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  • 07/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    34 out of 35 people found this review useful. 1 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Gw is a great place for students who are looking for a medium sized student body, wanting to live in the city, and are interested in politics, international affairs, or communications. Any student looking for a school that will offer them endless opportunities in countless areas while still having an incredible time will absolutely love GW!

    Tips for prospective students

    The George Washington University is an amazing place to study. As a Political Communications major in the School of Media and Public Affairs, I have found that no other school offers such a specialized program so perfectly fitted to my interests. GW is a great place to be if you're looking for a school that isn't too small or too big. While a majority students are from the Northeast, the school has an incredibly diverse student body which is always exposing you to others' cultures. Professor's are kind of a hit or miss. Some really care about their students and what they're teaching while others could really care less. Ratemyprofessors.com is a huge help to avoid the latter. Living in the nation's capital is an experience that you will only fully understand until you have experienced it. There is always something going on for all types of people. An added benefit to DC is the fact that a majority of public sites such as museums and monuments are free of charge. The only qualms I have with GW are the dining system, which is just poorly thought out in general, and the price of tuition... I really wonder where it goes sometimes. Other than that I love everything about GW. The dorms are great, the facilities are up to date, student orgs are everywhere and so inviting, and it's in the best city in the nation!

  • 12/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 2 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    GW is great for: ~political science or international affairs students - think of all the places you can intern and all the speakers who drop by! ~anyone interested in politics (especially Democrats) ~Jewish students - there is definitely an active Jewish life on campus ~basketball fans - it's pretty much our only sport (no football) ~anyone who loves DC or who comes from the middle of nowhere (like me) and wants to get used to the city life

    Tips for prospective students

    From my experience, if you think that you have even a vague chance of getting into the Honors college, apply. While you may have to write an extra essay for the application, in the end it is totally worth it. The university can be a bit bureaucratic and academic advisers can be at times slightly impersonal, but the Honors program is a great solution to this problem. The staff are some of the most amazing, dedicated people on campus, and they are overwhelmingly willing to help Honors students with any and every problem they encounter. Plus, we get free hot chocolate, priority registration, and free Georgetown cupcakes (you'll realize how awesome that is when you come here and try them!)

    Bang for the buck

    GW is expensive (5th most expensive in USA) but they're also very generous with financial aid. And you can definitely see where your money is going. The faculty is quality and there are several campus improvement projects going on right now to upgrade the already palatial dorms (freshmen get cleaning service!!). Also, there are tons of events with free food, especially for freshmen- which is great because the food here is overpriced. However, everything the university organizes is done with style and most likely you'll get scholarships or financial aid if you get in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love GW. Especially in the smaller dorms, students form a sense of community and support each other. There are always events going on here - just in my first semester, we've had Al Gore, Walter Mondale, Dave Sedaris, Jon Stewart, Hilary Clinton, and Michelle Obama speak, all at no cost to students. A few weeks ago for Homelessness Awareness Week, Flava Flav drove through campus rapping on a flatbed truck! The energy here is amazing, and no other college can compare when it comes to location - who else can take a 5-minute walk off campus and see the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the White House? I really love everything about being here.

    Am learning a lot

    I have found a most of my classes to be challenging and informative. All of my professors have been extremely helpful when I have a question or need help. Although GW isn't know for its science program, these seem to be among some of the hardest classes and I've definitely learned the most in my chemistry class this year.

  • 10/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Political people (duh): There's always some rally going on. Move in day coincided with Glenn Beck's March to Restore Honor, two weekends ago there was a huge liberal rally, and in two weekends Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are having their March to Keep Fear Alive/Restore Sanity. International Affairs Majors: The Elliot Schools is highly regarded, one of the top ten IA programs in the nation I believe. Also students get so much exposure to international affairs because of all of the international students and because we're surrounded by embassies. And people really do trick or treat. Work hard play hard: You'll find a range of students at GW and you'll sometimes ask yourself How the hell did she get into this school? but overall GW students are smart kids. They weren't the kids who shut themselves in their rooms on Saturday nights studying, but they got good grades while having a good time. LGBQTS (and any other letters I left out): There are so many gay guys here. It sucks for girls, especially since so many of the gay guys are nice and cute (and they dress well). Although GW is big enough that you can find your niche anywhere. You can be a hipster, a frat bro, athlete, Republican, or any stereotype you can name. Even though we're in DC, people don't talk politics all the time, though I'm sure if you wanted to, you could easily get yourself into a debate over whatever was most recently announced on CNN.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're set on GW apply early because it's getting more and more competitive. My class was the most competitive they've ever had and it will only get more competitive. I think my class of 2350 was picked out of 21000. Visit! GW isn't your typical college or university. It doesn't have a traditional dining hall (we do have J Street and many other vendors), there isn't a typical college feel, and nobody really knows where the campus begins and ends (Who knew you could have labs on K Street?). It's more of a city feel than I expected. On the college-y feel spectrum from NYU (big city school) to Bates (small NESCAC college) it's between NYU and UPenn, UPenn being more of a college-y feel. Make sure you also ask your tour guides anything you're dying to know. They're very helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    I joke that GW is so expensive because we're paying for extra class time, not for vacations. And it's true. We don't have many vacation breaks (no fall break) and the ones we do have are short. But really, it's not a big deal because it's an excuse to make your friends visit you (you save money) and who wants to spend a month sitting around home anyways (you'd get bored). But remember that you're not just paying for an education, you're paying for an experience and it's definitely worth it. The internships and networking opportunities are incredible. Recently I've seen the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, Junot Diaz, and Optimus Prime (they were filming Transformers 3 car chase scenes down the street from my dorm) and I know people who have volunteered with Michelle Obama on the National Day of Service (9/11) and gotten to go to a Town Meeting with Obama.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's definitely an adjustment, but everyone will go through those awkward weeks no matter what college or university you end up going to. The transition from high school to college is difficult since you leave home, your friends, your family, your comfortable life, and then you're thrown into a new environment. It's going to be hard anywhere. Even though sometimes I miss my friends or I'm not having a good time, I still love it here at GW and I love being in DC.

    Am learning a lot

    This is my first semester and I'm taking six classes and I've definitely learned a lot. First thing I learned is not to take six classes, especially not your first semester. It's a big load, but I'm handling it well and I love my classes. I'm in intro psych and my class is run like a typical high school class with hand raising and participating, and it's only fifty kids, so there's always a way out of the 270 lecture classes. My only complaint is the language department. Perhaps it's just my class, but the Spanish course I'm taking is not very good. I took Advanced Spanish and AP Spanish all throughout high school and I feel like I'm just maintaining my abilities since the class seems a bit disorganized and the professor isn't great. Although I am also taking French and the class is amazing.

  • 06/15/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    7 out of 16 people found this review useful. 4 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are interested in International affairs, the Elliot School is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard, visit the school, and apply early

  • 12/24/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 5 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, I think that GW can be great for anyone. The cliche is that it is a political/liberal school, and while those types definitely exist, there is really something for everyone. I mean, one of my roommates is an engineer and one is still undecided. It is not just about academics or political interests either. DC has a great nightlife, fun sports teams, hysterical comedy clubs and delicious food. Give it a try! No one will be disappointed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry if you don't love it at first. Even after my Colonial Inauguration (Summer orientation) I still wasn't completely feeling in love with the school. That was true up until the time that I started finding activities which I cared about and people I could trust. Once that happens, you will fall in love with it here. Give GW a chance, but make sure that it is right for you.

    Bang for the buck

    As one of the most expensive schools in the country, you might expect a lot of free perks from GW: say a meal plan, free laundry, SOMETHING... well, don't! GW literally charges you for everything it possibly can, and it is absurd! Of course... they say you get what you pay for, and I guess in the form of the great education that George Washington University offers, that is true...

    Am enjoying being here

    To be honest, this one can be a hit or a miss. As a whole, there is no better (or more interactive) learning place to be than in our nation's capital. Still, if you live far from home, or have trouble making friends, you might have a sad day every once in a while. Don't let that scare you though, I am sure that it is true of every school in the world! As a whole, GW is filled with brilliant, kind and interesting people, and I have highly enjoyed my experience thus far. You'll have fun, learn a lot, and meet some great people!

    Am learning a lot

    In my first semester, I was really expecting to be in several lecture hall classes. You know, the ones with 200+ students? That was totally not the case. Only two of my five classes were substantially larger than a high school class, but both were interactive and not at all intimidating. I found myself having to study for the first time in my life, and it really enriched my ability to learn. That is something that, so far, I have found that GW really encourages. They put school above social life and sports, but still don't overload students with work so that they cannot enjoy the great parties or basketball games on campus.

  • 05/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 6 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I think this school is great for everybody. It has something for every type of person. Even though I am from a small town, I love DC. Even though I am undecided and not in the Elliott School, I love the classes and GW. Even though I am straight, I am friends with homosexual people and love that the school is open to everybody. Even though I am Hispanic, I am treated the same as everybody else. Overall, the stereotypes of GW may be true but this school is appropriate for any type of person.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest prospective students to come visit and ask questions. I have friends that are tour guides and say that they much rather prefer people to ask what they really want to ask than what they think they should ask. They want people to ask about nightlife and greek life. Also, I would suggest that people study hard in high school to get scholarships, especially if they want to go to GW. The most important thing I could think of is once in college join groups! If you know you want to be in a certain group look into it and come in contact with people from the group. This way you will have friends or acquaintances the first day of college. Plus if you visit and know somebody, they will give a better tour because they have no requirements.

    Bang for the buck

    I will be completely honest. GW is very expensive and the only reason I am going here is because of my scholarship. Without my scholarship, I would not be able to afford this school. GW is very courteous with their scholarships and financial aid but you have to work hard in high school. They give federal work study as well to help you out. I understand where all the money is going with the great professors and the fact that we are in the heart of a huge city. Many people complain about the food and it being expensive. However, we are one of a few colleges that give numerous places for students to eat. If you use your card for only food (not gift cards, school supplies, etc), you will be fine.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely LOVE GW. It completely depends on the person. I am from a very small town and then came to Washington DC, a huge city where something is happening almost every minute of the day. GW is very different from other colleges. Students are walking distance from the White House and the other monuments. Recently during our finals week, Obama announced Osama's death and everyone stopped studying and ran to the White House to celebrate. We were a piece of history because we were there and other students from different colleges cannot say that. Students from other colleges may that we have no school spirit because we do not have a football team. However, we still have a basketball team with great new recruits and a new coach. If one wants to be spirited then it is very easy to do so. Also, I really enjoyed living in Thurston my first year. It is a dorm of all new freshman. It creates a true community for incoming students and it is an easy way to make friends.

    Am learning a lot

    Honestly, I have learned a lot at GW in just one year. Because I am an undecided major, I took most of my GCRs (general curriculum requirements). I took a huge variety of classes including english, sociology, statistics, chemistry, basically anything one could think of. Many of the introduction classes are huge (they will be anywhere you go) but most of my classes all of my teachers knew my name. If you get to know the professor, then they will try to get to know you as well. Many professors main concern is that you learn from their class. I had a class with no tests but completely discussion based. Some professors may give you a large workload but this is because they expect you to succeed in everything you are given. I have enjoyed every single one of my classes even though I do not have a major.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 7 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Washington, DC is infamous for its crime! However, GW is in a very safe area of the city and there are so many precautions the university takes to protect students! We have email and text alerts when there are possible threats and there are emergency buttons all over campus! Furthermore, the University Police Department provides a service that you can call and request someone to pick you up if you suddenly feel unsafe when in the city and they will drive you back to campus. I have never felt unsafe at George Washington!

    Greek Life

    Until this year, George Washington didn't really have a very large Greek scene. However, it has grown this past semester and become extremely popular. Fraternities and sororities are great, they have fun events for everyone and there are so many to choose from if you're interested! A lot of hopeful brothers and sisters have a lot of fun, especially during rush! However, it's really not mandatory! I'm not a huge fan, so I didn't rush or anything, and it's really not a big deal! There is a social scene outside of Greek life too, so either way, you'll be happy!

    Clubs and Activities

    Students at George Washington are extremely involved in politics. Thus, College Republicans and College Democrats are extremely popular here. There are a number of fraternities and sororities at GW that are always hosting events. Many students rush, however it doesn't dominate the social scene. There are so many organizations, whether you like sports, leadership roles, a specific culture, or just about any other activity you could think of! Also, there are a lot of positions available to freshman as well. Get involved your first year, it will make a huge difference!

    Great for these types of students

    George Washington is great for a variety of students! However, you have to be willing to work hard because the academics are rigorous! Other than that, GW has a lot to offer to a myriad of people! It's too diverse not to!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GW Deli! It's owned by an Italian family, takes Colonial Cash, and is absolutely delicious! It's a very small building with a constant flow of students. Everything they make is amazing though, but definitely try a sandwich, they're unbeatable! Also, we have a fire department on campus that is a bit unusual because it is the department that responds to the White House. When President Taft got stuck in his bathtub, it was our fire department that responded!

    Bang for the buck

    There is one truly unique aspect of George Washington that never ceases to amaze me. This is the fact that I can walk a few blocks from campus and be right in front of the White House, National Mall, or the Lincoln Memorial! GW is the only school centered right in the heart of DC. The presidential motorcade passes by almost daily and there's never a dull moment! Despite the constant excitement, GW's location opens a lot of doors for internships and other opportunities for all majors! GW's location is probably the most unique (and the best) thing about it!

