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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: George Washington University is a highly competitive school. Greek life supplements the achievements of the students by providing a smaller community for students and creating activities to participate in.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Eat Here. Eat There – Expensive but lots of options. Pizza, burgers, and ethnic food are a favorite. Not really alternatives "on campus".

2 College Senior

Computers: Pay to Print: Not Cool – Its 9 cents per page to print. Copier machines are not easily available to students most are broken. They are renovating the first floor to make it better but without these issues being fixed its not going to improve much. Wireless not available in City Hall is a problem if you live there.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The internet is very touch and go at GW. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

3 College Student

Facilities: Co-Ops Offers – my school's co-op program has provided me with work experience that is much more impressive than any other college grads I know. Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me, I would not change anything in my program! Plus, being in Boston allows hands-on learning at museums, planetariums, and other cultural attractions.

1 College Student

Campus Strictness: a police force can be pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter sent home, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's pretty serious if you get caught, so my best advice is to do everything discreetly and not to be obnoxious about it. If you're going to drink then drink, but don't start advertising keg parties in your room. You will get busted!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: i like gwu overall it has somethings that aren't perfect but overall its ok

4 College Junior

Diversity: the diversity is gwu is very nice and you get to meet a lot of people

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: never really experienced it but i know that it is quite expensive and a little bit to much for college students

5 College Junior

Transportation: Walk, Walk, Walk! Most things of interest in DC are within walking distance given nice weather. It is a 40 minute walk to U Street, a 30 minute walk to the Verizon Center and Chinatown, a 10 minute walk to Georgetown, and a 5 minute walk to the World Bank and IMF. That which is not accessible by foot (Airports, baseball and football stadiums, etc.) are metro accessible. The metro is not insanely expensive.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As with all urban areas, crime exists. Foggy Bottom is one of the safest neighborhoods in DC, but crime still happens. However, GWU is very good about sending out crime alerts via email, and DC police is responsive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Wide Variety – Apartments are clean, abundant, and well located. Prices for a one room apartment in the Foggy Bottom area typically range from $750 - $2,500 per month. I recommend finding at least one roomate with whom to split rent.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining at GWU is acceptable, although there isn't a very wide variety.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Insufficient Funding – The George Washington University goes about issuing financial aid in a roundabout manner. It often takes several calls for the university to finally give out award letters for financial aid. Until then, it will continue to be a hassle.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The Melting Pot – Diversity at The George Washington University is acceptable. Treatment of the Lesbian/Gay community is fair and there are no issues dealing with racial or ethnic background. However, the Hispanic population is very low in comparison to all other groups. Hispanics are hardly seen on campus. It would be nice if the school made it possible for more of the Hispanic culture to be admitted.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Declaration of Inspection – All in all, The George Washington University is a lively area consisting of many individuals having a dynamic range of personalities. With that being said, there are some individuals who can cause disturbances more often than not. This year, there were several crime alerts involving suspictious looking individuals, violations for disturbing the peace, and a few armed robberies. It is understandable that the university is an open campus, but with it being at arms length to The White House security should be managed better.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Obnoxious – Many of the girls here fall into a stereotype: privileged, Starbucks-obsessed, and seriously into binge drinking. Some are very pretty, but others are just average looking with bad attitudes.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's Why We're All Here – Let's be honest- the big draw for many people is D.C. itself and all it has to offer. Government buildings, monuments, museums, restaurants, nightclubs, concert venues, etc. are plentiful and most places are easy to access on foot or by metro.
However, safety has been a concern lately as there have been a number of armed robberies, petty thefts, and the like on campus. While students are rarely affected, it can create an atmosphere of distrust.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's DC – DC offers a lot of cool options. However, beware of the price.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It Could Be Better – Even though it is pretty fancy, the new J-Street does not let students make decisions for themselves. Yeah, I know that Wendy's and maybe Chick-fil-A are (were) not the healthiest food on campus, but they were cheap and fast to get, and that came in handy for a lot of students. Now, though, we have a bunch of fancy green places to choose from, but they are still overpriced and, despite a variety of names, they all offer the same.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Economics Department – The Economics department at GWU is incredible. Not only it has special strengths in public economics and international economics (particularly if you major in Int'l Affairs with the concentration in Int'l Economics) but also the professors are top-notch; most of them are NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research Scholars), World Bank and IMF consultants, and serve or have served in the Fed. They are extremely knowledgeable and really approachable.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Is Big – The school has started promoting Greek Life as a way of keeping students enrolled. It's obnoxious if you're not into that life, but you can get away from it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Keeps Getting Better – Things keep improving. There are several gyms available to students, as well as libraries. The main library is kind of stuffy, but it's being renovated. The student center is nice and there are lots of food options.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Alerts are used very effectively to let the students know when a crime has been committed. As a woman, I feel safe walking home at night and security in the dorms is very good. The University Police are very present and generally friendly

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Not Sure If There's a Better School for Interning – Paid internships are hard to come by. But if you are willing to work for free GW students will always have amazing internships. DC seems to have an unlimited supply of internships. Since GW is in a prime location with a metro on campus and holds a great reputation, GW students fair the best in landing internships out of the 5 or so colleges in the city. The univeristy also highly encourages internships.


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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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