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Reviews 1520 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: "Emerge" Is Very Adequate – they take very good care of overly drunk kids. However, if you get "emerged" you end up at Georgetown hospital rather than GW hospital because they don't want people to think they are "emerging" you to make money. THis is a problem because if you don't have money you need to call friends to come get you or walk back to campus in heels & going out clothes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Good School, Obviously Not Ivy – I was in the honors program and this provided high academic challenges. I basically had a 4.0 in highschool and took 7 AP classes, and I found many students with similar backgrounds that could have gone to higher ranked schools but came to GW because they loved it. There are tons of kids that are really smart but also like to have a vibrant social life in the DC bar scene, etc.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My major is Biological Anthropology and the Anthropology department is great at GW. I feel as though I have numerous internship and career opportunities because of my location in DC. GW also has an amazing internal affairs program.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Most students on campus have their own laptops yet there are numerous locations on both of the campuses that have computer labs. There is also a tech support team on campus to fix broken laptops.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: The campus is situated right in the city with the White House only 4 blocks away. Also the university has its own stop on the metro transportation service which allows an easy access to the rest of the city. There are numerous city dining locations right around campus.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is usually warmer on campus compared to other locations during the summer because of fairly high humidity. Although this usually does not happen until the spring semester concludes. During the 2011 winter there were only a few light snow storms.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Overall most of the dining options are reasonably priced but there are the exceptions. There are many options close to campus with a lot of variety. There are many different sandwich places.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a greek life on campus but it is not necessary to be a part of it because they do not dominate the campus.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Big – GW students drink a lot, it's the most probably by far compared to other things. I wouldn't say there is a lot of peer pressure, people just do it, it's the norm on campus. If you're under 21 without an ID then you're probably pre gamming pretty hard in a dorm before heading out to a club. That being said if you don't drink or want to get involved with that stuff you won't be left out, you'll be in the minority, but not alone. UPD is has a pretty strong presence in freshmen and sophomore dorms, but less so in upperclassmen housing.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Classrooms Are Amazing – One thing I noticed right away when I first began at GW is that classrooms are very modern, equipped with lots of technology, and more importantly the professors really utilized the technology in their lectures. My Intro to Economics professors would always have a few questions for the class in her lectures that we would respond to with clickers which I thought was very cool and helpful.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Awesome, but a Few Downsides – Going to a school who's campus is in the heart of Washington, DC is an incredible experience. If you have a passion for politics or world affairs then GW is the perfect place. Your exposure to the real world and networking opportunities is amazing, from guest speakers like Robert Gibbs, Karl Rove, Israeli Ambassador to the outstanding professors this is the place! I tend to lean more towards the type of guy who's pretty studious but likes to get out and have fun on the weekends. The biggest downside to GW that I have experienced is that although Greek life is only 25% of the student body it still runs the campus social life. In other words if you're not in a fraternity or sorority who miss out on a lot of the social scene which can get very frustrating at times. Other than that, GW is an awesome place to go to school and having Washington, DC as your campus is a huge benefit in my mind.

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4 College Senior

Parking: There are underground parking garages under most every building and dorm so there is plenty of covered parking for everyone. However it's around $250 a month or so so it's expensive.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are some good looking people and there are some not good looking people.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Best City! DC is a rare breed- it has all the culture and opportunity of NYC, but is a lot cleaner! In fact, most of NW DC is pristine.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Beautiful but Unpredictable – DC is known for it's unpredictable weather during the changing of the seasons- on one occasion, it snowed on Monday and was 70 degrees on Tuesday! However, you cannot ask for a more beautiful springtime. When the cherry blossoms are in bloom, you can smell them throughout the whole city!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everything You Need – GW is right in the heart of DC, meaning that all of DC's great restaurants are blocks away. You can find any type of food you want, and healthy options are increasing by leaps and bounds. You don't even have to travel anymore; restaurants come to you! GW campus is the center of the food truck craze.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Don't Need a Car – GW has it's own metro line, and is easily accessible to other metro lines/bus stops. If you want a car, there is a large parking garage on campus, but it'll cost you.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Expensive Printing – When I graduated, there were a decent number of computers both in the library and in the student center. However, they have since removed the computer lab from the student center. In addition, printing costs are expensive- 28 cents for a color copy!

3 College Student

Technology: They Are Okay – Mostly use my laptops, so I don't think it matters significantly.

1 College Junior

Health & Safety: health care terrible – Universally regarded health center as having terrible staff and way overpriced. i highly advise setting up another doctor outside of the university.
counseling staff is terrible. i went in for some help with adjusting and they were absolutely terrible. it truly is a matter of "how fast can we get this person out of here" as opposed to "i want to help this person".
Sumer-Richards by far the worst of them all. Very insensitive and cold. Terrible advise.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Great Opportunities, Fun – The best part about GW is the opportunities it provides to students outside of the classroom. EVERYONE has at least one internship, most people have multiple. There are always fun activities around DC and plenty to see and do.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: One of the best cities in America as far as nightlife. GW is in the heart of DC and has very easy access to some amazing nightlife.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Clean, Relatively Safe – GW Hospital is on campus and very easily accessible. Occasional crime from non-students does occasionally happen, but GW responds very quickly and effectively.

1 Recent Alumnus


This is by far the worst excuse for a University I have ever experienced in the entirety of my life, they charge you for everything, the staff and professors are not helpful, inattentive, and self-absorbed. I was in the Masters of Public Health program, in this program they require you take a Practicum which is an onsite work experience requirement, which is a great idea but awful execution. The problems: 1) you have to find the practicum yourself, without zero help, references or guidance 2) once you do find it, the ambiguous cyber administration has to approve it, which is a complicated and mundane process that will make you want to pull your hair out, and 3) This the cake topper, THEY CHARGE YOU OVER $2,000.00 for a requirement that has no classroom instruction whatsoever. They are charging you for a service they did not provide, its morally deplorable. This institution is set up more like a Corporate entity that is only out to make money and NOTHING ELSE.

Also, there have been several cases of racism that have been settled out of court between this school and students. ACLU has been been contacted regarding one of these cases. Awful.

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4 College Student

Transportation: Its the city! There's transportation everywhere. You can take the bus, the metro or a cab. For long distance locations you can go to the Reagan airport or go to Union Station and take a greyhound or megabus or amtrak.

Around the campus, you can take 4-ride if you don't feel safe or if you just don't feel like walking, especially in the rain


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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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