    What to do for fun

    Everyone is extremely social, doors are almost always open on my floor and we all gather in one room and study or watch our favorite shows together. There are a number of fraternities and sororities at GW that are always hosting events. Many students rush, however it doesn't dominate the social scene. There are always DC clubs that are hosting parties for college students or where a singer or band is performing. Organizations are constantly holding events, and if they're promoting free food, everyone shows up! Outside of campus, DC has a lot to offer, whether its the Drag Queen Race or just visiting Georgetown or the monuments! There's plenty for students to find, either on or off campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of options when it comes to meals at GW! We have two types of options, things we can buy with dining dollars and things we can buy with colonial cash. Dining dollars can be used at any dining hall, there are two, one for each campus. The food is extremely good, however it's almost always the same options. There's many, but it becomes mundane. With colonial cash, we can buy absolutely anything anywhere that will accept our cards. This provides you with so many more options! You can sit down and eat at a restaurant or order delivery! The dining hall food is honestly delicious, but when it gets to be too repetitive, colonial cash provides students with a lot more options!

    Dorm Life

    The first book I read about colleges described the dorms at George Washington as palaces. It was dead on. But, it really depends on what hall you live in though. GW is a relatively old school, so the dorms are either old or brand new! The old dorms aren't terrible by any means, but they aren't as nice either! Brand new dorms are available to everyone. I live in the newest building, West Hall. I have three roommates and we live in a suite. Thus, we each have our own rooms, a common room, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. Also, there is a full kitchen on our floor and a laundry room. My dorm room is amazing! There are plenty of nice dorm rooms all over campus, so you have tons of options!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at George Washington University are pretty balanced between large lectures and small classrooms. I have three large lecture classes and two smaller classroom experiences. I have a double major in International Affairs (concentration in Latin America) and Political Science with a minor in History. My favorite class is American Politics, Professor Deering is hilarious and explains everything personally! I registered for Legislative Politics with him next semester. The academic requirements are annoying, for example, I have to take a Math and two Science courses, and my AP credits can't count towards those courses. But the general education requirements are very easy to accomplish nonetheless. There hasn't been a class I haven't enjoyed, including those general education courses!

    Tips for prospective students

    GW really is great! I think the location is amazing and the education I'm getting is phenomenal! I also like the people, it's hard at first to find your group of friends because there's so many different kinds of people. But, I think that just makes it all the more exciting! I think my biggest complaint would be that it is so ridiculously expensive, honestly, it could be so much cheaper! At the end of the day though, I can't see myself anywhere else!

    In three sentences

    George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events such as this week's Midnight Breakfast with games and prizes and basketball games where we all cheer on the Colonials!

  • 04/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 8 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students. It's not too big or too small. Urban setting is not a problem because there is great security.

    Tips for prospective students

    Accept the invitation to attend.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive, but you get your money's worth. No other college compares to the perks you get at GWU.

    Am enjoying being here

    Every day is the bomb. If I was at any other school, would not have had the opportunity to sit at a basketball game and shake hands with the United States President!!!!

    Am learning a lot

    The curriculum is amazing and taylored to your major as well as your prospective employment. As a Freshman I have been emersed into business projects, research, writing, etc. They include a writing improvement course and an adjustment to college life course. Great support system within the university.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 9 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play hard type kids; people with political ambitions; people who enjoy an urban environment but think New York is a bit much

    Tips for prospective students

    - Always check out professors on RateMyProfessor.com before registering. Take the reviews with a grain of salt, but in my experience they've always been accurate. - Make sure the class times work for you; don't sign up for 8 ams if you know you'll struggle to get up each morning. Will you need significant gaps during the day? Do you plan on getting a job? - Make an effort to contact professors and TAs if you need help, or if you just want to discuss what you're learning. - Avoid living on the Vern unless you don't mind a 10-50 minute commute and knowing almost everyone in your dorm (and the drama that results) - Take advantage of the city and try to find fun, free events in the area whenever you can. Don't waste money going clubbing every weekend when there's such an awesome variety of things to do. - Cabs are ridiculously expensive. Get comfortable using public transit and you'll save money.

    Bang for the buck

    GW is a very expensive school. I would never have been able to attend if not for the fairly generous financial aid that I received. Due to my complicated family financial situation, I had to petition the school for more aid around the time of my enrollment. It was an arduous process but I ended up getting the money that I needed. In my experience, the people in the FA office have been helpful and friendly. The price tag is high but there are ways to make it affordable, if you put in the work.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's pretty common knowledge that the best part of GW is the city it's located in. Great music venues, restaurants, hookah bars, night clubs, and museums are either within walking distance or a short metro ride away. Within the school, however, much of the student body has a reputation for being rich, white, Long Islanders with superficial interests. I'm not going to dispute this (instead I'll refer you to stuffgwpeoplelike.com) but I will say that the school also has a great deal of diversity and it's easy to make friends, particularly if you get involved in activities and make an effort to reach out to students in classes. It's big enough so you'll never meet everyone, no matter how hard you try, but small enough that you're likely to pass a friend on the street every day.

    Am learning a lot

    As an undeclared major at entry, I filled my freshman year with GCRs. While many students gripe about the fairly comprehensive requirements, I used them as an opportunity to figure out what I was interested in studying. There's a great variety of classes available and I've had good experiences with the faculty, both professors and advisors, during my first year.

  • 10/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 10 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Ones who like to be busy! You will join so many clubs, everyone here is really involved.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get used to city life! And come with a huge appetite, a lot of the area's restaurants take the dining plan money and they're delicious!

    Bang for the buck

    GW is expensive. But, they give out lots of Financial Aid if you work hard in high school! and its beautiful and has very up to date technology, you will not be disappointed.

    Am enjoying being here

    From studying at the monuments to hitting up DC's nightlife, I have fallen in love with both GW and Washington DC in general. DC has a nice climate, is manageable, and is full of some of the most influential people in the world.

    Am learning a lot

    I love all of my classes (mostly sciences) and my professors have these awesome obscure connections to famous scientists and other people, so we get to learn from the very best.

  • 09/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 11 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any students

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, and find out about different programs. GW is well-known for being a great school at which to study politics. However, GW provides a great education in many other fields of study as well.

    Bang for the buck

    The 7 Year BA/MD program is a great option that saves time, money, and allows exploration of other areas of interest during undergraduate study.

    Am enjoying being here

    GW has a great campus that is urban yet set up in a way that makes it more of it's own community.

    Am learning a lot

    GW has great teachers who are excited about the material and dedicated to their students.

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 12 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is surprisingly safe considering that its in the middle of a large city. Obvious precautions should be taken to stay safe, i.e. don't walk alone at night, always be aware. UPD does a good job of keeping students aware of any potential threats on campus.

    Greek Life

    Has a growing presence on campus. Fun for those involved, and frats host a lot of the parties on campus. Not a big deal for students who choose not to go Greek, as there is a lot going on outside of the Greek community as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Options for all kinds of students with diverse interests, including Green Club, Feminist Student Union, Amnesty International, College Republicans and College Democrats, etc. Also a large number of club and intramural sports teams.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded and politically aware. Good for students who take an interest in world affairs, and who would enjoy being in an urban environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    'Gelbucks' is a 24 hour Starbucks in the library--helpful always. Just blocks from the National mall and the White House, and the IMF is practically a part of the campus. A short walk from Georgetown (good shopping and dining!).

    Bang for the buck

    GW is undoubtedly very expensive. On campus dining is very overpriced, and surrounding options are expensive because of GW's Foggy Bottom location. However, GW has a lot of money and puts a lot of it back into the school! Buildings are, overall, nice and in good shape. The campus is well kept, and there are always new buildings under construction. Despite its high price tag, students get to see a lot of the money that goes into the school.

    What to do for fun

    In DC there is no shortage of things to do. There's always a lot going on on campus--things are usually sponsored or organized by student orgs like Frats or clubs. The University sponsors a lot of cool and interesting events like concerts and guest speakers, and students get discounted entry. Off campus, some students like to go clubbing at night.DC is a great place for students because so much is free! The public transportation system also makes it easy to get to almost any part of the city.

    Food and Dining

    J Street and other on campus dining options are very mediocre. The options on the Mount Vernon Campus are somewhat better, but one can expect long lines at any of these locations during meal times. The best part of the GW dining plan is that students get an allotment of money to spend off-campus at dozens of vendors nearby. This saves freshmen from year round cafeteria food, and allows older students to shop for themselves. Dining options on colonial cash range from grocery stores, fast food restaurants, and even a few nicer restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    The older students have, in general, very nice houses. Many upperclassmen choose to live off campus, but many also live on campus. All underclassmen live on campus in dorms that range from decent to very nice. The bigger dorms usually have a pretty hoppin' party scene.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor very much depends on what classes you take and which programs you are involved in. Like most colleges, it is possible to spend four years taking easy classes. However, being a part of specific academic programs or departments, such as the School of Engineering or the Honors Program increases academic rigor. Difficultly of classes varies depending on the professor and the TAs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that GW is a city school, and doesn't have a traditional campus. It still has a good deal of school spirit and many opportunities that would be unavailable elsewhere. Expect students from all over the world!

    In three sentences

    George Washington University has a college feel in an urban setting. Students take academics and world events seriously, but also love to have a good time. There's no shortage of things to do both on campus and off.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People interested in international affairs, diplomacy, and politics; intelligent people; people who like living it up in the city

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply!

    Bang for the buck

    It's kind of expensive but there's also good financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    DC is a great city, there's so much to do. If you don't have anything to do at night you can just walk down to the monuments or some other famous landmark. I buy my groceries in the Watergate.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are great. Sure, I learn most of the stuff in a last-minute review panic, but I still learn a lot.

  • 04/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 14 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I am disappointed in the tuition for this institution. GWU does offer great opportunities for its students, but it is extremely unfair that tuition is so high.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do one campus. I love the location of GWU. At any given time I can walk to the Washington Monument. The White House is literally 2 blocks off campus. Their is never a dull moment at this school!

    Am learning a lot

    The faculty of The George Washington University are all very knowledgeable about the subject areas that they teach. Many of them have a strong passion for the subject area they are teaching, and their passion is very apparent. This passion makes the learning experience much better.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 15 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, Goal oriented, Outgoing, Friendly,Students, and those that want to be located in a controlled city environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend prospective students to come and take a visit and sit in an information session for the school. Everyone speaks of the University, but you truly can feel what it's like to be apart of the GW community once you are on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes the school is expensive, but it provides many opportunites that many other school's will not. Over 90% of students at the University will participate in some form of internship throughout their four years at the UNiversity. So, paying for the school is going to take careful finiancial planning, but once you are here, one of the great perks is access to hundreds of internships right at your fingertips.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University offers a diverse amount of communities where you are sure to find your niche. Located in DC, University students can always find things to do not only on campus, but also in the vibrant city as well. I've met countless new people, and have encountered various vital resources as a result of being a student here.

    Am learning a lot

    The George Washington University provides a comprehensive study option for students from all study disciplines across the world The academics here are exceptionally strong with majors in the Arts and sciences ranging from Psychology to Linguistics, and one of the most popular being Political Science. The University offers a renowned International Affairs School- The Elliott School of International Affairs, and the chance to minor in an array of different fields. No matter your major, you are able to take classes in whatever subject you wish.

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 16 of 77

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    Great for these types of students

    Politics, International Affairs, history students, or anyone who wants to work in business, law, or the government. Rich kids from New York, New Jersey, or Massachusetts. You'll feel like you never left home!

    Tips for prospective students

    I'm going to split this up into different categories. Academics: ~Don't be afraid to take classes on Mount Vernon. It's the secondary campus and is more like a real college campus. You can take classes with 50 people (that's usually a maximum) on the Vern, when they're more like 200+ on Foggy Bottom. You just have to remember to give yourself enough time to get there. The school says the trip to the Vern can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes, but during rush hour (7:00-10:00 am and about 4:00-7:00 pm) it can take up to an hour, and bad weather makes it worse. I recommend, if you live on Foggy and take classes on the Vern, take them in the middle of the day. if you live on the Vern, take morning classes there and then go to Foggy for the afternoon (this is also really nice because depending on which dorm you live in, your class could literally be right across the street. I've woken up at 8:25 and made it to my 8:30 class on time). Housing: Be aware that the freshman dorms are not all they're cracked up to be. Thurston is either an absolute party or your worst nightmare. It's not all that nice, houses 1100 freshmen in one building, and you will have 3-5 roommates (these aren't suites--you are sharing one room, two closets, and a bathroom with 3+ other people). Most other dorms have doubles or triples. If you want to live in a nice dorm, look at Potomac or West. West is also nice because all of the rooms are single bedrooms in four-person suites and it was built in 2010 so it's the newest dorm on campus. The dorms that are closest to everything are Madison and Crawford. If you're looking for a smaller dorm where you'll know everyone, have some peace and quiet, and feel like you're part of a community, look at the Hillsides on Mount Vernon (Merriweather, Clark, Hensley, and Cole). these are nice because they're small and there is a definite sense of community, but they can also get a little claustrophobic by the end of the year. Student life: Get involved! GW isn't a big school, but it's big enough that you can really feel like you don't have a place. Student orgs help that and there are hundreds of options to choose from.

    Bang for the buck

    GW is expensive, there's no denying that, but they do give good financial aid. Unfortunately, the money that you do pay often goes to things like building projects on campus, and sometimes you really can't help but think, Ok, we've already got 'Dorms like Palaces, do we need to remodel them every few years? I understand that DC is an expensive place to live, but the school often seems to be after a fancier image than they have (GW desperately wish it was an Ivy).

