George Washington University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
The George Washington University is a great place to be if you love a fast-paced lifestyle in the city. There isn't a great deal of community on campus but if you like to do your own thing then it works. I gained a lot of networking skills from there and I made amazing connections from my professors. I got outstanding internships, strong recommendation letters, and always had the best guidance. As far as financial aid GW could do a lot better. We spend about 60k going there and the financial aid just isn't enough. GW says they want diversity but don't do enough to get it. Personally, my program in the School of Media and Public Affairs was amazing and the professors there aren't just teachers they are mentors, friends, and supporters. This is a strong program and they are always willing to provide financial help for their students. Overall I really enjoyed my years at GW and I wouldn't have wanted to spend my undergrad anywhere else.
Like most undergraduate programs, GWU is what you make of it. The culture of the institution is such that you have to seek out opportunities to find them, however- they abound. Their strength is the focus on career developing connections that one can make by engaging with the city at large, university events, and professors. Many professors are adjunct and are therefore directly connected in the field with live connections and experiences. That said, there is great value in full time faculty who have the commitment to teaching and arguably, the time to invest in preparing students to take those opportunities. I was lucky to have a good number of classes with full time faculty who helped me grow as a professional and person. I graduated a while ago and know the school is actively investing in the school. If asked whether I would return my answer would most definitely be yes. I am not sure if this is selection bias- as the undergraduate experience is truly unique and something I recommend to everyone.
Graduate and undergraduate programs at GWU are both high quality, but graduate programs seem to draw a broader range of students and experiences. The International Affairs program is very good as a terminal Masters program, with a focus on professional development and the flexibility to work or intern full or part time while attending.
I had some really phenomenal professors at GW, especially in art history. However when I attended, my major required specific classes, such as senior seminars, but not many were offered. This meant that even if you were interested in a specific time period or subject matter, the advanced classes offered were limited. Yet even the classes I took out of necessity were well taught and interesting. I also enjoyed a wide range of classes outside of my major, from psychology, to literature, to cardio kick-boxing.
Great school if you are in a political or international concentration.
Professors were thought leaders in their field. Amazing academic resources. Suuuuuuuper expensive. Not a strong sense of community if that's what you're looking for. Extremely smart peers that challenge you. I fealt out of place as a scholarship student in a school full of rich kids at first, but the relationships that were made and the friends that I still have were priceless. There is nowhere quite like DC, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat.
It gave me the city life experience but as a result I missed out on the college campus experience, there was no football team and greek life was a little weird and spread out so there wasn't a big sense of community for me. The statistics department was FANTASTIC, small and intimate with incredible teachers but I found the other departments somewhat lacking.
Highly competent faculty: mostly adjuncts who have day jobs in the field they're teaching. Ideal location in Washington DC.
GWU is a very challenging school based upon your school. It is also a very expensive school, with very sophisticated night life. The social life at GWU is dominated by either greek life affiliation, political affiliation, or socioeconomic status.
The program offers great flexibility for working or interning students. It is a professional-oriented program, with many amenities to help with professional development in addition to academic development.