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4 College Junior

Technology: Labs Are Relatively Available – The computer labs at George Washington are readily available and can be easily accessed regardless of finals being in session or not. Computers can be accessed on all 6 floors of Gelman Library with the first floor and basement holding the most. There are also a few computers available at Eckles library on the Mount Vernon Campus. Computers appear to be readily available for the most part because students generally use their own laptops. For purposes of convenience i recommend that you have your own as well

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Business School Experience – The Business School offers a very interesting program filled with resources for all majors within the business world. From the beginning in freshman year, students are placed in courses that promote creativity and knowledge. The business school has many unique resources such as focused career coaches, recruiters from the real world that teach and help the students create a resume, cover letter, and whatnot. There are numerous programs within the business school that allow the students to find out what their strengths and weaknesses are and how to use them to benefit their experiences in college and in the future. For example, the Mintz Getaway for sophomores, a trip for sophomore students, promotes team-building activities and interaction between the students and the faculty. There is also the New York trekk, which allows students to interact with different alumni and corporations which may be helpful when trying to figure out what they want their career to be, or to just expand their network. There are also professional fraternities and other programs that offer numerous resources and events for the student to live in the business world and find out what is it they want to do with their lives and how to do it in the business world.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Business School Is Awesome – The facilities and equipment in the Business school are really good. From the outside, the building looks fairly new and with a lot of windows (good natural lighting). On the insides, the meeting rooms are great because they are professional, with nice chairs and tables, and white boards. The furniture in the classrooms and on the greater spaces are new, and there is a place on the first floor to grab coffee. Overall, it is a very modern, very accessible and goodlooking building.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms – The dorms are all pretty good for freshman, especially Madison, Lafayette or Potomac. Madison is the oldest of the three but the rooms are huge and it is a little smaller, so there is a tight bond with the residents.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Kinda. Sorta. Not Really. According to the GW Multicultural Student Services Center, 65% of the student body is white so the other 35% is comprised of international students and other minorities. While more or less diverse, the student body is more like a mixed salad than a melting pot.

GW is an expensive school so for the most part you won't find too much economic diversity, so a lot of the kids will be coming from wealthy, affluent suburbs. I'm pretty sure that GW doesn't give scholarships (or at least not many) to international students. GW boasts geographic diversity, but a big majority of kids are from the northeast.

GW is a big enough and diverse enough school that there is a place for everyone and if you need to find your own community you will.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: That would be the best part about being in DC. The transportation was fantastic. You could get anywhere, anytime easily. Cabs, public transit, shuttles... you name it.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: On Campus – Great experience, the dorms were really nice, though expensive. Security was great. Noise levels weren't always fantastic. Social atmosphere was wonderful and the greek life was really awesome.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: For an urban setting, I found the campus safe and comfortable at all times. Response times were quick and work with the DCPD was also wonderful.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Good Options – There are good options although advising could be better.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The school has its own metro stop making it easy to get around. Were only a short walk to the National Mall and Georgetown.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Places Everywhere – Georgetown has a lot of great restaurants. Some of my favorites include Filomena for pasta Bourban for steak and Baked and Wired for dessert.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: George Washington gives away a lot of money in financial aid and really does look at the family's need.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's Easy to Find an Apartment – There are several apartments a stone's throw from campus (they look like they're part of campus) and they're very high-end and somewhat affordable. But you could also get some apartments a little off campus for a somewhat reasonable price.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Pcs and Macs – GW computer labs mostly consist of PCs but there are some that are Mac compatible. Printing is too expensive. The network can be a bother sometimes, in terms of logging in and having good service. There is 100% wireless access across campus. Everyone really needs to have a computer, but in the case if you are experiencing problems with your computer, there are places to get it fixed and use another.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public Transport All the Way – Metro and buses stop right on campus and are convenient and easy to use. It is not worth the cost or hassle to have a car in Foggy Bottom. Metro often has long wait times between trains, especially at night. It also doesn't run overnight, so you have to take taxis back or use GW's shuttle service after going out.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and Competitive – GW is right in downtown DC, so apartments in the nearby neighborhoods are very expensive. Luckily the metro is right on campus and if you are willing to live farther away you can still find a good deal. The University provides a list of options but Craigslist worked best for me. Landing a shared apartment or group home can be really comptetitive--there will be many other people vying for that room and you will want to start looking a month or two early.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Nation's Capital – Living in Washington DC has many advantages, particularly if you are into government or politics. Tons of opportunities to intern and get practical experience. Lots of cultural and artistic offerings, every museum you ever wanted, and fun bars and nightlife to be found as well.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Places Nearby. Good to eat out when you finally get tired of j street food. Can be a bit pricey depending on where you go.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Is Expensive but Fun! Off-Campus housing in DC allows a lot of possibilities. You can either live in Virgina, Maryland, or the District. For accessibility, living in Virgina is probably the best bet for George Washington students. However, it is rather expensive to live there. Living in Maryland is cheaper but much farther away. The District provides a happy medium between affordability and distance, although it is harder to find housing in the District.

5 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: George Washington University is a highly competitive school. Greek life supplements the achievements of the students by providing a smaller community for students and creating activities to participate in.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Eat Here. Eat There – Expensive but lots of options. Pizza, burgers, and ethnic food are a favorite. Not really alternatives "on campus".

2 College Senior

Technology: Pay to Print: Not Cool – Its 9 cents per page to print. Copier machines are not easily available to students most are broken. They are renovating the first floor to make it better but without these issues being fixed its not going to improve much. Wireless not available in City Hall is a problem if you live there.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The internet is very touch and go at GW. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

3 College Student

Campus Quality: Co-Ops Offers – my school's co-op program has provided me with work experience that is much more impressive than any other college grads I know. Right now, while you are looking at schools, you may think that a fifth year or spending some of your summer at school is weird, but trust me, I would not change anything in my program! Plus, being in Boston allows hands-on learning at museums, planetariums, and other cultural attractions.

1 College Student

Administration: a police force can be pretty strict about underage drinking and drug use. First-time offenders get a letter sent home, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. It's pretty serious if you get caught, so my best advice is to do everything discreetly and not to be obnoxious about it. If you're going to drink then drink, but don't start advertising keg parties in your room. You will get busted!

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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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