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Reviews 1812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Best of Both Worlds – I'll start off by saying that I'm a bit bias since I was born and raised in DC and have gotten pretty sick of it after 18 years. Alas, I'll try to offer a decent review since most people don't have my situation.

DC is a great place for people who are into politics and like to be in the center of it all; there's lots of restaurants and shopping to do, and, of course, lots of events such as protests and plays (DC is a very theatre-friendly town). The metro is pretty small, though, and doesn't go many places, but it's great for getting to nearby spots in Virginia and Maryland. There's also room for people who prefer to walk, like I do.
Aside from the monuments and the mall, there's also nice stuff for the people who don't necessarily like to be in all the action, like me. Here, there are lots of beautiful residential neighbourhoods and parks, particularly near the Mount Vernon campus. DC is a very green city with lots of trees and plants; in fact, downtown DC is relatively small compared to all the calm places in the more suburban areas. Then there's also the lovely Old Town Alexandria nearby, a perfect blend of restaurants & shops and peace & beauty.
As for the people? DC is a working city, so yes, some people here are a bit snobby as they probably have deadlines and all. People try too hard to be like a DC native; I can't tell you how many times people have told me "what people do in DC." (See the above.) But, otherwise, you can and will find several friendly and amazing people.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Dorms are Awesome! I have to give GW a thumbs-up for their housing! Of course not all of it is perfect, but the rooms are very spacious, include all the essential furniture (even a mini-fridge and microwave), and the bathrooms get cleaned once a week. My dorm closet is a walk-in, actually, which is much bigger and nicer than the one I have at home! Both the Foggy Bottom and the Mount Vernon campuses have great locations and a nice variety from which to choose (though freshmen who choose to live on the Vern are more likely to get what they want). Also, I've yet to hear of a roommate situation that didn't work out very well; in fact, several roommates here end up being best friends. Be sure to look up the "personalities" of different dorms before you list your preferences, though, because each dorm pretty much does have its own personality. *cough* Thurston.
Especially compared to most colleges, living at GW is like living in a palace and this is really what we should be getting for our money.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: DC Is Excellent! Living and going to school in DC is absolutely excellent. There is an unending amount of stuff to do in DC, whether you head into Georgetown or Dupont Circle or out to Arlington. Everything about DC is awesome. There are tons of clubs and bars within walking distance, just like everything else.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: GW is decent in terms of looks, though finding someone who will be interested in you is a lot more difficult! GW is very preppy when it comes to dress (you'll rarely see sweatpants on anyone other than athletes, except during finals week!) and you'll see a lot of blonde and brunettes here. They're generally Northeastern prepsters. Think Gossip Girl.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Oops, Sports Suck! I love GW, I really do, but the sports are pretty fail.

5 College Senior

Diversity: International School – This is an international school so just about every ethnicity is represented. However, some groups are more prominent than others, such as, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Jewish, Middle Eastern, etc. If you're looking for a place to fit in then GWU is a great place. However, if you are racist towards other ethnic groups then this is not the school for you.

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3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Unique Experience – The campus is in the heart of D.C. so there's lots to do and see. There are job and internships you can't find anywhere else and the school has a lot of connections to these opportunities. If you're a transfer student things are a little different. The school has lots of activities for Freshman but barely any support or activities for transfer students.

2 College Senior

Campus Quality: Not Many Green Areas – Down side of being in a big city there is a lot of concrete. There's one nice green yard in front of the law school. Of course you can always go to the Mall or Washington Monument to find some nice grassy areas.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Upperclassman Dorms – If you don't get into South Hall as a senior it's ok because E Street is just as good. E Street is open to juniors and seniors but it's a small dorm with nice apartment type rooms. Each apartment has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen, and a nice living area. Each of these dorm rooms houses four people.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot and humid in the early fall and then turns freezing in december. but overall, not too bad

5 College Junior

Transportation: Access to Metro, the bus system, and the Mount Vernon Express connects the two campuses. DC is also a very walkable city and the university's location provides close proximity to many parts of town.

5 College Junior

Majors: Great Program – IA is a great program: thorough analysis of the topic. Access to excellent professors who work in the field and can connect students to different agencies in DC for potential careers.

