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Reviews 1738 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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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5 College Senior

Majors: Public Health is wonderful with small class sizes, invested professors and a unique undergrad degree.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are plenty of clubs to go out to and always people throwing parties in apartments or in dorm rooms. Frats also host lots of parties on the weekends

3 College Freshman

Weather: D.C. weather can be volatile and changes from hot to cold, clear to rainy very quickly.

2 College Junior

Athletics: Sports aren't a big deal here. The basketball games are the most attended, but even for the highest attendance are nothing compared to other schools. There's really no other sports that people watch. GW does do tailgates to entice people to games, so free food is always good.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus police are there to protect you, but aren't always the quickest to respond. They can't arrest people, so the rely on metro PD to do that. Just be smart

5 College Junior

Technology: Computers-PCs and Macs-are easily accessible. There is wireless printing, so you can print from any computer or mobile device. It's very easy to get something printed quickly before class

3 College Freshman

Administration: My RA was hardly ever around so we were able to get away with a lot. My friends also never had problems with the police on campus, though there are a lot of them.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is fairly warmer than I was expecting but there can be a great deal of rain. There was many a time I got soaking wet from being outside without an umbrella because it was sunny a few hours earlier.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: GW focuses most of its attention on Basketball, they do not have a football team so there isn't really that same spirit that is in most other campuses.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of food places to choose from around Foggy Bottom, however most of these places are a little pricey. Still many places allow you to use your GWorld food plan, and there are some good cheap options like McDonalds, Subway, Chipotle, and many more.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Being situated in the business area of DC, there aren't many convenient food options that you would find in most residential areas. Still there are a number or good places to eat around if you're willing to walk, which isn't really a problem. The dining halls are good overall, however they close to early and aren't open on the weekends. Still as a Freshman, you will have enough money on your meal plans to not have to worry about skipping a meal.


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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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