George Washington University Campus Life Reviews

On-Campus Housing
Excellent

22%

Very Good

44%

Average

25%

Poor

6%

Terrible

3%

Off-Campus Housing
Excellent

0%

Very Good

33%

Average

31%

Poor

17%

Terrible

19%

Campus Food
Excellent

13%

Very Good

19%

Average

28%

Poor

19%

Terrible

22%

Campus Facilities
Excellent

35%

Very Good

41%

Average

19%

Poor

2%

Terrible

4%

Class Size
Excellent

23%

Very Good

44%

Average

24%

Poor

5%

Terrible

4%

Activities
Excellent

44%

Very Good

37%

Average

13%

Poor

4%

Terrible

3%

Local Services
Excellent

56%

Very Good

31%

Average

9%

Poor

2%

Terrible

2%

Academics
Excellent

23%

Very Good

32%

Average

20%

Poor

16%

Terrible

10%

Overall Review for George Washington University

Excellent

27%

Very Good

47%

Average

19%

Poor

3%

Terrible

4%

We Asked Students, What's your overall opinion of this school?

Simone

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.

Tracy

GWU is a lovely school with a good reputation. Our Instructors, faculty leaders and all members are very professional, friendly and always ready to assist students in every way possible. GWU produces the best alumni and have great facilities that makes learning easy and fun. I LOVE GWU.

Reginald

GW is an amazing school for people pursuing a degree in politics, international affairs, or something in the realm of public policy. The administration can be greedy and bad at hiding it, and it is a very rich and predominantly white school. The university's location in downtown Washington D.C. is a huge draw for students, and opens up a lot of amazing internship opportunities. This also means that the students here are very politically driven and competitive. The location also means that GW doesn't really have a traditional campus, nor does it have dining halls. Your dining dollars will be spent at specific nearby vendors like Subway and Panera.

Linda

My experience at GW so far has been incredible. The community is well rounded and the students are involved in many activities outside and in GW. There are many opportunities and even when there might seem a day that there is nothing to do, GW is always hosting something for the entire community. From the academics to students life, I think everyone can call this their second home.

Avalon

George Washington University, like all schools, has its faults. The main issues you will encounter are with financial aid, food options, and housing costs. However, despite these complications, GWU is wonderfully diverse and full of thoughtful students. There is so much student advocacy and activism on campus (being in D.C. you can't go a week without a protest). If you love politics and government, GWU will feel like home. If you don't know what you want, and maybe prefer to stay away from hot button issues, GWU may not be the place for you. Overall, as a Political Science and International Affairs student, I cannot imagine a more amazing place to spend four years.

Brianna

The George Washington University (GW) is an overall great place to be. It strays far from the typical college scene. Instead of partying on weekends or tailgating at a football game, many students will spend their time exploring new neighborhoods, museums, or attending a protest. GW is a very politically active university. You will not walk three steps without hearing talk of the recent election outcome. If one does not like politics this aspect of the university could get annoying. The meal plan or lack there of is anything but convenient. Students have a set amount of money that they can spend at some restaurants and grocery stores in the Foggy Bottom and Georgetown area. While it is nice to enjoy a sit-down meal every once in a while it is a large inconvenience when this is the only option one has. While many upperclassmen dorms have kitchens all freshman dorms lack a kitchen which makes it almost impossible to cook. One freshman dorm, Thurston Hall has close to 1,200 residents and there is only one kitchen in the whole building. It would be nice to just grab a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner from a dining hall without worrying how/where you are going to get your next meal. One a good note, the academics are great. Some of the first year classes have around 250 students which is not conducive to successful learning, but most of the classes are a manageable size. Most of the professors at the university are very friendly and accessible. They offer office hours to assist students outside of class.

Caleb

The George Washington University engenders a genuine spirit of community engagement across all of Washington DC. Students of this institution are intelligent, politically active, and passionate vectors of grassroots change. Wether students are advocating for the rights of immigrants and refugees on Capital Hill, or tutoring students from low-income families throughout DC, Colonials are always finding news ways to engage the local community and make the greater DC community a safer and more inclusive environment. Aside from this spirit of service, the George Washington University offers intellectually stimulating academics across varying fields, taught by real-world professionals, and framed in a way that promotes global citizenship from students of medicine, law, public health, international affairs, and all other studies offered. The George Washington University rests in Foggy Bottom, lending the University direct access to a steady stream of highly recognized professors, politicians, organizations, and institutions. Students benefit greatly from discussions with representatives from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Peace Corps, USAID, and many other organizations. Nevertheless, living on-campus in Foggy Bottom is particularly expensive and often creates financial burdens for the very few amount of low-income students; This is particularly challenging when on-campus housing is pricey and University policy stipulates that students live on-campus until senior year (however, there are bureaucratic methods to finding exemption to this rule). Living off-campus is how a student of the George Washington University can make the best out of there time in DC, since the city has so much history and culture to share. As the University strives to be a global model of prestigious academic quality, faculty have worked to address minority-retention rates, sexual assault, and student and faculty diversity. The University boast a high enrollment of international students as a way to showcase their campus "diversity", yet the majority of students, regardless of origin, come from wealthier families which can lead to the isolation of low-income students. Considering this, and that the University owns the most property in DC aside from the Federal Government, students often joke that the University is a Realestate agency first, and a University second.

