The George Washington University Reviews

  • 57 Reviews
  • Washington D.C.
  • Annual Tuition: $55,230
89% of 57 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 57 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 1/10/2021
  • Degree: Electrical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"If I could give one recommendation to anyone considering this school, it is to stay away. I had a horrible experience. It is incredibly expensive and many students have considerable amounts of debt after graduating. I had my financial aid revoked temporarily causing a great deal of stress during my freshman year. While it was eventually reinstated later that semester, there was no communication as to why it was revoked in the first place. The majority of the professors offered little to no guidance and the students essentially teach themselves. Many professors are simply not good teachers. The teaching assistants also were poor. Career services did nothing to help me find a job. Mental health services at the school are very poor. During my time at this university I became depressed. For the money spent I could have easily have attended a state school and been far better off both financially and mentally."
Zaryab Malik
  • Reviewed: 1/10/2020
  • Degree:
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Very expensive university and the surrounding area is expensive as well. It is not a good value for a school because it is not highly ranked and you are basically paying for the location. My adviser was terrible and basically talked to me like a robot. Also the financial and mental health services offered at the school are terrible"
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2018
  • Degree: Law
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The law school is great. Plenty of teachers with expertise in their respective fields. The school has a lot of great resources, especially the career center, and it's great to go to school in DC if you are looking to get experience in government or in the private sector."
  • Reviewed: 12/25/2018
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The college offers plenty of opportunity for students to make the best of earning a credible education. I presume the public health topics discussed in the courses were also discussed in other public health programs at different universities. However, GWU also offered practicum experiences, research opportunities, and relationships with organizations within and around the community for internship opportunities. These opportunities contribute to student being able to not only gain experience in the field of their study, but to also work on building a network, which is important when exploring job opportunities. The only thing potential student should be aware of is this institution is far from being affordable. This is one of the most expensive institutions in the nation! Keep that in mind if you're taking out student loans! The scholarships the school offered were not highly advertised and not easy to get. Even for me as a veteran. My overall debt shot up significantly due to the loans I took out at this university."
  • Reviewed: 9/9/2018
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I chose the program thinking it was highly rated. I did fine in the program, but it is very poorly run. Little to no assistance from instructors. You must find your own clinical sites with no aid or guidance from the school. Program is extremely disorganized and staff cares very little about students. Staff can be degrading in addition to lacking knowledge and insight. Almost all of my classmates regret choosing this school for the FNP program."
Jenny Kimball
  • Reviewed: 5/7/2018
  • Degree: Paralegal
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I received a top notch education at GW. The professors were phenomenal and even though the courses were online, the classes are set up to where you feel like you are sitting in a classroom with everyone. This program was very difficult, but definitely worth the journey. I have learned how to look for and find answers to very difficult topics. The professors went out of their way to help the students learn. I definitely feel prepared for a great career in law."
Liam Tumas
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2004
"Right in the middle of Washington, DC, mere blocks away from the White House and State Department, GWU is the perfect place to study International Affairs. The location gives students access to incredible extracurricular activities and resources, such as foreign embassy events, but the school itself also goes out of its way to the bring the world to its campus. Interested students are even invited to get involved in events such as foreign policy colloquia. Faculty are experienced, informed and responsive, as are program advisers. Of course, when students need a break from studying, the campus is a also a great place to hang out and make friends. Dorms are comfortable and community oriented, and the campus offers varied and interesting events of all sorts all year round."
Tess Riabokin
  • Reviewed: 11/26/2017
  • Degree: Fine Arts
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"GW is not a traditional choice for art majors. I chose it for the location and access to some of the best free art museums. This combined with the study -abroad placement I was able to connect with through the school provided me with an incredible experiential education in art history and interior design. As with any school, the experience of the program and professors is subjective and personal. I found the program well established and designed with thoughtful and well rounded requirements that set me up with creative and artistic skills as well as professional practice. My professors were well established in various fields and most were available and eager to support me with finding work and internships during and after school."
Nikita Sabharwal
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2017
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"The George Washington University is an excellent choice for undergraduate admissions! With it's location in the heart of DC, the culture is unbeatable. Plus, all students attending for 4 years get to live in DC during a US Presidential Election and Inauguration, which is a priceless experience. Course and academics are incredible and you will have a leg up from other students who do not get the outlet of DC in their fingertips."
  • Reviewed: 3/13/2017
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Good classes, professors, and workload. Campus / city life is unique experience. School is exceptionally generous with scholarship. Study Abroad opportunities are abundant and lots of stipends / grants to be found. Regarding politics, there is always a visiting conference or speaker."
Alison Dieringer
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2017
  • Degree: Economics
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"GW's breadth of opportunities, while never handed to you, are there for the taking, helped make the GW experience unique and memorable. Between the many clubs, the internship opportunities and the relationships I built, it is undeniable that my experience at GW helped me successfully enter the career stage of my life. Take advantage of as much as you can, while also taking care to not spread yourself too thin."
C. Cheney
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
  • Graduation Year: 2003
"GWU was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I received a dynamic education, was able to connect with a relatively diverse student body and lived in a city at the center of global governance. If you are interested in a career in public policy, nongovernmental organizations or business, GWU is the place to be, offering a plethora of internship and job opportunities in all of these areas."
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"If I was required to pay full tuition I would be much more critical of this university. As I received a substantial scholarship, I am able to objectively look at the pros and cons of the school as a whole. The education was fine, but not outstanding. I did feel that the school tended to nickel and dime the students quite often with minimal support from the staff. A mediocre school with a higher-end name attached to it."
Donna E.
  • Reviewed: 3/1/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I felt that the Elliott School of International Affairs was an excellent institution for me to receive my education in International Affairs. I had the opportunity to learn from professors who were professionals or had been professionals in the subject they were teaching. For example, my International Economics, Finance professor was a consultant at the World Bank. This was invaluable to me as a student."
Morgan Routman
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2017
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Honestly, the George Washington University was the place that I needed to be for my degree in Political Communication. I will be continuing my education there to get my Master's in Media and Strategic Communication, because I know that the School of Media and Public Affairs is the right fit for my interests and learning style. However, if you are not interested in studying one of the degrees that GWU specializes in (i.e. Political Communication, Journalism and Mass Communication, Political Science, International Affairs, and a select few other science degrees), this school is not worth the money or the frustration that comes from dealing with its poorly run administration. I have loved my time at GWU; the friends I have made here and the experiences I have had will last me a life time. I would consider a less expensive, and more affordable option, however, if you are not set on a major and will possibly need loans or financial assistance, as it is hard to come by at this university."
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2017
  • Degree: Public Health
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I loved the undergraduate public health program. It's a small program, so you have smaller class sizes and get to know your professors. Being in DC is an added benefit because there's so much to explore around the city and many job and internship opportunities."
Anh Tuan Hoang
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2017
  • Degree: International Business
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"GWU provides me with the foundation needed to succeed in life and in professional setting. I am happy to be graduated from this school and would like to continue my higher education here. Please accept this application and considered me for the scholarship!"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: History
  • Graduation Year: 2003
"GW is a great school with many possibilities and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to go to school near D.C."
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2016
  • Degree: Communications
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2016
  • Degree: Political Science
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"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."