Get ready for “hands-on learning in an environment unlike any other” at George Washington University, where a location “four blocks away from the White House, down the street from the State Department, and near nearly all world headquarters” means “connections and opportunity” for undergraduates. Students call it “the perfect place to study international affairs” and praise the “amazing journalism program,” the excellent political communications major, the political science program (“What political science major would pass up the chance to go toe-to-toe with protestors every week at the rallies outside the White House and Congress?”), the sciences (benefiting from the region’s many research operations), and other departments too numerous to name. As one student puts it, “GW is a place where everyone can find their niche. Whether you are a politically active campaign volunteer, a hip-hop dancer, or a future Broadway actor, there is a place for you at GW.” The school places a premium on hiring “professors of practice,” teachers who “are either currently working in their field or just retired to teach.” The faculty includes “former ambassadors, governors on the Federal Reserve Board, and CNN correspondents.” These instructors emphasize “a balance between theory and practice that provides a foundation of knowledge and pragmatism from which students can feel prepared to enter any sector of work after school.” The resulting education “gets students prepared for post-college life through an emphasis on internships and career-focused classes,” putting “a lot of emphasis on acclimation to the real world.”
Campus organizations offer all sorts of events, and the school hosts a veritable who’s who of guest speakers on a regular basis. Students love the school’s Midnight Monument Tour, held “during the warmer parts of the year,” during which “students walk the five blocks to the National Mall at 2:00 a.m. and tour the monuments. It is an awesome experience.” Still, most students prefer to spend free time exploring D.C. on their own. The city provides “so much to do…it’s overwhelming: monuments, free museums, fairs, every major sports franchise, and lots of student specials on the above things.” D.C.’s upscale Georgetown neighborhood is nearby for “shopping, dining, seeing movies, etc.,” while culturally diverse Adams Morgan is great for shopping, ethnic dining, and live music.