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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
GW is a great school with many possibilities and I would recommend it to anyone wanting to go to school near D.C.
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.