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Washington, DC
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9,758
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$47,343
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Hard
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: GW is a very diverse community. Nearly a quarter of the school is Jewish and minorities have a strong and active presence in the school. The students are very open to each other. Most students are Democrats but our Republican minority is close, tight-knit and active groups that represents republican/conservative values well.

4 College Freshman

Academics: GW professors are some of the best in he country. They are very informative, understand their topics, and look beyond theory. Every professor I have encountered love the subject they teach and make an effort to extend that love to their students.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The Campus – 3 blocks away from the white house.
10 minute walk from the washington monument and lincoln memorial.
you see about 3 times more adults that essentaily run the world then you do of GW students around campus.
VERRYYYY safe (you can usually see snipers on the roofs of the white house and security at every building)
location location location.
academically, if you are willing to work very hard and fight for your career oppertunites and pathway, GW and DC has tons to offer (internships from Capitol Hill to The Defense Department to the Department of State) but be prepared to expect it to work like politics do (not always fair and almost always difficult).

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: In DC there are a million things to do and about 5 or 6 different neighborhoods/areas. There is a never-ending list of 21+ nightclubs (and promoters to go along with them), the most notorious/ best are in dupont circle area with PLENTY of glitz, glamour and ostentatious actions. There are always some 18+ nights and clubs as well for those unlucky few who dont have fakes. For the more artsy crowd there is the adams morgan and U street areas with about 3 or 4 other areas like them (but not as big) that have tons of bars and restaurants, a few nightclubs that are lower key and the book shop that caters to the bohemian type. If these things dont appeal to you, there are always the BEAUTIFUL monuments to walk around at night (definitely a favorite of the students).

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: since there are only a few on campus (cafeteria like) choices offered in Jstreet, GW does an amazing job at making the restaurants surrounding the campus and even as far away as a 20 minute walk EXTREMELY accessible. They essentially give you $1000/semester to spend all over the city at tons of restaurants around the city. it is a little tricky to budget that $1000 because DC is an expensive city, but there is any and every type of food available, along with about 5 starbucks that take the GWorld money.

1 College Junior

Parking: There is no parking in the streets... unless you're lucky enough to find a spot. To park in the garage is ridiculously expensive. However, you don't need a car on campus with the public transportation, school shuttles, and ability to walk anywhere.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at GW are good. The University has undergone a lot of renovations and new construction over the past few years. The buildings are nice and clean. I personally think Gelman looks hideous, but it has a ton of good resources! There is always something to do on campus. You can't walk through Kogan Plaza without finding some group there. Overall, the campus is pretty nice, except for the Gelman Library and Funger Hall.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computers at GW are decent, but they are starting to get old. The Internet connection gets annoying since it kicks you off more times than not, but that's more with wireless though. However, most of the campus is wireless, so when it does work, it is nice. I have a printer in my room just for convenience, but you can do without one if you don't mind paying a few cents to use the ones in the library.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Cocaine on campus is the big elephant in the room--everyone knows it's everywhere, but it's very hush-hush.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife in D.C. is amazing. If it weren't for the nightlife, I would probably have transferred by now. There are plenty of liquor stores that are known to sell without an ID, fakes will get you in pretty much anywhere (except McFadden's), and even without a fake the 18+ scene is great.

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College Junior

Overall Experience: I sometimes regret going to a school with an urban campus, but most of the time, I love being a few blocks from the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center, and Georgetown.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are amazing restaurants all around. Georgetown has some amazing restaurants in all price ranges, and Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan are great places that are not too far out of the way either. Even in Foggy Bottom, on the GW campus, are great restaurants.

College Freshman

Campus Strictness: UPD will pretty much only bust you for drinking if your party is ridiculously loud, or if you are too drunk to get into the building and need to be taken to the hospital. They are a lot more strict on drugs, though. There's a zero-tolerance policy for hard drugs.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would not come here again, not in this lifetime. If you're a rich kid with money to burn and no desire to do any work other than to get drunk and party, GW's the place. If you actually want to go to school with students who care about learning, find a different school.

College Freshman

Computers: Students should definitely bring their own computers-getting a computer in the library is pretty difficult during weekdays. A large part of the campus is wireless, so I'd definitely recommend bringing one.

College Junior

Athletics: Sports . . . what? We have sports at GW, but it is a community that I am not a part of. I have never been to any games. and I like it that way. I know we have intramural sports, but my friends are too busy for those.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I do not notice that many people doing drugs, although pot is probably more common than I even realize. It is not noticeable unless you are looking for it.

College Junior

Overall Experience: I love GW. The location is great and the opportunities have been endless. I think that I am able to do much of my learning out of the classroom with the support of faculty and staff members. I am very glad I picked GW since it has given my the chance to intern for RAINN, the largest national anti-sexual assault organization, plan an event with Wendy Kopp, the founder of Teach For America, and meet hundreds of passionate and creative people.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many dining options on and off campus that it can be hard to decide what to eat. We're right next to Georgetown and Dupont, so I bet there's every type of restaurant in walking distance from campus.

College Freshman

Weather: Even though it gets chilly in the winter, the sky is usually clear and sunny. It rarely rains or snows! During the beginning of fall and end of spring, it's hot, so bring clothes for all weather types.

College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation here is really easy. There is one Metro stop right on campus, as well as two others right next to it. There are bus stops throughout campus, taxis going by, as well as the free 4-Ride shuttle after dark.

College Freshman

Nightlife: There's always something to do on campus and in the city. You can always find a party happening in a friend's dorm room or at a Greek house. If you want to get leave campus, it's easy to walk or hop the Metro to one of DC's many hot clubs. Luckily, most of the popular establishments have 18-and-over nights, and many more of them are easy to get into with a fake.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus. Juniors and seniors who want to live off-campus can, but it's mad expensive.

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College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Each year the dorms get better, which is nice. If you can, avoid living in Thurston freshman year.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is easily one of the best parts of this school. Go to Zed's for great Ethiopian food that you have to eat with your hands, one of many top-notch ethnic options.

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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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