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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall, my experience has been great. The classes are interesting and the professors, overall, are engaging, passionate and kind. However, the administration is a big issue and seem to not really care about the students and the amount of money you have to pay is not reflected in many aspects of the community like housing, dining, and general conveniences.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People seem pretty straight edge here so there's a large population that would only smoke weed or take adderall. There are others though and if you want to find more drugs, you'll be able to do it. Being a rich kid school, there is cocaine use.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The city has a lot to offer but GW doesn't. There aren't a lot of campus parties so if you're into that, kickbacks with your friends would probably be a better bet. Thursdays and Saturdays are the nights to go out. Almost nobody goes out of a Friday which is really weird.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: The parties on campus are not very good. Don't expect much. Greek life holds almost all on-campus parties.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: GW is known for being diverse but it isn't. It's a lot of bougie east-coast prep kids. There's not a lot of racial or socio-economic diversity. I have found it extremely difficult to be a scholarship/FWS student here. Class is very apparent from walking around on campus to greek life to night life. I've heard a lot of sexist and racist comments. Although students say they're liberal, they're not very open minded at all. I was overwhelmed by the lack of diversity here at GW.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a huge range of courses and studies here. I loved my classes and professors and often went to office hours. This was helpful as my professors would answer questions and get to know me better as an individual. Most of my classes were extremely small which was great. However, I wasn't taking any 1000 level lectures like psych, econ or bio which are typically huge. GW have a lot of service-learning courses which I think is a great opportunity...although too many people don't actually care about the DC community. I think academically, GW is a great school. People say that only IA is a good major at GW but I disagree. GW is a good school with a good name and no matter what you study, you will get a better-than-average education.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: From all of the professionals and adults I've talked to, GW is known to be a great school and can get you places. With that being said, I have not graduated and entered the job market so I honestly don't know.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's only great if you want to be in a frat or sorority. Personally, I dislike greek life and so this has definitely hindered my overall social life at GW. There is a long process for rushing/pledging and it's fairly competitive. Each sorority/frat has an image and if you are associated with a certain sorority you may be looked at differently. Everyone in greek life seems to be rich, it seems to be necessary in order to be able to pay dues and go to events, etc. Greek life holds the majority of on-campus parties on the weekend although these parties never seem very big compared to state schools. Anyways, there's a large selection if you're looking for greek life. If you're not into it, you will be able to notice it and it will probably make you feel angry.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: GW does not usually have a very large student section at games. Basketball is the only sport that students turn up for. Other than that, sports are almost non-apparent. We don't have a football team which a lot of people talk about. Hel-Well is a really great facility though.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's a fast-paced school that has a lot of the same types of people: rich, white, poli sci/int'l affairs majors, greek life, etc. I personally didn't fit in to pretty much any of those and ended up feeling extremely isolated. The minority population is extremely small. I've heard there is a group chat for all of the black kids in each class. That will tell you something about how many there are. I've met almost no latin@ students. There is a large international population but most of these students are rich. Students seem to be determined to make their resumes better by getting internships and whatnot. This seems to be a common topic to talk about. The students are competitive with each other and ends up making a very stressful environment. The classes are good and the professors which I've had have been extremely caring and helpful. If you can get past these things, or don't care, GW is a great name and you can get a good education here.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's easy to find drugs if you look for them, but it's easy to avoid them if you aren't interested.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a whole lot of diversity - most students are affluent, white, incredibly liberal, and not very religious. The one exception to this is the large fraction of the student body who are gay/lesbian.

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2 College Sophomore

Academics: If you're not an international affairs major, you're screwed. All programs but IA and engineering are underfunded and inadequate.

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1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The appalling administration touches almost everything on campus. If you're not an international affairs major, the classes are limited, subpar, and underfunded.

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1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you aren't an international affairs or business major, you're pretty screwed. All the other programs are known for their mediocrity.

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1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While they only show the nice dorms to prospective students, most of them are disgusting and in disrepair as a result of GW not wanting to spend money on students.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life makes up a minority of the student body (~30%), but is the center of the social scene nonetheless. Frats and sororities are clique-y and elitist and tend to be concerned about their reputation more than anything else.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is zero school spirit for the few teams we do have - most of which are mediocre. The athletic facilities available to students for everyday use aren't large enough for a university of its size.

1 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Completely appalling and uncaring - GW's administration is poorly run, greedy, and shady as hell. They nickel-and-dime students and then cut programs students rely on because of "budget cuts" - all while the upper admins get hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses every year. Moreover, most things the university advertises to prospective students are incredibly deceitful - for instance, they show only the newest dorms and buildings on campus, make claims about their appalling dining plan, and underplay the bureaucratic nightmare that is omnipresent at the school. All programs except for international affairs and engineering are ridiculously underfunded and (especially in the sciences) provide a completely inadequate education, and all music and arts programs are virtually non-existent. TL;DR: The administration is shady, the admissions office and tour guides WILL lie to you, and you're screwed if you aren't an IA major.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: GW works really hard to provide safety and provide awareness about sexual assault.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Absolutely love GW and all that it has to offer for me.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being in the city allows students to rely connect with other people. Being in the nations capital really provides us students with opportunity to intern.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Got lucky so I have best housing. Wish there was a kitchen though.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't mind most. Hard to get in if a guy. More important for guys than girls.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: #20 in Nation! Go Gdubb!!

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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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