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Reviews 1738 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I have no idea what the drug scene is on campus outside of drinking. For that, there is a lot of access to happy hours, boozy brunches, and general DC bars.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: While I struggled a bit at first, I would say that I found a major and a minor that was filled with incredible faculty. My classes were never bigger than 30 people after my first semester and my senior thesis helped me prepare for graduate school. I cannot sing the praises enough for the American Studies and Sociology courses - as well as the classes I was able to take in American Sign Language and the Elliot School.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's hard to find a student that is not involved in some internship or job. GW's location is incredible for opportunities to get involved and to graduate with so much experience. The GW network is broad and I have been able to find countless amount of support since graduation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I always felt safe on the Foggy Bottom campus. There was never a time I didn't think I would receive support from my faculty or staff.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It's expensive, but that comes with being located so close to the White House and monuments. Once you get past that (which is hard), you grow to really like housing. It feels way more like an apartment building than a traditional dorm

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: People who are Greek are rarely only Greek. It's not like you're in your organization and never participate in other organizations or clubs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It's definitely an adjustment. GW is so embedded in DC culture and it is so unlike any other college campus, that at first it can be off putting. But by graduation, you grow to love it and are sad to leave. It's an amazing place to grow into a professional.

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The school spirit is growing, but we don't really live or die for the sports teams

5 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: DC is seriously the best for nightlife! I love it. Some of the most fun I have ever had. There is a variety of places to go to and I have never had a bad experience with them.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I don't live on campus so I'm not really sure what happens, but I can assume that it is a decent party scene because of the DC location

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: GW is a good school, so naturally the workload is tough. But you get a good education here and we have some top programs like the Elliot School.


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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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