As an alumni I can say that going to George Washington Univeristy was one of the best decisions I have made. I was able to meet a great group of people who I have stayed friends with since college. The school has a diverse population but also has a large contigency of student from the northeast area. For this reason, when I graduated and moved to New York, I was lucky to find a lot of my friends moving with me, and a lot of alumni in the area! The people that you will meet at GW are also one of a kind. They are people who have a lot of energy for life. They are hard working and like to have a good time. I really suggest that you go visit the campus because the energy of the student body is best viewed in person and you can capture the GW spirit.
GW was a good school and I enjoyed all four years there. I figured later (after graduation) however that the best thing about it was being in DC. The school was fine, the town was great. It is also an expensive school, and I don't recommend forking over money when there are cheaper ways to get an education. If I had it to do over, I wouldn't trade my experience there, but I would choose another option, though not necessarily a different school.
It's tough to navigate through the bureaucracy here at GW. I would recommend this college because it is in the heart of DC and being here affords a lot of opportunity via internships and work with the government. I'd still attend here if I was given the chance again, but it is a school for the wealthy. Financial aid is ok, not great.
I would definitely recommend this college, but for a specific type of student. Mostly, this has to do with the type of college experience that a student wants to have. GW is an excellent school - the professors are very knowledgeable and generous with their time and the location allows for many opportunities to intern and experience culture. However, GW is not a traditional school in the sense that there is not a strong sense of undergraduate cohesiveness. The Greek system is a small part of campus life and most students spend their time enjoying the attractions of the city, rather than the university.
Washington, D.C. is the grestest city in America to go to college. GW's campus is amazing, in the heart of the city. Having a Metro stop in the middle of campus is by far the most convenient thing. Faculty are great, though you have to work hard to prove yourself to them.
GW was the best decision I ever made.