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Location
Washington, DC
Undergrads
9,758
Tuition
$47,343
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in DC changes frequently; it could be hot and sunny one day, rain the next, and snow the next day. While this weather is sporadic and hard to plan for, I would not say it necessarily takes away from my campus experience.

4 College Freshman

Weather: This past winter was probably on of the worst in DC history, but that's only because they don't know how to manage snow. Springs are beautiful, Summers are scorchers, Fall is just like spring, beautiful, and Winter is usually very mild.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It rains a lot, but it doesn't get that cold.

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.

4 College Student

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

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Hottest Summers
  • 294th
    Coldest Winters

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David Glidden
Hometown
Fuquay-Varina, NC
Major
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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DC has a pretty regular four-season climate. When students arrive in late August, it is still very hot and muggy, and the weather stays warm until late fall when the cold front moves in. Winters are pretty cold, and most get caught off-guard by the powerful winds that can tunnel through the city. Remember to bring a wool or down coat, sweaters, long pants, and boots. In the fall and spring, students wear jeans, Capri pants, and light jackets. But get ready for some hot, hot summers when planning to stay in DC. The humidity and heat can be unbearable, so take a dip in the Hall on Virginia Avenue’s rooftop pool or City Hall’s pool to cool off, or hope your internship office is air-conditioned (don’t worry, dorms are).

Bring a variety of clothing to GW—pants, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats. You’ll need it all. And don’t forget an umbrella—rain is pretty common in the District.
 

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 66 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 86 °F
Summer - Low: 68 °F
Fall - High: 68 °F
Fall - Low: 51 °F
Winter - High: 45 °F
Winter - Low: 30 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.40 in./month
Summer: 3.41 in./month
Fall: 3.35 in./month
Winter: 2.96 in./month

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