    Am enjoying being here

    I struggled a lot more in this area than most. GW doesn't do a great job of helping their students adjust, and the school can really be a pain to work with. The house Proctors (our version of Resident Assistants) aren't really supposed to be there for students in the same way RA's are; they're more of a contact point so that those in the upper levels of housing don't have to deal with minor problems, and many don't go out of their way to interact with their residents. In fact, I was closer to the house proctors from two other dorms than to my own. Another issue that most kids don't really think will be an issue--and that I didn't even consider until I needed it--is GW's University Counseling Center. GW is one of only 10% of schools in the country that offers no free counseling or mental health programs. A student committed suicide this spring, and the UCC didn't make much of an attempt to reach out to the community. This is unfortunately representative of a feeling that a lot of students get from the University as a whole; It can really feel like the school only thinks of its students as checks in the bank. GW also really takes a page out of the Federal Government's Red Tape Book. It can be difficult to get anywhere with the school. You have to really advocate for yourself, and get to know as many people in key departments as you can (Financial Aid, Housing, etc.). All things considered, though, I'm truly starting to enjoy living at GW. There are a lot of student orgs to choose from, and DC is a great city to live in. I've studied at the Library of Congress and walked to the Lincoln Memorial to watch the sunrise when I couldn't sleep. DC is not a concrete jungle city the way that places like New York City can feel, but it offers just just as many, if not more, opportunities (internships, jobs, and just being in a vibrant city). It's also nice to be able to take the Metro to places like Alexandria, VA or the bus to just about anywhere on the east coast.

    Am learning a lot

    There are really a lot of options for classes, and they can be very interesting. For example, In my first semester, I took a political science class that required 20 hours of intern work with an international organization. The professors can vary a lot in terms of skill, interest, and accessibility, but most really do know their stuff, and I have yet to have a teacher that wouldn't help a student. Unfortunately, because GW pulls many professors from the business side of their respective fields, this can mean that they know their stuff, but aren't very good at teaching it.

  • 09/13/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 17 of 77

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    Bang for the buck

    They are expensive, but also have amazing academic programs. Plus they offer credits for IB and AP classes. Plus they also have an amazing financial aid office that focuses on getting the students more grants than loans

    Will enjoy being here

    I love how they are smack dab in the middle of the city, they have buildings right on city streets, and if you don't like the city feel, you can also take a 15 min shuttle ride to their Mount Vernon campus which is full of green feilds and has a more rural feel. Also if you want to take smaller classes with a smaller clss size, you can opt to take them on the Vern (Mount Vernon campus)

    Will learn a lot

    They have an amazing academic program for the major that I'm aiming for, and great class sizes and structures. They also have many intership programs, and over 80% of the students get at least one in their time there. they are also right next to The State Department.

  • 03/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 18 of 77

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    Campus Safety

    GW has two great safety programs, 4ride and EmergE. 4ride picks you up anywhere within 5 miles of the campus and will take you to your dorm when your too tired/drunk/stuffed to walk home (for free) after 7pm. EmergE is a safety program that you can call when you feel like either you or your friends are in danger. They are extremely quick and efficient and the first time you call you get, immunity

    Greek Life

    When applying for the school, they say that greek life doesn't take over the campus but it really does. 75% of the parties being thrown on a Thurs., Fri., or Sat. night are being thrown by a fraternity. Rush Week slowing turned into greek month which evolved into greek semester, but if it's something you want to take part of, loads of my friends had a great time doing it and made some really good friends.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs and activities are generally more organized than the classes themselves. Student Org presidents are extremely committed and whatever group or club you decide to join as long as you are able put in as much time and effort that thy ask for you're going to have a good time.

    Great for these types of students

    GW is great for successful sorority girls that love to party. It's for people who already have an established work ethic and don't crack under scrutiny or pressure. GW gives you that tough social love and gives no mercy to students that can't handle it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There aren't many unusual traditions, GW isn't really a community-oriented type school, but there are some really nice places to hang out. A block down from Thurston there's a duck pond, which at first sounds kind of boring, but when you want to get away from the drama of college life with a bag of bread you bought but never ate this is a really nice place to relax. Another place is Watergate towers, a really relaxing out of the way place, but the last place I say you have to go to is the Lincoln memorial at sunrise it's really romantic... but also a great place to read a book.

    Bang for the buck

    I came in as an Fine Arts/Film Studies major because my mother thought it would be a good idea because of the clout connected to going to The George Washington University not a good idea. If you are not an Economics, Political Science, Engineering or International Affairs major it is definitely not worth the 60,000 a year tuition especially not after you calculate the high price of living.

    What to do for fun

    There's a party going on on campus just about every night, and if you can't find a party there is definitely someone in a dorm room close by with bottles of alcohol. There's also loads of great museums and monuments in the area that are pretty cool places to hang around after dark. The club scene is pretty strong, but also very pricey.

    Food and Dining

    As a freshman you're given 1,000 dollars Colonial Cash and 700 J street. Colonial cash can be used anywhere (including getting your nails done and buying books) and if you just use that 1000 dollars for food you will be a happy camper, but usually people run through that very quickly. J street food is horrible, you get generic Aramark options of either Asian, Italian, Homestyle, Kosher, or Diner style at first it sounds great, but they have the same options every day and after eating ALL of the food makes you feel groggy and gross. A great place to go if you want to ween off food and transition into dieting.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is really fun if you like to party, I stayed in the freshman dorm of Potomac the newly renovated dorms, right across the street from Thurston which is the oldest dorm and holds the most freshman so I got to move back and forth between the notorious party dorm and mine, which was slowly growing a name for itself. All of the other freshman dorms partied at either Potomac or Thurston so if you like peace and quiet they're the place to be. All of the dorms are large and nice, which should be expected seeing as though they're so expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't necessarily that difficult, if you are accepted you are definitely prepared for your freshman year, but be warned class sizes tend to be on the larger side, (unless you decide to take classes on the Mount Vernon campus) and tutors are expensive. Professors' office hours are usually slim-none also taking into account the amount of students there are per class.

    Tips for prospective students

    GW offers great scholarship opportunities so don't get too discouraged by the initial cost of tuition, but when applying make the extra effort to go down there for the interview even though it's optional, every student I met enrolled had one. Be prepared for the cost of living, DC by no means is a cheap city to live in, and in your essay emphasize on your experiences in community service, that is one thing that GW LOVES in applicants and after enrollment.

    In three sentences

    George Washington is a great place to find the connections you need to jumpstart your career, but only if your career is based out of Washington D.C. As far as the student body it's a really segregated campus, students gravitate to their own kind and stay there, and your families income bracket makes the biggest difference. It's not the greatest atmosphere, but if you want to be a politician (what GWU is most known for) the environment certainly prepares you for the political arena.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 19 of 77

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe, but I always hear about this robber there, that criminal running away from here, this student got his laptop stolen... So always be on the look-out, but I've been lucky so far!

    Greek Life

    More involved than you would think. Really hard to stay GDI (God Damn Independent).

    Great for these types of students

    Go-getters. Do not come here if you are not willing to be a self-starter and get yourself involved in as many activities as you can.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Actually, we have very few traditions... Wish we were more traditional!

    Bang for the buck

    Ridiculously expensive, but do give a lot of aid, and lots of great opportunities as a student. But still really expensive...

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. Museum-hopping, long strolls by the tidal basin, studying on Capitol Hill...

    Food and Dining

    Don't forget--off-campus dining is always an option! But I do actually like our on-campus food. Lots of places are open late.

    Dorm Life

    Residence halls are top-notch. Amazing housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are top in their field and most of the ones I've had have been very great teachers and wonderful human beings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the rural campus--grab every possible opportunity for a job or an internship!

    In three sentences

    A great school with a wonderful location. Best place in the United States to study international affairs and one of the best places to study political science. Very polite, caring students who are always up for new adventures.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 20 of 77

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    Campus Safety

    It is good for a big city. There are regular alerts about various theft, assault, etc.. I do not think it is much worse than other parts of the city though. I would not recommend walking around alone late at night. You are in a bigger city, so that should just be common sense.

    Clubs and Activities

    Happy Hours are all over the city and great! Brunch is also a great option. There are several places that do bottomless drinks for brunch. Other than that, there are a few bars throughout the city that have good drink deals. For some good drink deals, check out Rocket bar, Smoke and barrel, Front Page, Hamilton's, etc.. If you are looking for several fun bars within walking distance and/or dancing, I would recommend Dupont, Georgetown or Adam's Morgan areas.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like a more urban environment and/or if you are interested in politics, this location is great for you!

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of free museums and festivals in DC. Happy Hours are your best bet for a drink, unless you want to pay like $8/beer.

    What to do for fun

    Happy Hours, walking around the monuments, playing sports in the national mall, exploring Georgetown, exploring all of the many museums in the area, trying new and different foods, brunch, exploring different DC neighborhoods, paddle boats in the tidal basin, there are 5Ks like every weekend, Nats games ($5 tickets), eating cupcakes, yoga on the mall, exploring all of the MANY festivals that come into town, exploring eastern market etc...... For current events, Check out: http://whatsoncity.net/activities/?cityID=1 OR pick up a Washington post, metro weekly, the paper they hand out on the metro, etc..

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of food options surrounding GWU, everything from fast food to nicer restaurants. There are at least two food court type areas that I know of around campus. There is a trader joes and whole foods withing walking distance. Also, Georgetown is a short walk away and there are a lot of yummy restaurants there.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms, but I have heard they are nice. They are pricey though!

    Academic Rigor

    I am currently in a doctoral level program at GWU and it is VERY challenging. In general, GWU expects a lot of it's students and you will work hard for your grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Average cost of a 1 bedroom apartment in DC or Arlington (which is where most people tend to live) is around $1800 dollars. The metro or bus system is great source of transportation in the DC metro area. There are some more affordable housing options further out in VA or MD within the metro area, but it will be a longer commute to GWU (up to an hour). Silver Spring is a cheaper, nice metro accessible area, but it is a longer commute. Do Not move to Anacostia in the SE (pull up a crime map and you will see why)! In general you will not need a car in this area. There is a ton of public transit and in general you will have to pay for a parking space anywhere from $50-200/mo. There are ZipCars available, which are basically rental cars that can be utilized if you need to go outside of the metro area. They cost around $80-150/day and you do not pay for the gas. All of the surrounding airports (IAD/BWI/Regan) are accessible via public transit (metro/bus/train). There are a lot of great bars and restaurants throughout the city, however they are more expensive than most other college campus areas. Happy hour is generally the way to go!

    In three sentences

    GWU has top notch graduate and doctoral level programs that are well known throughout the country. It is an urban campus in Washington DC, so it is great if you are looking at schools in that environment and everything that a large city has to offer. GWU is a private university on a very expensive city, so you will be paying A LOT to go here.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are a few campus safety problems but GW does what it can to ensure student's safety.

    Greek Life

    You don't need to be in it, but it is rapidly growing.

    Clubs and Activities

    Very active clubs and activities throughout school.

    Great for these types of students

    Interested in politics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gwdeli is the best food on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive school.

    What to do for fun

    Anything DC has to offer...which is everything.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of food around campus, JStreet is pretty overpriced and not very good.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life, not always the best buildings. Some are very old and some are REALLY nice and new.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging but manageable, depending on the subject, professor, and level of the course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't live on the vern as a freshman. Don't take Friday classes.

    In three sentences

    Washington DC is the perfect place for an urban campus like GW's if you are not looking for the normal college experience like a state school. Lots of aspects of the school are very politically motivated. Students are engaged and excited about their work.

  • 06/30/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Saw multiple campus police and few homeless for the Washington DC area.

    Greek Life

    Wasn't concerned with this area myself but it was definitely present.

    Clubs and Activities

    I feel that it will be hard to limit my involvement with the student clubs and activities at this school.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that is dedicated to becoming a civic leader and an example of educated excellence.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is central yard on campus that hosts these bricks with the alumni of previous years. The bricks have the names and dates of each and are used to form the walk ways and resting areas. It was awesome to know my name will be there in a few years.

    Bang for the buck

    From my tour of the school I learned that many of the professors are highly successful individuals that maintain a full-time job besides teaching. They teach because they enjoy it and love what they do.

    What to do for fun

    It's Washington DC and full of history and services. What isn't there to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection from many outside vendors and student food card accepted on some off campus locations as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms seem comfortable secure and centrally located.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing courses and work experience for the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have any doubt about attending this school make a visit and schedule a tour, you will not regret it.

    In three sentences

    From my visit to the Foggy Bottom campus on June 12, 2012, I learned and saw first hand how amazing this school was. The school of business that I plan to attend even set up a one on one tour and counseling session. It was extremely helpful to hear from a current student worker.

  • 02/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UPD and campus police are jokes and don't do their job well at all.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big here, but even if you're in it, it doesn't dominate your life.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a very very very expensive school. You get a good education but it isn't worth it to take on tens of thousands in loans to come here.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, monument walks, drugs, frats

    Food and Dining

    As a freshman you'll have to eat Sodexo food, which is not only overpriced but also likely to give you the runs. There are restaurants everywhere on campus, though, that are acceptable to great. If you go two streets off campus there are very nice places to eat, but everything in DC costs a lot of money.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms here, even the ones considered bad are by far better than those of any other colleges.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors are really good and demand high amounts of student effort. Expect to spend your nights studying and doing work, but you'll still have plenty of time for the weekend (which starts on thursday)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't burden yourself with debt so if you're not getting good scholarship money/ financial aid, coming here isn't the best idea. Visit the school and decide if it's right for you. There is no traditional campus feel here and school spirit is low, but you are in the middle of one of the nicest, developed parts of a sprawling metropolis.

    In three sentences

    The school is in a bustling city with opportunities for both fun and work. It is an environment that facilitates learning, and the education you receive is sound. If the administration did not run the school like a business, GW would be among the top twenty schools in the country

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GW is a very open campus, and there are a lot of homeless people who hang around in the parks and in the campus square. Never walk around campus alone at night. If you have to make a trip after dark, call 4Ride, the GW's free campus transportation service.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    My favorite GW tradition is getting hot dogs from Manouche, the guy who runs a late night hot dog stand on campus. Manouche looks at the world in a very philosophical way, and if you ask him the meaning of life, he'll be happy to explain it to you while he makes your food. Be sure to order your hot dog with his special GW sauce!