Alexandra

The George Washington University is unlike many other post-secondary institutions, but that is precisely what I love about it. GW prides itself for its remarkable internship opportunities -- being several blocks from Capitol Hill, the White House, and other government institutions is not a perk you have at many other universities. That being said, it is very much a city school. On campus, there is not much of an athletic presence outside of men's basketball and school spirit is not very prominent. Most students don't seem to be bothered by this, since there are plenty of opportunities off campus to indulge in athletics. Since attending, I have felt very lucky to have gotten the opportunity to learn from professors that are not only at the top of their field, but also prominent figures in the DC area. Students are very career-oriented and passionate about what they are studying, which creates a competitive, albeit motivating, atmosphere. I highly recommend GW to students want hands-on work experience in the city and are passionate about fields in the social sciences in particular. If I had to do the college application process all over again, I would have still chosen GW in a heartbeat.

Alyssa

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.

Sophia

loved it

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it's dope

Charys

GWU is a good school and has great people, but you have to go out and take advantage of the opportunities here and in the city of D.C. if you want to make friends and enjoy the school. This is not a school for the socially awkward or for extreme introverts because it will be hard to get to know people.

Imani

Raise High !

Sarah

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.

Halle

This school sucks. I've got a high sat score and was admitted by many good public universities like UNC and UC schools but I chose GW because I want to study international relations. Later on, this school hugely disappointed me by its moronic student communities who know nothing but laughing at others, its students who kept talking about politics who did not really read many useful books and articles, its kids with privileges who can get thousands of internships on the hill and in white house. Unfortunately, I am an international student in the Americans dominated community, that I got a nearly 4.0 GPA but I was still rejected by hilltern which one of my classmates who got a C in Poli Sci class nailed it. Every morning I came to the library to read some books and do my school works, the library can never be quiet. During the night, some kids even hold parties in Gelman's study room. This place is a nightmare for me. I grew up in a low-income family. I hope to apply for financial aids but it's not eligible for international students in their freshmen year. Also I cannot have federal work study on campus. I came to this place because I really need to meet people like me who are from different parts of the world, but I was surrounded by arrogant American frat/sorority kids all the time. The international student bodies are almost isolated and ridiculed because of our cultural difference and awkwardness on campus. And I just want to find somewhere quiet to study and apply for law school in the future. I've been in GW for a year and I've met several people who want to go to grad school instead of being a moron in college all day. It turned out that none of these people hoping to go to grad school really study. They are roaming around, browsing facebook, laughing at boring memes of Donald Trump and making fun of others who they don't actually know indeed. I'm working on my transfer to Georgetown University now. I don't like my current college. I think Gtown SFS is a better place for me who is kinda nerdy. Plus, SFS has more international relations programs that GW Elliott School does not have. And the classes and major/minor options in SFS has more variations than GW Elliott. It seems GW has been cutting its funding for a lot of good programs like the Women Studies. Even some Elliott School professors are nice and are my mentors, the class atmosphere is not intellectually engaging. Like I attended my IA and Poli Sci class but in the discussion section my classmates does not know so many things of global affairs and current world situations. They didn't even read the textbooks either. I hope to come to Gtown SFS to meet more people who are decent and devoted to learning. Also there are many fancy research opportunities in SFS and networking events that I took long time to find in GW but it doesn't even exist. The only Elliott School research program is the undergrad scholar, which is only eligible for juniors and seniors. Anyway, this place is not a fit for me.

Lindsey

It's a very large school so there is something for every type of person. The classes are hard but prepare you well for your degree. Most of the dorms have new furniture. The professors are all extremely knowledgeable and top experts in their fields.

Hope

George Washington University is a great school full of amazing opportunities. While it's appeal is International Affairs, its proximity to the White House, and the networking opportunities, what sets GWU aside from other universities is the great and cool people you surround yourself with.

Giannina

George Washington University offers a unique experience since it is located just blocks away from the political hub of our country. It provides a lot of opportunities in the political realm, but does not just stop there It has connections with internship across the Virginia-Maryland-D.C area. I was thoroughly impressed with its facilities, especially Gelman Library which is not only recently updated but is open 24 hours! It is a great school and definitely worth the trip.

