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| It's no Harvard, but the school has a good name, both in the US and internationally. Absolutely no school spirit when it comes to sports. Students here are more proud of having the name on their resumes than waving it during a basketball game. The professors have high expectations for the students, but that doesn't justify the little effort they put into making sure students understand everything. Be prepared to teach yourself a lot. Professors are helpful when it comes to applying what's in the book to the real world. They are excellent in their respective fields, unfortunately teaching isn't one of those fields. Like most schools, you get what you put into it, but I think this applies the most to GW. You determine how successful you're going to be; nobody's going to hold your hand. Don't expect a traditional college experience. A lot of people are walking around in business suits. More emphasis is put on getting a job than learning. Students are very focused on careers and networking, the environment is very competitive. Sometimes you will find yourself competing with your classmates. Some professors with connections will offer the top student an internship at whatever organization he/she works for, or runs as is the case with a few professors I've met. Your grade will play a big role in getting that spot, but you have to know a lot about that particular subject to really stand out. Be careful not to get carried away with the name. Like I said, it's no Harvard. Unless you excel here, the name will not do much for you. The school is witnessing a huge transformation. New deans were appointed; around half a billion dollars in new buildings/renovations planned/started. The school of engineering retired most of it's faculty and is currently in the process of recruiting top-notch professors. The school of business just hired a new dean who announced his goal of raising the school's rankings up to the level of our law school, which is 20, within the next 7 years. Again we see the emphasis on jobs here. Although schools care very much about rankings, the administration should not publicly admit it, as rankings "do not define the quality of a school." GWU is great, but it really suits a minority. Make sure the culture suits you, because that is what turns a lot of people away. |
|Dec 25 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| The classes are very average, and they do nothing to make you want to go to class. But chiefly, my complaint is the people. GW tours will tell you that Greek life isn't big here, and that is a flat-out lie. Greek life continues to get bigger. And here's the thing: it's not good Greek life either. The sororities are so dumb: filled with backstabbing girls who are so selfish that they don't care who they hurt, as long as they get what they want. Many girls are here for an Mrs. Degree, which is stupid, seeing as this really isn't that type of school. I can count the number of quality people I know on one hand. And I've met over 200 people here. People in general are just flaky or weak. Very few people have a moral compass here. I can't even begin to describe how disappointed I am in this school. Stay away. |
|Dec 17 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |
| I was first 100% interested in University of Michigan, but I ended up being wait listed, so I came go G-Dub. I thought it might be a letdown, but the city is completely and totally busy 24/7. There is ALWAYS stuff to do Thursday-Sunday. I didn't expect clubs to be so huge, but they are, and I can't say its the greatest thing in the world. While frats are my preferred social scene, the club does come up once a month or so, and there is usually a cover. It's not huge, but it's annoying, and cabs are a hassle. |
There's an excellent 4-Ride service, which as a at-your-service taxi system that the school has, COMPLETELY free, which is amazing. Sometimes they take a while to arrive, but its the best, especially since i'm stingy. The metro will become a close friend - it is imperative to getting around unless you're a billionaire and can afford taxis when you want to go to a concert or something off campus.
Greek life is pretty large. I'm in the class of 2015, and this year, more than 400 females went greek, and I'm telling you, its probably all the attractive ones. If you're even CONSIDERING going greek, you should rush. You can always drop after-the-fact. Greek life is a big part of campus social life, and it's definitely something you'll want for your disposal. I'm in a sorority, and i think my social life is much better than my GDI friends.
The food is amazing. There is a ton of around-campus dining, Thai places, Indian places, sandwich places, good delis... you name it. You might think that the variety and just overall awesomeness of the food will make you get super fat... you're wrong. If you're a girl and are at all conscientious about your weight, you will be surrounded by 80% of the female student body who has an eating disorder. I am begin truthful here in saying that girls get so stupid about their weight and it will probably make you to go sweet green (salad shop) more than the kabob truck.
The gym is absolutely amazing. I did sports all throughout high school, but didn't want to be a varsity athlete/probably wouldn't have made the cut anyways... so a good way to keep active is by signing up for Lerner's group fitness pass. It's 80$ a semester but it lets you go to any group fitness class you want. There's pilates, spinning, zumba, meditation, kickboxing, core classes, and aerobic classes.. you name it. The facilities are amazing, and the instructors kick ass.
One word of advice: LIVE IN THURSTON.
An even more important word of advice: DO NOT LIVE ON THE MT VERNON CAMPUS (it is a shuttle ride away and most people there are weird, or in the women's learning program, in which case most of them are cool but they're stuck there)
Thurston is actually the best thing in the world. It got #2 college party dorm by US News & World Report. I cannot begin to tell you how many people I've deeply connected with on a given Friday 2am. The hall proctors are the shit. They have no ability to report wrongdoing or drinking - they literally are not allowed. They make you cookies before you go out and every thursday people give out free pizza as to prevent a total influx of vomit that night.
Another word of advice: do not smoke in thurston... its always a bad move. go somewhere else.Overall, I'm glad I came to GW. The people are generally cool, and the student body is highly diverse. Sure, there's the rep that most people are billionaires, and sure, some people are... but obviously those are the ones that are going to stick out loud & proud. There are a bunch of cool people all over campus and I can't think of any kind of person that wouldn't enjoy spending 4 years here.
|Dec 14 2011|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2015 |