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5 College Junior

Majors: Opportunity and Experience – Most DC internships are unpaid, but employers give interns opportunities to work on projects related to their course of study and the mission of the agency/institutions. Interns are made a part of the team and gain valuable work experience!

5 College Junior

Majors: Access to great professors, classes, and networking for careers and internships!

3 College Junior

Majors: Very Evaluative – Application looks at the whole package from a student-grades, involvement in high school, and why they want to attend the university.

1 College Junior

Parking: I advise you to take advantage of the Metro Rail system. It is very convenient and cheaper. Parking on campus can cost more than $10/day.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Restaurant Week – Every year in August DC has restaurant week when you can check out local favorite restaurants for a set price for a three course meal during lunch or dinner.

5 College Junior

Local Area: Multicultural & Multiple Activities – Washington DC has a variety of activities always going on for free. Also with the metro, it is easily accessible.

3 College Junior

Weather: Four Seasons – If you enjoy having all four seasons, you will love it here. I prefer warm weather so I don't enjoy the winter.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Super Popular (Then Again, What College Is It Not?) – Drinking is quite popular. As for the drugs, know the right person or the rich person and you get your drugs. Be smart, and don't do it in the dorms. Real talk.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Metro Named After It – Not DC metro, but a metro stop has the named "Foggy Bottom." GW's main campus name is Foggy Bottom. The metro stop is right next to GW Hospital. The school's is very convenient. If you're too cool for the metro, then there are taxis and bus stops on campus and near campus. Of course, taxis cost a lot of money and you pay bus costs the same as any other citizens. But why do that when the metro stop is near everything. If you're a health freak (like I am) then you can walk places. Foggy Bottom is very close to K Street (where many large businesses are located) and Chinatown. Inconvenient? Very. As for stores, there are multiple on campus and near campus. When you walk out of the metro, you will see a line of stores including Wholefoods and Green Life (Yeah, GW students are health freaks).

3 College Junior

Athletics: Politic Is the Number One Sport – So the one thing you'll hear at GW is that politic is the number one sport. We don't have a football team. I was turned-off by that when I first came, but it's not a big deal (unless you're a die-hard fan). GW may not be for you if you need sports. In all honest, sports is not a big deal here. You'll find many students who are passionate about what they do, which includes politics to women's rights to many others. There is not much school spirit here either.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Would Not Have Chosen Another School! My experience at GW is getting better each year *knock on wood.* The people are fairly nice. But I like GW for its character. I feel like the school gives its best shot to try to bring a community together. The students are very ambitious and makes you want to work hard. I really like that if you are not a person that is involve in school (such as clubs or programs) then you can find your outlet at firms or with companies in DC. I feel like I have many options at GW. Also, the faculty does a very good job helping the students. The professors in the Columbian school are very nice and willing to help their students. I would choose GW again if I could.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Very Split/Cliquey – This is from my own experience. How I see it is that GW is pretty diverse. However, the unity of GW = not so much. There are different clubs and programs for one's own ethnicity or interests but they tend to be cliquey to me. I find it better as a well-rounded person to be friends with different types of people from different groups. But if you find yourself better in a particular group, then have fun! In addition, one can find many different people with different economic background. Heck, GW is known for their good financial awards. So no worries. Although, I find find that there are many students from the New England area; New Jersey mainly. No joke. But all in all, there are a lot of kind people (unless you're in the Elliott school where I find there are many competitive people).

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: It's in America's CAPITAL! No matter how one feels about GW personally, he or she cannot deny that GW is amazing for being in the heart of everything! It's in the capital of America!...where every main political or happenings are here! One can always find some kind of internship by attending GW, regardless of his or her interests. International companies, major law firms, and nonprofit organizations are headquartered in DC along with the great federal agencies. Best believe the fact that GW is in DC is one of its biggest advantage. Other than that, the faculty are very responsive with students' concerns. Each college (Elliott, Columbian, etc.) have their own character, therefore, the staff may differ slightly. Oh, and one cannot be bored with the easily accessible metro nearby that takes one anywhere in DC.


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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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