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Reviews 1716 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Most people here have some form of scholarship. I know I wouldnt be here without one.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel semi-safe on campus. The only issue is people who arent from campus can come on and wreak havoc. We often receive emails about crimes that happen on or around campus. I have never heard of a student being hurt by anyone or anything, but considering the fact that it is a city, you never know whats coming your way.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Gelman Library – The library, while complained about often, is actually quite nice. There are easily accessible computers for students to use, and a ton of books which are easy to find as long as you know what you are looking for. There are sections to sit in and study in no matter what your preferred study atmosphere is. There are floors filled with places just for group study, floors with desks, and even a floor with lounge chairs. Also, each floor has up to ten rooms that you can reserve for study groups. All in all, I couldn't imagine a better library. The only reason people complain about it is because it is a library, and therefore, boring.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They'll Help You Out – Personally, I had a smooth time with dealing with financial aid at GW. I qualified for a good bit of aid and was able to attend the university even though my mother does not make very much money. The financial aid department is also very easy to work with. They are always available to meet with, and if you go directly to a senior financial aid counselor, they know a lot and are always willing to answer your questions and help you. A student just needs to make sure he or she is keeping in touch with financial aid if questions arise.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There Is Not a Better Place – If you're looking for diversity, GW has one of the most diverse student bodies you will ever find. Since it's main focus is International Relations, kids from all over the world come to study. And since it is located in the heart of our nation's capital, it attracts diversity of all kinds. I've met students from almost every continent, every religion, and every state. I've even met kids that are the offspring of foreign ambassadors! GW is a wonderful place to really experience diversity and how beautiful the mixing of cultures is.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Tasty for a Price – The dining on campus is pretty appetizing. We have fast food places like Chick-fil-a and Wendy's in our cafeteria along with mexican, asian, and buffet-style cuisine. We are also able to spend our monthly meal plan on restaurants close to our campus like Au Bon Pain, Thai Place, Starbucks, and others. It allows for many delicious meal options that satisfy everyone on campus--from students who need a healthy diet for athletics to students trying to keep kosher! The only problem is, being in the middle of downtown D.C., the dining is very expensive. So learning how to budget food money is a must!

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Take advantage of living in DC. There are many awesome political events (CPAC, inauguration, Senate and House meetings, rallies and protests, speakers, etc.) There's also fun sporting events in the city (the Nationals have 5 dollar tickets and the Caps are always awesome). Some pretty great concerts also come through the city. The museums and monuments are breathtaking and plentiful.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have absolutely fallen in love with the city of DC. Its an amazing area with tons of things to do. If politics aren't your thing GW might not be the place for you. Most students talk politics pretty constantly. We do of course talk about other things, but if you hate politics and talking about them, GW is probably not for you. If you love politics though, you will fit right in. We love our politics and take them seriously. There are amazing opportunities for internships and jobs and we have some fantastic professors. Like the bureaucracy in the government GW can be filled with red-tape so thats also a caveat. There's also some demeaning stereotypes about GW students (legging wear, Starbucks drinking, Iphone toting, rich kids) that are true for some students. But we're not all like that!

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Lots to Do – There's a lot to do for both underage and the 21+ crowd throughout DC. Check out different neighborhoods like Chinatown (lots of bars), U Street (fun clubs and concert venues like the Black Cat and the 9:30 club), Capitol Hill (Hawk and Dove a mainstay for underclassmen), Georgetown and Adams Morgan are excellent for the 21 and up crown, and McFaddens near campus is always packed with students.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Under Probation at the Moment – Greek life is not a central part of GW but having said that I find it central to my life here. joining a sorority or frat is a great way to meet people and get involved. Here at GW they provide great opportunities for networking and getting amazing internships.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Pretty Good – I mean it's D.C. of course there's variety and decent quality. But some of it can be on the pricey side.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: People here are extremely stuck up and snotty. There are alot of things you can do, but if you don't have a group of firneds it will be awful.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: You Have to Be Stupid to Get Caught – It's not hard to get away with small parties, but if there is weed smoke pouring out from under your door, or 30 people hanging around your room, you're gonna get caught.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Everyone here is pretty average... There are very few 'smokin' people...

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Not Bad – The wireless internet is pretty good, and covers pretty much the whole campus. The computer lab equipment is pretty old though, and printing is really expensive here.

3 College Junior

Parking: Mostly Irrelevent – It's a city. You can park a car on campus for the semester, which is convenient but not necessary. Most people don't have a car here.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Know the Right People – And you can get anything. You don't realize when you get to school how many kids do drugs (it's probably from all the money students tend to have). But you don't have to be involved in the scene if that's not what you're into.

3 College Junior

Weather: Nice Except for Summer – DC Summers are the worst (hot, muggy, humid) so skip town unless you have a great internship. The winters are short which is a plus, and it rains an average amount. Rain doesn't effect going out too much since you can always just get a cab to wherever you're going.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: GWU is in DC. There is very few parking. only upperclassmen are allowed cars on campus. It can also be very expensive

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Party in Dc – There is always a party on townhouse row during the weekend. If that is not your thing you can always go a few blocks from campus to one of the 18+ clubs or go to a house party. Over all there is a lot of stuff to do at night here in GWU.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Housing off campus is very expensive yet they are a little nicer than the ones on campus. This is due to the fact that some of these off campus housing options were once hotels. The cons are that they are farther away from your class, the hub of campus life and the metro.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Metro Is Key – Metro gets you anywhere you need to go around the city...and for a good price

3 College Junior

Administration: Police are pretty average, maybe a little more strict because we're in DC.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Average – Guys at GW are often skinny, Jewish, and generally unattractive. Many girls date guys from Georgetown. A lot of the Jewish girls are stuck up.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's DC, there's tons of places to eat, with a large variety of type of food and cost!


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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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