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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The facilities are very nice. Everything is new, state-of-the-art, and in working condition. Excluding some dormitories, the athletic & student centers, libraries, and green spaces are all very nicely maintained and beautiful. There aren't many designated student hangouts.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: GW rips students off in regards to room and board, so many students end up living off-campus for better facilities, amenities, and cost. A lot of the "off-campus" living selections are actually on campus and closer to the center than on-campus dorms. Availability is good but you miss out on the traditional dorm experience.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Nightlife on main campus is great. It's largely ruled by frat parties, but that does not take away from the fun. Many underage student partake in nightlife. It is easy to get involved in nightlife because almost everything is within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Academics here are average, not the top but definitely not the bottom. The honors program is a useful program for those who want to have a more rigorous education. There are also a multitude of special interest study programs here. The curriculum for the political science program is very varied in that there are a lot of options; however I wish there were more courses in Political Theory.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is not difficult but it is difficult to get the perfect schedule. Registration is based on priority, so people in the honors program, upperclassmen, and athletes all have priority over freshmen. The workload is not terrible if you can manage your time properly.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of people use alcohol and drugs, but it is extremely easy to stay away from all of that. It is not hard to have a social life outside of drugs and alcohol and I have rarely been in any situations where I feel forced to participate in drug or alcohol consumption. Policy enforcement is taken seriously but I think it is a very reasonable policy.

2 College Freshman

Parking: GW regulates parking heavily. If you live on-campus, then you are not allowed to park anywhere other than campus parking, which is a rip-off. However, you really do not need a car on campus. You can walk anywhere around campus easily and popular social areas are within walking distance as well. Otherwise, you can use the metro (GW has a station on campus) to get anywhere around DC and taxis are also easy to find and use.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Local weather in DC is nice. It doesn't really effect campus experience meaningfully. However, since students must do a lot of walking throughout the day, I would suggest to bring a lot of clothes to battle colder temperatures.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are two main dining halls. The great thing is that you have a GWorld, which allows you to get food from almost anywhere around campus. The dining system in GW, however is flawed. The most expensive food I buy comes from GW itself, which is wrong. If GW forces me to buy food from itself, then it should offer me competitive prices with the food around campus.

4 College Freshman

Technology: There are two main computer labs, so I highly recommend bringing your own laptop for work. Since so much of college work is done on a computer, having a laptop to do work in a dorm room or in a study room with friends is a must. Plus, a laptop gives you the flexibility of bringing your laptop to classes and around campus, which for some is a huge priority. Network reliability and speed could be better, but mostly I have had success with it. You don't need a printer, there are network printers almost everywhere around campus which make it very easy to print inexpensively and quickly. Some have printers in their dorm rooms but that is really unnecessary.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are pretty nice, especially if you live on the Mount Vernon campus, like I do. The absolute nicest dorm to live in considering standard of living is West Hall; it's truly a beautiful dorm. On main campus, you trade-off standard of living for proximity to classes and city life. Amenities highly vary among dorms. The housing process is not too hard to get a hang of, although if you don't get the dorm you want it can be a nightmare to switch.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of clubs. You can probably find an activity that pertains to whatever you happen to be interested in. There are a lot of opportunities not only on campus but in DC at large. Students here are richer than at an average college/university, so a lot of preppy/expensive clothing can be found walking through campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: GW is a great school if you want to study in DC.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: No football team, but athletics are pretty important.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: DC is a great city!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Nightlife opens up after 21.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The library really needs work.

2 College Junior

Parking: City parking is never easy or cheap.

3 College Junior

Administration: GW is very strict about drugs.

3 College Junior

Academics: GW is not the best place to study psychology in terms of internships/jobs and curriculum, but not the worst either.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Professors are generally good, registration is never fun but relatively smooth (considering it's registration), and there are places to study. The library needs some work though.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of restaurants within a few blocks from campus. There is never any boredom food-wise.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime seems high, but that is likely due to city life. GWU sends out safety alerts regularly and is on top of that, but there is no way to avoid crime, as the campus is integrated into the city. Generally I do not feel unsafe on campus.

1 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The varsity teams have no support from students on campus and I dont like it at all

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are alot of off apartment buildings in the area but they are very nice and pricey

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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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