Okay I feel like I should chime in on this one after sitting back. My best friend from home and I were both deciding on schools and for him it came down to SMU and GW. I chose SMU, he chose GW, and we've both been very happy with our decisions. Both great schools, but the experiences are very different. SMU is a much more traditional college experience (grassy campus, big athletics, liberal arts tradition, etc) while GW is very fast-paced and modern (you feel more like you're in a city, surrounded by NGO and gov't opportunities, no "campus"). My friend Mark acknowledges, however, that Cox is the much better business school unless you know you want to go into government/NGO type work. GW also has stronger name recognition on the East Coast for the most part. That was fine and fit with our personalities and we've visited one another and are both happy with our choices.