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I'm depressed - I was so excited toBrightUndecided
I'm depressed - I was so excited to come here, really thought it would be incredible experience. Rich, snobby student body - I don't have major bucks, so I can't fit in with their lifestyle, and a lot kinda scoff if you're not in their social strata. WAY too expensive to come here. Upper classmen get great dorms, I was in a dump. I'm transferring. The city is great, but unless you stick with a group, I never felt safe.
1st Year Female -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: A, Education Quality: F
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I agree with the assessment of many thatQuite BrightPolitical Science
I agree with the assessment of many that GWU is highly overrated. I came here expecting a smart and driven student body. GWU proclaims to be worldclass, but it's not. I was a freshmen in the Politics and Values L&L Program w/ Kelts and it was really demanding but I learned a lot. Yet this was the only worthwhile class. All other classes had either 300+ students or a professor who spoke broken english and who didnt care about undergraduates. The city is the school's best assest - campus administration and registration is one big red tape process. I had trouble getting into all of my classes - and they werent good anyway. The services, especially the food, were absolutely TERRIBLE. The first year dorms are also in poor condition and are much smaller than they tell. I even had a bathroom i shared w/ 6 ppl that i was told would just be for me and a roomate. the $40K pricetag is simply outrageous when you consider how little you in fact get for it! It may be trendy now - but beware - STAY AWAY FROM GWU! It was truly one of the biggest mistakes of my life going there. The student body is pathetic - especially those note in honors level programs. Students are far less intelligent and academically honest than I expected. Students cheat and plagiarize left and right. Many are self-absorbed for no valid reason. I transferred after one semester - this school left me depressed and miserable - despite my great anticipations i had for it during the summer before i enrolled. By the way, the colonial inauguration/orientation is an absolute waste of time and money - i came a day late and i still thought it was pathetically long and inefficient. Truly, this school has some perks - but is a total disappointment given what you expect it to be! The 3 months of my only semester there were the worst months of my life - BEWARE OF GWU!
1st Year Male -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: B+, Individual Value: D-
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Students and parents really need to examine GeorgeQuite BrightEconomics
Students and parents really need to examine George Washington and its value.
The school claims it has the 3rd best housing in the country, but not if you're a sophomore or freshman. Yes, there are dorms like palaces, but there's not enough of this housing to meet the need. the rest of the housing is pretty crowded and substandard.

Food service is expensive and rather bad. It's difficult to get a nutritious, reasonably priced meal here ...

At $40K/year, services, professors, and fellow students should be a lot better than they are. If you *really* want to go to school in DC, look at the other schools here too -- Georgetown, American, George Mason, Catholic. GW is really trendy now, and growing much too fast for services to keep up with demand. YThe value just isn't there.

1st Year Female -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: F
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