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Reviews 1812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are a lot of people from a similar upper middle class east coast background, however, there are definitely a lot of international students and students from all over the United States.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The city transportation is easy to use- the metro is accessible, but does not work 24 hours. The campus shuttle from the Mt. Vernon campus is ok at best- runs frequently enough on weekdays during the day but is still subject to traffic. However nights and weekends, it runs much less often and is difficult to access.

4 College Junior

Majors: I am a transfer student and applied to the Engineering school. The process was pretty much the same as that of other schools. One difference I saw is that if you get into GWU, you also get into the school you apply to rather than both being separate as many other schools.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The university is located in the middle of the city which makes it hard to get to. Without the flags on the GWU buildings, it would be nearly impossible to distinguish the school buildings and those of the city.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus feels pretty safe but there are incidents. However, it's a pretty safe part of town.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is close so no need to use public transportation too often. When you do, metro to most central parts of city is pretty accessible. Only downside is it doesn't run late nights and taxis are expensive.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Great service through phone and email. They are flexible and address special needs. Office, however, is too busy. Long lines and hard to access.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurants are everywhere and easily accessible by walking, metro, or cab. The GW meal plan also offers access to many nearby restaurants and cafes.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Because of the urban setting, parking can be hard to come by. There are many garages, but all parking garages are relatively expensive ($10-$20) a day. There is also a lot of metered parking.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol is prevalent, drugs not as much but they're there

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are 2 gyms and libraries on campus. HellWell and Gelman on Foggy and the gym in West Hall and Eckles library on MV. Gelman is just being renovated so there is lots of more space for students. Both gyms are great. Hellwell gets full sometimes but I've been in the West Hall gym all by myself about 11 times so it's great if you don't like working out around lots of people or just need the basics.

GW has lots of traditions also like GW's birthday bonfire and DC celebrations like the Cherry Blossom Festival that a lot of people go to.

There are many places to hang out: Marvin, Kogan Plaza, Multicultural Student Services Center, Starbucks, and even the Vern.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Network speeds are outstanding and are constantly improving as more wireless access points are installed throughout campus. Wi-fi speeds are pretty good and generally not at all slow. Wired connection speeds are through the roof, though, upwards of 80 mb/s. The computer labs are modern and the computers work well. My only qualm is with printing. Colonial Printing is $0.07 per black & white side and $0.85 per color side. I know of many other schools that offer free printing for at least the first 1000 pages per semester.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Overall, the facilities are pretty good. There are a lot of new buildings on campus and the campus is constantly under construction as they work to construct new buildings. However, there are many older buildings (mainly residence halls built prior to 1950) that need to be updated/renovated. In addition, the library is a very depressing place, though it is currently undergoing some construction which may help in the long run.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: GW is big on green spaces, or they're at least trying to improve on it. The library is eh... less than decent. It's getting old and there were a lot of problems with construction and air conditioning last year, making a lot of noise and making it hard for people to study. The gym is great.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Greek life takes over GW nightlife. Parties almost every weekend (decent). If you want the clubbing scene, some take 18+, but the good ones are 21+.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most restaurants are top notch, however it does not deserve an A+ because of price. Although many have the GW rich-kid perspective, not all students are well off. A lot of the restaurants are over-priced. However if you do your homework, there are many local gems that have the best foods (like Amsterdam Falafel)

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: GW has a distinctly non-average dining policy which makes off-campus dining an excellent option. The required dining plan for freshman includes some money that is only for on-campus dining options (which are decent but not fantastic), and some money that can be used on-campus or at any of over 50 off-campus vendors partnered with GW, which include creperies, bakeries, a 24-hour Starbucks in the library, tons of restaurants and even a few groceries, like Whole Foods (one block North of the main campus), Safeway, and CVS. All of this money is stored on your GWorld, the multipurpose ID card that GW issues. You'll use it for money and access to your dorm, mostly.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation in DC is simply fantastic! (Of course, I come from the suburbs of Austin, TX, where the only public transportation I ever used was the school bus). The Metro is pretty cheap and very reliable, even with constant trackwork; the bus system seems pretty good, although a little confusing (I've actually never used it, but my friends say it's fine); and almost everything is within walking distance if you're feeling a little cheap and don't mind a mile hike. GW is about a half hour walk from the National Mall and White House, and has a greener suburban campus for those who don't like the city life as much (we call it the Vern). Many students, including a lot of freshman, live on the Vern but take classes on the main campus, so there's a shuttle called the Vern Express that operates between the campuses full time. On weekdays it makes stops every 15 minutes, and every half hour during late hours on weekends, so you're never stranded.

4 College Junior

Academics: I am a Biology major with a minor in Linguistics. How much you get out of your major at GW really depends on how much effort you put into networking and finding good options. For instance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is literally just a subway ride away from the school, but you have to work to get an internship there. Other career options include museum internships (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History) or working as a TA or research assistant for one of the professors. Professor Doebel, one of the Biology professors, is a great guy--he studies bees, and you can talk to him about working with them over the year and summer.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Provided that you submit your FAFSA on time, GW manages all of your Federal aid options for you and notifies you of available aid by late June, which you can then accept, accept in part, or decline. GW is usually very generous in the scholarships it offers, as well. However, submitting private loan information can be a long process, so apply early to ensure that your account is paid in full on time.

5 College Junior

Academics: Best known for its Political Sciences program, GW also offers a great courseload for Biology (my major) and has a Law School and Medical School. The professors are great, make time for their students, answer questions in the usually small lectures (not tiny, but anywhere from 12 to 60 is normal), and are very available to meet outside of class. Registration can be stressful, just like anyplace else, but the online system has always worked for me, and as long as you plan out multiple possible schedules (IE many backups) you will always get the courses you want. As a freshman, there are several seats guaranteed for you in many lower level classes, ensuring that you will be able to register. Study abroad is a great option, and many students take advantage of it at GW--more than half the people I know there are going or have already gone abroad, to places such as England, Turkey, France, Germany, and South Africa.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: While use of alcohol can be very apparent, depending on if you join any groups (fraternities and many clubs will make alcohol available to their members), I have experienced no pressure to participate in anything that would make me uncomfortable. Drug use is not much of a problem at GW, mostly because the university is in DC (with federal laws applying as DC is not a state!) and as such policies are very strict against drugs. Other than occasional word of a pot brownie , I've never had to deal with drugs there at all.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am technically undeclared, but planning to major in Math and Dance with a minor in Psychology. I am very pleased with the dance program at GW, it is different than other programs I have been involved in, but it is a nice change. The math program is not the best, but I am learning how to do more on my own and learning when I need to do my own research for help.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You are not allowed to live in off-campus housing until Junior year. While prices are comprable to dorm life, some places are hard to get into. Also, being in the city makes parking tough and expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is great diversity at GW. If you want to be or meet a fraternity guy, you can. If you want to meet a group of guys who do the plays and musicals, you can find that too. The girls also range all over the charts.


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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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