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Reviews 1621 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: ...everywhere I turn. Maybe I'm just bitter that the minority students are often overlooked and short in supply, but that's just me. Luckily (and somewhat unfortunately) the minority students who ARE at GW tend to stick together. The rich kids will befriend their own breed and those on scholarships tend to befriend others in their position.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are shuttles to and from the Foggy Bottom campus to the Mount Vernon campus. The Foggy Botton/GWU Metro Station is literally in the campus so you can go anywhere.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload is quite tough. The curriculum is very strict, especially for a premed student like myself. Are not very helpful to transfer students.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There's So Many Options – Between Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon Campus, there's the Vern Express which is free. Trying to get other places in the city is also possible through walking or biking because, honestly, the city is only 10 sq miles. If you're not dressed for such activities, the Metro is available as are taxis.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There's always either a clubbing event or a frat party to attend on Foggy Bottom.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Hot, Guys Are Okay – For the most part, the girls are hot. They're fun to be around, know how to hold their own at a party, and can be studious when necessary. The guys are okay. They range from quite nerdy to jocks, from super hot to ehh.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Engineering Community and Workload – The engineering community is very close knit. There are a lot of clubs and activities related to the engineering world. The workload is intense. It requires extreme dedication, commitment, and self control to pass and do well. It is just really hard.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Should Be Better – It may just be my field and the fact that I'm far from the school now, but I have been having trouble locating scholarships and figuring out the financial aid office. I'm usually better at talking to people in person, though, so that my be a factor.

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Opportunities and Atomosphere – I am a beginning student at GWU and I have always been enamored by everything I have heard and read about the school. I am very much looking forward to my classes and getting to know the campus better. I have had some difficulty navigating the websites, but have managed to work my way around it.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food! There is every type of food available! it is very tailored towards college students :D

3 College Junior

Academics: Great Things! The classes are all right. The people are great. But there are some sour apples as well. The city always provides a fun night during the weekday or weekend. Highly recommended!

3 College Senior

Weather: They are pretty hard but with studying and contacting professor an A is possible

3 College Senior

Academics: They are pretty much great. They spend a lot of time on their students but some are very politically aware and into their own personal views

4 College Junior

Academics: Masters Forensic Molecular Biology – Having read the academic cirriculum for Masters in Forensic Science with concentration Forensic Molecular Biology, I feel very positive about attending the school in the fall. I feel that the program at George Washington University will broaden my knowledge and open doors to many career opportunities.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: Because GW is an urban school, it's harder for students outside of greek life to feel connected to the student body, and that you're getting a "normal" college experience. Greek life at GW is very different than other schools, certainly not like states schools at all. There are a wide variety of fraternities and sororities that fit many different interests. Greek life gives you an easier way to meet lots of people and stay connected to the school. I would suggest it for anyone who enjoys being social.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Seriously, GW has amazing student housing. The dorms are fantastic - most are brand new and if they aren't they are still way better than any dorms I've seen visiting friends at other schools. Most students choose to live off campus by senior year, but "off campus" means about a block away and it's a relief to finally get a real home with your friends.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Very Different – GWorld card allows you to buy meals at local eateries but there is no actual "dining hall". This is a plus and minus. Eating can be very expensive, but grocery stores are also included in GWorld and almost every dorm after freshman year has a full kitchen, so you will probably end up eating healthier than most other college students. I still wish we had a dining hall though.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Deals Further Out – Housing in Foggy Bottom is expensive and students will better accomodations at the same price living on campus. Cheaper housing avaialable in surrounding areas.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Either Know Someone With a DC License or Shell Out the Cash – If you're from outside DC and don't have DC plates, have fun. The DC metermaids are ruthless. $30 for a 2 hour zone 2 violation, $100 for rush hour. They add up quick. If you do know someone with a DC license, you can get a 15 day parking pass, but have fun driving up to American every couple of weeks. GW parking is expensive but par for the course in the city.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People Only "Care" About Men's Basketball – Even then that's a stretch. Maybe if we can get past the first round of the A-10 it'd be different. Probably not....

1 College Sophomore

Technology: Don't Count on It – GWireless is horrendous - constantly times out
The computers in Gelman are pathetic for an accredited university - the fact that it takes 10 minutes just to log in is bad enough, 15 more to start an internet browser, come on GW
Printing - finally got wireless printing, but the 9 cents per page really adds up when writing research papers

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Aderol – I hear everyone talking about taking Aderol during exams. The drinking scene is pretty big as far as I can see. P

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Highly Diverse – I'm pretty sure this school prides itself on its diversity. The international student population is one of the highest in the nation, I believe.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: State of the Art Building – The Elliot School of International Affairs is incredibly well designed and obviously well funded. The location (near the State Department, White House, and other DC spots) is amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Really great scholarships but not an A plus because the school is SO EXPENSIVE.

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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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