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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: As Wild as You Make It. There are definitely a lot of different places to party. Even if you are underage you will always find a club to go to. Entry fees are often expensive, and it isn't always worth it. GWU provides a free cab service to places within three blocks of campus called 4-ride from the hours of 7pm-5am. The frat parties are fun for freshmen, but not when you are older. Very grimy and dirty and disgusting, but if you are going to a frat that is probably what you are looking for. The best club is U Street Music Hall. Always plays the best music ever.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Better Than Decent – There are a lot of options for where to eat off campus. The school is in DC so there is plenty of variety both close to campus, and few metro stops away. The only issue is, DC is a very expensive city and so if you are on a budget you will find it difficult to eat off campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Don't Bother With 4-Ride – There is a metro stop right on campus and there are busses you can catch that will take you virtually anywhere you. We'd to go. DC is incredibly easy to get around. At night there is a shuttle system (you have to call to request it), but it's slow, occasionally doesn't show up, and the drivers can be rude. I have been left standing on a dark street corner in the rain for over an hour in the past. Take public transportation if you can, and if not just walk, preferably is a group at night.

5 College Junior

Majors: So, what's great about GW is that it allows students to design their own major (I've done this, creating one in "Urban Studies" that's intended to roughly parallel an existing major of this sort at Brown University). I highly recommend this option for students whose interests span multiple disciplines but who can make a coherent, compelling case as to why any existing major does not accurately define their interests.

Please note that internship opportunities are ripe in Washington, and as long as you're pro-active and work hard, you WILL find an internship or job that pays.

Otherwise, the workload for me has been whatever I've made it essentially. It's easy to earn B-range grades at GW, but more work is probably necessary to earn an A-range grade.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Urbanity in Washington – The culture at GW is certainly biased towards the upper-middle class--no doubt about it.

Students are provided with adequate opportunity to find sites of interest in Washington--in particular, I recommend checking out Ben's Chili Bowl, Busboys and Poets (14th Street or K Street locations), Bohemian Caverns, and Tryst.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Urban, Well-Integrated Into Washington – GW is defined largely by its immersion within the middle of Washington, DC, making it very easy for independent-minded students to take advantage of off-campus museums, bars, and programming. On-campus life concomitantly suffers to some degree, though it's very possible to make friends on-campus just the same.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Because GW is located in the heart of DC, transportation is great no matter where you are going. DC has extensive metro and bus system that allows easy exploration of the city outside of campus. There are 3 easily accessible airports around DC, as well as trains, and buses that go all over the country so getting home is a breeze. The university also provides a busing service, 4ride, that will take you anywhere within a 3 block radius of campus at night

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: All freshman have a fixed meal plan. Half they must spend at our campus cafeteria, J Street, the other half is available to use at surrounding restaurants. While J Street can be a little repetitive and has restricted hours, its great being able to explore some of the great restaurants in DC!

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Living in the City Has Its Perks – The Washington Metro is the cheapest mode of transportation you can get and possibly one of the greatest metros in the US. You can travel into VA and MD in the same day thanks to the Metro lines. And where the Metro is not...well, they don't call it the best walking city for nothing.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: No Spirit – Basketball is our main sport here, but the student body doesn't even seem pumped up for the games. School spirit is a rarity.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Good Eating – GW has a lot to offer in terms of a good dining experience. The school recently changed the main dining hall (J Street) into a healthier place to eat, thanks to new Sodexo establishments. The food is better than you would normally expect from a college dining hall (maybe thanks to the fact that GW's dining hall is open to the public), some may say it's overpriced. However, it's definitely better than normal.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: As long as you get your forms in on time, GWU makes a great effort in giving you as much financial aid as possible. But, sometimes when taking out extra loans, communication is lost. So, just make sure to stay on top of things and call or make regular in person appointments.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Newer Dorms Are the Best – The school has been doing a lot of renovations with housing. Most of the upperclassmen dorms have been newly renovated and are awesome. But some of the older dorms are gross and falling apart.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Trick Is Getting It – Seems like everyone has financial aid here, but the trick is working the system so you can get it. I've been trying and failing so far.

College Sophomore

Weather: You never know how it's going to be. Some years we get a ton of snow in the winter. Others it barely snows once and almost never gets below freezing. The day can start sunny and warm and end raining and cold.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can walk almost anywhere you need to go. There are always taxis but they are kind of expensive. The metro is useful for getting places off of campus but can sometimes fail. Generally people don't leave the "foggy bottom bubble" except for internships.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Do we even have a basketball team? O ya we do but no one goes to the games. there isn't school spirit for athletics, probably because we don't have a football team.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Average Boys – There are some cute guys but they tend to be jerks. The good ones are already in relationships so there isn't really a point in trying. But many of the guys are fun to hang out with, just don't come to GW hoping to find a husband, find your bridesmaids instead.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very Good – I had alot of help from an advisor at home, however the financial aid worked out very well for me. GW is very generous with money, and the financial aid office is helpful if you have questions.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Not a Big Deal – The sports teams are not very good, and we don't have a football team.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Athletic Centers – The athletic centers are very nice, however the sports teams are not very good. The gym has many machines and is a nice environment to work out in.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like being a GW student, but there is not very much programming for the students. They do Midnight Breakfast once a semester and that's it. That's like the definition of what college is: free, fun things for the students to do as an entire student body. And GW is REALLY bad at doing these things. I think it'd be a lot better to have more activities like this!

1 College Junior

Weather: I do not really know how to answer this other than that the university never cancels class when there is bad weather! When it snows and is iced, we should not have to walk all over the campus to go to class when it is dangerous. My freshman year they cancelled classes for "Snowmaggedon" and ever since then, they have not cancelled them once when they should have been.

1 College Junior

Transportation: Vern Express – All students are charged a fee of $1000 for this transportation but we do not all even need to use it. I think that the students who live on the Mount Vernon campus should pay more than the students who live on Foggy Bottom, as most of the Foggy Bottom residents do not go to the Vern often enough to justify making us ALL pay $1000 for some unreliable buses.

College Senior

Weather: Don't Forget Your Umbrella – As a student at GW, everything is within 10 blocks of your dorm. Therefore, you walk everywhere. So on those rainy day, don't forget your rainboots and umbrella.


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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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