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Washington, DC
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$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Seriously, GW has amazing student housing. The dorms are fantastic - most are brand new and if they aren't they are still way better than any dorms I've seen visiting friends at other schools. Most students choose to live off campus by senior year, but "off campus" means about a block away and it's a relief to finally get a real home with your friends.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Very Different – GWorld card allows you to buy meals at local eateries but there is no actual "dining hall". This is a plus and minus. Eating can be very expensive, but grocery stores are also included in GWorld and almost every dorm after freshman year has a full kitchen, so you will probably end up eating healthier than most other college students. I still wish we had a dining hall though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Deals Further Out – Housing in Foggy Bottom is expensive and students will better accomodations at the same price living on campus. Cheaper housing avaialable in surrounding areas.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Either Know Someone With a DC License or Shell Out the Cash – If you're from outside DC and don't have DC plates, have fun. The DC metermaids are ruthless. $30 for a 2 hour zone 2 violation, $100 for rush hour. They add up quick. If you do know someone with a DC license, you can get a 15 day parking pass, but have fun driving up to American every couple of weeks. GW parking is expensive but par for the course in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People Only "Care" About Men's Basketball – Even then that's a stretch. Maybe if we can get past the first round of the A-10 it'd be different. Probably not....

1 College Sophomore

Computers: Don't Count on It – GWireless is horrendous - constantly times out
The computers in Gelman are pathetic for an accredited university - the fact that it takes 10 minutes just to log in is bad enough, 15 more to start an internet browser, come on GW
Printing - finally got wireless printing, but the 9 cents per page really adds up when writing research papers

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Aderol – I hear everyone talking about taking Aderol during exams. The drinking scene is pretty big as far as I can see. P

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Highly Diverse – I'm pretty sure this school prides itself on its diversity. The international student population is one of the highest in the nation, I believe.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: State of the Art Building – The Elliot School of International Affairs is incredibly well designed and obviously well funded. The location (near the State Department, White House, and other DC spots) is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Really great scholarships but not an A plus because the school is SO EXPENSIVE.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Hard to Find a Spot – Parking is expensive. You can choose to pay a lot and go in their parking garage or try to find a spot on the street, which takes a LOT OF TIME AND IS NEVER GUARANTEED.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Available but Expensive – Many options but if you want a nice apartment you are going to be paying big bucks.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Pros: I like the people (but where aren't you going to find friends?), I LOVE the city, I like the cultural options, I like the activities on campus, they give great financial aid, it's in a great location in relation to other cities

Cons: My departments are weak (Anthropology and Romance Languages), there is no community, it's overpriced for it's value (the education, the food, the transportation)

Overall it's a good school, but it's not extraordinary. I wish it had more tradition and heritage to bring the student body together.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Pro: It seems like a great community of people. They're really close and they provide an important networking system.

Anybody can go greek.

Con: Rush sucks. It's really selective to get into most frats/sororities but there are a few that will accept anybody. It silently dominates the scene. People where their letters all around campus. It's not overbearing, it's just a little in your face. Some frats/sororities are snobby, but where won't you find snobbery?

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a range of people here from all walks of life. People from Minnesota, people from Ecuador, and people who have lived all over the world. There are some spectacular, interesting people here, but for the most part the student body is average. They're the kids at high school who did well but don't seem too extraordinary. There are definitely people who don't belong here and I have no idea how they got into GW or even graduated high school.

On a scale of attractiveness? The girls are way hotter on average than the guys. Enough said.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's the East Coast, Deal With It – All of the bad weather that goes up to Boston, New York, and Maine comes through DC. I like having a distinct fall, winter, spring, and summer. DC is the most southern northern city, but it does get cold and it does snow (and DC is a wimp about snow days). I don't mind it, but some people might.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Just Be Smart – I feel really safe on campus, and I'm a really cautious person. Earlier in the year I felt really scared just walking back from the library to my dorm at 4 in the morning, completely on campus, and I felt really comfortable asking a roaming security guard to walk me back.

The crime reports are really silly, like "So-and-so had their lap top stolen from Starbucks when they left it unattended. Neither person involved was affiliated with GW".

The campus is really safe, but the rest of DC can be shady. So just be smart. DC is a city school, there are dangerous areas so don't be stupid and walk around at 1 am by yourself in a notoriously bad neighborhood flashing your iPhone around.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: 4-Ride? Forget It – Pro: There are a lot of options: GW 4-Ride, the Vern Bus, public buses (to Georgetown), the Metro, walking, and taxis

Con: Taxis are expensive, public transportation is well, public transportation, walking in the winter sucks, and 4-Ride will arrive 40 minutes after you call (and with plenty of attitude). The Vern bus runs a lot during the day so taking a class on the Vern isn't a hassle, but if you live on the Vern good luck getting back at night or on weekends since it runs a lot less frequently. But then again, if you live on the Vern and you have transportation complaints remember you chose it.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Printing Can Be Pricey and the Internet Logs Out Sporadically – Most people have their own personal computers

Pros: I have never had any computer or printing issues at GW.

There is a mix of Macs and PCs. There are Macs in the Eckles Library (downside it's on the Vern) and in the Language Lab (downside it's hard to find). Gelman has a old PCs on each floor.

You can get a great WiFi connection wherever. I have never had any problems getting fast service, but I have heard some complaints from friends. For the most part it it's superb, especially compared to the service at some other schools in the middle of nowhere.

Cons: Printing can be expensive since it's $0.09 per side of printed paper (I tried to cheat the system with double sided printing, doesn't work) but it's not a big deal since you only really need to print a few essays a semester. I think if you're an athlete or an engineer you get free printing.

You need to log in each time you want to use the internet. It really only takes a few minutes, but it's just annoying to do each time. It logs you out after five hours and if you change locations within the GW campus you have to log in again. It's just really annoying if you take your computer to a day of classes and have to log in again and again and again. Sometimes when I skype with my friends everything is fine but sometimes I can't stay on for more than 10 minutes at a time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – You can get away with pretty much everything, even though there are campus police everywhere for your safety

5 College Freshman

Diversity: At GW, we have people from every state and over 200 countries. There are clubs and organizations for every race you could imagine. Everyone is welcomed and appreciated, and that's what makes GW such an amazing place to be.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Best Places Around! Living in a city, there are amazing restaurants everywhere around us. The prices are reasonable, and you can literally find any type of food you want.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Fan Support Is Lacking – Its hard to be supportive when the only sport anyone cares about is basketball, and theyre having a bad season.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Modern and Very City-Like – Campus is really nice, but not too much green space. We have an amazing gym and cool student center. Our library is in the process of being remodeled because it is a bit old.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Awesome Atmosphere – You as a student walk on the same streets as supreme court justices, politicians, and other big names. How is that not cool?!

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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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