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George Washington University


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Caroline
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The benefits of GW surely outweigh the negatives. Centered in our nation's capitol, and only a few blocks from The White Hous...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The benefits of GW surely outweigh the negatives. Centered in our nation's capitol, and only a few blocks from The White House; GWU is the school for a person who's main drive is political. Of course, because the university is living and breathing within DC, its campus is not traditional in a normal sense. Perhaps this could be seen as a negative to some, however the hustle and bustle of politicians walking on our streets are undoubtedly mirrored through the lives of GW's students. We are motivated and driven by this overarching political presence, and we wish to collaborate and thrive within it. GW is cosmopolitan in truest sense, everyone who attends GW shares a unique viewpoint of the world, we are free thinkers.

Margaret
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I absolutely love George Washington University; however, possible applicants should embark on some soul-searching before cons...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I absolutely love George Washington University; however, possible applicants should embark on some soul-searching before considering this school. To thrive at GWU, students should be ready to be independent, tossed into a big city with lots of freedom and opportunities can leave you feeling either lonely or inspired. Sadly several of my close friends chose to transfer after freshman year because they found the environment to be too much like the professional world. For example, because there are no dining halls, students often eat alone and on the go, eating pre-cooked meals. As a vegan I enjoyed this, many of my other students could find it isolating. I challenge students considering GWU to think about what they hope to get out of college. Most of the students here are studying political science and international relations, and many students feel they don't really belong in the GWU community if they aren't studying those two subjects. Being a GWU student is being risk-taking, an entrepreneur and kind. Start a band, use your leadership skills however you want, if you're ready to live in this city it will be yours.

Alyssa
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George Washington University (GW) is attended by many students who flocked to DC to take advantage of the school's star studd...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

George Washington University (GW) is attended by many students who flocked to DC to take advantage of the school's star studded staff and proximity to a variety of useful internships. What students often don't consider before we attend is the cultural impacts of internship culture. Interning is an exciting experience that allows GW undergrads to compete for jobs after graduation, but expectations from peers to work to the point of breakdown can be surprising and debilitating. This pressure comes not from administration, but from fellow students who advertise their full course loads, slate of extracurricular activities, and competitive internships as frequently as possible. There is value in celebrating success, but accomplishments that come at the cost of physical or mental wellbeing are sometimes lauded more than those that show balance and moderation.

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.

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