Fidan

George Washington University is a large and active community of students with all sorts of opinions and backgrounds present. At GWU in the heart of Washington DC, students are extremely politically active and individuals are extremely ambitious, motivated, and guided by their principles. This makes GWU stand out in the sense that we are a community that focuses more on the world and city around it then solely what is going on back on campus. If you are a driven student who is interested in both domestic and international politics and affairs, GWU is a great place to find like-minded people as well as be a school that fosters and thrives off that interest.

Glen

Overall, George Washington University is an amazing college to attend, and I think more graduating high school students should consider it. The DC area is an amazing place to reside. There's always something happening in the campus vicinity, and the night-life is amazing. Also, students can always find something fun to do daily, and the campus is a nice size and not too populated. Th professors are extremely, knowledgeable in their fields of study, and they are willing to help all students that put forth some effort. I couldn't think of a better institution to attend for college.

Jamie

The academics are great and the location can't be beat, you are literally right up the street from the White House. It's a huge school, and you have the opportunity to meet whatever kind of people you want and do any activity you want. However, it is VERY expensive. I can't help but feel I could have gotten a similar enough education somewhere else for a fraction of the cost.

Alyssah

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.

MILLYCENT

IT IS RATED THE BEST FOR ME AS IT OFFERS BEST COURSES

A

Can make it anything you want. Theres a thriving campus but you're right in one of the most important cities in the country.

Samantha

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.

Jesus

The school has many academic, professional, and social opportunities. Being in Washington is a great way to find internships and volunteer opportunities. Students have a great and wide variety of classes to choose from and the professors are exceptional.

Logan

The George Washington University is one of the most valuable and important establishments in my life. As a current rising junior at GW, I have navigated both campus and the nation's capital for over two years. As such, I have acclimated to the hustle and bustle available both on and off-campus. GW's faculty and staff always go above and beyond to foster students' learning and experiences. No student is left behind, that's for sure. In addition, every dorm (except the one dorm of single bedrooms) has its own bathroom. Even better--there's no dining hall. GW students eat at local restaurants and shop at the local grocery stores instead.

Anais

A wonderful school with a diverse selection of on-campus organizations, where anyone can find their social niche or explore new activities, as well as job, internship, and volunteering opportunities you won't find in any other city. Whether it's domestic politics, international affairs, governmental lobbying groups, NGOs, medicine, technology, or the arts, there is an opportunity available here that you won't get anywhere else. The only real downside is the crazy amount of red tape there is to accomplish any administrative task and the lack of guidance in academic advising since your advisor changes very often and doesn't meet with you often.

Laura

Have had a great experience overall. Academics are challenging but rewarding and professors are the best in their fields. Great opportunities for networking with people not only from all over the country but from across the world as well. Foggy Bottom location is fantastic for students wanting to immerse themselves into the city.

ricardo

The George Washington University is an amazing college. It’s filled with so much things to do and amazing people you’ll meet. I applied as an early decision student because I know this school would be perfect for me. It’s in DC and I know I’ll never be tired of it. There’s no other place I would rather be for undergrad.

Cassie

George Washington University is a great place to be exposed to diverse and well developed world views. Additionally, there are countless opportunities both within the university and in Washington DC, but students must be motivated enough to take the initiative to find these opportunities.

Elizabeth

I enjoy the fact that my program has an off-campus building for classes so the city commute is non-existent. I also love the opportunities within my program and the school that allow for campus and social engagement. The school is pricey and I am not sure if the price tag is 100% worth the academic training. However, I feel that the internship opportunities are abundant and that I am receiving a great education from truly amazing faculty members. They continue to support and encourage personal growth in all their students and teach various techniques and topics that most programs do not include or do not prioritize.

Anastasia

Attending George Washington has been an amazing experience. The faculty work to get to know you as long as you are willing to work as well. There is always so much going on since students are in the middle of D.C. This also means the opportunities for students to get real world experience is endless. I would recommend George Washington to any student looking to be challenged academically while also making life memories.

Jameel

The Business School is a competitive and hard school but it's also very chill. I honestly chose to come to the George Washington School of Business as an undergraduate in pursuit of an M.B.A at an Ivy League University. I transferred into this university under the impression that the academics here would prepare me for such an endeavor and they certainly have been. But the beautiful thing about George Washington University is that it's in the middle of everything- the city life here is amazing and it's truly a blessing to get to attend GW. The city life totally makes up for the lack of a campus in my opinion; it's certainly for a different kind of student. This really isn't a college for sports fanatics or people that want a big state school; however, it's an ideal college for hard working well-balanced people who want serious academics and to be surrounded in an environment that fosters professional development.

