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| This review does not take into account the incredible people I have met here which has made my 1.5 years a memorable experience. But the University has NOTHING to do with that.|
GW is a corporation which happens to run a college. They care about money, money and money. Students are just a way to make more of it. The administration does not give a crap about anyone on their own. Their policies are overly-strict so if you like alcohol or weed, go elsewhere. People here are rich kids, and while there is some diversity, it is limited. Most people are stuck-up and hard to deal with.
The city has its sites, but after a while they get old. It can feel like a police state at times with the DC police cracking down on underage drinking(everyone knows someone who has been busted trying to drink underage at bars). Counting how many police cars are circling the neighborhood can be scary--it makes you feel safe, but violated at the same time.On the plus side, there is a georgeous workout facility and if you want to work for the govt. or in politics you can get internships easily.
|Dec 31 2002|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2005 |
| This school has left me depressed and at times suicidal. Yes, there are other factors that lead to such a thing, however going to GW was the one of the worst mistakes I will ever make in my life. I would have transferred somewhere else except GW broke my spirit, making me apathetic and allowing me to get terrible grades. The administration couldn't care less about its students, and the students themselves leave a lot to be desired. Do not go here, save some money and go somewhere else where trees |
|Dec 19 2002|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2004 |
| Coming to GW was the worst mistake of my life. I couldn't afford to pay for college and GW gave me the most money, so my parents forced me to attend GW. I have never received a grade lower than B+, yet I have learned NOTHING in any of my classe the entire time I've been here. I am a political science major, so that is pretty sad considering it's one of the school's better majors. |
If you are not rich and Jewish or rich and Indian, forget being treated with any sort of respect or even common decency at GW. The students here are the most immature, self-aborbed, spoiled, and snobby people I have ever met in my life. This is certainly not the "real world" in any aspect. People WORK in the real world. If you go to our cafeteria, you will see that there is not one student worker on the entire first floor of J-street. This is not common at other schools - especially state schools. I was raised in a middle-class college town, and the cafeteria there is RUN by students. The only hispanic people I see on campus are the MAIDS we have for our dorms, and the majority of African-Americans are the food-service workers. The segregation both racially and socio-economically is downright appalling, though I would not say that the people here are blatantly racist.
As for religion, I have never felt so persecuted as a Christian in my entire life (probably because America IS a Christian country). While hanging up Christmas lights, I recieved more glares and hateful comments from people down the hall than I could ever imagine. It is just ridiculous, as I have never made any comment about anyone else's non-Christmas decorations on their door.
Finally, GW does not have an attractive student body. I, like most people, consider myself average looking. Most schools have average-looking people, some good looking and some bad looking people, right? Well, the majority of men at GW are scrawnier than me, and I'm 5'4 and 120 lbs. The girls, though clad in Gucci clothes that cost more than my car at home, are even less attractive.
There is a reason we were ranked in the top ten of "most unhappy colleges" by the Princeton Review. My roommates last year left the school after one semester.
|Dec 12 2002|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2004 |