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Founded in 1821, George Washington University. is a Private college. Located in District of Columbia, which is a city setting in District of Columbia, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 11,504 full time undergraduate students, and 15,655 full time graduate students.
The George Washington University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 1087 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at George Washington University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at GW are considered More Selective, with ,99% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 10 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
99% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 86% were in the top quarter, and 58% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at George Washington University.
221 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
181 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
223 Students rated campus food 2.8 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
226 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
226 Students rated class size 3.8 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.
225 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
225 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 56 % gave the school a 5.0.
225 Students rated academics 3.4 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.
81 Students rated George Washington University
Overall it is a good school and I had a good experience, but I wish there was more school spirit and community atmosphere. Students seemed more interested in rushing off to their internship on Capitol Hill rather than going to a sporting event or something sponsored by the school. The school did a fine job with transitioning to online classes during COVID-19 but I was relieved when classes were brought back in person.
Personally I have loved my first semester because the people I have met and surround myself with are amazing. They encourage me to be my best self and I have endless amounts of fun with them. Much of the positive experience at GW comes from the people you surround yourself with, so if you find good friends, you will have an amazing semester no matter what. The activities in D.C. are plentiful and there is always ways to be active around campus. It is up to you to make the best of your college experience, so make sure you are doing things you love, while surrounded by amazing people.
George Washington University is a unique school. To begin with the pros, the campus is incredibly beautiful and accessible to most as it is right in the heart of Washington DC in what one might refer to as the safest area. Although it is a city, the campus is fairly compact and easy to navigate as most of the college facilities are in the same area. The DC amenities are great, along with the food, transportation services, and safety. The school is also incredibly politically active because of the location - but this might be a downside for some. For the cons, the students can be a bit difficult at times. Political discussions are common and divisive and it is extremely difficult to find racial diversity. If you are looking for the state college feel - GWU might not be the choice for you - but if you are looking to be academically, politically, and culturally challenged - this school might just be your place.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for George Washington University is 40%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
The first piece of advice would be that one should start the process as early as possible. When a student is trying to figure out what he/she wants for their college experience it is very important to consider all of the options. Look at different types of schools and take some chances in the summer before your junior year and the begining of your junior year. Then try to narrow down the type of school and program you are looking for. Go on the campus tours, information sessions, interviews etc. Get as much knowledge and information as possible to make the educated and well-informed decision. Enjoy the process and the trips along the way.
When in college focus on your academics but remember to make time to spend with your friends. Join a group or two and dedicate yourself to them, don't try to be in ten different ones. Study appropriately and work hard as it will all pay off!
There's a group of friends for everbody.
The best thing about GW is it's location. What other college student can say their dorm room is 3 blocks from the white house, or their dorm room has a great view of the Washington Monument? It's right in the heart of DC and walking distance from the Georgetown and Dupont Circle neighborhoods. Our campus also has it's own metro stop, connecting us to the rest of DC and Northern Virginia and Maryland.
The size is just about right. We have almost 10,000 undergrads, which makes us medium size. Our campus is also very compact because we are an urban campus, so it seems much smaller and more connected than it really is. Students constantly run into other students they know on campus.
People tend to mix up GW for Georgetown. I've been called a Georgetown student many times, and it is really annoying.
The campus itself is just okay. It's really compact because it is urban, so we don't have those quintessential "college" quads or parks. We do have some nice areas though such as Kogan Plaza and University Yard, and in the spring time when it's nice out, everyone flocks to Kogan to sit outside.
The GW administration could work a little harder on making GW more of a college community. People tend to do their own thing and just become DC residents rather than GW students.
The most recent controversy was the "Swastika on the door" incident. This Jewish freshman girl faked a hate crime by drawing swastikas on her dorm room door for 8 nights in a row and said someone was committing a hate crime on her. However, we have video cameras in our dorms, and the university police caught her doing it.
