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John6777John6777 Registered User Posts: 73 Junior Member
I've been accepted to both (Wash U art/sci and GWU Elliott) with financial aid from each where the cost is the same.

I absolutely love D.C., and although I may not enter into politics (I also have an interest in mechanical engineering), GWU has a descent engineering department and they're building a new facility. But then again, WashU doesn't have a school of international affairs.

I've also been accepted to the honors program at GWU which is supposed to provide an alternative to going to an "elite school" such as WashU.

I can't decide which to attend. It seems like the honors program's talking points are geared towards me--that is, motivated student who wants to live in the political epicenter of the country, and still be challenged.

I've heard a lot of criticism about the university though. Some students hate it, and think that there are some huge problems. I obviously don't want to deal with that, but after going to the welcome day, and watching the honors presentation, it seems like they're really focussed on giving you a good education.

I seem more excited to live in D.C. What a great city! Seeing the monumental architecture excites me, and I feel like I'd take advantage of the city. Although perhaps it being in my favorite city is its biggest--perhaps only--draw. I'm also a little afraid of the rigor of WashU. I've gone to a pretty difficult high school, although I feel that sometimes my intelligence is muted by my proximity to true intellectuals (i.e. I don't want to have anxiety). At GWU, I would be in the top 100 of the class. On the contrary, being next to smart people has pushed me to where I am today and without their presence it's possible that I wouldn't have achieved as much as I have.

And what about reputation? Will a GWU degree come close to WUSTL?

Thanks for reading, and if you have a casual comment to drop, I'd appreciate it.

Replies to: WUSTL V GWU

  • BearCubBearCub Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    If cost is not a problem, I suggest you choose WashU. GWU is no where near WashU in terms of reputation. You can check all the rankings including the world rankings and none puts GWU up there. WashU by no means a very prestigious university, but compared to GWU, I think it's pretty clear that WashU is more prestigious. HOWEVER, I would pick GWU if I am majoring in anything related to government or international affair.
  • TubacaflacaTubacaflaca Registered User Posts: 81 Junior Member
    WashU no brainer. Also, I disagree WashU's polisci department is ranked 13th in the nation, and WashU also has a campus in DC where many students who are interested in government study abroad. WashU's International and Area studies program is also very highly regard. So even though GWU is located in DC, it's campus or programs do not compare to those at WashU. GWU was also blacklisted from all major rankings systems and took a reputation hit with it's SAT scandal last year.
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