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Reviews 1812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They're not very helpful. Lots of red tape. Hard to accomplish what you want with administration.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: GW's financial aid is definitely not on par with similar quality private schools. Sometimes it's really, really hard to walk by the brand-new fancy buildings knowing that my family is really struggling for me to afford this school. It doesn't seem like the administration is serious about reducing the cost of tuition and since the school had the genius idea to freeze tuition so it doesn't increase for individual students every year, the students don't care if the tuition goes up, either. I do know a few people who got very generous financial aid packages.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: No one loves the administration at GW and they can be VERY difficult to deal with when it comes to a variety of things, from financial aid to registering for classes to student organizations. They also do a lot of really dumb things (palm trees in U-Yard). However, I think at the end of the day they have a vision for the school and they've done a good job of enhancing our prestige.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: A lot of sexual harassment on campus

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not a lot of options

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Not a lot of options for less

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Don't party much but assume the party scene is good in DC

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel like most people here are very aware of issues such as assault and tend to steer clear of that

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: DC surprisingly is a cool place to party! I have gone out to many clubs and off-campus apartments for good parties.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very pricey in DC; generally, people use their connections or just go in groups of friends to room. Nothing in DC is a bargain when it comes to rent.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: I love DC! Amazing city with so many resources and connections to amplify your success for the future. I have met ambassadors, connected with World Bank employees while walking on the street, worked in the federal government, and the list goes on. I would NEVER replace DC's college atmosphere with any other city

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: Definitely UPD will bust underage drinking parties, but people tend not to get in huge trouble. Just be low-key about whatever you do and you should be fine. There are many parties that do not get busted

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: People do go to basketball games and volleyball (for those are our stronger sports here at GW). There is no football team, but there are many other sports present in our school, even if there is not a huge event like in other universities.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of GW, and joining it is not required, but definitely a plus. We have everything from social frats/sororities to alternative greek life in the form of professional frats. Definitely a great way to bond with some amazing people. My best friends are from the frat I am in currently.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some amazing eating places in DC and I would definitely recommend venturing off-campus for some great ethnic food. While DC is extremely expensive, there are some affordable options (i.e. places like Chipotle).

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Although it is extremely bureaucratic, generally there are many ways you and your parents can go about getting the financial aid you need. I had friends with full-ride scholarships and many with only a fraction of the sticker price of GW's tuition.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I have never lived in the dorms, but they seem okay from what I have heard. They are definitely convenient, but you are paying a high price to live there.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: There is so much to do in DC. It is impossible to even take it all in. A lot of the attractions are free which is nice, but you don't have to worry about finding something to do.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Most students live off campus. There are apartments everywhere. Some live in DC, but it is very expensive to live in the city but it is convenient. Some live outside the city, which is a little cheaper, but it takes longer to get to school.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: It is DC. You can find anything and everything. There are so many options to chose from. Most are expensive though, but that's just the area.

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I don't really go to parties. I am old enough to drink legally so I go to bars. There are sooo many. The options are endless. It is expensive though.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Overall, the campus is safe, but it is in DC. It is really close to tourist attractions so naturally you will have some creepers coming through.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: It seems somewhat strict because we are located right in the nation's capitol, but as long as you don't cause too much trouble, they don't bother you.

1 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Nothing at GW is free. It is very expensive and it is unlikely you will receive any scholarships or grants. Most people have to rely on loans.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great information sessions and orientation.

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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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