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5 College Junior

Local Area: DC is the best place in the world to be- there's literally something here for everyone

2 College Junior

Parking: We're in the middle of downtown DC- there's pretty much no such thing as parking

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: GW is definitely the best school in the world if you're into politics/international affairs/journalism. People are really dedicated to what they want to do here and there's a group for everyone

5 College Junior

Transportation: Transportation between the Mount Vernon (the Vern) campus and Foggy Bottom is really easy, and then DC itself has great transit to get from campus to any internship/job

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It can get very expensive very fast, but it's great living on campus and is really easy- only guaranteed your first two years though

4 College Junior

Greek Life: The best part about being Greek at GW is that you can be social or professional- we have tons of professional sororities like PAD (pre-law) and DEM (pre-med) or DPE the foreign service sorority

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Hard to party with non greeks

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot more whites than any other race

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Living in a major city means that there will be more crime than in a rural college town. However, I have never felt uncomfortable walking on campus, even alone at 2 AM. There are very dangerous parts of DC (Southeast and Northeast) but GW is in the very safe, touristy part of DC, so it is pretty safe. Part of the campus is under the range of protection from the secret service, so maybe we have too much security haha.

Student health is a joke though. They don't take your health insurance, take DAYS for test results (when I had strep, they never even called me back so I had to go to a real doctor). They are rude and rush you out of there, and there are many hidden costs. I got the second round of the Gardasil shot and it cost $150 (!!!!!!!!!!!!). I was in shock.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm living in Washington, DC. going to a school chockfull of brilliant, respected professors, interesting, diverse students, and endless opportunities at my doorstep. If you can afford the tuition, or if you're comparatively poor like me and can get lots of financial aid (GW is very giving) APPLY.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Lots of students have been going to the hospital for alcohol poisoning, so obviously some students don't know how to handle their alcohol. Lots of people pre-game before events and even other parties, but there is so much to do in DC that you can easily find something else to do and people willing to do it with you. (Although going to the Lincoln while a little drunk is very fun haha)

4 College Freshman

Administration: Very lenient about visitors in dorms- all you have to do is sign them in. GW has had an increasing problem with students getting 'EMeRGed' (having to use the school's ambulance service to go to the hospital) due to alcohol poisoning. Therefore, they might get slightly more strict, but they also have an amnesty policy for drunk students who call EMeRG for their friend if needed. My friends' dorm party (all freshmen) got a noise complaint, and the officers just told everyone to leave since they were under 21. Only the noise complaint was filed. They're pretty chill if you're not being stupid. However, they have been known to break up frat parties fairly often. GW is VERY strict on the whole plagiarism/cheating issue, but most colleges are. Overall, they are very lenient

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: City life = expensive cover charges (even for girls), expensive drinks, and lots of clubbing options.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's the most powerful city in the most powerful country in the world. There is arguably no better place to live.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Living in the city, you have so many transportation options besides driving your own car. I mostly use the Metro. It is clean, safe, and easy to use. There are also metro buses, cabs, and zip cars if you need them. The campus transportation is slightly sketchy but it runs every 5 minutes at normal hours and every 15 minutes on off-hours.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have pretty good men's and women's basketball teams this year, but they are not a big part of campus life at all. It's a shame, really. I wish we had more school spirit, but people would rather go out to a club than to the basketball game on a Friday night. The gym is nice, with basketball courts, squash courts, an inside track, and machines. On the Mount Vernon campus, there are soccer fields and a pool.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got accepted in early January and didn't get my official financial aid package until October. It was such a pain in the ass- with them constantly losing my documents (with personal information and SSNs on them) and taking weeks to process things. It always seemed like I would think I had turned in all of the required documents and then more would pop up, thus slowing down the process. However, you can either afford all of GW's tuition or you need a lot of help. I am in the latter category and am fortunate enough to receive $44,000 of aid money- $35,000 of it grants. GW also has guaranteed tuition, meaning that your tuition prices will not go up during your four years here.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I don't know anybody who doesn't have a laptop or tablet, so computer labs are fairly irrelevant, although they are there if you need them.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not too in-your-face, lots of people are greek, but the social scene is by no means dominated by it. There are plenty of smart, nice people in it, but also plenty not involved in greek life. University is very strict on hazing, so very little of it goes on, and when it does, the chapters are punished. Certain frats usually throw parties on the weekends and there are mixers weekly for different sororities and fraternities to go to, but a lot of people go out into the city for nightly entertainment rather than relying on greek life to supply the entertainment. Overall, if you think you want to join one, go for it. You'll find a place for you. But there is no pressure to be greek or else be a loser. Everyone's pretty open.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Unfortunately, there is only one traditional dining hall on the Foggy Bottom campus. It closes at 8 on the weekdays, around 2 on Fridays, and is closed on the weekends (which is a huge pain). There is an extensive vegan/vegetarian bar along with a large salad bar, but fewer options for meat-eaters. There is pretty good Chinese food there and a grill that makes burgers and other American food. Also there is an Aunty Anne's that takes dining dollars, so that is lovely.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: EXTREMELY diverse. So many international students, people from all kinds of backgrounds, political beliefs, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary to be in a class where half of the students are international.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: When the IMF and the World Bank hold conferences in your auditorium, you know you go somewhere cool. Not a lot of green spaces. Lacking on school spirit. But the city of Washington is your campus, so GW's campus isn't your only option- nor should it be.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Academic buildings are nice, but dorms are usually rough.

1 College Freshman

Parking: You're never going to find good, cheap parking in downtown DC. But you're living in the city. No one owns a car, so parking doesn't matter at all.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: GW has a great nightlife. Basically, you have two options on the weekends - frats or clubs. The best frats are Pi Kap, Pike and Sig Ep although all of them throw big parties every now and then. In addition to the typical party in the frat house basement, a lot of times frats will rent out a club and have a party there. In addition, if there are no good parties, plenty of people will go to clubs - the best are Eden and Ultra. Most are 18-plus but they're pretty strict about underage drinking, so most people pre-game first.

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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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