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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of Options – We're in a major city, there are plenty of apartment/townhouses, you just have to do the looking. But, as the school is located in a highly demanded area, it's not always easy to find something close and within the price range a student would desire to pay.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: City Life – Living directly in the middle of a large city is obviously going to mean higher on campus crime. However I have never felt unsafe on campus personally. You just have to know where to be and where not to be at night, like by the metro stop or hospital. Also always be smart and don't walk home from the library at 3am on a tuesday. Four-ride is free for a reason. Use it. UPD are always around which can be annoying sometimes, but also comforting.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Greek Life – Greek life is a pretty big at GW. I never joined a sorority and it was the best decision I ever made. If sororities are your thing then great, but not being in one allows you to be friends with who ever you want, go to what ever parties you want, with out any access drama or incredibly high dues. For guys however, I say definitely rush. I seems to me that guys in frats have more fun and there isnt nearly as much drama with frats as there is with sororities.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The Best. Any night of the week theres a place to go and a place to be. Theres a huge variety of clubs, bars, frat parties, house parties, and whatever you can think of. Cabs are also a factor that can get expensive, but always worth it. Some clubs are overrated but still fun. The only one worth a $20 cover is Josephine. Most places are strict on IDs but some arent.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everything and Anything – GW is in incredible diverse community without being in your face about it. Its a place where everyone feels welcome so matter what race or religion.

College Sophomore

Parking: No Need for a Car – I have had no need for a car at GWU. The public transportation is great between campuses, for around town, and to the airport. It costs $2.10 to get from Foggy Bottom campus to Reagan Airport and $1.50 to get from Foggy Bottom to Dulles Airport (bus transportation only). There is the Zip Car for any out of town needs. Lastly, walking is free.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Quite Tolerable. The rules at George Washington University are not out to ruin your life. They are very basic. A lot of freedom is provided in this open campus. Safety is the central concern for all of the rules at GWU.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: No Time to Get Bored – In Washington, D.C., there was no time for being bored. The nations capital is full of attractions, cool study areas like the Lincoln Monument, kayaking on the Patomac, friendly snowball fights, cherry blossoms on the mall, and tons of good eateries and stuff to do. Everything in D.C., is an "American" cultural event. D.C. is college friendly with great public transportation, a mostly safe environment, and easy, economical access to airports/trains. It ROCKS everyday!

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The gym on Foggy Bottom campus is beautiful, complete with a swimming pool, indoor track, and enough machines for the entire school to work on at once! The libraries are huge and have secret study rooms that you can reserve for groups, or you can go to the Mount Vernon campus and study in the Eckles library where it's nice, quiet, and reserved. Even better the class room facilities and such are in walking distance from the White House and World Bank! While the freshman dorms aren't something to rant about, GW does a pretty good job at keeping the entire university clean--which is saying something.

3 College Junior

Weather: Cold Winters and Hot Summers – January and February can be pretty harsh if you're not prepared, but campus is small enough in terms of area that you don't have to be outside for very long. Not much snow, and Spring and Fall are very mild and enjoyable.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I live in D.C. there is a ton of security from the secret service to the regular campus police.

4 College Junior

Academics: Masters in Public Health – Great! There are great opportunities for internships and other professional enhancement opportunities for students. The curriculum is structured well and provides students with a solid foundation.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall experience is great. I just want to do well and further my education.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: All I have to do is walk, but have a vehicle if you plan to go out for the weekends!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Maple Woods is 5 minutes away from Barry Road and Liberty. There are many, many places to go eat or get coffee, and even study at places! Its great.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: There is a high level of drinking and drug use on the GWU campus. There is also alot of peer pressure for drinking. However, I would have to give GWU a high grade for providing educational literature on these issues, drug and alcohol free activities and opportunities, as well as policy enforcement.

3 College Senior

Athletics: We have some great athletic programs, however, the one's that get the most publicity are the sports that are struggling (boys basketball). I also think the fan support is a rough, we are not always good sports when we are playing other teams.

3 College Senior

Computers: We have a computer lab that is open 24 hours in our library which is also open 24 hours. We also have wireless in all of the dorms. They can be pretty crowded, but I think the University is trying to improve and make more space and more availability.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Compared to most college cities DC has very mild weather. The winters are nice and short and we barely see any snow (with the exception of snowpocalypse 2010). Its not unlikely to have a warm sunny day in January or February and my March all the cold days are gone. The summer in DC can get hot and muggy, but its nothing a well air-conditioned building cannot cure. The spring and fall are to die for and last long into the season. Another added plus about the mild weather is the variety of farmers markets seen throughout the year! If you go to school in DC you will definitely not be jealous of your friends up north bundling up just to get to class!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone Should Live Off Campus – On campus housing is required for freshman and sophomores, but after that students will find better options and prices if they look off campus. Finding the right place takes a little time and energy, but once you do you won't regret it! living off campus is the same price as campus housing, if not less expensive. And you pay for what you get! Upperclassmen tend live off campus in a few centrally located apartment buildings on our around campus, but some go as far as Georgetown or Dupont circle for a better deal or to be close to their internships! Be warned that living in DC is not made for students, so apartments are fairly expensive, but no more than on campus housing

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There are a lot of thefts but it seems that the UPD is doing a good job at preventing and recovering the stolen objects.

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2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Most of the girls are kind of trashy. Most of the guys are gay, and the few straight ones aren't worth your time.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: J Street closes on weekends, which is really annoying. The food is also unhealthy and overpriced.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: My School – Its bascially the top students in my county so it is very safe. There is another school with it but the students do not bother at all. There are not that many sports but lots of educational activities takes place.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation around Foggy Bottom is exceptional. We have our own metro stop along the Blue and Orange lines that service us nearly 24/7. After 7:00pm the university provides free on campus car rides throughout the campus and its extended buildings. The rides are provided by campus police. DC is very pedestrian friendly and there are rental cars nearby.


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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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