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall plan, called J Street, only applies to freshmen. J Street food isn't the best, but being in the heart of DC provides GW students with an incredible range of dining options. From food trucks, to the campus deli, to the cultural restaurants around campus, there are always new foods to try.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen and sophomores don't really get the most luxurious housing arrangements, but upperclassmen dorms are awesome, especially in the newer buildings. Housing is a little pricey though. A lot of people choose to move off campus during their junior year.

    Academic Rigor

    I would say that academically, Gw is more challenging than your average state school, but it's not exactly Ivy-level either. It honestly depends on the program that you are in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as soon as you can. GW has over 400 registered student organizations, so there are an awesome variety of clubs to get involved with. At a school as big as GW, it's a great way to meet people.

    In three sentences

    In the two years that I have spent so far at GW, I have fallen in love with its location, its cultural diversity, and its rich student life. I can't imagine myself being anywhere else.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 77

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    What to do for fun

    You have the whole city at your fingertips, don't be afraid to explore. Get involved in Student Orgs. Hang out with friends. Party.

    Food and Dining

    Dining food is alright, some good days, some bad. Luckily we have Colonial Cash to buy food from other places.

    Dorm Life

    People are great, social scene is awesome and the dorms themselves are usually fairly nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be pretty hard sometimes, with work but if you make time to study you will be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    It can be overwhelming but if you're prepared to take on so much you will be good. While you're here, do not get stuck in the bubble. You live in a great city so take advantage of that.

    In three sentences

    GW is the perfect place to be for someone who is very interested in Politics, like myself. The location of the campus is perfect and the people here are phenomenal. The classes and the organizations you can involve yourself in is amazing.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, and I didn't expect that. I came from a really safe small town, and didn't expect to feel comfortable walking around in the dark on my own, but this part of DC is very safe. It is crawling with UPD, Secret Service Officers, and regular Metro Police. On top of this, every dorm has great security measures at night.

    What to do for fun

    It is DC, do whatever the hell you want! It is about 6 blocks from the national mall, White House and right around the corner from DuPont Circle (where the nightlife is).

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is terrible and expensive however students have GWorld cash or dining dollars that can pay for your meal at amazing restaurants right down the street. Just don't waste your money on the cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on what dorms you are in, but overall they are clean, nice, and apartment style housing.

    Academic Rigor

    As was stated before, the professors are high quality and demand a lot from the students, but the students receive a lot in return.

    In three sentences

    It is an expensive school in a prime location. The professors range from being alright to out of this world amazing, several work at the IMF, World Bank, or consult for the president! The opportunities you will have by going to this school are countless, and definitely worth the cost of tuition.

  • 06/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 27 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are police EVERYWHERE so you feel super safe 24/7.

    Greek Life

    It's there if you want it but it's easy to avoid if you don't.

    Clubs and Activities

    As said before, LOTS of clubs on campus and they are a great way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    If you want a city school but are too overwhelmed by New York, this is a good place to go. If you want to intern, this is a great location. People into politics, history, and international affairs should go here too.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school doesn't have tons of traditions- Midnight Breakfast is a pancake night they have during finals week and there is the hippo statues which is suppose to bring you luck but that's pretty much it.

    Bang for the buck

    If you get a good scholarship here, it's worth it. However the tuition is pretty expensive and unless you are going to get super involved in the surrounding area, I wouldn't say it is worth is

    What to do for fun

    Monument walks, the National Zoo, the Smithsonians, concerts at 9:30 club, shopping at Dupont, Metro Center, or Eastern Market, eating out at Adams Morgan or U Street, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Freshman year dining stinks but the dining dollars allow you to go to lots of restaurants near campus (including places like Chipotle) which is a major plus.

    Dorm Life

    Besides freshman housing, the dorms at GW are far superior to most city schools.

    Academic Rigor

    It definetley depends on what classes you take of course but I think that the main struggle is balancing academics with internships, work, and outside activities

    Tips for prospective students

    GET INVOLVED. Like right away and as many things as possible. GW is an org school, so the best way to meet people is by joining things you either already are passionate about or you always wanted to get involved in. There are tons of clubs and organizations on campus so it's really easy to find something interesting to join!

    In three sentences

    If there is one thing that makes George Washington different and better than other colleges, it's its location. It is smack dab in the middle of EVERYTHING, which provides great opportunities for work, internships, and doing cool city things. No other school in the country allows you the chance to run to the White House, visit the monuments, intern at a NGO, and work at the State Department, all at the same time.

  • 06/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus!

    Greek Life

    Amazing, I love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I love the clubs on campus. Getting involved is very easy.

    Great for these types of students

    Go getters, goal setters, hard workers.

    Bang for the buck

    If you truly take advantage of every opportunity, it's definitely worth the high tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Sight see, meet new people, explore nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    J Street is a spin off of Whole Foods. The healthy options are a big bonus for me.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in Potomac House so freshman year was amazing. Clean & new.

    Academic Rigor

    I had no problem transferring from a small prep school to GWU, but get ready to work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you're willing to take every opportunity given to you!

    In three sentences

    DC is an amazing city to live in to begin with and moving to the Foggy Bottom neighborhood was an easy transition. GWU is always bustling and there's never a dull day.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 77

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe, UPD and Metro PD everywhere.

    Greek Life

    Average, small houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds. Covers everything.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are outgoing, and are very open minded, because there are many different types of students on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None I can think of

    Bang for the buck

    Extremely expensive university, but it you get a lot out of it.

    What to do for fun

    Friends, eating out, visiting monuments, museums, clubs.

    Food and Dining

    Many good places around DC to find food, and the food offered on campus is good.

    Dorm Life

    I live in West Hall, which is a dorm that has suites, and I am a freshman. The dorm is very nice, and I live with 3 other people, but have my own bedroom, and we have our own living room, bathroom, refrigerator, and kitchenette. There are some dorms that are less flashy, but overall they are good.

    Academic Rigor

    Many classes require hours of work, but nothing that you wouldn't be able to handle if you sat down and worked at it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get off the campus and explore as much as you can.

    In three sentences

    I would rate The George Washington University a six overall. The university is strong academically, and has great professors, and curriculums. The one negative I would list for it is that DC is expensive to live in, and the city is slightly boring.

  • 05/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a medium sized school, but a school chalk full of opportunities. This school is for the student who has yet to find out what they want to do, but has all the potential in the world to succeed in there passions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to students about there experiences, It will give you better insight into the school than any college tour or info session can provide you with. Go with your gut, you will know when you have found the right school for you. Don't look at the ranks, or numbers go with what YOU like! Use Ratemyprofessors.com for teachers. Chose a UW that interests you or you will be miserable. Get out of the campus bubble and explore the city, You will regret it if you don't. Join student orgs! Find one or two you are passionate about. In my experience I have found my passion for global public health in GlobeMed at GW. It has changed my life!

    Bang for the buck

    It is extremely pricey. Not sure where my tuition goes, but I would not trade my experience here for any other school. If the school is what you love, don't look at the price tag, there are ways to make do.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love everything about GW, definitely the best decision I have made in my life. I have met people from all walks of life. I feel that GW gives you the opportunity to find your passions. I have found mine in Public Health.

    Am learning a lot

    I absolutely love the classes I have taken thus far at the University. They have really opened my mind and have changed the way I think and learn. Although the teachers are hit or miss, I feel I have been lucky thus far and have been given the opportunity to study and learn from some brilliant minds.

  • 07/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Internationally focused Highly involved in extracurriculars

    Tips for prospective students

    GW loves to students who were involved in student government in high school. Get involved to improve your chances. GW students are often very politically active, worldy people. It might help to reference international current events in your application.

    Bang for the buck

    I would not recommend going to GW without financial aid; it is just too expensive. That being said, GW is incredibly generous with the amount of aid they give students and the cost should certainly not deter you from applying.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living in DC is amazing. You will literally NEVER be bored. If you cannot find some sort of club or activity that you love at GW, then there is something very seriously wrong with you.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been to a couple colleges because of summer courses, studying abroad, etc. and GWU definitely has the most useful classes in terms of learning the material. I credit the way students are often very involved in class and actually care to learn the curriculum.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of night life downtown and the U St corridor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the off-campus programs for savings on tuition and other costs.

    In three sentences

    GWU has a very good reputation in the Washington, DC area and nation-wide. The campus is very integrated into the city and has a hip, fun vibe. GWU offers a high quality education at the graduate level.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    gw doesn't have the typical college campus feel, but in that way it makes gw unique. completely immersed into the city of washington, gw's location is second to none.

    In three sentences

    gw is an amazing place to live and study. the atmosphere is so welcoming and inclusive, while the rigor and and excellence of the academics are top notch. definitely the school for students interested in working in the government post-graduation.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    explore the city! by day, you can easily walk to the national mall and check out some monuments and museums, or stroll into georgetown for some shopping and cupcakes (don't waste your time waiting in line for georgetown cupcakes- sprinkles and baked&wired are far more superior). by night, enjoy dc's night life! a lot of students like to go out to the clubs or bars or to frat parties, but dupont, u-street, adams morgan, and chinatown are popular spots as well.

    Food and Dining

    gw does not have they typical dining plan: you have gworld. while gworld grants you access and purchases in many venues such as whole foods, starbucks, cvs, au bon pain, bertucci's, tgi friday's, and many others, you must carefully monitor your spending throughout the semester.

    Dorm Life

    there's the main campus on foggy bottom and then there's the vern. the mount vernon campus really is not as bad as everyone makes it out to be- it's quiet, peaceful, beautiful, and something is always happening- just realize that it is pretty isolated so traveling between the two campuses can be a hassle. foggy is always a great place to be during the night and weekends. in general, the dorms at gw are typically all renovated apartment buildings, so they are fabulous compared to many other school's facilities.

    Academic Rigor

    this certainly isn't harvard or yale, but its no walk in the park either. it all depends on your personal preferences and responsibilities, but most classes require a lot of reading and work. be prepared to organize your life!

    Tips for prospective students

    -be prepared to live in the city -stay on top of your classes; even though everyone else may be on facebook or twitter or pinterest, take notes attentively (it'll pay off in the end!) -don't worry about making friends, it all happens naturally -join a sorority or fraternity! greek life at gw is unique and fun! -stay focused, manage your time wisely, and have fun!

    In three sentences

    gw is one of the most advantageous, opportune schools in the nation in many more areas other than the expected political and international affairs professions. contrary to what many say, this school is not filled with georgetown rejects (i actually know many people who did not even apply to georgetown because they did not appeal to students or chose gw over georgetown) and the students truly are some of the most ambitious, social, and knowledgeable in the country. if you are looking for a challenging education in a highly social, urban, and active environment, gw is the school for you!

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there is about anything you can do here in dc. nearby, there is georgetown for the shoppers, there is bike-riding around the city, monument visits, white house tours, night clubs, museum visits, brunch places, zoo, ice-skating(during the winter) and many other things!

    Food and Dining

    the food in the campus itself is not so great, but if you go to nearby restaurants, the food is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    there is a lot of things going on around campus and around the dorms. there is not one day in the school year when there is nothing to do.

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor depends upon each student. you can make it very hard and challenging if you choose to, or you can make it fairly easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    gw is a very diverse university with many opportunities, so it is important to keep in mind that the university has a lot to offer but it is up to you what you make of your experience.

    In three sentences

    gw is a great school for those who love the city. it is very accessible, nice location, great facilities, and numerous opportunities for almost every major.

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    greek life is a major part of the george washington university experience. it provides fun and communication outside of the academic setting.

    What to do for fun

    for fun, i go site seeing, visit different museums, and dine at the exquisite restaurants in dc.

    Food and Dining

    food is expensive in dc but the meal plan at george washington helps a lot as you can use your student id to pay for your meal at selected restaurants and local convenient stores.

    Dorm Life

    freshman year you may live with up to five roomates. while this sounds overwhelming, it is not the most horrible situation seeing that the rooms are very spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    the academics can be really challenging depending on what courses you are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    be open-minded when coming to george washington university. there is a lot of people from different cultural background to meet here. with its location in the nation's capital, there is a lot of internships and political activities that you can involved with.

    In three sentences

    george washington university is an academic challenging school. it thrives on competition. nonetheless, there are a lot of extracurricular activities and organizations to get involved with on campus.

  • 03/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    d.c. will always have something going on..

    Dorm Life

    i will not be using their dorms though (so ignore my rating!)

    Tips for prospective students

    don't wait to apply! it is expensive, but it's a worthwhile investment for your future.

    In three sentences

    i love how well organized the dpt program is and the enthusiam of the professors. i am starting school this fall and can't wait. when i went to interview i felt right at home. all of the dpt staff was present and engaged.

  • 04/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek Life makes up close to 40% of the school, which is a lot at a school of about 10,000 undergrads

    What to do for fun

    The nightclub and bar scene is a big part of the DC nightlife. Outside of that there are various malls, movie theaters, shopping areas, etc.

    Food and Dining

    There's good food here, however; the amount of places in the immediate area that are affordable for students to eat at on a regular basis can become repetitive. When this happens people get bored and op to eat things outside of what the school offers

    Dorm Life

    This can vary depending on where you live, but for the most part GW housing isn't that bad

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of all of the opportunities that the university provides for its students. It's cheaper to buy your books for class either used or online than going to the school store

    In three sentences

    George Washington is one of the best places to go to school if you are looking to make connections. It's city location provides it's students with access to resources and networking opportunities that are matched by no other. It's price can be a bit of an issue so unless you can afford to pay the tuition or have enough financial aid, grants, scholarships, etc to cover tuition, you should not apply.

  • 04/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out on the Monuments, or go to presentations at the National Press Club! Or go shopping in Eastern Market! There is plenty to do that gets you off campus for not a lot of money.

