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Reviews 1738 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I think the athletic facilities are great! There is great school spirit also.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really like going to GW. It has a wonderful location for internships.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My professors are all leaders in their field and well knowledgable. They care about the students and do their best to give us a rewarding educational experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: GW is a leading school. Receiving an education here says a lot about an individual on paper.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I work as a police officer in the safety and security office on my school

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I think for what we pay for housing, we should receive a lot more than what we do.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love my program, my classes and my teachers. It is a great experience and I am learning a lot.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Our Emerg services are always doing their job whether it's early in the morning or late at night, they are actively looking out for the safety of the student body. There is little campus crime and the only thing that ever happens is a noise complaint every once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Some of my professors have been very open and expressive about their classes while others are hard to reach, don't offer help or are somewhat ignorant. There are a variety of courses offered in many different topics. Most class styles or lectures and the sizes can range from 100+ to 11 students.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are limitless possibilities for jobs and internships with a degree from this school. The student career center is extremely beneficial and puts a lot of effort into helping students find their fit for careers.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depending on the dorm you're in, housing can be a blessing or a curse. My freshman year dorm, Madison, was extremely close to my classes and athletic facilities that I needed, but there was little space, the room was not clean and it was falling apart. The elevator took at least 15 minutes to go from the 4th floor to the lobby and could only fit, at most, 4 people at a time. Many freshman athletes lived there so it was a nice social experience. The cost was ridiculous compared to other, nicer freshman dorms with better amenities. My sophomore dorm, Amsterdam, was extremely nice and spacious. It was relatively new and was very close to my classes and food options as well as the metro station. The cost was a little more than the other sophomore dorms, but it was worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Not all varsity teams are acknowledged or admired. Being an ex-athlete, my sport was highly discouraged by the student body and only men's basketball was praised out of over a dozen of varsity sports that have been nationally and regionally recognized. Most of our athletic teams have done okay jobs, the teams that typically thrive continue to thrive but the others are seen as "average" to the school. There is almost no fan support at women's games and really any sport that isn't men's basketball. There is little school spirit unless it is for, once again, men's basketball or volleyball. Our athletic facilities have recently been renovated, but they could be more improved. Our turf field has no lights or speakers as well as poor seating for the "fans" that show up. Our locker rooms are too small to fit our entire team; girls on some teams had to split lockers so everyone could at least put gear inside.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Being in the center of DC is so amazing with endless possibilities for entertainment, leisure and career opportunities. My friends and I never have a bad time when we're walking around during the week, between classes or when we go out. The academics can be challenging at times, but more likely than not, depending on your major and professor, it is easy to seek help. I would choose my school if I could do it all over again because of the environment it's in as well as the great memories it has provided me with. Something I wish would change is the cost of attendance. I believe it almost robbery to charge that much for an education nowadays.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: School spirit is big for some students but really only for basketball, maybe volleyball.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It was difficult at first finding my place. Getting involved in Greek life definitely helped, I was able to meet new people, encouraged to get involved in other organizations, and gained invaluable connections.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Students are required to take an online course about sexual harassment over the summer before starting as freshmen and then are required to attend a short seminar about it during their first semester. Sexual harassment is treated very seriously and awareness is greatly emphasized. Although it is advocated that security here is very strong, it is not entirely true. It is easy for people who do not attend here to get into residential buildings. For example, a couple weeks ago my friend's laptop and chargers were stolen straight out of her room by a random person who did not go here. There wasn't really any security at the door, so he easily came in with a resident of the building.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm having a lot of fun here. I made a good choice coming here, due to the quality of academics for business and international relations students. Very wide variety of courses offered; easy to find subjects of interest to you. Good amount of smaller class sizes in comparison to larger sizes. Class rigor can be quite difficult.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The value of a degree from this school is held very high. I have not talked to anyone who does not actually care about finishing their education and graduating with a diploma. A large number of students are interning around the area. The career center here is very helpful with any question regarding resumes, applying to jobs/internships, and post-graduation job searching.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very expensive. Difficult for me to pay for, even with financial aid. Price does not reflect quality. Dorms aren't great. Other cheaper colleges have better dorms. Nicer dorms are absurdly expensive.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Relatively large Greek community on campus. Many of my friends are in fraternities and sororities, although I am not in any. All kinds of students from different walks of life participate in Greek life, so it is quite diverse.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Weight room has a large amount of good-quality equipment; only wish it were slightly bigger, because it can get crowded. Huge fan support at most important varsity games. Offers a lot of fun intramural sports. Competitive varsity sports.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The student body is great, as I have many groups of friends that are all different from each other. I have a lot of fun here, and enjoy the school because of that. It's a very good school for my International Business major and International Affairs minor, but many students agree that some of the professors are not very good at teaching. The school is way too expensive, even with financial aid. No one likes the campus dining plan, for many kids run out of off campus dining money fairly quickly, since the restaurants can be expensive, and the everyone dreads having to spend their dining hall money because nobody really likes the food offered or the quality of it.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The men's basketball team won the NIT this year. However, while most of campus watched the game, not many people will go to the actual home basketball games. We don't have a football team so men's basketball is the big sport. Women's basketball is usually ranked in the top 25, however not many people go to their games either. Club sports are big enough on campus, but they don't dominate the scene.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you want to major in Political Science, or International Affairs, GWU is the place for you. The professors are usually working professionals in their field and are knowledgeable. Being at the heart of DC has its perks also as you are close to two metro stops that can take you anywhere you want in DC. While GWU doesn't have too many green spaces, the National Mall is our quad, just a 4 block walk. Inter-murals and club practices are held at the mall also. GWU is very career orientated, be prepared to be surrounded by driven students.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really take part in athletics myself because I dance and there's not really any place on campus that I'm interested in personally, but people say good things about their sports.


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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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