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Reviews 1524 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: It sucks, no one has values anymore all they do is party.

5 College Senior

Majors: There is a wide range of majors and concentrations.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life can be cliquish...and overshadow some other activities. However, the events are meant for good

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol has more of a presence than drugs at GW. Yes, plenty of people do marijuana and cocaine and myriad other drugs, but drinking is a social thing here. It is ridiculously easy to obtain alcohol underage, and university police rarely take action when they bust a party. Alcohol is extremely visible - on Election Night, clearly underage students ran to the White House with open bottles.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: GW divides its meal plan into Dining Dollars, which are good in the two dining halls and a few GW-owned cafes, and Colonial Cash, which is good pretty much anywhere you see inside of and around campus (Starbucks, Subway, CVS, Whole Foods, etc). My rating is low because the food in the dining halls is terrible, and freshmen and sophomores are required to spend Dining Dollars, although they do get a good amount of Colonial Cash. GW would get a D+ if not for the plentiful, healthy, and delicious places you can use your Colonial Cash.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: GW's location is ideal for going out on the town at night. A lot of places have 18+ nights once per weekend, and you can very easily find something to do every night Thursday-Sunday. Lots of frat houses are very welcoming, and of course at upperclassmen friends' rooms, which are enormous.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I heard a lot that people here do a lot of rich kid drugs like coke and pills but I haven't seen much of it. A lot of people smoke pot, and I have heard stories about people doing pills but it isn't very visible. A fair number of people get in trouble about drugs though. They're pretty strict.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Growing up in a very suburban area I was used to and really liked house parties. Here most of the nightlife includes clubs and bars which I personally don't like as much. The only real house parties are held by fraternities and a couple other organizations that have houses but the frat parties become exclusive after pre-rush and houses in the area are really small and not conducive for good parties.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meal plan is really strange. On your Gworld (school ID) you have a limited amount of money that is included in your tuition. As a freshmen you have $700 J-Street bucks which are for the school cafeteria. The food is not great but generally not awful yet it is extremely overpriced! Food from the buffet is priced by weight (about $8/lb) and as an athlete who needs to eat a lot a normal lunch costs me $15. Everything is expensive. The other $1000 on your ID as a freshmen are Colonial Cash which can be used at participating restaurants and stores in the area such as CVS, Whole Foods, etc. People usually run out of Colonial Cash quickly.

2 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Overall I have been disappointed with the facilities. The University is trying to create new buildings such as the engineering building thats in progress and the "super dorm" thats planned but for the most part the buildings are old and its obvious. The main library is awful and the gym is really bad too. Half of the dorms are nice and half are old and really run-down. It seems like half the buildings here are nice and half are awful.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms range from atrocious to nice, depending on where you live. Thurston is awful, but that's because there are 1000 freshmen housed in there, and so that's where all the nonsense happens. Potomac is nice and quiet compared to Thurston, but you typically have to be ED to get in there. Crawford is terrible, but they're tearing it down, so don't worry about that one. On the Vern (not that I would ever recommend living there), West Hall is fantastic. The rooms are nice, suite-style rooms and Pelham Commons is located there, so you wouldn't even have to leave to get food (could be a good or bad thing). Somers is all-girls, and I think houses only about 150, and those rooms are nice as well. They have common areas with televisions. I don't know anything about Cole, unfortunately.
The upperclassmen housing is more or less the same. It's mostly all about location. Mitchell is the worst Sophomore housing, though it's composed of singles with community bathrooms. JBKO, Guthridge and Munson are the high-end Sophomore housing options, and Fulbright is just in a good location. Other upperclassmen dorms like Ivory Tower and Amsterdam are SUPER nice, and all senior housing (E Street, South Hall) is high-quality.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: We're in the mid-Atlantic, so you have to expect a certain amount of reliability on it not getting too cold or too warm. The only real problem is that we hardly get snow, it rains a lot. There can be days when it's cold, blustery and wet, which are miserable. But then, the next day it might be beautiful, in the high 50s, sunny, almost t-shirt weather. (to give you a perspective, I'm from New Hampshire, so I'm used to the cold).
For example, yesterday was gorgeous, I had a light sweater on for a walk around Georgetown (waterfront, so wonderful) and then today, instead of the Snowquester, we get rain and cold and it's gross.

2 College Freshman

Parking: The only parking I've seen is on the Vern or, in the city, not actually part of the University. But, honestly, there's no real need for a car unless you have an internship that's out of walking distance and not on the metro line. Even then, a bike is by far the best way. It's more than reasonable to walk everywhere on campus, and there's a shuttle provided to the Vern, so that's not a problem.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Sitting in the heart of DC means two things: excellent options, and high prices. There are plenty of places to get really good food, and the classic GW locations (Fobogro, Carvings, GW Deli) are all delicious. You can find a good variety of chains, small restaurants and hipster spots. The only problem is the strain on your wallet. The prices are unreasonable as it is, and with a 10% tax it can get a little rough.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't feel unsafe on GW's campus, but the student health services is not very convenient. I have been there on more than one occasion where the diagnosis given to me was not at all warranted by the situation. Ice packs are commonly used as a cure all device and inaccurate medical advice has been given to me. In addition it is out of the way. I once had a back spasm that was so bad I couldn't walk and I had to hobble my way seven blocks to get to health services so they could tell me what I already knew - that I had a back spasm.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You'll find all sorts of people at GMU. Students here come from all across the nation as well as from out of country.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles availabe to West Parking lot, local shopping center, local transit and metro station. Don't need a car if you live on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: It is great! Most of the housing on campus is new and large.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: DC is very expensive and very limited in parking. STUDIO apartments starting prices average about $1200 a month, and thats basically only for four walls and a toilet. Better plan on finding a roommate or living outside of DC. The public transportation is great so there aren't many problems getting into the city if you life in MD or VA

4 College Junior

Party Scene: This is Washington DC, there is always something you can find to do. If you didn't like your first choice, go somewhere else.

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1 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't bring a car to campus. There is not a lot of student parking, and you are not allowed a car your first two years anyway. For the most part, it's much better to utilize the Metro system or a bike and, quite frankly, you can walk almost anywhere you need to get to.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If you're looking for a club scene, there isn't always an availability for Under 21, but you will find nights. It's hard to find many cafes or small restaurants open after 10, but if you get a little off campus, you can find a few spots. When in doubt, though, a night walk to the monuments is fun and easy to do!

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I personally don't mind the east coast weather. It snows a little bit, but not enough to be a hassle and is cold (40s-30s) from about mid November to Late February. March and April are very sunny and warm.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Great Metro and WMATA bus access, good on-campus shuttle for late nights around campus.

5 College Senior

Majors: I interned at a major international non-profit. I received a stipend but I wish that it paid more because it would have made living here over the summer less expensive. I made excellent connections and the time commitment was was worth the relationships I developed. I think it is easy to find an internship at GW and employers recognize the name and the type of hard worker they are hiring.

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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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