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Reviews 1812 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – During orientation you meet police officers of the GW campus, during this session, they make you put their contact number in your cell hone so you can reach them 24/7. They also offer rides to students at night who are going in between campuses, or off campus parties, etc.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Endless Activities – There are many places to go in metro area D.C. & Georgetown. The access to the monuments, the museums, social clubs, places to go on campus, guarantee good time.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus strictness is average. There is a lot of underage drinking that goes unpunished, but other than that tolerance of excessive noise, drug use, and other common problems on college campuses are generally taken care of.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely Diverse – There are students from all over the world here, from all different ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. The diversity is really evident in the classroom; there are many different opinions and points of views which really adds to the educational experience. From my experience, there is less diversity when it comes to economic backgrounds and political beliefs; the students tend to be from wealthier families and the political beliefs tend to be very left.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Many students complain about the quality of food in J Street, the equivalent of a campus dining hall. It becomes a chore to spend the 1400 dollars there your freshman year because the food isn't great and it's very repetitive. There's also 2000 colonial cash, which can be used at many places like Sweetgreen, Chipotle's, and various other restaurants around DC.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: No Attractive Guys! There are probably 3 cute guys on the entire campus and their heads are so big because they are getting so much action, so the only 3 cute ones are players.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Cheaper Than on-Campus – There are lots of options right around the campus and most of them are cheaper than on-campus housing

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe Campus – I've never felt unsafe on campus but remember that GW does not have a closed campus. The city really is your campus. In like any city you have to be smart about safety.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: In DC Sky's the Limit – Washington, DC is a wonderful city enriched with history and culture. Living in the nation's capital, you are so close to the White House, the Capitol, the monuments and all the Smithsonian Museums.

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4 College Senior

Weather: I'm from Florida and I love heat and humidity so D.C. is a good place in summer. The weather doesn't get an A because the winters are a bit harsh for me. This winter was unusually mild, but temps dropped to 20's Farenheit on many mornings. Overall, not much to complain about.

3 College Senior

Academics: Nice Variety – GWU doesn't offer a huge variety of majors... well they offer an average list of majors but I haven't met but maybe 8 different majors. The variety offered in the popular majors is good and topics for many courses change every semester and rarely repeat.

3 College Senior

Academics: Profs Helpful – Professors are easy to talk with and they help where they can. A few are outstanding and really take the time to get to know their students. Unfortunately many are too full of themsevles to care whether or not you understand the material. They are also not very flexible when it comes to rules or guidelines of their class which is a problem when the older profs have outdated and impractical rules.

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1 College Senior

Guys & Girls: No Winners Here – The guys here on average are small and nerdy. The guys that don't fit into this category are very hot, but very gay.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Being located in the middle of Washington, DC the internship possibilities are endless, from working in a Think Tank, to Capitol Hill, to helping manage the communications for a high end boutique in Georgetown - it is a great parlay into the real world and a wonderful resume booster

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rains a Lot, but I Don't Mind – I'm from Texas, so wearing a raincoat to class is kind of a new experience for me and I love it! And rain boots are as popular as ever, so it's not like the rain messes with the latest trends, if you're worried about that. Apart from rain, weather isn't too bad. It snowed twice this year (awesome 2am snowball fight!), and for as many rain showers there were, there weren't too many thunder storms.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: City Living – There is a lack of school spirit at GW that is noticeable when compared to many state schools and that is because GW is a city school through and through. There is a huge gap in on campus activities (activities being promoted by the school itself). That being said, GW is in the middle of Washington, DC so for what it lacks in actual on-campus activities it makes up for in events that occur right in your backyard. It could be a free performance at the Kennedy Center or a Segway tour on the mall not so much a pizza party in the dining hall that make GW a great place for students to hang out.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some Are Great, Some Are Bad – I was in a GREAT dorm (Cole Hall on the Mount Vernon) campus. It's small, clean, everyone knew everyone and we are all friends, it's a few steps away from Eckles library, close to the academic buildings and the bus stop. Just fantastic all around.

The popular freshman dorm, Thurston, is awful but kids continually request it because it's supposed to be party central. My experience was that people didn't go to Thurston for parties usually. I knew a lot of people who were in Thurston and got really sick of it a few weeks into the semester.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Anything That's Not Great Is Being Renovated Now Anyways – GW is blessed with pretty top-notch facilities. The only real exception to this is Gelman Library, but renovations have just started on this building. The new building will even include a national Winston Churchill library/museum for DC visitors and students to utilize. (GW's best-kept secret is Eckles Library on the Mount Vernon Campus. So much nicer than the old Gelman!)

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3 College Junior

Weather: It Does Snow. Let's be honest. GWU is located on the east cost, and there is snow.
However, compared to a lot of other places, it is pretty good weather.
I love the cherry blossoms that come around.

Don't forget your coat and watch what other people wear so you know what works best in a DC winter.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great Experience – Close to everything, great education.

My only complaint is the cost of rent! The rent prices are obnoxious to live in DC compared to the south.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a few attractive people, but for the most part it's very average or below. People doll up by dressing to the nines, although they can get a little outrageous sometimes.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Metro and Foot Are Preferred – It's easier and cheaper to move on foot or by rail

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Hit or Miss – GW doesn't really have a cafeteria. The closets thing is called Jstreet and its options are really hit or miss. The food is really expensive there and freshman are obligated to spend money there (they get special cash on their meal plan that they can only spend at jstreet). There are a ton of other places on campus though like whole foods, sweetgreen, roti, pitapit, campusfresh, devon and blakey, etc that all take gw's colonial cash. While all of these option are great, it gets really expensive and you can spend your dining dollars really quickly without realizing it.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The majority of Gw housing consists of converted apartments. Thurston, the main freshman year dorm, comes with walk in closets and personal bathrooms. You're almost guaranteed a kitchen sophomore year and as you get older the dorms get nicer and larger. On campus housing gets really expensive though, so many students elect to live in apartments near or on campus which are gorgeous. They often have their own pools, gyms, and rooftops. GW students are definitely spoiled when it comes to housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Really great facility considering it is in the middle of a city. However, usually crowded and some limitations on use of equipment, courts, etc.

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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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