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Reviews 1789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I have found the classes very challenging, yet enjoyable

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: When I have been sick on campus, the health care was readily available.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Not many students bring cars, but if you do have a car, you can either park on the street during the allotted times (which are extremely annoying) or you can pay to park in an expensive garage. I don't think having a car at GW is necessary, the metro system is great.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The campus is very diverse, and it can be difficult to meet people.

5 College Junior

Transportation: metro, taxis, 2 airports in the area, buses and GW has a four ride escort system

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Can be pricey but so worth it! So many different places all over the city. don't get stuck in the gw bubble!

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: Most buildings are new or in good conditions. There is a lot of construction though.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Get a Smartrip and use the metro around the DMV. Or you can rent a zipcar, or walk. To get to the vern you can just take the shuttle. Georgetown is a nice walk or a quick cab ride away. And there's always 4-ride at night (free)

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are far more girls than guys (as you'll notice at most parties) and there are very little hot, smart and charming guys but you get over it. People don't really date much at GW either.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to GW for its International Affairs program, and while I can't yet speak to the upper level courses I've had a largely positive experience with the freshman year prereqs (our curriculum leaves little legroom though, so if you're thinking of majoring in International Affairs but want to take many electives as an underclassman then think twice before coming here). Professors range from very good lecturers to rather distant ones, and work loads can also range widely from professor to professor - checking Rate My Professor is essential. GW hires a lot of adjunct professors which is a double edged sword - they're incredibly experienced in the field itself, but can often be inexperienced in teaching (and this can effect our school's rankings as a result, if that matters to you). Freshmen in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences have the opportunity to take special Deans Seminars, which are small, in-depth courses that allow you to get to know both the subject (and the professor, which is helpful for recommendation letters when you apply to internships/jobs) intimately.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The options at the food court, J-Street, are far from appetizing but there are many options outside of J-Street (Whole Foods and Crepeaway are the first options that come to mind) which are delicious and you can use the flex dollars (what we call "Colonial Cash") on your meal plan at many various vendors around Foggy.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: If you need to get to the Mount Vernon campus (the Vern) you'll have to take the Vern Express (the vex). The vex is a bus that leaves about every five minutes or so during the week. The travel time depends on traffic and the ride is often bumpy--be careful with your coffee.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The wireless is usually good in public centers, but can be unreliable at the dorms. My internet speed fluctuates often and makes it difficult to Skype sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The gym is nice but it can get crowded. We don't have a dining hall, so you have to be careful about budgeting your money.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is fine, but it changes sporadically and it can be unpredictable.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The dorms are spacious, but things sometimes break.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I came from outside the US myself, and I feel totally at home here. It's almost weird to see how well the international kids fit in, even in the greek scene. Most people have a pretty broad view of the world, and everyone is so accepting that they're almost a little too politically correct sometimes.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The housing off campus is really expensive, that's not really the University's fault, just by nature of being in DC, you won't find housing easily, and when you do it won't be any cheaper than the already expensive on-campus housing.

1 College Freshman

Administration: The University police is pretty strict, and you only get let off (not on your record, but still pay a $50-100 fine) once your whole time at the university. After the first time you get caught, it goes on your record. Considering my friends at universities in the UK and Quebec are drinking legally and some have bars inside the dorms, you can't help but feel unfairly treated.

3 College Junior

Weather: Weather is somewhat 'bipolar' in DC. You need to be prepared for everything. (Except tornadoes and earthquakes). I know they've had very extreme cold that lasted a little under a week.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Coming from the National Pan-Hellenic Council perspective, there may not be massive numbers but the diversity in types of fraternities and sororities is great. Greek life in the NPHC, however, is a huge commitment financially and timewise. You must be ready to give your all when it comes to event planning, fundraising and putting passion into what you do, and this is only emphasized because there are not that many of us.
I've observed Greek housing but never lived in/been in a house.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Mainly upper middle class Caucasian and East/South Asian. Diversity must be sought out by the individual. Being a graduate student, the diversity is minimum within the department. Social life is there, but it also must be sought out.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Campus life here is a contradiction of laid back and intense. At any given moment, you can see people lounging in the library, marvin center, lawn (when good weather) while at the same time they could be focused on their books on the lawn or taking over the library study rooms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The quality of nearby off-campus housing is impressive. However, the price is exorbant and not worth the hassle.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: There is no cafeteria, but the closest thing there is to a cafeteria has terrible food. It is mandatory for Freshman to purchase money that can only be used there. The food is terrible. The rest of the dining plan-- colonial cash-- is nice because it gives options to eat throughout the city.

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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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