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George Washington University


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Hana
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The George Washington University provides a unique college experience to students. Located in the middle of downtown Washingt...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The George Washington University provides a unique college experience to students. Located in the middle of downtown Washington, DC, there are plenty of opportunities for student growth and learning, research, internships, and fun on and off campus. Want to do research on a topic that interests you? Reach out to a professor and form a professional relationship that will last you years beyond college, or head to one of many Smithsonian museums that is sure to have specialized knowledge on the topic that interests you. Tired of exercising indoors? Be active outside, and with friends, on the National Mall, Rock Creek Park, or Shenandoah. Need a change of scenery while studying? Head to the Library of Congress, or one of hundreds of fun and quirky cafés located all across the city. Want to exercise your political voice? There are hundreds of student organizations to choose from, and the White House--the site of many demonstrations on just about any issue--is just a few blocks away. Class sizes after the basic requirements of freshman year are smaller and more conducive to group discussions. The campus is not what one imagines traditional college life to be--the campus is open, in the middle of the city, school spirit is almost nonexistent, and the university sports teams do not play a huge role in the social dynamics of the school. Greek life exists, and many students participate, but there are a plethora of other ways to find social groups on campus, and more students choose this option. Political discussions and protests/demonstrations are common. The school can be characterized by mostly liberal political leanings, but is not progressive. The school is costly to attend, and since it is a private institution, the school does not reveal where they invest the tuition dollars spent by students and their families. The dining options are expensive, as there is no dining hall on campus. Instead, students must turn to local restaurants, fast food establishments, or the Whole Foods grocery store for sustenance (and as one can imagine, this results in food insecurity for a number of students). The professors, for the most part, are caring and well-qualified. They are willing to meet with students outside of class in office hours and care to provide the help necessary for students to achieve.

Adrian
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Had it not been for random surfing on the web, I perhaps would have never known of George Washington University. That’s an ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Had it not been for random surfing on the web, I perhaps would have never known of George Washington University. That’s an exaggeration. I would’ve eventually discovered it because my knack for politics would have led me to it. As the most politically active institution in the United States and a campus conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C., it is a school no student of politics should overlook. I will admit that it was not my first choice. Once set on attending an Ivy or a school with a political science department to envy, I looked again to GW for the exact same reasons I’ve just mentioned. I knew I did not want to be home to study. I had been under my parents’ roof for 18 years and did not think twice to live another under it. And as rapidly as Houston is growing, the political hub in the city does not compare to that of Northeastern metropolitan areas--especially that of Washington. I took a chance on myself, knowing that if I didn’t do it now I probably never would have done it. What I was met with once arriving in Washington--for the very first time, I might add--was exactly what I expected and more. A city absorbed in politics, with people rushing to get to their jobs in which all of them contributed to the structuring of the country’s future, be it through policymaking, lobbying, activism, and legal review. I was astounded by it. This is where I would be living in for the next four years. A city where the bustle welcomed those who thought of what could be and what will be. A city where I could lose myself in with its memorials, monuments, and museums. If I wasn’t hooked before, I definitely was now. When classes started, I was a little intimidated of what to expect but soon grounded myself by the reminder that I earned my place here. Every person who sat next to me earned their right just as much as I, and to be surrounded by people who either wanted to follow in the footsteps of giants or carve their own path fueled my appetite for everything I wanted in a campus. My professors, each exceedingly knowledgeable in their fields and with a wit sharper than a quill, made their lectures worth waking up considerably earlier than I would have liked to. It was normal to have an acclaimed historian as your professor or for one to bring in a parent who happened to meet with presidents and congressmen alike. Nowhere else would I think I would have been afforded the opportunity to be in the heart of a political center and hear from people whose lives revolve around the world of politics. Either I made the right choice in selecting my courses or every professor was like the ones I’ve had in my first year, I knew my luck had put me in the right direction because I was now in the city I could have only dreamt of living in. As an introvert, George Washington’s location and gorgeous study spots could not have made me wish for a better place to be in. In studying and cranking out work, I could stare out of one of their floor-to-ceiling windows and gaze at the cars circling around Washington Circle, each of them driving to somewhere around the most consequential 70 square miles in the world. If ever I needed to take a break from it all, I could take a stroll from my dorm--an easy five minutes from the White House--down to the National Mall, perhaps the most protected and secure public place in the country. There’s something incredibly satisfying about walking beside the Reflecting Pool and the Smithsonian museums, reaching the Capitol building where you can very well rub shoulders with a Congressman whose name you’d caught in the morning briefing. These are the opportunities presented to me because of George Washington University. To be surrounded by people whose ambition matches your own and whose ambiance fills the desire to push beyond the norm of what is possible does something to you. I know it has for me.

