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Reviews 1789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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!

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: i like gwu overall it has somethings that aren't perfect but overall its ok

4 College Junior

Diversity: the diversity is gwu is very nice and you get to meet a lot of people

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: never really experienced it but i know that it is quite expensive and a little bit to much for college students

5 College Junior

Transportation: Walk, Walk, Walk! Most things of interest in DC are within walking distance given nice weather. It is a 40 minute walk to U Street, a 30 minute walk to the Verizon Center and Chinatown, a 10 minute walk to Georgetown, and a 5 minute walk to the World Bank and IMF. That which is not accessible by foot (Airports, baseball and football stadiums, etc.) are metro accessible. The metro is not insanely expensive.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: As with all urban areas, crime exists. Foggy Bottom is one of the safest neighborhoods in DC, but crime still happens. However, GWU is very good about sending out crime alerts via email, and DC police is responsive.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Wide Variety – Apartments are clean, abundant, and well located. Prices for a one room apartment in the Foggy Bottom area typically range from $750 - $2,500 per month. I recommend finding at least one roomate with whom to split rent.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining at GWU is acceptable, although there isn't a very wide variety.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Insufficient Funding – The George Washington University goes about issuing financial aid in a roundabout manner. It often takes several calls for the university to finally give out award letters for financial aid. Until then, it will continue to be a hassle.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The Melting Pot – Diversity at The George Washington University is acceptable. Treatment of the Lesbian/Gay community is fair and there are no issues dealing with racial or ethnic background. However, the Hispanic population is very low in comparison to all other groups. Hispanics are hardly seen on campus. It would be nice if the school made it possible for more of the Hispanic culture to be admitted.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Declaration of Inspection – All in all, The George Washington University is a lively area consisting of many individuals having a dynamic range of personalities. With that being said, there are some individuals who can cause disturbances more often than not. This year, there were several crime alerts involving suspictious looking individuals, violations for disturbing the peace, and a few armed robberies. It is understandable that the university is an open campus, but with it being at arms length to The White House security should be managed better.


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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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