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Reviews 1792 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are a lot cuter than the guys, but it depends on personal taste.

3 College Freshman

Technology: We have computers at the libraries and some academic buildings.

4 College Freshman

Academics: All my professors are experts in the field, and I mean they literally still work in the field they are teaching about.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the people here and the parties are awesome, but this school treats its students like commodities. All they care about is the cash in your wallet and they will take every opportunity to scam you out of more.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Foggy Bottom is a pretty safe place. Blue lights are posted on every block and 4ride is available at nights to take students anywhere on campus if they feel unsafe.

There's this misconception that because we live in a city that we live in dangerous place. That's not very true. GW's main campus is an actual campus, like any other school. There's a clear 5 block by 7 block area that is clearly just GW property. As a result, this, mostly, leaves GW kids in and strangers out.

However, even though we have a clear division of campus and city, we still live in a city. Crime still happens, sometimes people are robbed or sexually assaulted. Just remember to be safe and to always stick with friends. Use your brain!

As for the Vern, it's probably the safest place on the world, perhaps even safer than the White House...

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Anyone interested in Political Sciences, International Affairs, Government, Communications, History, Anthropology, or Foreign Languages will love GW.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Some are outdated although the school is int he process of renovating/rebuilding several key buildings.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is wonderful and affordable compared to what you can find just off campus. All rooms once you're a sophomore have their own bathroom and kitchen.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: GW is very accepting of all, and plans many events in collaboration with various student organizations to celebrate our social, racial, economic, and sexual diversity.

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4 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer labs are spacious with plenty of printing/scanning/photocopying spaces. If the computers on the ground floor of Gelman Library are all in use head downstairs to the basement or across the street to Philips/Rome.

5 College Freshman

Technology: There are computers available at every library, and printing kiosks everywhere. It is easily accessible to find computers and printers at either library. The wireless internet is reliable and fast. Once you connect to the internet, it automatically keeps you connected. However, initial internet connection can take a while to set up. A personal printer is unnecessary, it only costs 7 cents a page to print, which is cheaper than paying for a printer, ink, and paper. A laptop is a convenience, not a necessity. You can get away with not having a laptop, although it definitely makes things easier.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are a lot of options for food on campus. We are required to use half of our dining dollars at campus owned food services. There are two dining halls on campus. J-street has Auntie Anne's, Vietnamese, Chinese, and a buffet style eatery. The food isn't the best, and it isn't open very late. However, half of our dining dollars are allowed to be used at places near campus. This includes Whole Foods, Safeway, CVS, and a variety of restaurants.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The drug scene is pretty big at my school. A few weeks ago a drug ring was found in one of the greek houses, and the school police decided to complete raids on dorms they thought were involved.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus options are great. Unfortunately, Foggy Bottom all but shuts down every day at 5 and not much is open on the weekends. Make sure to explore outside the GW bubble.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The University works hard to keep a safe environment on campus. They are very aware of the risks and threats associated with city life, and do their best to assist students in staying safe. That being said, it is a city school, and students have to be aware of this when choosing to attend.

3 College Junior

Weather: The campus is about a 5X4 city block grid, so nothing is very far. Most of the campus is concrete, so even if there is inclement weather, it typically doesn't make it difficult to walk anywhere.

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2 College Junior

Campus Housing: No privacy really, UPD practically lives in the buildings with you.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Im sure theres no actual way to measure how big or small the "drug scene" is.

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1 College Junior

Greek Life: It sucks, no one has values anymore all they do is party.

5 College Senior

Majors: There is a wide range of majors and concentrations.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life can be cliquish...and overshadow some other activities. However, the events are meant for good

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol has more of a presence than drugs at GW. Yes, plenty of people do marijuana and cocaine and myriad other drugs, but drinking is a social thing here. It is ridiculously easy to obtain alcohol underage, and university police rarely take action when they bust a party. Alcohol is extremely visible - on Election Night, clearly underage students ran to the White House with open bottles.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: GW divides its meal plan into Dining Dollars, which are good in the two dining halls and a few GW-owned cafes, and Colonial Cash, which is good pretty much anywhere you see inside of and around campus (Starbucks, Subway, CVS, Whole Foods, etc). My rating is low because the food in the dining halls is terrible, and freshmen and sophomores are required to spend Dining Dollars, although they do get a good amount of Colonial Cash. GW would get a D+ if not for the plentiful, healthy, and delicious places you can use your Colonial Cash.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: GW's location is ideal for going out on the town at night. A lot of places have 18+ nights once per weekend, and you can very easily find something to do every night Thursday-Sunday. Lots of frat houses are very welcoming, and of course at upperclassmen friends' rooms, which are enormous.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I heard a lot that people here do a lot of rich kid drugs like coke and pills but I haven't seen much of it. A lot of people smoke pot, and I have heard stories about people doing pills but it isn't very visible. A fair number of people get in trouble about drugs though. They're pretty strict.

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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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