Reviews for Washington University in St Louis
The school really strives to meet and surpass all of its students expectations on all levels. If there is ever any kind of issue, the school will go beyond what is expected to assure that the issue is solved. In addition, every member of the Wash U community is excessively nice, supportive, and motivating to those around them.
Washington University is certainly not an easy school academically. The university strives to challenge students, yet ultimately gives them the best education available. There are hundreds of academic resources available to students to get additional assistance on work and assure success. Classes range from large 300 person lectures to intimate 5-15 person discussion classes. On all levels, the professors, TAs, and other involved faculty are accessible and approachable to students.
The campus is very diverse and has an extracurricular that will interest all students. The student body size allows for a lot of crossing over between social groups such as athletes, performers, and greeks. There is also a sense of community in the social life on campus, and all are invited to hundreds of social events weekly.
WashU has by far the best academics, facilities and environment of any college I have visited; I was mesmerized by the colossal architecture at first glance (as many a prospective student who has graced the regal stone passageways). A fair warning to prospective students, however: stay realistic as you are thinking about WashU, because you have to pay LOTS in tuition for the resources available to you here!
What first attracted me to WashU was that it had a wide array of programs for undergraduates. I'm interested in Biomedical Engineering, a fairly new field that few universities offer. WashU not only has that program, it has a well-established one at that. During my tour, I was able to sit in the classrooms. Most of the classes have fewer than 20 students, and for me, that's a huge plus. I want to make the most of my college education, so getting more attention from the professor will help me learn more and learn faster. As WashU boasts of providing a world class education, you should be expecting harder-than-average curricula--and more opportunities to stretch your mind and imagination in ways you've never thought of before ;).
WashU strikes me as having a vibrant and diverse student population hailing from all corners of the U.S. and the world; in my tour group alone all seven of us came from different states. For high school students who have become inured to the boring routine of their hometown, it should be an eye-opening and humbling experience--you listen more, understand more, and learn to open your mind more. The tour guide kept on emphasizing how the campus was always buzzing with activities and club events and I believe it. With diversity comes a wide variety of things to try and opportunities to take :) I know that East St. Louis is purported to be a very dangerous place, but security was scattered munificently across the campus so I didn't feel my life was in jeopardy at any time. Wash U does a nice job of balancing the secluded quiet of the campus and the excitement of the city, St. Louis (it's a couple of minutes from the city (sorry for the nebulous numbers and estimates--it's been a bit of time since the tour)) so as not to cross the fine line between safety and blandness.
Washington University in St. Louis is situated in the perfect area, just outside of downtown St. Louis. The campus is beautiful and quite big, with both traditional and modern buildings, creating a balanced environment that will fit any student. The student and teachers are all so smart and creative, with various research opportunities and activities to join.
The class sizes are about 17, and professors work very closely with students. Though some classes can reach to over one hundred students in a lecture hall, the students still feel very well taught and a part of the lesson. The programs that WashU offers varies a lot, so you're bound to find something that interests you.
There are hundreds of activities and clubs that students can join, one being the butter-churning club. The school really feels like a home and a small community where you can live and interact with people just like you.
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