Tiffany
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I could state all the enduring qualities of George Washington University and the list would continue to grow. I could list al...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I could state all the enduring qualities of George Washington University and the list would continue to grow. I could list all the accomplishments and awards the school has earned. I could state how many Top 10 lists GWU has appeared on. I could go on and on about all the positive aspects of the school but there is one that is dear to my heart, one many would not consider of that much importance but to me it makes all the difference. That aspect is how safe and respected I feel as a women attending this school. This is something that should be found at every school but sadly there are many campus’s where women do not feel as safe as they should. Not only have I always felt safe on all of the campus, as a women I felt that I was respected. In discussions I felt that my opinion was held at equal value. I feel that GWU strives to make every individual feel that they matter, that they are a part of the integrity GWU empowers. I feel that the school wants to make sure that every program and different type of study has equal opportunity to the vast array of resources the school has to offer. They are compelled to make sure every student, faculty, and staff member feel as they are valued members of the GWU community. The school is placed in the hub of the intellectual world and has countless networking branches and strive to make sure everyone has ample opportunity to access those resources. I may have selected George Washington University for the countless opportunities they provide but I stayed because I felt that I belonged. I felt as though I was valued and respected for what I had to offer GWU. I felt as though I welcomed with open arms into the community, just the way I was.

Alyssah
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George Washington is a place to be if you are someone who is independent and always wants to be doing something. Everyone be ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

George Washington is a place to be if you are someone who is independent and always wants to be doing something. Everyone be minding there own business and doing them. Since you are in the nation's capital, it is an awesome location for networking and internships.

Sarah
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It truly is a unique experience being a student at GWU, especially in DC. The campus is the best part because of its locatio...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It truly is a unique experience being a student at GWU, especially in DC. The campus is the best part because of its location. You can walk a couple blocks to the White House or to the National Mall. You feel like you're truly in the middle of DC when you can walk so quickly to see amazing views.

Diane
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If you're looking for a community at college, GW is not for you. People walk around with air pods in with no intention of bei...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If you're looking for a community at college, GW is not for you. People walk around with air pods in with no intention of being friendly. The people are extremely rude and obnoxious, especially sororities. There is no community at GW besides Greek life, which is completely disgusting and filled with the nastiest human beings. Not only are the people generally nasty at the school, most of the classes are huge, meaning that you will never have any direct contact with your professor. If you need help with anything, expect to be faced with attitude from all administrators. Getting them to simply sign a form is a seemingly endless task. I would not recommend GW unless you are completely independent and just want to go to school to learn and then go home.

Samantha
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I have enjoyed George Washington University and am glad I had the opportunity to attend here. GWU is in the heart of DC and i...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I have enjoyed George Washington University and am glad I had the opportunity to attend here. GWU is in the heart of DC and is very near the National Mall and other unique opportunities. With the Metro nearby as well as walking, nothing is out of reach at George Washington.

Jennifer
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For politically active students, it is the absolute perfect place to be. In the center of the nation's capital, the George Wa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

For politically active students, it is the absolute perfect place to be. In the center of the nation's capital, the George Washington University never fails to exceed my expectations. A safe city as well as one filled with culture is a perfect location for a young adult. I have truly fallen in love with the university and the city and it is where I am meant to be.

rebecca
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George Washington University is a wonderful school. It is incredibly diverse- no one has the same experience. It is very unde...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

George Washington University is a wonderful school. It is incredibly diverse- no one has the same experience. It is very underrated for its academics in my opinion. So far, the only thing I feel the school is lacking is school spirit; though, in some groups, school spirit is everything. My professors are all extremely qualified and invested in students' learning. One thing to know before you commit to GW: everyone is an adult doing their own thing at this school so do not expect anyone to baby you or show you the "correct" path. Lastly, for kids thinking about applying, the honors program has been a really valuable addition to my experience.

Samantha
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I truly enjoy attending this institution. The location could not be better for someone intending to enter international polit...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I truly enjoy attending this institution. The location could not be better for someone intending to enter international politics after graduation. I generally enjoy all of my classes and getting to know all of my professors. The Foggy Bottom neighbourhood is a fantastic place to spend your college years.

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