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Reviews 1749 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere and the friends I've made, along with all the opportunities have made this a great experience so far.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic culture is not huge here, there isn't any school spirit compared to other colleges or universities. The facilities are nice though and I enjoy using the Health and Wellness center here, it has a great gym.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had some great professors and some not so great professors. Some really care about my work and that I do well, while others give little to no guidance and have students fend for themselves. It is also a really expensive school, with little to show for it. I really do wonder where all the money goes because it appears to go in necessary places.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are quiet few of the basketball games and people tend to watch it in a bar or restaurants, but for international student's or immigrants, it is kind of hard and difficult to gather around and enjoy the battling games.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like GW but Corcoran building is too far away, old, and blocked out from GW. That's the only sad part. But the school facilities are great. Gelman should be renovated soon I guess..

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is hard at GW because we live right in the city with an open campus. I often get texts from campus safety about muggings, stabbings, robberies, that sort of stuff. There are often fires on campus, which is both dangerous and inconvenient, and some dorms both lack security officers at the front desk and have automatic open doors, so anyone can get in. I had never been harassed on the street before starting school here either, but I know how to keep myself safe, so I've never been personally attacked.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: GW is what you make of it. You have to be your biggest advocate to get what you need, because it's very easy to be pushed off to the side. Reach out to your professors, build your network, and ask for what you want, because no one is going to reach out to you if you don't make the first move. I take great courses with great professors because I have older sisters in my sorority to ask about them, and I know myself well enough to know what will and won't work for me. Don't be afraid to hound your advisors, either!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Networking with GW alums doesn't seem to be that huge, but I'm going to be pretty prepared for a job when compared to a state or rural school kid because living in the city gives me so many opportunities to get great internships now and get that experience, which looks really impressive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's very expensive to live in DC, so I feel bad complaining about my living situation when I technically live in a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment with a dishwasher, but there are still plenty of issues. There are cockroaches, mold, and serious safety issues in the buildings. I've never dealt with the housing process as I live in affinity housing, but I am a member of the first class that can't live off campus our junior year, which the entire student body is displeased about, and the administration accepted way more students this past year, so they're cramming kids in wherever they can. Housing is expensive, the administration doesn't like to listen to student concerns, but having my own bathroom is pretty nice.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The GW administration is seriously cracking down on Greek Life, so lots of the more popular organizations on campus are being shut down, which makes students weary about joining. This is sad, because Greeks actually do great things for campus and the community. Greeks are involved in leadership roles in almost every organization on campus, from Student Government to Colonial Cabinet to Dance Marathon. Even if you're not Greek, odds are you know plenty of Greeks, and they all know each other, too. There are some serious stereotypes about the different fraternities and sororities, but they all tend to work together well.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: As a former student athlete, I get to see two different perspectives on sports at GW. Students definitely participate in club sports and our "regular" gym is great, but there's definitely a hierarchy within the athletic department, with the basketball players getting way more funding than any other team, which can lead to serious tension. The athletic community is really small and close-knit, but athletes 100% think they're superior to regular students, meaning they'll take advantage of cutting the line at the Deli, to literally scoffing at students using the "NAPR" gym.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: GW is great for some kids, but has genuine issues. It's not affordable in terms of tuition and additional out of pocket expenses, the administration makes decisions with which the student body often strongly disagrees, and it often feels like the students come second to money. However, the opportunities you get when going to a school in the city are unparalleled, and there is plenty of life and discussion and progress being made all around you.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is safe and I have never felt unsafe on campus

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the courses I have taken have been good and most professors have been excellent

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The school sets students up well for career prospects after graduation

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms are nice and there are a lot of options for students

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Personally I do not think greek life is beneficial for campus /student life

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletic facilities are fine and school spirit is present

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors here are excellent and the location is great

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Really like the school look attending more courses on campus in time.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have who have gone on to work many different industries in the United States and abroad.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: What I have liked about the school so far is the diversity of students I have gotten to interact with in class. They come from many different backgrounds both ethnically and professionally.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: From what I have experienced at the school, athletics are another part of being at the university but don't detract from what everyone is there for. Supported but not the center of attention like some other schools.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I came to school for the school. I had an incredible academic experience.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The conversations are happening, and students name things when they're not okay with it.


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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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