC. After freshman year, the dining options are really great.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There is a computer lab in the library that is open 24 hours. It has both PCs and Macs, so it's good for everyone. The only downfall is the wireless access on PCs because you have to sign in every time you want to use it.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: We are near the river so it's always a little cooler. Can be very rainy at times. some snow depends on the year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Large rooms as most dorms go. Most upperclass rooms are like apartments. I've lived in Crawford and Dakota.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Private parking is available on both campuses but it is paid. very hard to find street parking

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Can't be very safe in an urban poor city. GWU has UPD though so it works out for the student's favor

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: GWU gives good financial aid but to get more if you need it is a complicated headache

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on Campus – GWU dorms are the best in the nation. Some are old apartment buildings others are built as new dorms. Everything is very good compared to other universities for undergraduates.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: University Food – Food varies but is not my top choice of where to eat. Also very overpriced because it is "tax-free". SOme things are actually cheaper when bought in Whole Foods.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Yeah the vern express kinda sucks, but hey it's free! The metro is right there and you can literally walk everywhere. Biking is also pretty easy.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Do We Even Have Those? Sports really aren't too excited about them. Total lack of school spirit.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Nice-Ish Library. Not So Nice Dorms. Most of the school facilities are up to par, but the dorms.... really expensive for what you pay. All the classrooms are excellent though!

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot in Summer, Cold in Winter – Spring and autumn - when you are in school most - it is usually pretty nice. ocassionally rainy.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Easy Enough Considering All the Legal/Government Stuff to Be Done – Would be easier if the same people stayed at the Fin Aid office but they seem to come and go.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is pretty difficult. It's best to use public transportation or you'll pay large fees or drive around the blocks several times hoping to get lucky and snag a spot.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The majority at the university are White and Asian with a lot of internationals interspersed. However, there are very few individuals from Hispanic, Black, Indian communities.


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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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