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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They are average. They offer a significant amount of aid money, although the tuition is already so high that they don't make the price that much more affordable.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is some diversity, although the main ethnicities are Caucasian and Asian. Economic background seems to be exclusively upper-middle class, with the majority of students coming from old east coast money. The campus is very diverse in the number of LGBT students it has.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People come from all over the world to GW which is awesome. Many though come from privilege and boarding schools. There are a few multicultural groups.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are either gay, might as well be gay, or taken. If a guy is straight and single, he gets the pick of a lot of girls. People dress nicely ALL THE TIME and preppy too... Quite a few people are rude and shallow and it takes more effort to find real people.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots to do everywhere in DC. Don't go out at night unless with atleast two other people into the city. People are generally friendly especially on campus. You can tell when you leave the college area though.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking can be difficult but not many students own cars as undergrads.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Fake IDs aren't very popular because in DC getting caught with one will go to Federal Court and be treated as identity theft, but this doesn't really hinder underage students. There are places around campus that don't card (including a liquor store--if they do card you, they accept student IDs). There are a lot of parties and nightclubs are very popular among some crowds. Frat parties are the most common, although there is variety.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would have given an A+, but there's not as much economic diversity as there could be. International students have a large presence, partially due to the prestige of GW's international affairs program. The campus is not dominated by any religion in particular, but I would say the Judaism has the strongest presence. Differences in sexual orientation are very accepted and the percentage of LGBTQ students is high. Political diversity is strong, except possibly in the respect that there aren't very many students who don't have strong political convictions. Students have a low tolerance for any form of discrimination.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I've heard GW described as a party school version of Georgetown. Drinking is pretty big (at least with the people I know). People do smoke, but I don't think I know anyone who does hard drugs, although I'm sure it happens.

5 College Junior

Scholarships: I received an amazing amount of financial aid. I am a low income student and it is less expensive for me to go here than a state school. By a lot.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: GWU has alot of computer labs on campus and you have internet access.

4 College Freshman

Majors: They all seems to be fine, not sure where I will go with my international relations major though

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Not bad food but extremely expensive. hard to get a meal under 10 dollars anywhere

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feel pretty safe walking around in general, I don't like having so many random people walking through the college campus though and I have heard of people getting jumped in other parts of the city

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very expensive and Thurston(largest freshman hall) is very old and nasty

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: DC is a great city; there is so much to see and do! I was never bored while I was at GW. Because DC is such an international city, there are always interesting cultural events going on, such as festivals, performances, Embassy open houses, etc. Shopping in nearby Georgetown is always popular, but there are also many other cute neighborhoods with shopping, restaurants, bars, and music venues, such as Eastern Market, Adams Morgan, U Street, etc. There's also the tourist side of DC, with the National Mall, the Smithsonians, the National Zoo, and the Capitol. There's always something going on!

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: GW is a very internationally diverse school. I was able to make friends with students from many very different backgrounds; ethnically, religiously, and culturally. As GW is also located in our nation's political center, a wide range of political beliefs can be found on campus. While GW is an expensive school, it is also very good about giving financial aid, meaning that people from across the spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds can be found in attendance. Needless to say, I found GW to be a very diverse school on many levels.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public transportation is very good around GW. Because of its central location in downtown DC, it is a quick bus ride or metro trip to Dupont Circle, Chinatown, or anywhere else you need to go. DC's public transportation is very simple and convenient. However, there are often long wait times due to metro track work, and it has gotten increasingly expensive as of late, which is why I give it an A- rather than an A or A+. GW does offer a free shuttle around campus, which is great during bad weather.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: DC is great. If you are bored or have nothing to do, that is your fault. There is never a dull moment here.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone at GW is different. There are so many international students, people of different backgrounds, etc. People at GW are also very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Weather: DC weather isn't great, but its not horrible. If you are looking for sun 360 days a year, DC isn't the place for you.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There isn't very much parking available, usually just street parking. You can buy a parking spot, but it is really expensive.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a decent financial aid package, and eventually got $5,000 when my parents asked them to reevaluate my application.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: GW may have some pretty nice dorms, but they are overpriced. The cheapest dorms are the ones on Mount Vernon (except West Hall) and Thurston. Thurston is a pretty good deal because it offers a private bathroom and the rooms are pretty big. Once you're an upperclassman though, your choices are very expensive unless you can live off campus. I currently live in a single with communal bathrooms and kitchens, and I'm paying as much as those who are living in suites/apt styled rooms that have both a private kitchen and bathroom. Additionally, some dorms are all the way on the edge of campus and thus making it pretty far from classes. The housing process is fair because it's randomized.

1 College Sophomore

Athletics: GW offers a wide variety of sports and good facilities. It has a relatively new athletic center that houses basketball courts and the pool. On the Mount Vernon campus there is an outdoor recreational pool, several tennis courts, and a turf field. But given all that, it is somewhat of a waste because GW has little to non-existent school spirit. Additionally, most of the sports teams are mediocre here.

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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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