Haelin

George Washington University is a great school that teaches not students not only academia, but also how to work in the real world. The school sets priority in making sure students take advantage of the capitol's resources in order to have successful careers. This is great for those who want to rack on internships and work experience. For myself, I personally love more emphasis on learning which isn't the biggest priority at this school. Many complain about the lack of college feel because there is no apparent campus. However, GWU is more of a university than others glued together by diversity and the fight against adversity.

Karan

I'm gettin outta this place ASAP. No sense of community whatsoever man. This is not the place for the undergraduate experience. Come here for grad school when things get more serious.

Nor

I'm a US citizen who came from a foreign country and started studying from the Spring instead of the Fall. The opportunities offered are not the same and the treatment you get either. From all my friends who entered in Fall, it seemed they had a great time. I don't even have a mentor assigned. So everything I have figured it on my own. Although all financial holds problems I have and every bad experience I have been through I like my program a lot and I have learned a lot about programming.

Adam

I think GWU is unique in that it is immersed in the heart of a vibrant city with topical, educational, and social issues constantly in toe. From politics to arts, there is no better place to have your educational journey. As students we can both take advantage of opportunities on campus, of which there are many, and also those within the city at large, which are boundless.

Nick

I think George Washington University is a very good school that does everything in its power to help its students, but some housing/labs seem outdated and when students call about mold it is just painted over, for example. Overall, it is a great place to go to school though because professors love to help and are here almost always when you have questions.

Marley

I love all of my professors and the opportunities I get in Washington DC as a byproduct of going to GW (such as visiting various embassies to get extra credit) but I'm not all that challenged by the coursework or by the people around me. I was looking for a college in which I could have intellectual discussions inside and outside of the classroom and this is not the case at GW.

Blake

The George Washington University provides a unique college experience, as the classes are enjoyable and informative while there is an abundance of opportunity outside of the classroom in the DC area. The academic facilities are generally very nice and well-maintained, but the same cannot be said about the residential facilities. The residence halls routinely have complaints of mold, pipe bursts, and bugs.

Arianna

George Washington, to me, is the greatest school in the country. What we lack in prestige is well made up for in excellent facilities, professors, and activities. Being at GW has changed my life, and I am a better person because of it. I would recommend the school to anyone.

Adrian

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.

Emma

George Washington is a great school full of great students and resources. The campus is very urban and utilizes D.C life which includes stores, food vendors and public transportation. Some dorms are good but some aren't, what is different is that dorms typically have their own bathrooms but one downside is that GW doesn't have dining halls.

Alejandro

I love GW, sure it has it's flaws ( expensive dorms, cheap ones are horrible, expensive, tough teachers) but i love the culture here. Everyone is ready to work and the weekends here are amazing. I am apart of greek life and always have someone to meet and something to do. i love the diversity at this school i have friends from all parts of the world, and i truly feel like I am being cultured at this school. If you love the city, love your major, and love the friends here; you'll do great.

jillian

GW is an above average college. It does have its downsides, but its location in the heart of Foggy Bottom and close proximity to nearly everything you could want to go to makes it much more appealing. Although it is extremely expensive and sometimes the upper class lifestyle it promotes makes the experience more stressful and demanding than a state college might, the opportunities that are right in front of you more than make up for it.

Faith

I think attending school in the heart of DC is a very unique experience and I would not trade it for anything. It is pricey but they usually give good financial aid packages. The food is also unique because there is not really a dining hall so you can go to places around campus and it gives you a lot of freedom to get good food! The housing is very nice and is mostly apartment style living. Most rooms are two bedrooms, a kitchen, and a living room area with 4 roommates. The exception to this is some freshman living and also the nice senior dorm where you get your own room. Another thing GW is known for is its internships. Overall I would recommend looking into GWU because it really forces you to transition into a new stage of your life!

Almaz

In my opinion there's not much GW can vouch for besides its location, academics, and connections. In terms of creating a safe space for all students, any issue surrounding that is usually disregarded. It has a long way to go when it comes to being a truly inclusive environment for all students.

Elizabeth

George Washington University is the best place in the country to study International Affairs or Political Science. Just blocks from the White House, the Department of State, the World Bank, and the Washington Monument, George Washington University offers not only an amazing education, but exposure to experiences you can not get anywhere else. Adding on to the amazing location, the academics at George Washington are top notch. In the Elliott School of International Affairs, all the professors have work experience all over the world in a wide variety of countries and fields, with many of them being former ambassadors.

Tiffany

GW lacks diversity. Their community is diverse but racially it is not. Academics is super competitive. Students are always stressed. Campus life is pretty good. Many clubs and orgs to join and create community. Many internship and job opportunities. All in all it’s pretty amazing