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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The frat scene is pretty big and a lot of people I know are in frats. They have a lot of good parties that are hard to get in if you are not in a frat or sorority. There is also a lot of hazing and a lot of the frats and sororities get in trouble. The off campus housing is pretty small because it is DC.

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3 College Junior

Technology: Printing is expensive; the network is fairly reliable and speedy; It takes many steps to get computers and cell phones set up with the wireless network though.

4 College Junior

Academics: I enjoy The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA), but I am annoyed with how little the number the spaces per class is and also the fact that most of the class times overlap, so it's difficult to make a good schedule.
However, there are great internship opportunities that SMPA makes its students aware of. We have professional professors, many of whom have experience out in the realm of journalism.
SMPA is a great, the facility is up to date and extremely well-equipped for my major.

4 College Junior

Academics: The academics are great at GW. Because there are so many big lectures, students find it hard to make a personal connection with the professors, unless they go to office hours or make an effort to not just be "another student." Depending on the subject, the teaching assistants can be either very helpful or not helpful at all. The registration process is like the "Hunger Games." Depending on how many spots are left in each class, it can either go very well for a student or very unfortunate. I've had both good and bad experiences with registration. The workload is generally a lot, no matter the major. There are tutors that are offered, and a lot of study space. It just depends on if you are aware of the "hidden gem" study spaces.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The campus shuttle (The Vern Express or "The Vex"), which takes students to and from The Vern campus, conveniently runs 24/7. The Metro is generally a popular method of transportation. It is usually efficient and easy to navigate, since there are only 6 lines. The metro costs are a bit high, and have gone up over the past year. It's nice to have the ability to easily and quickly travel to two other states via public transportation (Maryland and Virginia).

3 College Junior

Athletics: GW does not have much athletic school spirit. A lot of students usually come out to the firs men's basketball game of the season, and then usually don't attend to any more games. Athletics is just not a huge part of the school. We don't have a football team either.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not know much about off-campus housing because I have never lived off-campus.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is bipolar. That is all.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I enjoy living on campus. I had a unique freshmen year experience because I lived on GW's Mount Vernon Campus, or "The Vern." The Vern is great for anyone who did not want to live in a large open, urban area. I actually prefer to live on the Foggy Bottom campus, which is GW's main campus. However, I was in the Women's Leadership Program, which housed us on The Vern. Somers Hall and West Hall are the best dorms on the Vern, in my opinion. I had a great relationship with the people in my hall during my freshman year. For the past two years I've lived on Foggy Bottom and I do not regret it. All of my classes and most of my friends are on Foggy. My current residence hall specifically, 1959 E Street, is one of the best junior dorms. My room is extremely spacious and each room has its own washer and dryer (I do not have to pay for my laundry). Also, E Street has an open rooftop where I could see the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. The only downfall to living on E Street is that it is far from most of my classes, buildings and other dorms.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not involved in Greek life, but I have many friends who are involved in Greek life. There are a good number of Greek houses available. I don't feel threatened by Greek life, nor do I feel pressured to join. I noticed that the Panhellenic/IFC Greek life and the Multicultural Greek Council rarely mingle or have events together.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: My financial aid package for my first year at GW was amazing. I got a scholarship and a few grants, and it covered a lot of my overall cost. However, my financial aid package for my second was almost cut in half. I was under a lot of stress during this year because I had to take out a big loan. There was miscommunication with what was said online (it said that my loan was approved, but it actually was not). I had to take out a different loan.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I did not face any challenges when I applied to The School of Media Affairs (SMPA) as a first semester sophomore.
Important criteria for being an in-school transfer to (SMPA) is that I had to have already taken or currently be taking the Intro to News Writing and Reporting course. The application includes an essay and my transcript.

4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoy SMPA, but I am annoyed with how little the number the spaces per class is and also the fact that most of the class times overlap, so it's difficult to make a good schedule.
However, there are great internship opportunities that SMPA makes its students aware of. We have professional professors, many of whom have experience out in the realm of journalism.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: For an open campus in an urban city, I generally feel safe on campus. There are emergency poles on different point on campus where you can press a button in case you feel threatened, and GWPD comes. Also, 4Ride, a late night driving escort service is useful. There have been multiple accounts of on-campus robberies, but for the most part I feel pretty safe.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is extremely accepting here as the campus is extremely diverse!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does have a presence on campus and usually throw all the parties.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from New England, DC is warmer in the winter which is nice and when snow falls everyone freaks out and the city shuts down. It does get warm during the summer, but most people are back home anyway.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Campus transportation easily and freely takes you between Mount Vernon and Foggy Bottom. There are also campus taxis to get you around safely at night. There are also many DC taxis that run all over campus, zip cars are readily available, and the metro has a stop on campus.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Technology is average- bring your laptop, printing and wireless network are average.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: This is an expensive school, so kids who attend here do have money to spend. The school does give out merit scholarships when you are accepted, but don't really expect financial aid.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman get the old buildings. They are old, dirty, moldy, and rusty. However, they are an excellent location. As you get older you get nicer housing!

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The monuments, White House, and Smithsonians are all your fingertips! The metro is quick and easily accessible all over the city. Shopping in Georgetown is great and there are amazing restaurants all over the place!

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a city.... of course its going to be good.

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2 College Freshman

Athletics: No one cares about GW sports except for our basketball team and very few actually pay attention to them.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The school does enforce underage drinking, drug, and noise violations because we are in a city environment. Parking is a non-issue at our school because of the city environment.

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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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