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Reviews 1789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although there is no football team, the athletics here are just as exciting and can be if you get into them.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You can easily go out, but the party scene is usually revolved around frats or clubs 21+.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek System here really does mean well. With a high average GPA and opportunities to meet new people, it's a great addition to the campus. It does, however, take up a large percentage of the student population.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many options for off-campus housing, but the new requirement is three years living on campus.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The International Affairs program is great here. Advising is always willing to help.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Definitely a waste of time and money if you don't have a scholarship, but it's not the worst place in the world. Interesting classes with crap professors. Great social/party/concert scene.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not as prominent as at southern universities, but still plays a huge role on campus. 35% of students are affiliated. Almost all of the social activity on-campus revolves around frats.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Almost all social events are held by greek organizations. Any non-greek events are probably smaller dorm parties. The frats and bars (decently strict with fake ID's) are pretty much the only choices, unless chilling and having a beer with friends is your thing. But most students do have a lot of fun and go partying 1-2x per week at least.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of great options on and right around campus, especially if you venture into Georgetown and Dupont. There are also lots of other options if you want to take the metro. But overall, off-campus dining is very good.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: GW does not care about its students. Don't let the admissions office lie to you. The only support students can get easily is from their peers. They are extremely vague about all social policies, which allows them to hand down arbitrary punishments to students. However, their academic policies are fair.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: J Street sucks. There's no silver lining. It closes early on Fridays, so you have to stock up on packaged food for the weekend or eat at restaurants for 2 meals a day for Friday-Sunday. Only giving 2 stars because the Vern brunch is amazing. As a sophomore, I cook all of my meals, which works out well, but I wish we had a dining hall.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I really like my major, it was easy to transfer into.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are pretty, guys are cute. Not too many outstanding characters, everyone is just decently average. Not the best in the country, but definitely not the worst. There are plenty of good options, as far as dating and hooking up.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: I love my field and the department, but the gen ed courses are ROUGH. If you are at all interested in science, STAY AWAY. Great for liberal arts, but chock full of science faculty that can't teach for shit and don't care about their students. In general, GW hired faculty that will bring in money, not adequately educate their students.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Cuisine in DC is great but very expensive for the average college student, while you can use dining dollars at some of these establishments, that doesn't change the price tag

3 College Freshman

Athletics: GWs basketball team is getting better every season and students love to rally around them but other than that most of the varsity sports see low attendance despite promotion by the school

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: University Police can be a bit overbearing at times but for the most part they are friendly and usually there to help. If you feel unsafe walking anywhere on campus you can call a university car to pick you up at no charge.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: When you apply to GWU, you are automatically considered for scholarships. I did not apply for a scholarship, and I received one which was great.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: GWU is not that strict when it comes to underage drinking. UPD will confiscate your alcohol if you're caught. However, GWU is very very strict on Greek Life. They hate Greek Life and if you're in a fraternity or sorority and caught doing drugs at a party, be prepared for your chapter to take a massive hit.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: If you're looking for a school that is huge on school spirit, GWU is not the school. We are proud to be colonials but school spirit is not very evident on campus. Around basketball season, you will see more school spirit, however it cannot be compared to big state schools with massive amounts of school spirit.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Foggy Bottom is not only conveniently located near Georgetown, but also near Tysons Corner Mall, Pentagon City Mall, and other shopping plazas throughout the DMV area.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing can be cheaper than on-campus housing, and is very close to campus itself.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: GW is generous and understanding with their academic scholarships and financial aid. They understand they have a big sticker price and work with each student to minimize costs.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: DC is a city, so campus is never going to be 100% safe. However, as long as you exercise common sense and stay alert, there's no reason to be scared.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It's not too bad but a lot of red tape given the DC environment. Also depends on how strict your RA is/if you get caught.

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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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