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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great school if you are in a political or international concentration.