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Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There is a plenty amount of crime, robberies mostly. However, the University Police is very good in terms of response time and investigation. The school sends out alerts about crime and things going around DC so the students can be aware of certain situations.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police can be rather strict. They don't do random checks in the rooms, but it is pretty serious when someone is caught drinking underage or doing illegal drugs.

College Junior

Weather: In DC you get the all four seasons. Some years you'll have a cold winter, some years it won't snow at all. I do recommend bringing rain boots, as they will be needed on several occasions.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: GW is everything I hoped it would be. I never expected that within my first year, I would work for a Congressman, find a boyfriend, speak to a protest of 10,000 about an issue I cared about, make amazing friends, and learn about a variety of new things both in and out of the classroom. The overwhelming feeling that I have is not so much that I like this school more than where I was, it is that I like myself more when I'm at this school than I did where I was before.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Students must live on campus for two years, and many continue beyond that. There are a lot of apartments in the area, and some have deals with the University for lower costs. GW is generally viewed as being among the top nicest schools in terms of on-campus housing, so moving out is not a necessity.

College Freshman

Computers: Everyone should have bring a laptop because there is only printing at main student locations, like the library. There is wireless in every dorm. If it is not working correctly, you are given an Ethernet cord at the beginning of the year. It's so much easier to keep in touch with family and friends if you have a laptop here.

College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't think drugs are a noticeable part of campus life. Underage drinking is the illegal activity that most people partake in here.

College Freshman

Computers: Definitely bring your own computer. GWireless can be kind of a pain sometimes, but for the most part, it's pretty efficient. If you don't feel like dealing with GWireless, you can pick up a ResNet cable from the Student Technology Services, which is the plug-in Internet access option.

College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very ethnically diverse. There are people from all around the world that attend GW and from every different background possible. A lot of students here seem to be very wealthy, but they also work very hard for their grades. Everyone is usually pretty liberal and tend to fall on the democratic side. This is a politically active school, considering it is in the heart of DC.
For girls, it is harder to date or have a boyfriend here because an overwhelmingly number of males are gay. Most girls here have long-distance relationships or date someone from another school.

College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is about as variable as it can get. Some days it will be in the 60s and warm, and the next it will feel like winter. It also gets very humid in the summer.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Most people only pay attention to Greek life when the weekend rolls around, and they're looking for a party. For those involved, it seems to be a rewarding experience that doesn't dominate their collegiate experience.

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College Freshman

Computers: Most students own computers, and the school offers wireless access. That having been said, there are a number of 24-hour labs in buildings all over campus that usually have openings. I've never had trouble finding a place to go print something.

College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, I've had a pretty good time at GW. I've met some awesome people and learned things that I truly don't think I would've learned anywhere else. You won't be friends with everyone, but the friendships you do make will probably last a lifetime.

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College Freshman

Nightlife: GW has a decent nightlife for those who seek it. It's not much of a walk north to Dupont Circle for clubs. The fraternities, which are a growing part of campus life, provide an option for those who would rather not walk or do not have documentation to say that they are 21. A good-sized group of students choose a calmer, nightlife of hanging out with friends. With 10,000 undergrads mostly living on campus, it isn't hard to find things to do.

College Sophomore

Transportation: I took the Metro for the first time at freshman orientation-you can't mess it up! The buses are easy too, but you may need someone to explain it to you the first time on it.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: As a freshman, I lived in Thurston Hall-it definitely has a reputation and is definitely worth it! I like to think of living there as a rite of passage at GW. Some may argue that everyone in the building parties all the time, but I would say with more than 1,100 freshmen, Thurston can be whatever you make of it. Living there teaches you how to live with other people who are different than yourself. I wouldn't change that experience for the world.

College Junior

Transportation: The Metro in DC is amazing! It is cheap, clean, and convenient to campus and will get you anywhere in and around DC quickly and safely. The only negative to the Metro is that it closes at midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends. Other than that, it is the best public transportation system in the US.

College Junior

Campus Dining: GW doesn't have a cafeteria, so most of the food sucks. You're expected to eat at various of places around campus. It's really difficult to eat healthy, and it is even more difficult if you have dietary restrictions. A lot of the food is overpriced. At one campus dining spot, it cost me $4 to buy seven strawberries.

College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a huge part of the campus. There are a variety of fraternities and sororities, including professional, social, service, and multicultural ones, so there is something for everybody. They always seem to add a new fraternity and sorority.

College Junior

Campus Dining: J street, the main dining hall, has improved but still has a ways to go. Unfortunately, freshmen are given a lot of money that is required to be spent there. We also have the GW Deli, the best deli south of NYC. There are also food vendors in a few of the residence halls. We are in a city, and there are tons of restaurants in the surrounding area, some of which even take GWorld money.

College Freshman

Athletics: There are a ton of sports and intramural sports on campus. Sorry, no football.

College Junior

Drug Safety: A majority of students drink, but it really isn't a big deal if you don't. Since we live in a city, students will drink on campus, at off-campus parties, and at clubs. There isn't a huge drug scene at GW, although there are definitely a lot of students who engage in recreational drug use. There are a lot of wealthy students here, so the drugs of choice are marijuana and coke.

College Junior

Diversity: This campus is very diverse. While GWU is expensive and definitely has wealthy students here, the school also gives out aid to a large percentage of students. We are a very political school, and you can always find someone to debate politics with you.

College Sophomore

Computers: Everyone on campus has a personal laptop.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You're not allowed to live off-campus until you're a junior. Your chances of getting on-campus housing after sophomore year aren't high anyway. Apartments are cheaper, if you have roommates to share it with. Plus, there are no annoying UPD patrol off campus.

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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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