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Reviews 1789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Newer Dorms Are the Best – The school has been doing a lot of renovations with housing. Most of the upperclassmen dorms have been newly renovated and are awesome. But some of the older dorms are gross and falling apart.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Trick Is Getting It – Seems like everyone has financial aid here, but the trick is working the system so you can get it. I've been trying and failing so far.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can walk almost anywhere you need to go. There are always taxis but they are kind of expensive. The metro is useful for getting places off of campus but can sometimes fail. Generally people don't leave the "foggy bottom bubble" except for internships.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Do we even have a basketball team? O ya we do but no one goes to the games. there isn't school spirit for athletics, probably because we don't have a football team.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Average Boys – There are some cute guys but they tend to be jerks. The good ones are already in relationships so there isn't really a point in trying. But many of the guys are fun to hang out with, just don't come to GW hoping to find a husband, find your bridesmaids instead.

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4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Very Good – I had alot of help from an advisor at home, however the financial aid worked out very well for me. GW is very generous with money, and the financial aid office is helpful if you have questions.

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Not a Big Deal – The sports teams are not very good, and we don't have a football team.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Athletic Centers – The athletic centers are very nice, however the sports teams are not very good. The gym has many machines and is a nice environment to work out in.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I like being a GW student, but there is not very much programming for the students. They do Midnight Breakfast once a semester and that's it. That's like the definition of what college is: free, fun things for the students to do as an entire student body. And GW is REALLY bad at doing these things. I think it'd be a lot better to have more activities like this!

1 College Junior

Weather: I do not really know how to answer this other than that the university never cancels class when there is bad weather! When it snows and is iced, we should not have to walk all over the campus to go to class when it is dangerous. My freshman year they cancelled classes for "Snowmaggedon" and ever since then, they have not cancelled them once when they should have been.

1 College Junior

Transportation: Vern Express – All students are charged a fee of $1000 for this transportation but we do not all even need to use it. I think that the students who live on the Mount Vernon campus should pay more than the students who live on Foggy Bottom, as most of the Foggy Bottom residents do not go to the Vern often enough to justify making us ALL pay $1000 for some unreliable buses.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Let's face it. You are living in the heart of DC (the State Department is one block away and the White House is three). There are endless things you can do from shopping, to museums, to art galleries, to clubs, to bars, etc. However, with the convenience of living in the heart of DC, there is the cost. You should expect to spend $12,000 per year on housing whether you are on or off campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: For Living in a City, You Are Pretty Safe – No matter what you do as a student at GW, you cannot forget that you do not live in a campus environment. The city is your classroom, your campus, and your playground with all of its benefits (biology class at the Smithsonian) and disadvantages (mysterious packages at the metro). Nevertheless, the University tries its utmost to keep the campus safe with a strong police presence, blue lights, and an escort service.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather in DC is generally great, during the summer it can be very dry and hot but during the school year it feels just right and not as cold as other regions. Hardly any intense snow storms When the weather is nice everyone hangs outside and there are usually lots of barbecues.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: There's certainly a lot of greek life on campus with various types of fraternity and sorority. Everyone seems to be part of one fraternity or the other. It is fun and a wonderful way of meeting new people

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.


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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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