    Food and Dining

    It's better then your average state school dining room. But you won't be able to feed yourself for the semester on the amount of money they give you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you go here, prepare to have to reach out for people to make friends. Also, if you are majoring in anything liberal arts, get a minor in something technical. It iwll make you stand out.

    In three sentences

    George Washington University is great for International Affairs, and a few other Liberal Arts programs. They are trying to expand their science programs, but right now they don't have a whole lot of support for many of their programs, especially the Environmental Studies program. But there is deffinitely the opportunities to find your nich, no matter what your interests.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus appears to be quite safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are some organizations connected to the program I'm enrolled in and I have joined them.

    Bang for the buck

    George Washington is on par with most other universities with this type of graduate programs. The plus is the connection to the Smithsonian Institution and all the other museums in DC

    What to do for fun

    DC is the museum capital of the world and they are all free. Georgetown is within walking distance from campus and there are loads of things to do. Check out the U Street corridor for fun nights dancing and hanging out.

    Food and Dining

    I live close by and don't eat out much because of the cost. But restaurants are fab.

    Dorm Life

    I live close by, so no dorm for me.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started classes yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    DC is really expensive. A bicycle is the best way to get around the city.

    In three sentences

    I was so fortunate to be accepted at the school of my choice. No other university in the US has the kinds of incredible opportunities I found here as a Museum Studies graduate student.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There isn't a conventional dining hall or cafeteria. Instead, you can use your GWorld to purchase food at a number of establishments around the city or use it to buy groceries.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms at GW are fairly nice, especially compared to most other schools. Most rooms have a lot of space, their own bathroom, and every dorm after freshman year has its own kitchen as well.

    Academic Rigor

    If you choose, you can get away with taking extremely easy classes that don't require much in the way of work. However, most professors do expect you to excel academically and if you reach out to them will help you in any way they can.

    In three sentences

    GW is a superb school. It offers a wide variety of courses and has an excellent faculty specializing in almost every possible field. I could not have chosen a better place for my undergraduate degree.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    very safe, over 5 different policing forces wit jurisdiction in the area, right next to the white house!

    Greek Life

    very poplar, but not overwhelming. The greek community is very detached from the rest of the social circles

    Clubs and Activities

    a lot of clubs, with a lot of funding. It is a very great part of GWU

    Great for these types of students

    academically driven

    Bang for the buck

    As far as academics go, you get what you pay for. Which is to say you get a lot. I cam to GWU for the expert teaching and the focus on international affairs, and though I mislike much about the University this reason has kept me here for 3 years. I love the teachers and what this school can give its students in terms of academia

    What to do for fun

    Clubs are very popular, and the bar scene is great in certain parts of the city. There are many free museums and monuments and running/biking/canoes around the potomac is popular.

    Food and Dining

    Absolutely awful food plan. main cafeteria lacks any true diversity, and the plan is based on a money system where students are expected to live of 15 dollars a day for food in order to make the plan last all school year. Anyone whose live in DC will know that this is impossible.

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms, though severely overpriced. Dorm servicing (Fixit) is slow to respond and never completes the job. It is very possible to find cheaper and much nicer apartments nearby.

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging, but this depends on what major you have. The mst popular at GWU is International Affairs, and seems to be the most challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not work with the school in any capacity, the administration treats its student employes dreadfully. Take advantage of the many academic opportunities and get to know professors.

    In three sentences

    Fantastic Acadamics, Professors are all experts in their fields and want to teach you what they know. Administration of the school is terrible and the overall organization of school departments is awful. Social scene is very large and diverse, most students travel throughout city and greatly enjoy what D.C. has to offer

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Uber expensive. Uber worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There are literally more fun options in DC than you will ever be able to count. There is never a night that you won't be able to find mischief to get into.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for culture shock if you're not from an East Coast city. Also, be warned that GW attracts wealthy students, so you may be among trust-fund babies.

    In three sentences

    Attending George Washington was the best decision I've ever made. The school is as diverse as the city it resides in, and the innate beauty of the city never wears off. I am proud to be a GW Colonial, and I always will be.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Awesome.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who genuinely want to learn and increase their knowledge will do well at GW.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the hippo.

    What to do for fun

    Fraternities are fun, they throw good parties. There are lots of clubs/bars in DC. Some are good, some aren't.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard for the SATs, they matter, and make sure you have a lot of extracurricular activities.

    In three sentences

    The George Washington University was always my top choice when considering post secondary education because of its prestigious reputation, excellence in education and prime location. Students are some of the brightest in the country and excel both in and out of the classroom. GW has a lot to offer and if you take advantage of it, you will leave with a well-rounded, top notch education.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit the Hippo on 20st and H!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs, bars, parks, museums, restaurants. Basically anything you want you can do! It's like mini NYC, everything just closes early!

    Food and Dining

    Dining can be a little expensive, but this is DC and everything is expensive here.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are pretty new. Freshmen get a maid which is awesome. Almost all dorms have community kitchens if there isn't a kitchen in your room already which is rare

    Academic Rigor

    Some teachers can be super easy but it all just depends on the class. Usually if it sounds hard it will be!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you can get some kind of financial aid. This school is expensive

    In three sentences

    George Washington students love politics, partying, and being productive. Most of the teachers are pretty good and the student body is very diverse. Though most people are very liberal, we have some conservatives too ;)

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The university has its own University Police Department as well as higher levels of security when there are higher levels of threat or against safety (secret service, FBI, Metro-politician police, etc.) However, you will rarely see anything more than the University Police Department. In the dorms, there are also security cameras as well as an access-only card detector at each dorm that provides access to only GW students and associates. In addition, most dorms now require a non-GW student or affiliate to sign in at the front lobby and surrender a form of ID. The University Police Department also do routine patrols as an added precaution. The windows of most dorms are also kept from opening up to an extent in order to provide additional safety to students. There are also certain facilities such as the Lerner Health and Wellness Center that allow access to only GW students, faculty, and affiliates at all times. Some facilities also require the use of a GWID card after a certain time at night in order to provide additional security. The George Washington University prides itselfs in providing the utmost security for its students and faculty. It is for the most safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life on campus is pretty big. About 25% of all undergraduates are apart of Greek life. There are many Greek township houses that are spread out all over the Foggy Bottom campus. I, myself, am apart of a predominantly African-American fraternity (Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated). I would call Greek life on this campus unique because we are all intertwined by showing Greek Unity. The Multicultural Greek Council was formed in order to foster Greek unity among fraternities and sororities that have members that are predominantly from a particular ethnic group. As a result, we are seen on campus hosting events together in a manner that demonstrates brotherhood and sisterhood.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being a large university, we have many teams that play in the Division 1 league, which is the highest division and is reserved for big name schools. These sports that play in the Division 1 league include basketball, soccer, cross-country, rowing, lacrosse, swimming, and a few others that I cannot put my finger on. George Washington also have club teams in these sports that also compete locally and regionally. Students can also be engaged in activities with certain organizations, clubs, choirs, jobs, internships, student leadership (house proctor, etc.), undergraduate assistants, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, friendly, outgoing, intelligent, peaceful, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The George Washington University is located in a previously segregated district known as the Foggy Bottom district. This district was marked with segregation that made it impossible for African Americans and other minorities to walk through this district. However, as most conflicts in American were, the end of this discrimination did not come without there being bloodshed. Today, the George Washington University is a university diverse in many cultures, ethnic groups, and languages. This is evident in organizational establishments such as the Multiculutural Student Services Center, African Student Association, Carribean Student Association, Black Student Union, Asian Student Association, Organization of Latino American Students and so forth. This is a true testament to the level of growth and diversity that the university has gained in the last 50 years/

    Bang for the buck

    Considering The George Washington University is ranked in the top 3 most expensive schools to attend in the country, you are surely getting a bang for your buck. One benefit is a 24 hour/7 day a week shuttle that provides transportation between both the Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses. The Lerner Health and Wellness Center is open to all GW affiliates for their recreational use. Undergraduate students are also given a hefty dining dollar stipend for use during the semester, as well as a separate amount for other purchases on campus. The dorms are among the best in the nation, and the teachers are world-class and our renowned in their respective fields. To top it all off, you are literally minutes away from some of the most renowned structures in the world. Not to mention that these structures are located in the capital city of the United States of America. These benefits help to give a student realize why he or she is paying a huge amount of money for their education.

    What to do for fun

    There are a wide variety of things to do for fun. Many students can definitely find comfort and excitement in DC's nightlife. A walk in any direction can land you into some sort of excitement. Whether it is going to a local bar or a lively club, you will find what you're looking for. However, on some nights, you may grow weary of the extravagant nightlife of DC and are instead looking for a more serene and peaceful night. A walk to the monuments or to the waterfront on a night filled with stars can be especially romantic if you're looking to be that way. There are also organizations that host campus events during the week and on weekends that would also give you loads of fun. From informationals to cookouts to parties, these organizations do it all. It is also a way to build a strong community in our school. These are some of the many ways to have fun in a nutshell at the George Washington University.

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining is pretty decent. During my freshman year, there were many unhealthy options at the main dining hall in the Marvin Center, which is the center for student life, organizational events, and financial aid. However, in the following year, the Marvin Center replaced Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, and Chinese food for a more healthier approach. Restaurants that served mostly greeneries and traditional foods became prominent. Other options on the urban campus include pizzerias, Subway, Starbucks, Whole Foods, Sweetgreen, Carvings, Potbelly's, Pita Pit, Dunkin Donuts, Fobogro (sub sandwich store), CVS, 7/11, Chipotle, Roti, Marvin Center dining, Panda Cafe, Johnny Rockets, Bertucci's, etc.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are like world-class apartments, specifically, the upper-class dorms. The Mount Vernon campus is a campus mostly for incoming Freshman and it has arguably the most impressive freshman dorms at the George Washington University. GW definitely lives up to the hype of being ranked in the top 10 list for Palace Like Dorms in America.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what field and major you decide to pursue. Don't get me wrong. Most majors are tedious and require a substantial amount of time and dedication. However, I feel as the pre-med, engineering, and computer science majors are the most tedious of them all.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to take advantage of their freshman year by branching out and gain connections via networking. As a undergraduate university vested in the heart of Northwest Washington, D.C., it is filled with many opportunities to find experiences in fields that could potentially be long-term careers in the future.

    In three sentences

    The George Washington University is a world-renowned and prestigious university. It is filled with countless opportunities to network and gain experience in your field of interest. A bonus is that it is minutes away from many government buildings and world-class businesses (White House, World Bank, Capitol, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, etc.)

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    GW PD, DC PD, and Metro PD......there are 3 different police groups on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    the university pretty much accommodates for everyone. Its pretty famous for its political sciences and international affairs(its DC....duh), but the hard sciences are also very strong. They have been working on a new academic building for like engineering or something.

    What to do for fun

    DC night life? pretty awesome.

    Food and Dining

    IT could be better....but then again it could be worse.

    Dorm Life

    You really know where your tuition is going to when you see the dorms. Freshmen dorms are notorious for sucking, but all GW dorms have air conditioning and most have walk in closets (even freshmen). Plus every room has its own mini fridge and microwave!

    Academic Rigor

    GW is a pretty smart place, but the professors are always ready to help.

    In three sentences

    Gw is an awesome place. It isn't hard to find your place with so much going one. Plus, you're in an awesome city with a unique feeling.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I gave it three stars because there are campus police everywhere - but there are incidents every week. Keep your stuff close - and don't carry your phone in your hand.

    Greek Life

    Very active

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs - join 1 or better yet...3!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the Washington Monument. Grab some friends for a walk on M Street. Buy organic produce at the farmers market on 23rd street. Enjoy it :D

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants at all corners. They have J Street cafeteria - but it is pretty expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I never stayed in a dorm - so I can't really have an opinion - but I know they are extremely expensive. You might want to check into nearby apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are tough - but they try hard to get the class involved. Most professors really care about their subjects which makes a lot of lectures very interesting. If you find it boring - then start asking questions about topics that interest you. You'd be surprised, they might just change the lecture of the day to that topic. They want to keep you engaged - and it's your education - so direct it if you can!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get INVOLVED! Don't stay cooped up in your dorm. You are in our nation's capital - go out and explore!

    In three sentences

    It is a great location for anyone looking at an international perspective. GWU's area is ideal for internships at the White House, Congress or a local NGO. The professors are always on NPR - expressing their view.

  • 08/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    At night, you can call for an escort if you're feeling scared. The escort is a bus driver who'll drive you around campus. In my opinion, I feel like they should have walking escorts too because once the bus drops you off and leaves, it won't be able to hear you scream or anything if something happens to you.

    Greek Life

    Pretty big. Every corner I turn, I see someone wearing a Greek shirt.

    Clubs and Activities

    Typical clubs, not a lot of interesting ones.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who are passionate about politics and environment sustainability.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm here on a scholarship, so I think it's sort of worth it given the mediocre academics and numerous opportunities available in the vicinity. However, if I were paying full, it would definitely not be worth it. In fact, no one should be a paying $200k education, unless you're filthy rich or have some sort of scholarship

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city!

    Food and Dining

    I love the meal plan because it's very flexible and makes you feel more independent. The on and off campus vendors are great, and the cafeteria is not bad. However, some people probably have more refined taste buds than I do and so they think the cafeteria food is horrendous.

    Dorm Life

    It's kind of dead in the halls at the Mount Vernon campus. Thurston is the main freshmen dorm, and it is very lively. However, Thurston is very old and gritty.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor is not very strong in my opinion. I don't know if my high school was just really tough or if GW is just not that rigorous. Personally, I find the intro classes to be easier than their respective AP courses.

    Tips for prospective students

    DC offers a lot of activities and opportunities, so don't be afraid to take advantage. Skip classes to go to once a year events if you have to!

