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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe when I am in Foggy Bottom, no matter at what time.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The prospect of not having to eat at a standard dining hall every day seems appealing, but it gets old fast. The closest thing GW has to a dining hall, J Street, is a mere collection of lackluster fast-food places that not only tastes bad but also has a history of giving students food poisoning. The food here is charged by what you get (usually by weighing the tray), so it is not the all-you-can-eat style that most colleges have. Being able to use the food card at many restaurants around campus and at the grocery store is convenient, but being responsible for going out to find food all of the time can be overwhelming as a freshman adjusting to college. This system also forces students to be conscientious and responsible about how much money they are spending on their food card.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The only advantage to GW's housing is that the rooms are generally larger than at most schools, and after freshman year most upperclassman dorms have full kitchens. Unfortunately, all of the dorms are old and falling apart and no one cares. Most rooms look out onto a brick wall, or if you're "lucky" and get a room at the front of the buildings you get the pleasure of being awakened to one of GW's endless construction projects at 7am every day. In addition, this subpar housing is very expensive, and most people find that it is actually much cheaper to live off-campus their junior and senior years, as the price of on-campus housing increases each year.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The campus housing isn't new by any means, but it is very close to classes and the student union. Perfect for any highly dependent on cafeterias and/or lazy student who wishes not to wake up too early to reach class.

4 College Junior

Technology: The computers at GWU are good - I wouldn't say great, but that's only because there are not enough of them around in the libraries, etc. However, the library is very impressive, book-wise, so it makes up for the lack of computers. Students will see, though, that there are computers in nearly every building, at least enough to provide a computer lab, so if you know where to go, you can (and will) find an open computer.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: How you feel about the drug/alcohol scene at GW depends on whether you're into drugs or alcohol. For example, GW is pretty lax on weed and alcohol- if you don't act out or are too obvious (for example having weed smell emanating from you door, or pass out drunk while walking past UPD) than honestly you're fine. As for the harder stuff, I mean some people are into it but you definitely won't feel pressured or excluded if you're not. If you're into sobriety that's cool too, because there's other stuff to do on campus as well.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The end of spring semester and the beginning of fall semester are uncomfortably hot. The late fall and winter are nice, because it's generally 40s to 60s, so not too hot or too cold. It rarely snows, and it rains occasionally, but the only storm we've gotten while I've been here is Hurricane Sandy, which cancelled school for a couple days but didn't cause much damage.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The program is exciting at times but can be a headache also. So far I would say that I enjoy it. The facilities are really nice, job opportunities are abundant the workload tends to be a bit much sometimes (being in the engineering school).

4 College Freshman

Majors: The process of getting into my Computer Science major was easy. I just declared it when I was applying. To the best of my knowledge my program does not have an abnormal app process. As for tips for admission-make yourself sound as desirable as possible.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I would say I am ok with my major so far it has really started so I can not say too much about it right now. My intended career goal is to work for the government for counter terrorism and cyber security. I do not have too many concerns about finding a job.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Sometimes, since we walk most places (considering campus is located in the heart of DC), the weather affects us negatively. The rain can be annoying, and the winter months are not particularly pleasant. Other than that, the distances are not so bad that it is unbearable.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not as relevant as alcohol. GW is not a dry campus, and there are many students who take full advantage of this. Although, being under 21 does not stop the majority of people from drinking. Alcohol is fairly visible on campus, but I have yet to witness excessive peer pressure. GWPD do enforce the rules if you are caught drinking (underage) or are using/in possession of drugs. There are varied consequences (depending on severity) that come along with begin caught participating in illegal acts. These include fines, probation, being called in front of peer review boards, and possible involvement of DCPD.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: For the most part, GW is highly tolerant of diversity, and there are many "types" of people on campus. There is a strong LGBT community, which receives a lot of support. We also have students with various religious beliefs and racial backgrounds. The only reason I do not give GW an A+ is because economic background, considering tuition is about $60,000/year, tends to be relatively similar among students. Most students are from upper-middle and upper class families.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Tons of ethnic diversity on campus, including a lot of international students. Economic diversity isn't that great - many students come from wealthy families. As for political beliefs, there doesn't seem to be a ton of diversity... many liberals, not too many conservatives.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings have new technology and great architecture, etc, but there are some old buildings that really need to be renovated.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Most of the buildings have great architecture/well built, and the SMPA building has great technology. The Lisner auditorium is our biggest space, and it is also nice. Some of the buildings are obviously older than others and could be updated.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: Unless you are a part of a sports team, athletics aren't really a huge deal on campus. The basketball team isn't very good, even though a lot of students generally attend the first few games of the season. We don't have a football team.

2 College Junior

Weather: If it snows, people who commute cannot get to school. The metro system shuts down and the whole city practically is at a stand still. This is the major problem with living in a city. Walking in rain or snow is inevitable when your school is in the heart of DC.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The nightlife is incredible because its DC!! What is there not to love? The availability of restaurants, lounges, clubs, bars, and whatever else you may be looking for is all about a 15 minute metro or cab ride away. I cant say much about underage nightlife because I began my master's program at GW when I was 23. But transportation is wonderful and the variety of places to go is truly endless!

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: GW is an AMAZING place to go to school. The setting is fantastic, the area is amazing, the people are friendly, the restaurants and easy access to the metro which makes geting aroudn the city really simple from campus. The academic programs are more suited for graduate school, which works great for me because I am in graduate school. I love the atmosphere, the teachers are extremely approachable and treat you more like an equal than a student. Its generally an extremely enjoyable experience!!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Everything is very clean and very available! The only reason that I did not give an A+ is because some of the bathrooms and buildings seem a bit out dated but the school makes up for it because of its urban atmosphere and its great locations. The restaurants around it as well as the many places to study and grab coffee make it such a great place to go to school!

4 College Junior

Weather: Living off campus, the professors notify you of class cancellation if there is sudden weather change.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Their Medical Library is a great place for students to have privacy and security while studying 24 hours a day

4 College Freshman

Diversity: George Washington is a pretty diverse place. The stereotypical GW student is white, upper class, and from Jersey, but students are from all backgrounds and from everywhere. This is tricky aspect to review because DC itself is so culturally diverse that it's hard to distinguish whether the diversity you're observing is because of GW or because of DC. Almost all religions and races are represented and respected. Socioeconomic is a different story, most of the students here are upper middle class or upper class. If you're gay, you're gonna love it here; 99% of the student body is supportive and the actual LGBT community is very active. Chances are, you're going to find people here who embrace who you are.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Campus dining is pretty lackluster. J Street(the main dining hall on Foggy) has a variety of foods to choose from, ranging from Indian, Chinese, to standard organic food. However, the quality of food is okay, it gets boring really quickly. The way they price food can also add up too; they price food by weight and a plate will typically cost anywhere from 7-15 dollars. Fortunately, there is always off campus dining.

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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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