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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: You Have to Be Stupid to Get Caught – It's not hard to get away with small parties, but if there is weed smoke pouring out from under your door, or 30 people hanging around your room, you're gonna get caught.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is pretty average... There are very few 'smokin' people...

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Not Bad – The wireless internet is pretty good, and covers pretty much the whole campus. The computer lab equipment is pretty old though, and printing is really expensive here.

3 College Junior

Parking: Mostly Irrelevent – It's a city. You can park a car on campus for the semester, which is convenient but not necessary. Most people don't have a car here.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Know the Right People – And you can get anything. You don't realize when you get to school how many kids do drugs (it's probably from all the money students tend to have). But you don't have to be involved in the scene if that's not what you're into.

3 College Junior

Weather: Nice Except for Summer – DC Summers are the worst (hot, muggy, humid) so skip town unless you have a great internship. The winters are short which is a plus, and it rains an average amount. Rain doesn't effect going out too much since you can always just get a cab to wherever you're going.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: GWU is in DC. There is very few parking. only upperclassmen are allowed cars on campus. It can also be very expensive

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Party in Dc – There is always a party on townhouse row during the weekend. If that is not your thing you can always go a few blocks from campus to one of the 18+ clubs or go to a house party. Over all there is a lot of stuff to do at night here in GWU.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Housing off campus is very expensive yet they are a little nicer than the ones on campus. This is due to the fact that some of these off campus housing options were once hotels. The cons are that they are farther away from your class, the hub of campus life and the metro.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Metro Is Key – Metro gets you anywhere you need to go around the city...and for a good price

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Police are pretty average, maybe a little more strict because we're in DC.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Average – Guys at GW are often skinny, Jewish, and generally unattractive. Many girls date guys from Georgetown. A lot of the Jewish girls are stuck up.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's DC, there's tons of places to eat, with a large variety of type of food and cost!

5 College Freshman

Weather: DC weather is moderate in the winter and hot in the summer but weather isn't really a factor in my campus experience.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: There are drugs and alcohol at GW...But there are drugs and alcohol everywhere. If you want to be a part of anything at GW, legal or illegal, you have that choice.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diverse population at GW from race to beliefs. Everyone is welcome at GW.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Jobs and Internships Available – At GW the kids are able to know when to study, but also when to let go and have fun. As for the actual school itself, the staff are always there to help you, and the career center is dedicated to providing you with thousands of available jobs and internships. Since it is in the heart of DC, there are many available options with politicians or NGOs.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing Experience – I always enjoy being here. It is at the heart of DC, so there's definitely a lot to do. There are also many people who enjoy partying as well as studying when the time calls for it. While the cafeteria food can be sucky sometimes, the variety of other food places in the area make up for it. The classes are amazing, as long as you keep up with them.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Only Two Places – there are only two places on campus, marvin center and ivory tower. Basically, what GW does is contract out spaces to whoever wants to buy them (independent franchises or corporations) and students who go to those places can choose between the contracted spaces or the food provided by the university.

College Sophomore

Computers: There are only a few computers in Gelman library. Usually people only use them to print stuff out, and you can find one fairly quick. Otherwise, there aren't many other computers on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Our Gelman Library is among the top 100 national research facilities in the country. We have over 87 majors and over 2000 undergraduate classes to choose from when we register, and can combine many differnt types of majors or even design those that match our career goals. We have the opportunity to attend lectures led by notable speakers such as Senatory Hillary clinton, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Ellie Wiesel, former Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush, and so on. Singers and bands such as Faith hill and Maroon 5 have also performed at venues on our campus packed with thousands of students. There is also a multitude of student organizations that one can join and coincide with his or her interests

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: NATION's CAPITOL!!! The atmosphere in Washington DC is extremely dynamic, urban and simply amazing. Our campus is located conveniently and in close proximity to great neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle, where you can see beautiful Edwardian-era houses, embassies and consulates, diplomatic residences, or Adam's Morgan, where you can find the best bars, clubs and hookah bars to can out, or Georgetown, a neighborhood with cobble-stoned sidewalks and shops, bars, and an international menu of restaurants. Washington D.C is also home to many professional sports teams such as the Wizards, Redskins, and Capitals. You can always take a 15 walk to the National Mall, and find yourself sitting at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or looking up at the Washington Monument. You can use free time during the weekend to visit the Spy Museum, Visit the Black Fashion Museum, or take advantage of the free Smithsonian Museums, such as the Museum of National History, the National Gallery of Art, and so on. You can take a morning run past the White House, or attend various concerts and film festivals during the night.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The George Washington University offers a wide array of Undergraduate schools such as our School of Business, the Elliot School of International Affairs, the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and so on. These specialized programs include a vast range of interesting and challenging courses taught by professors whom not only are leading experts in their field but have often traveled throughout the world and accummulated experiences which they can share with their studena audience. Our research opportunities within the University are also endless, whether you are studying international relations or biomedical engineering. In addition, the internships that one can find working on Capitol Hill or in the White House are only unique to the nation's capitol, thus making our campus and location very appealing. Come to GW! :)

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3 College Student

Greek Life: Not a Necessity – At GW, Greek Life can be very big for its members, but if you are not involved you don't miss out on anything, DC has so much to offer! People outside of the fraternity and sorority scene do not really see it as a dominant force or main attraction of GW, everyone is too busy trying to be the next president.

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3 College Student

Athletics: Too Busy – People at GW have so much going on, it's hard to form unity through sports teams.


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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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