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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is always so much going on at GW. Not only is the white house two blocks away, but Georgetown is a 15 minute walk away and GW even has its own stop on the metro.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: GW puts a lot of money into the buildings. The dorms are amazing as well as the class rooms. Also, there is the Mount Vernon campus which has athletic fields. Whether you are at the Vern or on Foggy bottom, the facilities are amazing and offer students the best of both worlds.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The office was always very responsive although I did not rely on it heavily.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: Metro, Walking, and Cabs!!! Parking in DC is a pain in the neck and there is not a surplus of parking on campus. However, GWU is conveniently located at the Foggy Bottom metros stop. Metro, walking and cabs make it very easy to survive without a car. Zipcars are available if needed.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: GWU has a great business school in terms of the building, faculty and class offerings (real estate finance). However, I feel like they have lowered the admissions standards; I am not impressed with my peers. The school has a huge advantage with its DC location the school is trying to copy models from the top 20 B-Schools as opposed to embracing its strengths and defining its own strategy. Career Resources within the Fowler Center are terrible.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Overall it is a very diverse student body. However, most students come from a very affluent background. Students are extremely well dressed. Great night life because you are on an urban campus in DC.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Computer Labs – Pretty good. They do charge for printing...which stinks. In undergad, printing was free.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very social and is ready to enjoy DC nightlife

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Not Sure – I don't live on campus but security is readily available, late night escorts, food options, everything seems well laid out and easy to find, even at night.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everything is located within a radius of about a mile or 2. The campus is extremely accessible, with the Foggy Bottom Metro near by. I am a fine arts student, and the arts building is very close to the metro, along with the library and main center for student needs.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Many local off campus dining locations offer a GWorld payment option, which gives the students the opportunity to eat out and enjoy ethnic cuisines near the school.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Always Something New – Although some of the classrooms are a little old, GW is constantly constructing new dorms or buildings and working on buildings to improve them. They spend a lot of money on keeping the buildings running with the latest technology. They could benefit from less construction and lower tuitions, but they do have some really nice facilities.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – Like any campus, you can always find people who do harder drugs, but the majority of people elect to consume alcohol or smoke weed. The school isn't too strict about it, but I wouldn't want to get caught, just in case.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic Facilities – The athletic facilities on the Foggy Bottom campus are really nice, but the facilities on the Mount Vernon campus are less than ideal. The FB gym has multiple floors with all different types of machines, an indoor track, swimming pool, squash courts, basketball courts, and boxing equipment. It can get really crowded in the afternoon/ evening, but with so many floors and machines, you can go at any time and people watch as you work out.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – There are a lot of gay guys at GW, but that is not to say that they all are. There are also a lot of cute straight guys, but with the quantity of girls and the number of gay guys, they are often players or taken. The girls are average, and tend to dress the same way: Steve Madden boots, Madewell clothes, and Longchamp bags. There are a lot of girls who have an additude, but then again, there are a lot who are really chill.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent, Depending on What You're Studying – The quality of your education here entirely depends on what program you're in. International Affairs and Political Science here are top notch, competitive with even their Ivy league counterparts. Liberal arts, business, media, and health are pretty good here as well. Sciences and engineering here about are about average relative to other top major universities. However, the administration has claimed that once it finishes construction of its brand new, state-of-the-art science & engineering complex in 2014, the university will become far more competitive in these fields (that remains to be seen). Pre-med and pre-law is pretty good here as well.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The Above Written Review Is Outdated – As of the writing of this review, the above review is outdated. They completely changed the dining program during the summer of 2011. With the new improvements, the campus dining is vastly superior to what it was before. All the fast food joints in the Marvin Center (Wendy's, Chick-fil-a, etc.) have been replaced by much more diverse (not to mention far more healthier) dining venues. Instead of traditional fast food chains, you have a generic Italian venue (called Pesto), a generic Asian venue (called Bamboo), and so on. These venues are supposed to rotate through out the year. Being a vegetarian, I found it very easy to eat well in the main dining hall at Marvin Center. The food is generally healthy and delicious. But most of the money the university gives you for dining does not go towards its own dining halls, but rather towards the more diverse "GWorld locations." The university has partnerships with several local food venues and restaurants, making your eating options pretty much limitless. You can find the lengthy list of GWorld partners on the university's website, and it includes options from basically every major cuisine. You can also use GWorld for several other purposes other than food. GWorld is accepted at CVS, laundromats, barber shops, the post office, and many other places. As an added bonus, all GWorld purchases are tax free. While at GW, you'll never have to worry about going hungry or bad food. The only reason I'm not giving in A is because eating in D.C. is EXPENSIVE!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Washington, DC...Enough Said – At GW, you're going to be living in one of the greatest cities in the Western hemisphere....do you really think you need to be worried about local atmosphere. The city is amazing, pretty much all the buildings downtown are brand new, and the streets here are the cleanest I have ever seen in any major city. Most of the popular attractions here are completely free (the monuments, the Smithsonian museums, etc). If you want to shop at high-end stores, all you need to do is walk for 5 minutes over to Georgetown (the neighborhood, not the university), and you can charge up daddy's credit card like there's no tomorrow. Night life is obviously great. Being an important and diverse city, there will always be something going on that suits your interests.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Elliott Is Among the Best – The Elliott School of International Affairs is ranked top ten in the country for its international affairs program (ranked higher than many of the Ivies). We're in the heart of D.C. two blocks from the White House; I'm not so sure if I could think of a better place to learn International Affairs or Political Science. The faculty, internship opportunities, and academics are unparalleled here for these two fields. Our liberal arts, business, health, and media programs are pretty good too. Our engineering and science is probably average when compared to other top schools (though the university officials insist that this will change once they finish construction on the new, state-of-the-art science & engineering complex in 2014).

