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Washington, DC
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$47,343
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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Guilty Until Proven Innocent – The title says it all. If you end up with a judicial hearing you might as well not show up because they already have their minds made up. However, the dorms have almost no restrictions aside from what is local/federal law (i.e. no drugs or underage drinking) so that helps the strictness grade.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Girls way better looking than the men and outnumber them. If you're a guy, GW is gold mine.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Stay Away – This isn't a school to get your Mrs. Degree, although plenty of girls seem to think it is, and are clearly only here for that. The girls here are not that pretty, but are convinced that they walk on water. They are backstabbing and selfish. I'd put nothing past them. If you have morals and a backbone, be prepared to wonder whether you're the only person here with one.

The guys are okay. That's about it. There should be more straight guys though. I have many great gay friends but it's not like they'll watch sports with me.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Nothing like having a Bin Laden rally on a Sunday night. DC is a really cool place to live. It's just too bad that this school has been taken over by selfish people.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Fine. Warmer than where I'm from (Wisconsin). People freak out for snow. Usually pretty warm.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman year was nice because if you go ED, you'll get the dorm you want. Sophmore year is just a rolodex: I know plenty of people who didn't get housing at all, or didn't even get their medical needs accomodated until their parents called to yell. Live off campus at the first chance if you can.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scene is not big at all, but it all depends on who you hang out with and what you are into. There is plenty of partying here though, mostly drinking in dorm rooms, clubs, apartments, and frat housing. Also it's easy to stay out of trouble if you are drinking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks: There If You Want It, or Out of Your Way If You Don't – Everyone has a chance to be involved in Greek life. Being a part of Greek life is so much fun and gives you a lot of opportunities to get involved on campus, but there is soo much available outside of Greek life that if you choose not to join you will not feel left out.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – All of the professors I have had are incredibly knowledgeable in their field and are dedicated to teaching as best they can. Professors are easily accessible outside of class and are always willing to help.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Being in the Middle of DC – You cannot beat going to school 4 blocks from the White House. Our metro stop is right on campus, but you can WALK to places that actually matter in the world. From the Elliott School building you can see the State Department, the Pentagon, all of the Monuments on the National Mall, etc. The opportunities for internships are unparalleled and you actually get to be a part of the life of the city. At most schools, the President coming to campus is a huge deal. At GW, it's almost routine.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: J Street will never be perfect but it has been improving over time. The other on-campus dining options are great, and now that whole foods is on campus and takes GWorld the options are even better. All sophomore-senior housing has kitchens, so if you do get sick of the dining options you can always cook. Also food trucks come through campus usually around lunch time, so there's something new right here, for when you're just tired of sandwiches. If they took GWorld it would be great!!

4 College Senior

Academics: Elliott School Is Amazing – I love the Elliott School of International Affairs because it allows me to pursue interests in a surprisingly wide array of fields (everything from science and public health to politics to anthropolgy...etc). The students in my Elliott School required classes are smart, engaged citizens. People take classes seriously, but also find time to do as much as possible outside of the classroom between internships, jobs and making the most of the city as a whole. I really do love GW.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is the perfect match between seeing snow and still being beautiful out. It will snow during the winter and be beautiful during the summer. Classes are close enough that it doesn't matter if it is snowing but teachers usually cancel because they have to drive here. It's only hard to go to classes when its raining and really windy which is like never.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Kinda Harsh! There is this thing called EMERGE where anyone can call in and tell them that a person needs to be taken to the hospital for drinking. It is a good idea but then people are taken to the hospital when there is no need to. It does not affect your grades unless you are EMERGED more than once and even then it depends on the circumstances.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman housing may not be in the best conditions but it is great to live in Thurston!!!! Eveyrone has their own bathroom. Then when you are a sophomore you get your own kitchen. Also, many people get housing even as juniors and seniors.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bring a Car – You really don't need a car to go places, and parking at GW is very limited and it costs a fortune. Parking is definitely more of a hassle than an asset.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There If You Want It – You can find drugs if you want them but they're easy to avoid, too. Weed is pretty popular. Harder drugs aren't as widely discussed, but you'll find people who use them.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys at GW are mostly average, with some exceptionally hot ones and some not so hot ones thrown in. The same can be said for girls, though there are probably more attractive girls than attractive guys. Added to this is the fact that a good chunk of the attractive guys are gay, so dating prospects for girls are slightly limited. People dress well - probably better than at a lot of other schools.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: At GW, you will run into drugs. Weed is the most popular and ecastacy will be on your radar as well. However, there is no pressure to do any of these substances, in my experience. Also, smoking cigarettes is VERY popular here.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: At GW, 1 out of ever 6 people you meet is bound to be an international student. With students from many different cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and religion, GW is one of the most diverse universities in the country. Also, being in DC adds much more exposure to diversity

4 College Freshman

Academics: Here at GW, you're going to get a fantastic education from professors who are some of the smartest, most experienced, and most insightful people in our society. However, doing well at this school is no easy task. As someone who was a straight A student in high school, I have recieved C's and B's and working harder than I did in high school. This is a very challenging school and is in no way ever easy. However, you are getting an amazing education that will help you infinatly throughout your life.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Student Health – Campus police are pretty nice. Student Health Services makes you want to suffer through the disease instead of going to their office. Student Counseling kicks you out after five visits so don't bother going.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Many Options, but at a Price – As a matter of getting to GW, you essentially have 3 options: flights (to Reagan airport), trains (Amtrack), and buses. Being from New jersey, I always go with bus services such as Megabus or Bolt as these bus lines are affordable (only around 20 dollars) and get you to DC from NY in around 5 hours. In DC, your options are cabs and the metro. Cabs are very expensive and the metro is also relatively pricey (albeit very convenient). I definitely recommend bring a bike to DC, it is my primary method of transportation.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking options at GW are very weak. Basically no-one on campus has a car, so the school obviously hasn't made it a priority. Parking is a huge pain in DC, and there a plenty of fines. Parking is definitely not one of the higher points of the school.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A Vibrant Social Atmosphere – GW has a vibrant, energetic atmosphere and provides a dynamic, hands-on freshman experience. Being in the middle of a city provides you with countless cultural, educational, social, dining and professional opportunities. DC is, in my opinion, the ideal college city, and provides fantastic networking opportunities (for those that seek them of course). With that said, DC is also a very expensive city, and it is very easy to get carried away and spend your money away on cabs, bars, restaurants, and clubs. Housing at GW is great, as most dorms are very spacious and clean (although they are very expensive)

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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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