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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.

4 College Freshman

Technology: The entire campus has WEPA (Wireless printing from anywhere) that will end up in the library for pick up whenever you need it! There are both Apple computers and PCs available in the library for anyone that may need them, as well as a technology department willing to help with anything you may need. A personal printer is not necessary but I would strongly recommend the need for a personal computer or laptop because many of the homework assignments and books (ebooks) are only available online. The library is open 24 hours, though, so the computers are available at those times, too.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The Elliot School of International Affairs is phenomenal. Our Economics professors work in the World Bank, IMF, and the government. Our regional and language professors have lived in the places that speak the language they teach. The International Affairs major is one of the most popular here, but don't be fooled, the Elliot School is a hard one to get into because of all the opportunities and resources it provides its students. Our program provides countless study abroad programs (with credit counting when you come back!), the advisors are PRISTINE at their job, and you do all of this while being 10 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE CAPITOL! oh, and three blocks away from the White House.. what else is there to say?

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to GWU because of their International Affairs program at the Elliot School. This program and the School of Media and Public Affairs have outstanding opportunities in the field of Public Relations, Political Communication, Journalism, and International Affairs and Business with faculty with experience in their field of expertise (that currently work on the field, too). While the engineering program is not the best of the country, if you're looking for a liberal arts education relating to any of the topics mentioned above, this is the place to be. The business school is good, too.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Washington DC is the media and politics hub of the country! On top of that, it is home to many cultural hubs and (obviously) American History. There is something for EVERYONE in this city; slam poetry readings, marathons to run, clubs to party at, libraries to study or sightsee, greenery and big open spaces (The Washington Monument!), art, music, and much much more. If you like the city environment but don't want a place as overwhelming as NYC, this is the place for you. Go to the museums, they're mostly free. Visit U street and see where Langston Hughes started out and go eat some yummy food at Dupont Circle!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It was great! GWU is extremely generous with grants and scholarship. There are scholarships one can apply for, but in my case and many others' GW just granted us scholarships based on our grades without having to write an essay or go through any other kind of extensive process. The GPA requirement to keep most of them is a 3.00, so with a little bit of dedication it is very easy to afford your dream school if GW is it. GWU is great about grants, too!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: All classes are within walking distance. To get to the Mount Vernon campus, the Mount Vernon Express bus leaves every 5 minutes on weekdays and 15 minutes on weekends. There are two metro stops near campus, but driving in DC is not recommended.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The meal plan does not restrict students to only eat at a dining hall. Most of the money in the meal plan allows students to eat at restaurants around campus and stores like CVS. The food at J Street is not the best.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall, the dorms here are better than most other schools. Each room gets its own bathroom, even freshmen. Also, sophomore housing has kitchens. Thurston is the typical freshmen experience and Potomac is usually the choice for ED students because it is newer. People don't generally like living on the Mount Vernon campus unless they're in West Hall.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I declared my major as accounting, so I am looking forward to find an internship which deals with business aspects. By getting accepted for an internship program, I will be able to experience real business world which will widen my business vision.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms aren't that great, but as you become an upperclassman the dorm choices get better. Also, if you're willing to pay more, freshmans can get great, very modern dorms. It just depends on how much you're willing to pay.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at GWU isn't that big, although it depends on your social circle. Smoking is far more prominent as is drinking, and drugs take the back seat to both.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't very much parking on campus and there are a lot of parking enforcement walking on the streets. The good news is, though, that cars aren't really necessary in GW or DC.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation between campuses is very frequent and convenient. However, it's still a bit annoying that there are two different campuses. The metro is very convenient, across the street from campus, and is definitely very helpful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a dual campus, each with a library open to all students. Green space can be found either in University Yard or over on the National Mall just a few blocks away from the edge of campus. The Student Association is making vast improvements to open up classroom buildings for more student study space.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is widely international and you find many students are not native to the USA. There is a fairly large Jewish community (most say about a third of the students are Jewish) and a fairly large and open LGBT community. You'll find many students using DC as a study abroad option and conversely, many students study abroad from GW

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: You can't get much better than half a mile from the White House. The campus is close to green space, but not so closed off that you are isolated from the rest of DC. Some people complain of an affluent vibe, and I have run into a handful of jaded students, but nevertheless there is a wide span of diversity and most people you talk to will be a strong advocate for some social cause. The downside is that the student cafeteria is not open on the weekends, though with student debit, you can certainly find a place near by to eat.

3 College Junior

Technology: The computers at Ross Hall (the school of medicine and public health building) are usually fast and efficient, but paying to use the printer is very expensive. Once, I had to print out six color pages of Excel charts and the total cost was higher than $10. Instead of paying that, I called a partner in my project who was still at work and asked them if they could just print it at their job.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: I am in the Public Health program and there are no scholarships available for people in my Master's Program, much less my specific track, Communications and Marketing. Perhaps GWU is trying to remain exclusive by accepting only students who are willing to go into thousands of dollars into debt for the GWU brand next to their degree or students who are able to pay the bill right away.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: GWU is a great place to study political communication. The school is definitely a liberal arts school and almost every class finds a way to talk about current policies/issues both nationally and internationally (this has been true for me in every class that I've taken including physics and statistics). After making such a bold claim that GWU is 'definitely a liberal arts school' I want to clarify that the school does a very good job offering STEM classes/majors and hiring great professors in those areas.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Most majors at GWU are relatively easy to get into with the exception of a few: political communication, journalism and anything in the school of business. If you plan to major in one of these areas I would recommend doing so when you apply for admission. You can still get into these programs if you don't apply then, but the competition is a bit harder. These programs require minimum GPA's and essays.

3 College Junior

Technology: They need some softwares installed in the computer labs like Crystall ball.

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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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