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Reviews 1792 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: On your first day, it may seem that diversity is not a part of GW, seeing many whites and feeling like the only minority. But upon searching and learning more about the people who attend GW, you realize that as a result of being located in Washington DC, diversity is inevitable. There are students from all over the world, wheter they were born there, lived there for some time, or have just visited, they all come from different countries, cultures, and backgrounds with a desire to learn more about other's.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Bad – You'll just have to check out the other neighborhoods. Don't stay in the GW bubble, you'll never find good places. Explore the city and the suburbs!!!

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Too Much – The Greek life is actually pretty big, which is misleading because GW sells you on the fact that Greek life isn't that big. You may actually sometimes feel like you are the only person who isn't Greek life. This isn't true, there are other GDIs (God damn independents). Most Greeks aren't too pushy about you not being involved. Just find other ways to get involved, there are SO many other organizations.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The Best of Both Worlds – At GW, you are given an experience that no other school in the country, not even Georgetown, can offer. Located in the heart of Washington DC, you are within walking distance to the White House and the National Mall. The motorcade is continuously passing through and so are many important dignitaries. Speaking of important world leaders, there is always a speaker or conference to attend. People who have been around GW include a wide range, all the way from various senators to Bono. Events off campus, really aren't that far, and I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry at an event this year. If the Foggy Bottom community becomes too much for you, you can always venture out or (dare I say it) live on the Vern. While many people hate the Vern, I personally enjoy it. Eckles library is never crowded like Gelman is, and it's much more peaceful. Also, the food isn't too bad on the Vern either. if you can, try taking a class (academic or fitness related) on the Vern. It's a nice escape if you need one!

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Get It With the Greeks – While everyone you meet at GW isn't involved in Greek life, it is certainly taking over campus little by litte. When it comes to the social scene, many of the parties or events are only for Greek life members, thus limiting what non-Greeks can do on the weekends. However, many Greek events are open to non-Greeks as well; it just depends on the weekend. It is impossible to go to GW and ignore Greek life because it keeps growing every year, especially since there are social, academic, and multicultural fraternities and sororities all over campus.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is DC is beautiful and fairly mild. Our winters don't get too cold and typically only get a few inches of snow once or twice a year. The fall and spring are in the 60's and 70's. The summers however can be brutal reaching up to the 90's.

3 College Junior

Parking: Hit or Miss – Currently, the school is undergoing a huge shift in parking and building space. By 2014, two construction projects will be completed and a brand new parking garage will be opening. This will allow for much better parking, however keep in mind that parking in a city is never free!
On the Mt. Vernon campus there is a fairly large parking garage that is free on the weekends. So if you don't mind driving the extra mile on the weekends and busing it to the main campus then you'll be all set! During the school year you can pay for a parking permit that costs a few hundred dollars.
Worst case scenario is that you pay for a parking meter on the street. Fortunately, because public transportation is so great in DC you don't really need to bring a car to school anyway.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm in Elliott School for International Affairs and there's a wide variety of classes one can take to fulfill requirements. Many languages are offered. Although freshman year there are large lecture classes, the discussion classes are great in that they reinforce the large lectures and allow students to ask more questions. All the professors and TAs are very accessible and have office hours each week if students need to meet with them.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Well sophomore-senior dorms are amazing. I'm talking full kitchen, private bathroom. Actually ALL GW dorms except one has its own bathrooms per room. Freshmen dorms are really nice too! The bad thing is the process for applying for housing. The dorms themselves are like palaces.

4 College Freshman

Majors: It's Been Fine Thus Far – I haven't been at GW long enough to have experienced too much dismay with the program. It seems good.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Students love the basketball team, but that's pretty much it.

5 College Freshman

Majors: So any internship you have is probably going to be amazing.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: On-campus dining is fine. BUT, Whole Foods, Chipotle, Starbucks, Subway, and toooons more are part of your meal plan, so you're pretty much set.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's Everything – Well you have your on-campus, typical college parties, and then you have your DC nightlife, both for 18+ and 21+ plus. Honestly, there's everything. Transportation is easy too, as there are taxis basically waiting outside all the dorms to take students to clubs/bars, and there's the metro right on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Well, being in the city it can be pretty hard/pricy to find a good spot. I don't drive though, and it's pretty unnecessary to do so what with the metro and taxis.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not Bad – It's pretty good. A ton of international students add to the overall diversity of campus. A lot of American ethnic and racial minorities as well.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food, but Expensive – Many good restaurants exist near GW, but the good food comes at a price. Happy hour deals can be found and help with costs. Dupont Circle is a 15 min walk from campus and offers and wider choice of dinner and price options. U St., which is a 25 min walk from campus, has interesting restaurants and good happy hour deals.

3 College Junior

Majors: Numerous Internships but Few Paid – The DC area offers a multitude of internships, though many are unpaid or low-paid (small stipend). Paid internships are often highly competitive but can lead to full-time jobs afterward. Networking is the key to success in DC. While I've interned at multiple locations in the past (working as a reporter at newspapers in Montana and for the National Park Service in California), I've yet to secure an internship in D.C. and am currently in the application process. Grad school work in highly demanding and now that I'm taking only one summer class, I'll have the time to fully devote myself the job search.

4 College Junior

Transportation: With a metro stop right on campus, multiple bus lines connecting GW to many parts of D.C. and Capital Bikeshare, GW has numerous options for transportation. Parking is severely limited, but the public transportation options make up for lack of spaces. GW could use some more bike racks but overall pretty easy to get around. The campus is also within walking distance of many DC businesses and going-out spots.

3 College Junior

Technology: Lacking Labs and Outlets – It is often difficult to find a computer to use in the library, even during non midterm/finals times. Few computer labs exist for students outside the library. Labs for medical/public health students exist and are excellent. Wireless access is generally very good, but the lack of electrical outlets, especially in the student union and the library, make doing homework on a personal laptop difficult.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Grad Students Diverse Group – While GW undergrads tend to be highly wealthy and sport fancy handbags and nice cars, GW's grad student population is much more diverse, international and for the most part relies heavily on student loans and work (not parents) to pay for tuition and living. The majority of grad students work a full-time or part-time internship or job during the majority of their two years in school. While socializing certainly does happen, GW grad students spend the majority of the time working and completing class assignments. The majority of grads are not from the D.C. area but many did graduate from East Coast or California undergrad universities.

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2 College Junior

Campus Quality: Library, Student Union, Many Classrooms Outdated – While classrooms are generally decent, technology problems often hinder lecture powerpoint presentations. The Gelman Library is outdated, lacks sufficient computers or outlets to plug in laptops and has few comfortable spaces to study with good window lighting. The Marvin Center, the student union, has a nice cafeteria but lacks the warm atmosphere that would make it a friendly place to study.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: "Emerge" Is Very Adequate – they take very good care of overly drunk kids. However, if you get "emerged" you end up at Georgetown hospital rather than GW hospital because they don't want people to think they are "emerging" you to make money. THis is a problem because if you don't have money you need to call friends to come get you or walk back to campus in heels & going out clothes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Good School, Obviously Not Ivy – I was in the honors program and this provided high academic challenges. I basically had a 4.0 in highschool and took 7 AP classes, and I found many students with similar backgrounds that could have gone to higher ranked schools but came to GW because they loved it. There are tons of kids that are really smart but also like to have a vibrant social life in the DC bar scene, etc.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My major is Biological Anthropology and the Anthropology department is great at GW. I feel as though I have numerous internship and career opportunities because of my location in DC. GW also has an amazing internal affairs program.


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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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