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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a perception here that most students come from the Northeast and California, but this is not completely true by any means (though there is a little bit of truth to it). Students come from over 100 countries and all 50 states (plus the District of Columbia). You'll find people from all walks of life and will probably hear more than a few different languages being spoken while walking across campus. The university is also extremely accepting of the LGBT community. Very diverse campus overall.

4 College Junior

Academics: Poli Sci is a great major at GW. There is a class is almost any political interest area you may want, and the professors are outstanding. Most have been, or currently, are prominent in their field and REALLY know what they are talking about

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do, but Limited Hours – D.C. has a crapload of stuff to do, especially during the day. I'm talking museums, parks, monuments, whatever. Nightlife is okay. Some good spots, lots of clubs. Nothing too unique though

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Lots of Clubs – The club scene is huge- especially because most clubs in the area are 18+. If you are not really into clubs there are always parties on-campus. It's hard to find one that is completely dry on account of drinks are easy to access (even for the underage) however, in my experience, the pressure to drink is low (if you don't drink people view it as more left over for them!). The on-campus party scene does differ between social groups however. Greek parties= higher pressure to drink.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: Need a Laptop – You will need a laptop on campus. A printer is a good option as well. Printing is pretty expensive in the libraries. Both libraries have computer labs as well but those are both highly used. Often there are only one or two machines open at any given moment. Also they are slower. The wi-fi is reliable, however. If you bring your laptop you shouldn't have any major problems.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Too Cold for Me! I know i'm a big baby because I'm used to the Miami heat, but DC is too cold for me! The spring and summer is beautiful though, and the fall isn't too bad.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Getting Better! Every year the greek life sees an increase in participation and I think it's already pretty good. It's definitely there if you want it and if you don't, it won't always be in your face. If you're not involved you can still have fun with them so it's all good.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They Aren't Lying – You've heard the school has great academics, and they aren't lying. Every class is at least semi-challenging and the professors have all been great so far. Registration is all done online and is very easy to do. Study areas could be improved a bit but it seems like they're working on it, and you can always study in your room.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Life – GW has the Foggy Bottom campus, which is the main campus where most of the classes are held and where most of the students life. The Foggy Bottom campus is embedded within the city-- the non-traditional campus takes a bit to get used to but you can still tell that you are on GW's campus. Just take a look at the buff and blue flags waving on buildings and you know where you are.

The Mount Vernon campus is a 10-15 minute (free) shuttle bus ride away. It's in a residential neighborhood and feels more like a traditional campus (meaning it has grass). The Vern, as it is often called, is a good place to be for freshmen who want to slowly transition themselves into college life. It's a lot quieter than Foggy Bottom, but students tend to really bond with their dorm mates a lot more up there.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Intended Journalism Major – I'm not actually a journalism major until I apply to the School of Media and Public Affairs in the spring semester of my sophomore year and get accepted. Right now as a member of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences I am just trying to fulfill all of my general curriculum requirements before diving into my major. GW and DC itself are great for writers -- there are endless opportunities to get published and tons of networking helps as well.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: ...everywhere I turn. Maybe I'm just bitter that the minority students are often overlooked and short in supply, but that's just me. Luckily (and somewhat unfortunately) the minority students who ARE at GW tend to stick together. The rich kids will befriend their own breed and those on scholarships tend to befriend others in their position.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are shuttles to and from the Foggy Bottom campus to the Mount Vernon campus. The Foggy Botton/GWU Metro Station is literally in the campus so you can go anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is quite tough. The curriculum is very strict, especially for a premed student like myself. Are not very helpful to transfer students.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's So Many Options – Between Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campus, there's the Vern Express which is free. Trying to get other places in the city is also possible through walking or biking because, honestly, the city is only 10 sq miles. If you're not dressed for such activities, the Metro is available as are taxis.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's always either a clubbing event or a frat party to attend on Foggy Bottom.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Hot, Guys Are Okay – For the most part, the girls are hot. They're fun to be around, know how to hold their own at a party, and can be studious when necessary. The guys are okay. They range from quite nerdy to jocks, from super hot to ehh.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering Community and Workload – The engineering community is very close knit. There are a lot of clubs and activities related to the engineering world. The workload is intense. It requires extreme dedication, commitment, and self control to pass and do well. It is just really hard.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Should Be Better – It may just be my field and the fact that I'm far from the school now, but I have been having trouble locating scholarships and figuring out the financial aid office. I'm usually better at talking to people in person, though, so that my be a factor.

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Opportunities and Atomosphere – I am a beginning student at GWU and I have always been enamored by everything I have heard and read about the school. I am very much looking forward to my classes and getting to know the campus better. I have had some difficulty navigating the websites, but have managed to work my way around it.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food! There is every type of food available! it is very tailored towards college students :D

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Things! The classes are all right. The people are great. But there are some sour apples as well. The city always provides a fun night during the weekday or weekend. Highly recommended!

3 College Senior

Weather: They are pretty hard but with studying and contacting professor an A is possible

3 College Senior

Academics: They are pretty much great. They spend a lot of time on their students but some are very politically aware and into their own personal views

4 College Junior

Academics: Masters Forensic Molecular Biology – Having read the academic cirriculum for Masters in Forensic Science with concentration Forensic Molecular Biology, I feel very positive about attending the school in the fall. I feel that the program at George Washington University will broaden my knowledge and open doors to many career opportunities.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Because GW is an urban school, it's harder for students outside of greek life to feel connected to the student body, and that you're getting a "normal" college experience. Greek life at GW is very different than other schools, certainly not like states schools at all. There are a wide variety of fraternities and sororities that fit many different interests. Greek life gives you an easier way to meet lots of people and stay connected to the school. I would suggest it for anyone who enjoys being social.


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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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