George Washington University
George Washington University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||31|
|Avg years at University||1.7|
|Research Quality||B (6.9)|
|Research Availability||B (6.8)|
|Research Funding||B- (6.0)|
|Graduate Politics||B (6.9)|
|Not Errand Runners||B- (6.4)|
|Degree Completion||B (7.2)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B- (5.9)|
|Sufficient Pay||C (4.8)|
|Education Quality||B- (6.3)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B (7.0)|
|Useful Research||B- (6.5)|
|"Individual" treatment||B- (5.9)|
|Campus Beauty||B- (6.3)|
|Campus Maintenance||B- (6.3)|
|University Spending||B (6.5)|
|Scholastic Success||B- (6.3)|
|Surrounding City||A (9.6)|
|Social Life/ Environment||A- (8.7)|
Cons: the school clearly does not care about students:
?health insurance is $1400/semester but does not cover ER, specialists, or anything beyond the student health center.
?there are few to no academic services for graduate students.
?as a TA, you end up providing the missing academic services for undergraduates, like advising and tutoring.
?they pay well below minimum wage, to the point that you cannot afford to live a reasonable distance away.
?you are expected not to hold any other jobs, which compounds the low pay.
?you often are expected to work on campus well past 8pm
?the academic buildings are falling apart
?the school does not provide for research grants or stipends, so you have to fund your own research?there is a ?boy?s club? atmosphere in many departments that prevents discriminatory professors and staff from facing consequences
I met very few students in the program who knew any programming languages, let alone SQL (which, in my opinion, is quite necessary in an Information Systems program). Furthermore, the introductory database course, which I was able to bypass, taught Access (I hear) instead of something substantial like oracle or SQL Server. Even the "technical-sounding" courses are lacking in technical work.If you're looking for a great business degree with a technology management focus, this would be a great program for you. If you want to advance your technical skills with information systems practical ability, you're likely better off in the computer science program.
First, the bad news: GWU's administration is the worst I have ever seen. The Alumni Association is AWFUL!!! Everything at the university is outsourced - financial aid, the individual departments' web sites, everything. They have had the same web site online for the past year - no news updates, no engaging materials to keep you coming back- just awful. When you try to log into the Alumni Association's web site - there's nothing there half the time.
I like the Biz School but, it's in a state of transition right now and will be moving into a new building next year and boy do they need that. The desks are SO TINY and the class rooms so small, that it's impossible to be able to think clearly.
I have to re-iterate about the Administration. President Trachtenberg focuses only on growth, money, and revenue. Another example of how awful it is concerns the financial aid for grad students. The financial aid process for Graduate Students is outsourced to a third party in Atlanta and the people that work in the financial aid office ARE TERRIBLE!! LET ME SAY THIS AGAIN! I currently work in financial aid and the incorrect information that these people working in the Financial Aid Office tell you when you call up is ABSOLUTELY WRONG!!! Undergrads are treated a little better, but not much. When I email the Financial Aid Office, it's answered by someone that used to work there! He has no access to student records and has to forward these emails to financial aid office anyway if there is some detail that he can't answer. Also, the web site for financial aid is the absolute worst! You can't even download the forms you need to apply for aid, you have to CALL the financial aid office, leave a MESSAGE and have them MAIL it you. Then you fill it out and MAIL it back to this place in Atlanta for processing. If anything goes wrong, they don't even call you to tell you - they MAIL it to you to fix. Dear God! UGGHGHGHG
The campus is just a campus. Nothing special. The Student Store is about 200 degrees, so when you go in there, you'd better be prepared to sweat.
For the good news, the MBA Program provides a lot of flexibility - I can take 8 courses in any area I want-political science, public policy, marketing, finance. Salma and Al, who run the professional MBA program are amazing!!! They are so quick to respond to our questions and concerns but are often held back by Administration. See my theme? My fellow students are GREAT! As stated before, I would not trade them for anything. But, again, it's what you make of it when you get there. It's in the middle of DC so internships abound. Just check carefully GWU before you go...and the price tag for undergrads is NOT worth it!!!
I am proud that GWU is today making greater progress in academic excellence and reputation. Our alumini community is strong and global.Washington DC is a great place to be if you want an international perspective, and wish to understand American democratic governance system.
One of the main reasons I chose the ESIA was because it had a 'group project' for half of a semester instead of a thesis. To me, this was good because I know I would have had trouble coming up with a thesis topic and such! Instead, our professor for the broad topic that was assigned said "We're going to research education in Iraq" which was a great and timely topic. I say great because it was so broad that everyone in the class found a way to contribute to their group (there were 2 groups of 4 people) and the overall project.
Another reason I liked the ESIA was it only required one semester of economics - great for someone who hates the subject (like me)!
I did feel like there was a lot of 'hype' around the ESIA - about how smart the students are, how great the faculty was, etc. But to me, it felt like some of the faculty were chosen only because of their credentials, not because they were good at teaching. This was the main downfall of the school. Yeah, those professors liked the students, but they really couldn't teach. However, these professors were (at most) 15% of the faculty. The rest, although they had 'day jobs', really did like teaching and it was great to get some 'real world perspective' on some issues.
I had one AWESOME professor who made such a sterile topic as Forming National Security Policy fun. He was an ex-Army guy who had ended up on the Hill and made every lecture funny for even the most sleepy student. I looked forward to his classes each day just because I knew it was going to be as good as the best comedy on television.Although I may say "hey, I got a good 'name' for my resume by going here," overall, I did enjoy the learning. If, like me, you end up missing the straight academic world, the ESIA has more than enough room for taking whatever classes you want (IA - International Security Studies had, I believe, only 7 classes *for* the major and the rest were electives). I ended up spending half of my time here taking ESIA classes and the other half over at the political science department. I think this really strengthened myself as I got the 'how this works' and the international side at the ESIA, then got the 'how this should work' and the acadmic/US government side at the political science department.
Basketball is big…or at least it was when Mike Jarvis was the coach…after that, no one cares, unless you’re a member of the team.
GW is a safety school for privileged kids who went to elite boarding schools in the north east but who didn’t assert themselves and were rejected from Brown, Columbia, Penn, etc. GW has long been considered “socially acceptable” by the rich in Conn, NYC, etc…they apparently like the fact that their kids are so close to the White House, World Bank, Fed…
I can’t complain. I lived in Mitchell Hall and had a dorm to myself that was cleaned by housekeeping once a week.
A couple of years ago I think GW was named the #1 party school in the country by some publication…we all thought it was a joke. But if you want to party you’ll be able to here. These kids really know how to spend their parents money and the clubl scene in DC is definitely there although not like NYC
You can even sJust remember this: GWU IS A CORPORATION, NOT A SCHOOL THAT ONLY CARES ABOUT MONEY!!!! THEY EVEN CHARGE YOU $100 FOR GRADUATING!!! IF YOU WANT A QUALITY EDUCATION, GO ELSEWHERE!!!
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