    In three sentences

    The opportunities are endless. The school is okay. It has a diverse student body.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus is really safe. They have the blue light system, where there are blue lights all around campus, in case your walking at night and something happens, you can pull the trigger and the police is called.

    Greek Life

    no experience in this area.

    Clubs and Activities

    just joined my first forensic science group, its given me the opportunity to meet new people.

    Great for these types of students

    free-spirtited, students that love to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    There are student special all around campus, where students can get drinks and appetizers during happy hours for really cheap.

    What to do for fun

    bicycling, hiking and visit the museums.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many types of cuisines around the campus. All of them are great!

    Dorm Life

    No experience in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are tough and do challenge you. The professors have high expectations of the student and want them to be professionals by the time graduation comes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in and around the community. Join clubs and organizations that have your particular interests.

    In three sentences

    This University is wonderful. Its locations is right in the middle of the nation's capital, where the opportunities of exploring are endless. The students are very friendly and make you feel welcomed.

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    4/5- Blue Light System.

    Greek Life

    tons of sororities and fraternaties: business and professional.

    Clubs and Activities

    too many to count.

    Great for these types of students

    Fast paced city dwelers.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Whole Foods The White House about 5 blocks away The Lincoln Memorial/ Washington Monument about 4 blocks away.

    What to do for fun

    Explore DC!

    Food and Dining

    The food on J street/Pelham (Cafeteria) is okay, but outside campus? It's DC, there's tons of food options around here. Not to mention a Whole Foods right in the middle of campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are bigger, but can be dirtier depending on where you live. GW housing is one of the best, and most upperclassmen enjoy good housing: kitchens, private bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, depending on what you take, but ask around and you will always find an easy professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is not much of a campus: if you like having a huge football field in your campus, GWU is not your school. Do not live on the Mt. Vernon campus unless you have a lot of patience and time.

    In three sentences

    The location is absolutely amazing. The professors are well connected and have 'ins' to almost any department you would want to work out. The dorms are considerably better than most college dorms.

  • 12/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Tons of Greek Life on campus. Check out Phi Sigma Sigma!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rub the hippo's snout for luck before an exam!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little overpriced, but the name alone will open so many doors.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of free museums in the area and plenty of club sports to join on campus. Checking out the National Christmas tree is pretty awesome, and Verizon Center is not too far away for Wizards or Caps games.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive on and off campus, but the selection is great.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, and the professors have high expectations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early to the program for your best chance of getting an interview. Do not shy away if your GPA or GRE is low.

    In three sentences

    The physical therapy program is amazing. The staff is super warm and supportive, and they are some of the best PTs in the DC area.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GW, being an urban campus, is definitely subject to a fair amount of safety concerns but our campus is entirely safe as far as I've experienced. Use common sense and you'll be perfectly fine. Our university police works in conjunction with the metropolitan police when needed. We also have a service called 4-Ride which is essentially a shuttle which takes students to and from clubs/restaurants/etc. back to Foggy Bottom on weekends.

    Greek Life

    Most GW students aren't actually part of Greek Life, but those who are are LOUD about it. Social frats/sororities seem to be a huge part of social life on campus (although those who prefer to go clubbing/explore off campus do that instead). If panhellenic Greek Life isn't for you, though, GW also has a thriving Alternative Greek Life scene as well - APO is a service fraternity, we have professional Business and International Affairs frats/sororities, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm only loosely involved in College Dems and the International Affairs society, but most notably GW has the largest College Democrat and College Republican chapters in the United States! But with a student body so large with such diverse interests, there's most certainly a club for anything you might be looking for. We hold a huge org fair at the beginning of each semester so you can get a taste of things you might possibly want to try out.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-starting students - this place isn't the best for those who need a ton of direction. You really have to jump right in because life here is really fast-paced. Don't worry if you actually have no idea what you're doing, though - most people don't (we've all just learned to fake it until we make it).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every month our provost actually hosts Pancakes with the Provost - he invites all students to his house, makes them a pancake breakfast, and has light conversation with all of those who chose to attend. The pumpkin pancakes he makes in October are to die for.

    Bang for the buck

    GW, despite the hefty original price tag, is really generous with both need-based and merit scholarships. If you're really committed to coming here, GW will make sure to find a way which allows you to do so. I think the intern/work/networking opportunities here alone are worth the pricetag.

    What to do for fun

    Break the Foggy Bottom Bubble and explore the different neighborhoods in DC: Go shopping at Pentagon City or Columbia Heights; Grab some cupcakes in Georgetown; Grab some Ethiopian food in Adams Morgan; Catch concerts at the 9:30 Club or U-Street Music Hall on U-Street. Take the Foggy Bottom metro to pretty much anywhere within DC limits or the taxi when the metro's out of service. If you're looking for free entertainment, the Smithsonian museums are always there! There are all kinds of things to do both day and night if you know where to look -- and you'll quickly learn after just a few weeks here.

    Food and Dining

    The options at the main food court, J-Street, is overpriced and while edible, not exactly appetizing. Other options (such as Whole Foods and Crepeaway) around Foggy Bottom are much more palatable and allow you to spend flex dollars from your meal plan. The freshman year meal plan is irritating because about a third of the money allotted must be spent at J-Street, but after freshman year more flex dollars take the place of J-Street 'Dining Dollars.'

    Dorm Life

    Dorms on Foggy Bottom are expensive as expected for a city, but the newer ones are rather luxurious. If you're a freshman, chances are you'll be placed in Thurston Hall which is not as nice (parties going on all the time - if you're looking for a quiet place to study on campus as a Freshman you're going to have to go to Gelman Library) but definitely a college experience, to say the least. My freshman year I (along with about a third of the freshman class) lived on the Vern, which is about a 10 minute shuttle away. The shuttle runs on a regular schedule and most get used to it (many use the time to either take mini naps or get some quick reading done before class), but others like myself never get quite used to it/found it mildly inconvenient having to switch back and forth between campuses - if it's that big of a deal for you, however, it's not difficult to use roomswap to switch out. The Vern does, however, have a stronger and more personal community than Foggy Bottom. It's also much quieter, cleaner, and really beautiful (it feels like a traditional college campus which is nice).

    Academic Rigor

    Really depends on the professor you choose - in my first semester I found myself taking courses with fantastic professors, but swamped with work that these same professors assigned. Some of my friends who were taking the exact same course but with different professors ended up getting mediocre lecturers but having to do barely any work. We have a lot of adjunct professors which is a double edged sword: most of these professors are incredibly talented and have a lot of experience in the field but sometimes little experience as an actual professor. Checking Rate My Professor is essential!

    Tips for prospective students

    Just as you'll read with any other college, visiting is key to getting a full picture of campus life. I actually had never visited GW before I had committed (my first time on campus was during orientation summer before freshman year!) and while I lucked out because I knew I wanted an urban experience and was interested in politics, some people find the fact that GW is so full of students yet at the same time rather impersonal sort of jarring.

    In three sentences

    A great place full of opportunity in terms of both career-related ventures and social life. Academics range from mediocre to outstanding, depending on your professor and your personal learning style. Definitely a great place to be if you're ready to immerse yourself in politics.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Ashburn campus is very safe.

    Great for these types of students

    Adult learner, self-starting individual.

    What to do for fun

    GWU has many activities down at the D.C. campus

    Food and Dining

    There are not many food and dining areas in VSATC campus. They are looking to improve the location and bring in more vendors.

    Academic Rigor

    Extremely intense!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for financial aid early and start your application early!

    In three sentences

    Excellent nursing school with two advanced high-tech simulation labs and state- of-the art facilities. Highly recommend to anyone looking to complete a BSN in an accelerated program. The educational staff is extremely professional and seeks to continually improve the quality of the program.

  • 12/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty good. Obviously if you walk around drunk at 3am you will probably get mugged. Otherwise pretty safe, but I feel like they could use a few more Bluelights. However, there are so many city police around you are okay.

    Greek Life

    It's around. A lot of people are in it, but a lot are not as well. You can also be Greek and be in clubs and work, ect.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fair number, find your fit. They kinda stink at replying to emails though, so go to the club fairs and get in contact with them then.

    Great for these types of students

    Motivated and looking to intern Political Sci. International Affairs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Kogan is a nice place to just hang out. And you will probably be there for an election year, probably one of the most fun things you will do.

    Bang for the buck

    Too expensive. They charge too much for what they provide. Granted it's in the city, but I felt like my education was better at my last school, minus them not having my major.

    What to do for fun

    You're in DC, so anything you can dream of. Plus it's so easy to go to NY on the train or WV for skiing, whatever you want you can do it seems.

    Food and Dining

    On campus stinks, but off campus you have a lot of selections and they take G-world (the school money on your ID).

    Dorm Life

    Not much of a dorm community which is disappointing. Rooms are really hit or miss. Some of them are castles while others will be chasing rats out of their room. Plumbing also seems to be a big problem in the dorms here, don't know why.

    Academic Rigor

    You will have really hard classes, but you will also have classes that are a complete joke and a waste of time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you like the city and you have the money to go here.

    In three sentences

    In the city with access to great resources, but SUPER expensive for no good reason.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Some individuals enjoy jogging around the parks and monuments. There are many historical buildings and places to visit that are a short distance away from campus. Others spend time in Georgetown and there is a night life scene in downtown D.C.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay organized and on top of assignments and tasks in order to ease your transition from high school to college. It is important to have a good balance of time for studying and for socializing.

    In three sentences

    An ideal school for diverse students who are eager to assimilate in an enriching environment. The school not only emphasizes academics, but also there are strong extracurriculars as well as easy accessibility to places for internships and future occupations.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For a city campus, GW may seem surprisingly safe. Then again, GW is protected by the university police, the Washington police, AND the Secret Service since we are in such close proximity to the White House! Although I wouldn't suggest walking all over Washington late at night, it feels pretty safe on the GW campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is present but not dominant at GW, with about one in four students joining a sorority or fraternity. You definitely don't have to join one to have an active social life, but that atmosphere exists at GW for those interested!

    Clubs and Activities

    GW boasts hundreds of student activities! They basically have any club you could want, including a People Watching Club and a Tea Club. There are also tons of club and intramural sports to play. I'm on the women's ultimate frisbee team, which rocks! GW is big on volunteering, so many of these clubs also offer opportunities to get involved in the GW and DC communities.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants the benefits of a large school with the feel of a smaller school!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    GW's unofficial mascot is the hippo! Rub the hippo statue outside Lisner Auditorium for good luck before finals.

    Bang for the buck

    GW is undeniably an expensive school. They do provide substantial financial aid, but chances are it may still be more expensive than your other options. That being said, if you want to major in political science or international affairs, GW is certainly worth the investment. Between the education you'll receive at GW and the opportunities available in DC, you will probably be setting yourself up for a good career. For other majors, GW may not be the best place to get the most for your money.

    What to do for fun

    If you're thinking about applying to GW, at least part of the reason is probably Washington, D.C. itself! The monuments and the White House are all within walking distance, and other great neighborhoods such as Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan are a metro ride away. For nightlife and small venue concerts, U Street is definitely the place to be.

    Food and Dining

    GW has a great dining program. The freshman dining plan puts a bit less than half of the money towards on- campus dining- J-Street, Pelham Commons, ZeBi, and G-Dub Java. J Street is the main dining hall on the Foggy Bottom campus and contains a variety of options with a diner, Vietnamese food place, Chinese and stir fry, Italian, and a salad and hot bar. Aside from Auntie Anne's, one can pick and choose a healthy meal from J-Street. The majority of the meal plan money goes towards Colonial Cash, which can be used at a number of off-campus vendors. This includes restaurants such as BTS and Au Bon Pain, but also grocery stores such as Safeway and Whole Foods. Given that there are kitchens on at least one floor in each dorm, students have the option to make their own food, an opportunity I suggest taking advantage of to avoid the freshman fifteen!

    Dorm Life

    A+++. I'm living in Madison for my freshman year, and it is fantastic. The rooms are on the older side, but they are BIG! There are also bathrooms in each room, which is true for most all of the other dorms. By sophomore, most dorm rooms also include kitchens. Most freshman will live in Thurston, which houses about 1000 freshmen and is a great scene for making friends and getting the full freshman college experience. Dorm life on the Mount Vernon campus is also fantastic since West Hall is brand new, has a dining hall in the basement, and has a 24 hour gym. Not to mention that the quads in West have a common space and individual rooms for each person!

    Academic Rigor

    George Washington is moderately difficult academically, but as always, it is as difficult or easy as you make it. There are many large lectures that you can skip and still score an A on the exam, but expectations are high in small classes and discussions. As a student in the Elliott School, I have found that my course load has been full and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    GW has two campuses- the main campus on Foggy Bottom, and the Mount Vernon campus in the suburban Foxhall neighborhood in Georgetown. Students have the option of living on the Mount Vernon campus, which can be good for students who want to transition into city college life more gradually.

    In three sentences

    George Washington is great for students who want a city college experience, great academics, and a fun non-academic life! The GW campus is integrated into the Foggy Bottom business district of DC and is located within spitting distance of the monuments. About 10,000 undergrad students will work hard on academics, internships, and extracurriculars, but they will also play hard when work is done.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    UPD is readily available, and they even sit at the entrance to Thurston (a freshman residence hall). I would describe campus as a highly secure environment.

    Food and Dining

    J Street, our dining hall, is not amazing. Freshman have to have $700/semester on their campus card (GWorld) for J Street, and that will most likely be annoying. Almost everyone dislikes J Street. Yet, the other part of a freshman meal plan is $1000/semester to spend at surrounding restaurants and grocery stores, which is nice. Ultimately, the food is not terrible in J Street, but there are not too many options. There is generic Chinese, generic Indian, generic Italian, a cold cut station, a hot bar, a Vietnamese sandwich place, and an Auntie Anne's.

