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My major wasn't available but Math is closest.Quite BrightMath
My major wasn't available but Math is closest. I arrived at GWU with a nearly full-ride scholarship from a very low income family (we're talking <$20K a year).

Overall, I very much enjoyed my experience at GW, especially my academic experience. My courses in math and science were high quality and rigorous but not impossibly so, and the honors program had other fun and interesting courses that were intellectually stimulating. I took courses in classics/latin and music for fun and the curriculum is sufficiently flexible to allow for this (although engineering majors have much less flexibility, FYI). I'm glad I had the opportunity to do this, as I am a grad student at another university now and only take (really hard!) courses in my discipline.

I had internships at NIH and a private science company, as well as positions on campus. I believe my internships and research experiences (two thesis projects my senior year) helped me get into a top top school for my PhD.

There are people from wealthy backgrounds, but I didn't feel the need to "keep up with them." I am who I am, I eat where I eat, and I wear what I wear! I've also found that wealthy students can be found everywhere, even at public institutions that are much cheaper. Do not let it keep you from attending! I made a lot of good friends, and they just happened to be people I met at work or through friends of friends and were not current students. I recommend GW for the academic community, research opportunities, internships, and flexibility of coursework. The location is amazing, and most of the classes are small. I got to know several faculty members well and they wrote me fantastic letters for grad school!

4th Year Female -- Class 2005
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: B
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I was really excited to come to GW.BrightUndecided
I was really excited to come to GW. It was my top choice school when I got in and I was so ready. However after spending quite some time here I can safely say coming here was a mistake. The student body is condescending and incredibly unfriendly, the faculty honestly doesn't care about you at all and neither does the administration. It's so ridiculously overpriced for what you get it is absolutely not worth coming here. Sure, GW is an academically challenging school and has a great academic reputation, but so do other schools in its level, like NYU, BC, Etc. This is only my opinion so GW may be the school for you, but personally coming here was a huge regret. I've never been unhappier than I am at GW. Also if you're placed on the Vern you're socially screwed.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2017
Surrounding City: A, Collaboration/Competitive: D
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Best choice I couldQuite BrightPublic Health
Best choice I could have possibly made! Sure, there are plenty of spoiled rich kids whose grades certainly did not get them into GW, but there are also plenty of "real" people who are genuinely interesting and fun. Plus, DC is the BEST for college students.
1st Year Female -- Class 2013
Social Life: A+, University Resource Use: C+
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