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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The student body is great, as I have many groups of friends that are all different from each other. I have a lot of fun here, and enjoy the school because of that. It's a very good school for my International Business major and International Affairs minor, but many students agree that some of the professors are not very good at teaching. The school is way too expensive, even with financial aid. No one likes the campus dining plan, for many kids run out of off campus dining money fairly quickly, since the restaurants can be expensive, and the everyone dreads having to spend their dining hall money because nobody really likes the food offered or the quality of it.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: The men's basketball team won the NIT this year. However, while most of campus watched the game, not many people will go to the actual home basketball games. We don't have a football team so men's basketball is the big sport. Women's basketball is usually ranked in the top 25, however not many people go to their games either. Club sports are big enough on campus, but they don't dominate the scene.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: If you want to major in Political Science, or International Affairs, GWU is the place for you. The professors are usually working professionals in their field and are knowledgeable. Being at the heart of DC has its perks also as you are close to two metro stops that can take you anywhere you want in DC. While GWU doesn't have too many green spaces, the National Mall is our quad, just a 4 block walk. Inter-murals and club practices are held at the mall also. GWU is very career orientated, be prepared to be surrounded by driven students.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I don't really take part in athletics myself because I dance and there's not really any place on campus that I'm interested in personally, but people say good things about their sports.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I absolutely love the location and campus. There's so many things to do in DC and through the school. My classes are all very involved and interesting. I'm an engineer so I have to put more work in than some of my other friends, but I can still have fun.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a city so there is inherent risk, but I usually feel safe.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love my classes in public health, love my current dorm, however every other dorm I've lived in was old and disgusting.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: GW has great alumni events. Their online internship/job finder is also excellent.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Unless you're in a new building, the buildings are old and gross. They paint over mold and there are bugs.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: It's definitely there but it isn't necessary to join to be a part of campus.

2 College Junior

Athletics: GW men's basketball is kind of big but that's really it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my public health classes; however, most of my classes outside of the School of Public Health have been disappointing. I love being in DC and GW is great at connecting students to internships and alumni.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The campus PD seem always available to call and the community is together in preventing sexual assault so it's very easy to feel comfortable around campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I enjoy the mix of large lectures and small discussions that GW has to offer. Even with the required classes, theres lots of electives and interesting Professors here.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have yet to apply for jobs but the career services is helpful in finding internships around the area and preparing you for interviews or resume building.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I enjoy having a dorm with my own room but stiil roommates as well as a full kitchen and laundry room per floor.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no interest in Greek Life but from the friends that have been involved I understand it's a fun way to branch out from ones social norms.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I have no real interest in athletics so I'm not entirely sure how our school participates but there is that part of campus life without a doubt.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere and the friends I've made, along with all the opportunities have made this a great experience so far.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic culture is not huge here, there isn't any school spirit compared to other colleges or universities. The facilities are nice though and I enjoy using the Health and Wellness center here, it has a great gym.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've had some great professors and some not so great professors. Some really care about my work and that I do well, while others give little to no guidance and have students fend for themselves. It is also a really expensive school, with little to show for it. I really do wonder where all the money goes because it appears to go in necessary places.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: There are quiet few of the basketball games and people tend to watch it in a bar or restaurants, but for international student's or immigrants, it is kind of hard and difficult to gather around and enjoy the battling games.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I like GW but Corcoran building is too far away, old, and blocked out from GW. That's the only sad part. But the school facilities are great. Gelman should be renovated soon I guess..

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety is hard at GW because we live right in the city with an open campus. I often get texts from campus safety about muggings, stabbings, robberies, that sort of stuff. There are often fires on campus, which is both dangerous and inconvenient, and some dorms both lack security officers at the front desk and have automatic open doors, so anyone can get in. I had never been harassed on the street before starting school here either, but I know how to keep myself safe, so I've never been personally attacked.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: GW is what you make of it. You have to be your biggest advocate to get what you need, because it's very easy to be pushed off to the side. Reach out to your professors, build your network, and ask for what you want, because no one is going to reach out to you if you don't make the first move. I take great courses with great professors because I have older sisters in my sorority to ask about them, and I know myself well enough to know what will and won't work for me. Don't be afraid to hound your advisors, either!

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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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