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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.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties really range. And more importantly, it depends where you live and if you are in Greek life. If you get stuck in Mitchell, there's no way you can ever host a party. If your not in Greek life, you can have small shindigs in dorm rooms provided that your RA and neighbors are cool. Greek parties are sometimes fun, but mostly they are over-crowded and you have to be mindful that cops will shut you down if you are too loud. Greek parties are rarely crazy, just a lot of standing and drinking beer. Clubs are fun and there's a variety of 18+ options but the cover charge (usually $20) isn't fun on a college budget.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I don't like Greek Life on principle. It's just not my thing. However, Greek Life is the only real source of on campus activity. If you're not in Greek Life (or have friends in Greek Life) it can be hard to know where the parties are or where to go out on the weekend. Yes there are 18+ clubs on certain Thursdays and Fridays but wrangling up a group to go with you can be trying. Being in some sort of Greek like is kind of necessary to have a group of friends and a place to hang out.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are fun and thursdays and saturdays are always popular nights to go out.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: SO MUCH FOOD IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO FIND IT!!! Walk a few blocks off campus and there is a ton of variety: metro anywhere in DC and there's endless possibilities.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have a lot of security in dorms and buildings, lots of alerts and communication, but we do live in a city so things are bound to happen.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: We have great campus housing. Almost all dorms are residential halls, meaning they have private bathrooms and kitchens. Lots of diversity of kinds of dorms and lots of people live on campus all four years.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls are pretty and well-dressed. Lots of designer clothing and accessories. Boys are douchey but cute, many very average looking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Always stuff to do on and off campus, vibrant night life, fun bars, great restaurants, lots of museums and always lots going on in DC. However, cost of living is high.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life provides many opportunities, both social and philanthropic, and is fun.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here is known for their social life and they have a presence. Non-greeks typically don't interact with greek students because some, not all, greek students have a superior attitude towards non-greeks, shying them away.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports here aren't that important here. There are some students who are active in a sport, but it's not big here.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on what year you are, you can get some pretty nice dorms.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Most students get some form of financial aid. But, the tuition plus other expenses add up, making it only a fraction of what needs to get paid.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of choices off-campus. The cost can sometimes make it not worth it.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Events are always happening around campus. Student organizations have something planned each week. It's jsut a matter of whether students are interested enough.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: Students don't find it hard to get an internship. I would like to have one eventually to get some work experience.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Student Health Services does not seem to be organized and are not experts in providing health services. The safety here is generally okay at Foggy Bottom because people are always walking around, but seeing police is scarce at night.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are frequent, especially in Greek life. There are people who like to party and some who would prefer not to.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe but I have heard of several incidents happening since starting school.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I do not think it makes sense to have students fill out a loan questionnaire. This creates an unnecessary hassle for students who are dealing with other facets of entering a new program. Most schools simply send a financial aid offer letter to include student loans. This school did not.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: DC has everything a person would want in a city. Diversity, great public transportation, nightlife, etc.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I haven't encountered many guys in my program. I haven't heard of any mixers for students either.

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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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