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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Get off campus as soon as you can! GW housing is the worst, but off campus is great if you can find a reasonable price (basically anything that's not GW housing is better-priced).

3 College Junior

Nightlife: GW PD is annoying, so get off campus to find parties!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: DC living is great - with access to the federal government, job opportunities, public transportation, etc.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: They don't give enough money (not federal aid) to students in need.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some rooms are nice, some are gross. Depends a lot on which building and what size you're assigned. You have very little control over that, despite the vastly different price ranges.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of off campus dining options - especially considering the limited on-campus options - but they are expensive (hazard of living in the heart of DC).

3 College Junior

Computers: There are labs, but everyone has their own computers. The WIFI is always out or slow.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: GW is definitely working to combat this issue on campus.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: GW administration is out to get Greek Life on campus making it burdensome. Non-Greeks feel excluded and "lesser" than the Greeks.

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2 College Freshman

Computers: I pay too much to have such horrible wifi.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got no aid whatsoever and it's forcing me to transfer.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are taxis everywhere, we're close to the metro, and some people use 4ride.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Students are relatively safe. You don't have to drink, but most do.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: UPD IS A JOKE. THEY CAN'T DO S***.

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Frat parties are good, as are clubs. Alcohol required.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most buildings are decrepit and very overpriced, but it's fun.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm getting a solid education.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly white people. Some international students, too.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains a lot, but it doesn't get that cold.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Basketball is fine. No other sports are known at all.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not have off campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Foggy Bottom is great. Lots of local attractions.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Could use a more diverse student body

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Plenty of places to go.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: People are going to do it anyway.


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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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