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Best in the Nation, a B+ Is Abusrd – As of the writing of this review, the grade for housing is a B+, which is ridiculous. GW was ranked 15th this year for best housing IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY by the Princeton Review. Essentially all housing after freshman year is apartment style. With a few exceptions, many of the dorms here are brand new. Compared to most other schools, our housing is top notch.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: You're in DC...Enough Said – Living at the heart of Washington, DC, a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city, you're obviously going to have a ton off campus-dining options. Heck, the world's most powerful people live here, you'd think they'd want to eat the very best. You'll find every major cuisine well represented and several more obscure options. I honestly don't think I even need to elaborate; D.C. is only second to New York, Chicago, and L.A. in terms of off-campus dining.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Top Notch – Nearly all the academic facilities are either brand new or fully upgraded. The university spares no expense in building the best facilities. The Elliott School of International Affairs and School of Media Affairs have the newest buildings, and both cost a pretty penny. The university is currently in the process of building a new state-of-the-art science and engineering complex that is supposed to propel the the university's science/engineering departments to elite status. (whether this actually happens remains to be seen when it opens). It is set to be complete in 2014.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Vern Express Is Excellent – The school provides a bus service to get between its Foggy Bottom and Mt. Vernon campuses. The bus has several stops and operates frequently. Most of the places you need to go to, you can either walk to, use the metro, bike to, or use the city's buses.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Amazing Need-Based Aid – If you need need-based aid, APPLY HERE. To be honest, a lot of the students that go here are pretty wealthy. The university's tuition is extremely high, so the wealthy students really have to cough up. But all that money from the privileged families goes towards financial aid for those who aren't as well off. I received an excellent aid package with lots of gift aid (i.e. aid that does not need to be repaid like loans do), including need-based and merit-based aid. My out of pocket cost was very small considering the amount some of the other people here pay. It was cheaper to go to GW than my in-state school. The only reason I'm not giving an A+ is because merit aid is much harder to come by than need-based aid. You need to have been either a genius or superstar athlete to get good merit aid.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: D.C. is not as cold and snowy as New England (where I come from) and not as warm as Florida or Southern California. It's somewhere in between; there are definitely distinct seasons, but they're not as pronounced as in more northern latitudes. Summers are hot, while winter temperatures average in the high 30's, low 40's.


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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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