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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Living in the Washington DC is amazing. I live three blocks from the monuments and four blocks from the White House. As a freshman, I even have an internship on Capitol Hill! The city offers so much and the school gives you access to so many different opportunities! I would definitely pick this school even if I could pick all over again.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Health Services is overpriced and not very helpful, but is available when students need it; they are efficient when getting all students vaccines that are required to attend school. Being in a city there are areas where there are crimes, however campus police always patrol our area and are readily available. Emerg is also present to assist in medical emergencies on campus and are very efficient.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't know about it.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't know about it.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: It's DC so there's lots of options.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I could use more. I still have a lot to pay.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've had no major problems so far and I'm happy.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not enough cheap and varied choices.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the professors I've had are passionate and engaging, but I've also had one or two professors who were dull, and terrible about updating grades.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a political communications major, so I'm in the smaller School of Media and Public Affairs. It's an incredible program with talented and passionate professors and interesting courses. Internships and job opportunities are rampant throughout SMPA. I cannot say enough good things about it!

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at GW is awesome-it's here and relevant, but not suffocating. Greeks are without a doubt the leaders on campus- Student Body president and tons of Colonial Cabinet members are greek. Most greek chapters have houses on townhouse row, but there are also greek dorms and "off-campus" greek housing. The frats throw awesome parties.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: GW is a thriving community, with pretty good access to facilities. The most amazing part, however, is the ability to simply walk down to the White House or National Mall whenever you get bored!

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The libraries are nice and clean, but there's a major lack of green spaces. Spring Fling (a concert) is a big deal, as are famous speakers visiting campus.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The best way to find straight guys (ones you'd actually want to hookup with/date) is to go to frats. All the guys are smart and hardworking-that's how they got into GW. My boyfriend and I have been exclusive for a few months, and I would say relationships are pretty common at GW, as well as just random hookups.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's only one "on campus" dining area-J Street. The food is pretty subpar and expensive, but there's a ton of vegetarian and vegan options.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Pretty much everyone will have at least one internship during their time at GW-that's the nature of being located in the nation's capital. Internships (at least those for credit) and research opportunities are mostly reserved for upperclassmen.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Having your own laptop (and really printer) is a necessity at GW. Printing is pretty expensive, and you won't want to have to run all the way to Gelman late at night to get a paper. The wireless network is pretty unreliable-during finals, the entire system shut down for a few hours.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: GW is in the process of rebuilding a lot of dorms-it's great if you get one of the newer ones (Lafayette and Potomac on the foggy bottom campus, really any dorm on the vern) but sucks if you get one of the older ones (Madison and Thurston on foggy). However, Madison has an incredible location and Thurston has an awesome community. The housing process can be a real challenge-a ton of kids apply early decision, giving them priority for housing. Because it's DC (and GW) the dorms are pretty expensive for what you get.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The university (and GWPD) really seems to only care about noise complaints. No noise complaint, no problem. Most of the other policies make sense and are truly just for safety.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Like practically any other college campus, alcohol is a pretty big part of the party scene at GW. Drugs are much less common (I've only been offered marijuana once, and I go to quite a few parties). The only issue is how the university approaches alcohol overdose. It often feels like the university is more concerned about punishing students and fining them than it is about student safety.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: GW is an incredible school! Despite being in the heart of Washington DC, the campus is very livable. There are plenty of off-campus dining options, and public transportation (especially the metro) is cheap and easy to navigate.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of options when it comes to off-campus dining, but it can get very expensive very quickly. There are tons of vegetarian/vegan options, and a lot of different types of food (thai, indian, ethiopian, etc).

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The winters average in the 40s but the wind whips through the city blocks. Being from the northeast, it's manageable. All dorms have great AC and heat which you can control. Spring is the most beautiful time of year and I could not imagine any better place to live during late March-May.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I can't complain. Teachers are very well versed in their trade and it's not the type of place that will replace a teacher with someone unqualified mid-year.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration is always stressful but I can't imagine it being much better for other schools. There are a lot of requirements and the business school's FYDP seems a bit useless... but other than than, I have no gripes.

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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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