    Dorm Life

    Thurston, where 44% of freshman live, is the ultimate freshman experience. The building is old, but it is spacious and accommodating. There are not many dull moments in Thurston. As for upperclassman living, I can not speak informatively on the topic.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not impossible, but there are no A+'s. That makes it difficult as far as GPA, but A's are attainable if you are willing to put in hard work and effort. Classes (most of them) require you to conceptualize new ideas, and they are challenging. They can teach you a lot, but only if you want them to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to challenging yourself in order to build a strong foundation at GW. It is not particularly easy to find a place on campus without searching and working hard for it. Be open-minded about classes, other students, and professors. Although that seems generic, GW is particularly difficult to navigate with a closed mind.

    In three sentences

    GW provides excellent opportunity for students to embrace life in the nation's capital. If studying International Relations, Business, Political Science, or anything of the like, this is the ultimate university. Diversity is a big part of GW, and there is a place for everyone on campus.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe in the area, even though it is in the city.

    Greek Life

    About 20%. Not to big nor small. Most fraternaties and sororities have really nice and welcoming members.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are too many clubs, fraternities/sororities, and activities for a student not to be involved. Also, the school really promotes students to participate.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the academics is worth it but the board and food is really expensive for what you get.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, see the sights around the district, and take the metro to get around the whole metropolitan area.

    Food and Dining

    On campus dining is good but can be expensive. Eating around the city is really good but can also be on the more pricey side.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are good on the Mt. Vernon campus and many dorms on Foggy Bottom are nice and relatively spacious and clean. Freshman dorms may be tight and quite dirty. However, living with the students is a fun and unforgettable experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Most students are focused on integrity, pursuing excellence, and showing their potential through there own, honest work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit the school and make sure you enjoy the city campus and the opportunities the school can provide.

    In three sentences

    Its a fun school with a diverse campus and a wealth of work opportunities. Also, students are exposed to a city campus that provides a fast pace lifestyle. Finally, the professors are very qualified and are enthusiastic about furthering students' goals.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    60 of 77

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Explore the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look as desirable as possible to the admission board by having a good gpa and many extra curriculars

    In three sentences

    GW is full of a diverse group of student. The teachers all seem to know what they are doing sometimes, however, they cannot teach very well. The area that GW is make it fun and interesting.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GWPD (The police force of GW) is present throughout campus at all times. Plus, living so close the White House the area is extremely safe, with the blue light system being implemented. Also, GW provides a safety escort service called 4Ride that functions from 7:00 pm-5:00 am every day that will pick one up and drop one off within certain limits of the campus. But it goes pretty far from the central campus so it's awesome!

    Greek Life

    A lot of fun, but do not have to be involved in it to have a social life or a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    SO. MANY. EXTRACURRICULARS. If you don't find an org here for you (you won't anywhere) you can create your own!!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Election week on campus is CRAZY! The best place to be for the Presidential Inauguration (Duh) and drinking games while watching the debates. Awesome!

    Bang for the buck

    GW is an extremely expensive school, but they are generous with their scholarships and grants so don't skimp out on those essays! They could make a huge difference in terms of you pocket!

    What to do for fun

    There is something for everyone; Greek life, music, art, and theatrical shows, clubbing (for 18+ and 21+), poetry readings and more are available just a metro ride away.

    Food and Dining

    Great food quality, but the hours of the dining hall are inconvenient; they don't open on weekends. Great food around DC and campus, though.

    Dorm Life

    Many of the buildings are extremely old. We have a huge mold problem. Expensive, but the newer facilities are nice. Steer clear of Fullbright Hall, Mitchell Hall, and aim for Potomac, West Hall, and South Hall.

    Academic Rigor

    As with every university, the rigor depends on which classes you take. But here at GW there is a minimum requirement of credits to take every semester and the classes are challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the schools you want before you get here; you have a bigger chance of getting in that way.

    In three sentences

    Media and Politics hub of the country, perfect for those majors. City environment with big, open and green spaces and beautiful campus right in the midst of it all. Excellent food, nightlife, entertainment, expert faculty, great advisors, SO DIVERSE!

  • 02/22/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Is it worth the $40k+ to attend GW?

    Dorm Life

    I was leaning toward Crawford for its size and location, but as it will now be gutted this summer i am at a loss? Potomac v. Madison?

    Tips for prospective students

    What stands out to the admissions office at GW?

  • 03/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Lots of things to do in DC!

    Academic Rigor

    Great instructors.

    Tips for prospective students

    If your accepted as a transfer student make sure that you ensure they will apply your credits towards your desired degree, ensure this prior to you paying them the $800 non-refundable deposit. Here is the sort of games they play: Lets say you need 120 credits to graduate with a BA, and you are transferring in with 60 credits; they will accept all of your credits and say that you need 140 to graduate. So theoretically they are only applying 40 of your 60 credits towards your degree. In my opinion they play games with credits, I took English 101 and 102 elsewhere and they didn't want to accept them because they have their own sort of combination of basic English; they made me petition to receive them. My adviser was more like a used car salesman, so I suggest doing your due diligence before and after meeting with them. Again their job is to make sure you are there as long as possible so that they can get more of your mommy and daddy's money. The educational quality is exceptional. I enjoyed my classes and professors but I was often annoyed by the smug personal and students. I will also never understand the snobby students, and honestly they are snobby for no good reason. Many of them or intelligent, but no more intelligent then students I've encountered when I attended American University.

    In three sentences

    Great school, but they are all about the money. If you transfer in be prepared to lose much of your credit as the institution prefers for you to take courses there.

  • 06/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being a city school, safety might be seen as an issue to incoming students but in Foggy Bottom, blocks from the White House, there isn't a lot to be scared about in terms of safety. There are small incidents here and then, but nothing really major.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a pretty large part of life at GW. With a little over 1/3 of the undergraduate population being Greek, the presence is pretty large.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many organizations on campus, there's pretty much something for everyone if you look hard enough!

    Great for these types of students

    Politically involved, leaders, those who want to enjoy city life

    Bang for the buck

    With a price tag of $60,000 + a year (without any FA), GW can be pretty pricey for some. However, the experience is unparalleled- the amount of opportunities you have going to GW, it all may be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something you can do for fun! Take the metro to U Street, walk up to DuPont, walk down to the monuments or museums.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall- J street, is pretty lackluster. However, what makes up for it is that Gworld money counts towards restaurants around the area.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at GW are amazing. Much better than any of your state schools back home! Even the cheapest of the freshman dorms are spacious and have their own bathrooms!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes at GW are pretty challenging. Professors are helpful though, they are there for you to succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with everything! Everyone at GW is involved with things, whether it be Greek life, service organizations, culture organizations, etc. There's so many ways to get to know people!

    In three sentences

    GW is a place where everyone truly comes from different backgrounds. There's always someone with a fresh perspective! Being right in the heart of DC, there's always something to do.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is definitely on the rise! Sometimes GW may seem like a big campus (it's not), so if you want that smaller community, Greek life is definitely an option. You meet so many different people and suddenly you're walking down the street and know everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's honestly something for everyone here.

    Bang for the buck

    GW is very expensive, I won't lie. But for all the money you spend, you get so much more out of it. Location is everything because of the endless opportunities given to GW students, such as internships on Capitol Hill, the Peace Corps, the World Bank, etc. The connections you make are for a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    Anything you can think of, you can do. You know why? Because you're in the nation's capital, where the possibilities are endless. Shopping, monuments, thrifting, eating--you can find it all.

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, I don't have a problem with J St. They don't have such diverse food options, but it's good, wholesome food, albeit kind of expensive. Auntie Anne's may be one of the best parts of J Street.

    Dorm Life

    It's no secret that GW has the best dorms in the nation. They're complete palaces compared to any other school, clean, and up-to-date.

    Academic Rigor

    GW is known for its academic excellence. Classes are definitely interesting, but rigorous. The best part is that everyone pushes each other to go the extra mile and do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely check out both campuses-Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon. Each one has something unique to offer and could help you make up your mind.

    In three sentences

    GW is an amazing campus. Students are diverse, connected, and strong. There's absolutely NOTHING like studying in the nation's capital because there are endless possibilities and opportunities you wouldn't be able to get anywhere else.

  • 06/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I noticed that there are security every where and I felt that it was a safe area.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big deal and everyone are in one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many organizations and clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who loves politics and anyone who wants to change the world.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students rub the hippo for good luck during exam week.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is literally four blocks from the white house.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of things to do which includes joining organizations, eating out. Since you are in DC, might as well visit the white house. and the surrounding museums. I suggest that you make a bucket list of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    I did not get a chance to eat at the Mount Vernon cafeteria but I did eat a nearby restaurant at the Foggy Bottom campus and the food was good.

    Dorm Life

    I have seen the dorms and they are beautiful. the Mount Vernon campus is the most beautiful of them all and the dorms are really nice.

    Academic Rigor

    I have looked at the classes that they offer and I think that they are interested and I plan to do great in everyone of them.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest that they visit the school before making a decision.

    In three sentences

    GWU has a beautiful campus. I love the fact that it's an top world class university and that the faculty cares student success. I plan to attend the George Washington University because I want life changing experiences and to excel academically.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Stellar.

    Greek Life

    25% of the school - I would strongly recommend thinking about rushing.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of organizations to join - everyone on campus is involved in something or other.

    Great for these types of students

    - Independent students - City lovers - Those who want to intern during the school year

    Bang for the buck

    It's an expensive school, so keep that in mind.

    What to do for fun

    Everything! Being in a city gives you awesome night life, as well as festivals and lots of food.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall sucks, but there are tons of cheap food options in the city!

    Dorm Life

    Great dorms!

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay overnight on campus and shadow a current student!

    In three sentences

    GWU is not a school for everyone. If you are looking for an idyllic, rolling hills and grassy quad type college experience, this school is not for you. However, if you are interested in being around ample internship and growth opportunities and are a highly independent person, you will fit right in at GWU.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The dining hall (J Street) is awful. Everyone knows it and we have been fighting for better food options forever. Luckily, though, after Freshman year, you never have to eat in J Street again. Foggy Bottom has a huge number of dining options right on campus (including Whole Foods if you like grocery shopping and cooking for yourself).

    Dorm Life

    GW has beautiful housing. We're very spoiled. Freshman year, most students live in the main dorm (Thurston), which houses over 1000 freshmen. Many freshmen also opt to live on the Mount Vernon Campus (a 15 minute bus ride from the Foggy Bottom Campus), where dorms are brand new and a little more pricey. While Mount Vernon has a very picturesque and quiet campus, I found it very isolated and removed from the rest of GW. Student life is very incorporated into the city, but obviously where you live and who you live with is just as important.

    Academic Rigor

    Some professors are not the best (especially in big intro classes when you mostly have to rely on your TA), but others are truly amazing. I am the kind of person who chooses to push myself academically when I enjoy the class and feel it is worth my time, so having good professors was very important to me. Ratemyprofessors.com is a life-saver because it will let you pick and choose the classes with the right level of academic rigor for you. GW makes it very easy to come up with a good balance of easy A's with more challenging courses.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Party.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, the best benefit is the ability to use GW card outside campus in affiliated stores, such as whole foods.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on if one lives on the Vern or Foggy Bottom. Thurston Hall is full of a 1000 freshmen, it is forever noisy and crammed, typical party atmosphere 24/7. The vern is quiet and peaceful yet occasionally very boring.

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive atmosphere, the classes are very crammed, some teachers are bright, while others depend on TAs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Refrain from applying if you are unable to deal with city life, or don't have money.

    In three sentences

    An academically rigorous college full of rich Jewish kids from New Jersey and New York. Financial aid is not very generous for low income students. Requires 3 year residential policy.

  • 09/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had any problems. There's GWPD as well as the metropolitan police. There are emergency posts all throughout campus. As far as I know it's a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    It's there if you want it, but you don't need to be involved.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everyone: environmentalists, democrats, republicans, progressives, dancers, singers, fighters, atheletes, etc. You name it, they got it. The student org fair is HUGE and there are so many opportunities to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    If you're rich and have been all over the world then this is the place for you. If you're poor and uncultured like me this might not be the best fit. It's fun once you find your spot, but it takes time and you'll most likely be a little turned off until then. Either way, if you're into the city lifestyle and want to experience something amazing come here.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a lot of money, but it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Anything. Literally, there is so much to do here. Just walking around campus is fun in and of itself. But you can also take a walk down to the monuments (Midnight Monument walks are absolutely amazing) or stroll through Georgetown. You can take a metro ride to any of the neighborhoods. There are museums to visit, tons of restaurants to enjoy, parks to visit.

    Food and Dining

    The GWorld card is awesome. It allows you to eat tax free at a bunch of different locations throughout the city (TGI Fridays, Bertucci's, etc.). You can even use it for grocery shopping at SafeWay and Whole Foods. The only downside is freshman year you are required to spend $1400 at the cafeterias in West Hall or the Marvin Center.

    Dorm Life

    It all depends on what you want. There are relaxed, more intimate dorms on the Vern, but there are also more lively, party dorms like Thurston. None of the dorms have a common bathroom; they are either by room or shared in suites which I find to be a major plus of the university. It's easy to make friends here as long as you're open and willing to put yourself out there.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on your major, but either way be prepared to work. You have to work hard to get here and you are going to have to work hard to get out with a degree. Don't overload yourself the first year. Let yourself get acclimated before you try to overload yourself with upwards of 17 credits. You're going to want to join clubs and get involved, but remember your school work should always come first.

    Tips for prospective students

    Just apply. Even if you don't get in, you'll find somewhere to go. But if you're dead set on getting in to GW don't forget to make an effort in high school and take your SATs/ACTs seriously. Take AP classes or IBs and just do your best.

    In three sentences

    To learn in the nations capital with some of the smartest young minds from around the world is a truly amazing experience. You're going to find your best friends, your favorite teachers, and maybe even your husband or wife here. Don't let the time pass by without you realizing it; take it slow and enjoy every minute because this is your life.

