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Reviews 1792 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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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.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Obnoxious – Many of the girls here fall into a stereotype: privileged, Starbucks-obsessed, and seriously into binge drinking. Some are very pretty, but others are just average looking with bad attitudes.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's Why We're All Here – Let's be honest- the big draw for many people is D.C. itself and all it has to offer. Government buildings, monuments, museums, restaurants, nightclubs, concert venues, etc. are plentiful and most places are easy to access on foot or by metro.
However, safety has been a concern lately as there have been a number of armed robberies, petty thefts, and the like on campus. While students are rarely affected, it can create an atmosphere of distrust.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's DC – DC offers a lot of cool options. However, beware of the price.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It Could Be Better – Even though it is pretty fancy, the new J-Street does not let students make decisions for themselves. Yeah, I know that Wendy's and maybe Chick-fil-A are (were) not the healthiest food on campus, but they were cheap and fast to get, and that came in handy for a lot of students. Now, though, we have a bunch of fancy green places to choose from, but they are still overpriced and, despite a variety of names, they all offer the same.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The Economics Department – The Economics department at GWU is incredible. Not only it has special strengths in public economics and international economics (particularly if you major in Int'l Affairs with the concentration in Int'l Economics) but also the professors are top-notch; most of them are NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research Scholars), World Bank and IMF consultants, and serve or have served in the Fed. They are extremely knowledgeable and really approachable.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek Is Big – The school has started promoting Greek Life as a way of keeping students enrolled. It's obnoxious if you're not into that life, but you can get away from it.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Keeps Getting Better – Things keep improving. There are several gyms available to students, as well as libraries. The main library is kind of stuffy, but it's being renovated. The student center is nice and there are lots of food options.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Alerts are used very effectively to let the students know when a crime has been committed. As a woman, I feel safe walking home at night and security in the dorms is very good. The University Police are very present and generally friendly

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Not Sure If There's a Better School for Interning – Paid internships are hard to come by. But if you are willing to work for free GW students will always have amazing internships. DC seems to have an unlimited supply of internships. Since GW is in a prime location with a metro on campus and holds a great reputation, GW students fair the best in landing internships out of the 5 or so colleges in the city. The univeristy also highly encourages internships.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Guilty Until Proven Innocent – The title says it all. If you end up with a judicial hearing you might as well not show up because they already have their minds made up. However, the dorms have almost no restrictions aside from what is local/federal law (i.e. no drugs or underage drinking) so that helps the strictness grade.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Girls way better looking than the men and outnumber them. If you're a guy, GW is gold mine.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Stay Away – This isn't a school to get your Mrs. Degree, although plenty of girls seem to think it is, and are clearly only here for that. The girls here are not that pretty, but are convinced that they walk on water. They are backstabbing and selfish. I'd put nothing past them. If you have morals and a backbone, be prepared to wonder whether you're the only person here with one.

The guys are okay. That's about it. There should be more straight guys though. I have many great gay friends but it's not like they'll watch sports with me.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Nothing like having a Bin Laden rally on a Sunday night. DC is a really cool place to live. It's just too bad that this school has been taken over by selfish people.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Fine. Warmer than where I'm from (Wisconsin). People freak out for snow. Usually pretty warm.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman year was nice because if you go ED, you'll get the dorm you want. Sophmore year is just a rolodex: I know plenty of people who didn't get housing at all, or didn't even get their medical needs accomodated until their parents called to yell. Live off campus at the first chance if you can.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scene is not big at all, but it all depends on who you hang out with and what you are into. There is plenty of partying here though, mostly drinking in dorm rooms, clubs, apartments, and frat housing. Also it's easy to stay out of trouble if you are drinking.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks: There If You Want It, or Out of Your Way If You Don't – Everyone has a chance to be involved in Greek life. Being a part of Greek life is so much fun and gives you a lot of opportunities to get involved on campus, but there is soo much available outside of Greek life that if you choose not to join you will not feel left out.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Professors – All of the professors I have had are incredibly knowledgeable in their field and are dedicated to teaching as best they can. Professors are easily accessible outside of class and are always willing to help.

5 College Senior

Campus Quality: Being in the Middle of DC – You cannot beat going to school 4 blocks from the White House. Our metro stop is right on campus, but you can WALK to places that actually matter in the world. From the Elliott School building you can see the State Department, the Pentagon, all of the Monuments on the National Mall, etc. The opportunities for internships are unparalleled and you actually get to be a part of the life of the city. At most schools, the President coming to campus is a huge deal. At GW, it's almost routine.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: J Street will never be perfect but it has been improving over time. The other on-campus dining options are great, and now that whole foods is on campus and takes GWorld the options are even better. All sophomore-senior housing has kitchens, so if you do get sick of the dining options you can always cook. Also food trucks come through campus usually around lunch time, so there's something new right here, for when you're just tired of sandwiches. If they took GWorld it would be great!!

4 College Senior

Academics: Elliott School Is Amazing – I love the Elliott School of International Affairs because it allows me to pursue interests in a surprisingly wide array of fields (everything from science and public health to politics to anthropolgy...etc). The students in my Elliott School required classes are smart, engaged citizens. People take classes seriously, but also find time to do as much as possible outside of the classroom between internships, jobs and making the most of the city as a whole. I really do love GW.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: It is the perfect match between seeing snow and still being beautiful out. It will snow during the winter and be beautiful during the summer. Classes are close enough that it doesn't matter if it is snowing but teachers usually cancel because they have to drive here. It's only hard to go to classes when its raining and really windy which is like never.


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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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