When our basketball team is good their tends to be lots of school pride, but our fans are very fair-weather and if we're not that good they don't care.
My sophomore year our basketball team went 27-3, and our last home game was against Charlotte and we won on a last second put back in overtime. All of the student rushed the court, and it is something I will never forget!
Students tend to study in the Gelman Library, which some call "Club Gelman." Student there study with friends, take frequent smoking and coffee breaks into the Starbucks located inside the library. Adderol is also very common.
Students are competitive, and there is always that very stereotypical GW student in every class who sits in the front and answers every question regardless of whether or not her or she has anything useful to say. We call them "GW tools."
The Elliott School of International Affairs is a really great school filled with lots of hands on experts. My classes have lots of guest speakers such as state dept. folk, ambassadors, and other experts from the field.
Greek Life isn't a huge percentage of campus, but the most active students tend to be Greek. Greeks hold lots of events on and off campus and drive the social life. The conduct tons of fun philanthropy events on campus and have a large visibility. They have tons of their own traditions for the fall and spring and provide the most traditional college experience (drinking, formals, house parties, sports, rush, skits, ets).
Basketball games are definitely the most well attended, but I've been known to head to a soccer game on our Mt. Vernon campus from time to time on a nice fall afternoon. I also go to volleyball games because I know the girls and they're close by.
The sports teams kind of act like a fraternity or sorority themselves. There's a whole sports scene of student-athletes with their own social network, traditions, and drama.
I think other students really get into clubs and networks of friends they made freshmen year.
Wealthy, arrogant, "stuck up"
Well, it is the most expensive school in the world, so only certain people can really afford it. There are many Jewish students and the campus is very political.
The city environment is one of a kind.
Location. DC has everything a student would want from internships, nightlife, citylife, and great opportunities.
For me the worst thing is definitely the food plan. Instead of giving students a certain amount of meals per semester, GW gives a certain amount of money for the entire semester (the amount varies depending on grade level). On top of that its clear that the restaurants on campus take advantage of this and raise their prices for food. So a sum of money that should get a student through the semester only lasts 2 or 3 months.
The stereotype of students at my school is that we are all rich and have money. Another is that everyone must come from very rich family and have money too pay for the school. This is very false where 6 out of 10 students at the school are actually on financial aid.
People uncomfortable with city surroundings, attending school with lots of wealthy kids and a high level of diversity should not apply here. Also, if you want to major in science, engineering, or math, GW might not be the place for you, specifically if you want to major in math since our department is not strong here. If you are not willing to deal with a lot of university bureaucracy concerning advising, financial aid, etc, it might be best not to apply here.
Completing administrative duties at my school, such as declaring majors and receiving course credit from study abroad, can be very round-about, time consuming, and frustrating.
I wish I had known how expensive living in a city was! I found my bank account diminishing before my eyes, and unfortunately could not find a job on campus. I wish I had been a little better about budgeting my nights out and shopping sprees with friends. It's a good thing I know that for next year!
Someone who likes an urban setting, a school that has some community feeling but also leaves a lot of room for independence and someone who can afford it or qualify for enough financial aid. Anyone who wants Washington, DC on their doorstep and will take advantage of the resources there.
How perfect the location is for my major - the accessibility to relative jobs.
Being in the heart of the city and basically supplying most of the Hill's interns.
GW was my top choice, and the only school I applied to because i applied early decision. That's how confident I was that GW was the right college for me! Originally, I only wanted to be the DC area, but after I visited the school, it was the only place I wanted to be! If you're interested in any school, you should always visit and tour, that way you have a good impression of everything, including the things the books and website don't tell you about!
I live in GW Schenley 7th floor. My dorm is a double, with a huge, bright living room, a private kitchen, a private bathroom, and a small bedroom. We have a walk-in closet and two stand closets, and two drawer.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
82% of students
attending George Washington University receive some sort of financial aid.
15% were awarded federal grants.
While 43% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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