  • 10/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    GW is a great place for politically active students who want to experience life in a city, especially those moving to a city for the first time. D.C. is a very clean and easily negotiable city compared to many other cities.

    Food and Dining

    With GW's GWorld program, you have the ability to dine at many area restaurants using the Colonial Cash put on your card at the beginning of the year. This makes dining and shopping extra convenient. However, many places close pretty early so if you eat at odd times you'll have to go a distance to find somewhere to eat that isn't ridiculously crowded.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life also varies greatly throughout campus. On the Mount Vernon Campus, dorming is less expensive, quieter, and cleaner, but located far from the main campus (a 10-15 minute shuttle ride). On Foggy Bottom, dorms are generally older but in very convenient distance to classes and to the city's attractions.

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of your classes depends entirely upon what your major is and what you choose to take. While one sophomore majoring in Political Science may have one paper due this week, his friend majoring in Engineering might have two exams and 10 pages of math problems for homework.

  • 12/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is thorough here as a city school. Nothing is going to happen because they send students alert if anything happens and they have a whole PD force on staff. The dorms are safe too because at night there are trained students who seat at the door and make sure that everyone taps in their gworld cards before entering the dorm.

    Greek Life

    I am personally not interested in Greek life, but from what I have observed they are welcoming people and the people on my floor are enjoying their experiences. Some of the sororities welcomed their new members by decorating their doors.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are 400 clubs! Need I say more? I am on the mailing list of several already. My favorite so far is a club called ReMIX, which is a club for mixed children, though anyone is free to join. They wish to promote cross-cultural communication for the GW community.

    Great for these types of students

    For those who are ambitious, this is a great school to use for networking with GW's Alumni network or even just with your intended school in the university. Your professors themselves are great to make connections. For those who look to be busy and to have something to do, this school provides so many activities, but just by being in DC, the city itself always has some activity planned. You cannot get bored in DC.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a hippo. Its a statue though and there is a funny story about it, but you have to come for a tour and hear about it. They say it is supposed to bring luck.

    Bang for the buck

    GWU is expensive but they provide so many services to students that are worth the cost. They professors themselves are worth the cost because they are true professionals in the fields they teach. Next semester the chief economist of the world bank will be teaching a game theory course at out international affairs school.

    What to do for fun

    We are in DC, so there is always something fun to do. There are museums, restaurants, clubs, shopping, sport activities, and so many GW events. There is always something for students to do throughout the week and especially on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Dining through GWU is alright but there are many restaurants on campus that accept their dining plan like Chipotle and Whole Foods.

    Dorm Life

    Their dorms are pretty nice for a city school and GWU provides a free maintenance service called FixIt that will come to fix any problems in your room within a day or two.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework is not easy but if you manage your time well, it will be fine and then you can go and explore DC on the weekend. The Professors and the Teaching Assistants are frequently available to assist you with homework or test preparation.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to pick out housing you like. Each dorm has its characteristics, so think ahead about what you will be comfortable with. A single room or a quad? Private bathroom or a communal bathroom? Also look at GWU's website and see the resources they have to offer. The have a writing center, a language center and so many other resources that students can use for free.

    In three sentences

    The George Washington University is a great university with a lot of resources at your fingertips. I am still discovering new things about this school and what it has to offer. Its location in the center of DC makes it a great place to meet people and network to find a future job or even just to meet cool people.

  • 01/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Online courses while more money per credit hour offer flexible scheduling I you are working as well

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize your advisors! They are there to help and are great at what they do.

    In three sentences

    Great support staff that can help you along the way for any changes in your course of study. Extremely professional encounters on all levels adding to the value and integrity of GWU. You are receiving a quality education that far surpasses other grad schools in the nation.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything in the city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Very expensive. Some departments are better than others.

    In three sentences

    A good school. Very Expensive. Urban.

  • 05/02/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    It's DC! There are a million things to do within walking distance, and a billion more to find just a Metro ride away. GWU has all the best things about living in a city, mixed with all the great things about living on a college campus. There's so much to do and see, especially with the White House, the National Mall, and the Smithsonian Museums so close by.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are awesome and a lot of restaurants around the city take Colonial Cash, which is really convenient. Make sure you're eating your vegetables! City life never stops, so you DON'T want to be getting sick.

    Dorm Life

    It's incredibly unlikely that you'll get a single room as a freshman, but if you're okay living with a roommate in a double, the GWU residence halls are gorgeous. This is an odd observation--but they smell REALLY good!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are small and personal, so students have a real relationship with teachers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for Early Decision if you know that GWU is going to be the place for you. I applied RD, and so my housing application will be processed last. Applying ED takes a lot of the pressure off, so if GW is your dream school, make it happen right away!

    In three sentences

    GWU is where we make history! In one of the most vibrant cities on the planet, Colonials get to experience life as it happens. It's not just college--it's a lifestyle.

  • 05/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    GW is a great university with a strong business and political science program. There is a strong greek life and a good social scene. Being centrally located in the nicest part of DC has its perks too.

  • 06/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is excellent at GW. I know that personally because I worked for the GWPD for almost two years. GWPD is the main form of security at GW, equipped with patrol cars, a main office, and hundreds of employees who regularly patrol dorms, office buildings, and other facilities on a regular basis. Most dorms are also equipped with various forms of surveillance cameras that are constantly monitored. In addition, dorms can only be accessed by its residents with a valid GWorld. All buildings on campus during late hours can only be accessed by valid GWorld holders, or with the case with some buildings, only authorized personnel. Visiting GW students and outsiders (not staff or students), must be signed in by employees of the GWPD and accompanied by residents of the residential dorm. The location of campus also makes it regularly safe because of its proximity to important government and financial buildings. In addition for those females (and less likely, males) that are out at late hours on campus, many of them can call 4-Ride, which is an escort service that is free of charge, that can take you anywhere on campus and certain areas off campus. This escort service is in service 7 days a week from 7pm-5:30am.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at GW. I, myself, am Greek. However, I am part of the Multicultural Greek Council, which is under the supervision of the Multicultural Student Services Center. As a result, we are not represented hugely on my campus, which means we are to an extent, marginalized. Within the MGC are several Greek letter organizations that are multiculturally distinct in origin, practices, and membership. My own fraternity (Phi Beta Sigma) does not have a house on campus, despite the fact that our chapter was chartered on campus. However, we try to make our presence felt as much as we can. In terms of commenting on the Caucasian frats and sororities on campus, I couldn't comment on their programs, structure, and practices much because of our lack of integration with most of them. I do, however, know that they do hold most of the townhouses devoted to Greek organizations. The way they garner membership as well is through a process known as rushing in which they host a variety of events publicly (like a large cookout) and promote their organization, while providing paper and pen for interested students. Then for several weeks, they have their prospective members engage in several activities openly to become members. Among my favorite Greek-letter organizations beside my own include Tau Kappa Epsilon, Chi Omega, Pi Detla Psi, Sigma Psi Zeta, Alpha Phi Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Zeta Phi Beta, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Alpha Psi, etc. Greek life is a great way to engage in campus life, make connections, and provide services to the community.

    Bang for the buck

    GW is top 3 nationwide in Most Expensive Schools. As a school located within a prime section in the capital of the United States (minutes away from the White House and the monuments), it is almost a no-brainer that the tuition is that high. However, if you can afford to go there (through scholarships, grants, parents paying, or even loans), GW does not disappoint with the various opportunities available to you, as well as the various things you see and who you meet. Students receive a unique educational experience as well as being taught by many respectable professionals in the medical, government (House and Senate members), and public affairs field. The positives seem to outweigh the negative, and you more likely than not, receive bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    There are various things to do for fun on campus. There is a recreational fitness facility on campus called the Lerner Health & Wellness Center, in which students can work out in the Fitness Center, play basketball, soccer, badminton, squash, swim in pool, run track, etc. For campus nightlife, there are various Greek townhouses that provide parties and things to do for many students. Dorms are also areas in which students can create safe and healthy fun for themselves. Just off campus are bars and lounges such as McFaddens and Camelot for those older students who are eligible to access it. Beside partying, there is also great fun in taking a tour of nearby attractions such as the White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Monument, National Mall, the Smithsonian Museum, Dupont Circle (many places to eat as well), and so on. The Woodling Zoo is also an area of fun. Prime areas such as U Street and Gallery Place-Chinatown are seen as the cultural centers of DC, where everything from restaurants to movie theaters to sports stadium (Verizon Center) are also available. Adams Morgan and Georgetown are also other prime areas in the city that provide fun for students outside of campus. DC nightlife is among the most varied in the country and many students never run of things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The main spot for dining and food on campus is located at the Marvin Center in the middle of campus. Its dining area includes many non-brand restaurants and food stands that serve delicious and respectable dishes and recipes. However, there are some stands that I do not favor, mainly because it serves foreign food from a specific culture that does not taste good to me (forgot the name, but its right next to the Chinese restaurant stand in the left corner of the entrance on 21st street). There is also an Auntie Anne's within the dining area, and it has quickly become a student favorite in the first year it has been there. For those looking for a healthier option, there is also a food line in the middle that serves fruit, greens and vegetables (especially useful for those who are vegan or vegetarian), and cold food. Pita Pitt, Dunkin Donuts, Potbellys, and Gallery in the Ivory Tower dining area are also options. There is also a deli called GW Deli that is just like a regular deli for those looking for a humbler and genuine eating experience. Whole Foods, Roti, and Burger Tap and Shakes, 7-11, and Sweetgreen are all across the street from GW Hospital. Chipotle, Bertucci (Italian restaurant), and Johnny Rockets are in 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue. Fridays, Panda Cafe are also on Pennsylvania. CVS is also located in 2000 Penn. and E Street NW, respectively. Fobogro is a GW-owned sandwich spot that is also a popular spot on campus. Starbucks is also located in Gelman Library. Then, you have Carvings (located in Potomac Hall and is like the Deli), Subway, and 7-11 on the other edge of campus. For Mount Vernites, students have dining in Ames Hall and West Hall, as well as off-campus places such as Panda Cafe and Safeway.

    Dorm Life

    GW has consistently been ranked in the top 10 by the Princeton Review for Dorm Like Palaces Many of the top dorm names on both campuses include South Hall (Seniors only), Ivory Tower, West Hall, Lafayette Hall, City Hall, Amsterdam Hall, etc. Many of these dorms I have lived in (Amsterdam, City Hall) and many more I have been in countless times. Utilities are efficient and have a low failure rate. The rooms are spacious and range from doubles to quads. Many also have vast laundry facilities, study rooms, gym facilities (City Hall), balconies, and even a pool (City Hall). There are also many small parks and corridors between and within dorms (South Hall, West Hall, Somers Hall) that are perfect for relaxation during the spring and summer months. There are also lobbies and lounge rooms (basement, roof, and floors) that are equipped with comfortable seating and entertainment utilities (flat-screen TVs and cable boxes) that also impose a homey feel to students. There is also current construction on a new super-dorm that will take the spot of three outdated dorms that were in operation until the end of my junior year. This dorm will help to alleviate the growing population of incoming freshman with each acceptance class. It is also believed that it will be the largest, most modern, efficient, and updated dorm on campus For all students looking at dorm structure and quality as one of their main variables in picking their school of choice, GW is at or near the top of the pile for schools in the country.

    Academic Rigor

    As a Biological Sciences major, I am somewhat biased on the rigor of the undergraduate curriculum of my school. Biology, by the vast majority, is believed to be within the top two or three hardest majors offered at the George Washington University. Engineering, as a whole field (computer science, civil engineering, etc.), is often considered to be the hardest. Never mind about just those two majors though. As a whole, the curriculum of my school is relatively difficult, as many of my friends and colleagues in various majors and disciplines have complained about the difficulty of their coursework, despite loving what they are learning. Majors geared towards the humanities, political science, and international affairs tend to have lectures supplemented by a colossal amount of readings (books, articles, videos, etc) weekly. Majors geared toward the life sciences and engineering tend to have lectures with several exams (in addition to midterms) supplemented by hands-on lab sessions and problem solving (labs also tend to have exams and quizzes). The way other schools have, for example, government as a major, is consolidated within political science, or international affairs at the George Washington University. In essence, other schools offer majors for more specific topics in other schools than at my school.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a prospective student, I would say to make multiple visits to the university before and after the admissions decision. As a campus located in the Foggy Bottom section of Northwest, Washington, DC, there are many things to see and explore. The aforementioned White House, as well as the Lincoln Monument and Washington Monument are literally minutes away by walk. In terms of making connections, especially students of minority background, look for information on organizations and programs that fit you and can be pertinent to your future success. As a student who is of Nigerian descent, the MSSC (Multicultural Student Services Center) was a community and a presence on campus looking for students of multicultural or minority origin. This community was a big part of my success at the George Washington University because it kept us together based on our common backgrounds, interests, feelings, and ideas. Another form of advice could be to consider which campus fits you: Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is drastically different from Foggy Bottom, as it is located in a more suburban area behind Georgetown University and the Georgetown shopping area. This makes for a more tranquil and homely experience. For those who prefer the fast-paced living of urban Foggy Bottom for their freshman year, Foggy Bottom is right for you. However, if you prefer a more homely, modern experience (and the shuttle bus between campuses), then Mount Vernon is right for you.

    In three sentences

    George Washington University is a private, co-educational university primarily in the Foggy Bottom section of Northwest, Washington, DC. Its proximity to various important governmental and financial landmarks such as the White House, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the headquarters of the United States Department of State makes it one of the top 3 schools nationwide for political involvement, international affairs, and diplomacy. Named after George Washington, he had a vision before his death and the founding of the school in 1821 of building a school in the heart of Washington, DC dedicated to providing quality education for many young students from all over the relatively young nation.