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Reviews 1579 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Junior

Transportation: Easy access to an on-campus metro. There are plenty of buses and bikeshares too.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its very nice, but expensive.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have a lot and a big variety, but it is probably different from other schools. And it is not a must.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I mean it's good in terms of informing the students and that I see less than I expected to. But they can't control it well but that happens at many schools.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Depends on what you need and how your situation is. I received enough to let me come to GW, but some students didn't receive enough so they couldn't afford this school. But once you receive aid, as long as your grade aren't terrible it should stay the same.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Depends on the year. There are years with no snow, there are years with lots of weather fluctuation. So overall it depends on what you like.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I guess it's pretty normal. nothing too strict not so lenient either.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Being in the city there are many options. Plus many of the apartments on campus or right next to campus know that students like off campus housing so they are open and flexible about it.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Overall its pretty great. I would suggest having a computer but the library does have enough computers to survive without one for work. Though printing does cost and occasionally internet is down, computers and technology at the campus are well managed.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Generally a very diverse campus. Also a lot more gays than I expected.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is good in general, but health is not great. IT is expensive because they test you for things that aren't important to charge you, but don't help too much. And GW hospital is not somewhere I'd suggest going.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: This year the basketball team got somewhere, but overall it isn't a school for sports.

5 College Student

Majors: Outstanding international relations, and rather good Business program. If you know how to use what you're studying, you'll be given huge opportunities in DC and GW.

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5 College Student

Majors: Be remarkable in something. I had killer extra-ciriculars and essays and recs. My grades and scores were horrid, I mean it...scary bad. But overall, GW is rather academically rigorous, so be sure you can take it. Interview. Apply early for aid, and keep in contact. Be on time with your stuff!

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2 College Student

Campus Strictness: I wish alcohol was better regulated, but it's only really Thurston, an animal-house. But honestly, it's the vibe of the place, and you can't complain about it if you don't live/go there, you're given every choice not to participate in those things. But man...the parking is stickler.

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4 College Student

Weather: Hot summers, the rest is good. 4 seasons

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4 College Student

Overall Experience: What I liked about GW is it shows you the real world. A somewhat annoying and corrupt administration. It's not all peaches and cream, so you learn to work around it and really fight for your opportunity. That said, it also gives you an abundance of opportunities. I mean, if I could I'd do it again, but obviously would choose the top-tiers and top liberal arts simply because the impact they have on one's future. Don't get me wrong, GWU will get you places, it's how you use the school and its offerings.

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5 College Student

Transportation: DC has a reliable metro system, and getting around even North VA and Maryland can be done with it. Cars are convenient, obviously, but parking's a hassle.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: Rated Dorms like Palaces; not the best in the world, because they are after all dorms. Required to live on campus first 3 years which is rather annoying. DC housing is expensive overall, so don't expect, you know, cheapness.

5 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Best out there. I love DC, I love the people, and the happenings. Dorm parties are too...collegey, and do occur, but give DC a go, go out to a bar when you're of age, and come to DC to experience real-life, both its toughness and its fruit.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Its okay. not terrible for relaxing drinks but not somewhere to party hard. you have to go a little far from campus to U street or adams morgan if you really want to enjoy your evening and clubs are so so depending on where you go and what night.

5 College Student

Scholarships: I was far lower than the average (3.2 GPA, average accepted was like a 3.8-3.9) when I applied, and I applied need-based, but I still got 50,000+ of aid (including a couple thousand loans, mostly alumni award and grants). I was proud of that.

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4 College Student

Drug Safety: Thurston is a party-filth, and...well...if you aren't participating when you're there, then you'll feel awkward. Other dorms are fine. You can do a lot around DC that doesn't need you to feel left out of drinking.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I personally don't participate in Greek, but it's rather exciting. It doesn't overtake the social scene, as most kids aren't part of it, but it is a part of the school setting here.

4 College Student

Computers: Tech-forward classes; internet service here: http://www.gwhatchet.com/2011/08/25/new-wireless-internet-system-debuts/


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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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