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  • 07/12/2009

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 1 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any one intrested in natural health care

  • 01/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 2 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    it's in a very safe area

    Clubs and Activities

    lots of clubs including, yoga, dance, psychology, herbal ways, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they have an annual polar bear club where students run down the trail to the lake and jump in the first day of winter quarter.

    Bang for the buck

    the chemistry lab needs to be updated and remodeled, which is surprising for the price of the school and their focus on science. they do have a great herbal preparations lab, an herb garden, a vegetable garden, and small class sizes.

    What to do for fun

    it's in the middle of a beautiful state park right on the edge of lake washington. if you love to hike, and swim it's great.

    Food and Dining

    great options, a bit pricey, and no meal plan, but the food is great, they have vegetarian options and you can always buy a sandwich, fruit, yogurt, and other easy to grab and go items.

    Dorm Life

    you get your own room and your own bathroom, and share a kitchen with up to 11 other people. it's nice, but very loud. if you have problems sleeping it's not recommended. otherwise it's good. it is expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    it's a fairly intense school, even for the undergrad programs. be prepared for a lot of work.

    In three sentences

    this school has very unique programs, with excellent hands on experience, and knowledgeable professors who also work in the field. the also have a great research facility that students can become involved in.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    5-Elements Under Two Skies Alaska Association of Naturopathic Physicians American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine - Student Organization College Chapter (AAAOM-SOCC) American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) American Dietetic Association & Society for Nutritional Education American Herbalist Guild Hoop (la) Club Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Sports Medicine Athena's Circle Club Ayurvedic Club Bastyr Acupuncture Association Bastyr Bach Flower Remedies Club Bastyr Baha'i Club Bastyr Chorale Bastyr Christian Fellowship Bastyr for F.R.E.E. (Fundraising for Resources and an Education Endowment) Bastyr Integrative Oncology Society Bastyr Music Club Bastyr Naturopathic Philosophy Club Bastyr Supernaturals Soccer Club Bastyr University End of Life Club Haunted Trails Bastyr University Society of the Arts Bastyr Vocal Music Bastyr's Queer Health Club Chicken Coop Club Crossfit Bastyr Dance Club Diversity Dance Club Drainage Club Earth BEAT (Bastyr Environmental Action Team) French Club FROG - Family Resource Outreach Group Haunted Trails Herbal Ways Club Heroes Club Homeopathic Association of Naturopathic Physicians (HANP) Hoop (la) Club Intuition Club Kale Club Kansas Association of Naturopathic Doctors (KAND) Karate/Martial Arts Club Meditation Club Multicultural Student Association of Natural Medicine Natural Doctors International Nature Cure Club Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA) Naturopaths Without Borders OncANP (Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians) Parent Resource Center Pediatrics Club Polar Swimming Club Students in Guatemala Naturopaths Without Borders Psychology Club R.E.S.U.L.T.S. - A Research Journal Club Raw to Radiant Club Revival: Restore the Vis Rhythm & Dance & Improvisation Social Justice and Gender Equality (SAGE) Spirit in Medicine Club Sports Medicine Club Student Advocacy Committee Student Council Student Midwifery Association Student Nutrition Association The Soccer Club The Society for Functional Medicine Therapeutic Drainage Club Top Chef Club Students cooking Top Chef Club Ultimate Frisbee Club Veggie Club (vegetarian/vegan club) Venture Grant Vitalistic Film and Lecture Club Volleyball Club Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians (WANP) Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) Weston A. Price Foundation Club Wing Chun Martial Arts Club Women for Empowerment Through the Arts (WETA)

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to serve their fellow humans and make a real impact on humanity. Healers, scientists, plant nerds, farmers, herbalists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The organic local whole Foods cafeteria, the medicinal herb garden, the amazing forest and fabulous lake. Oh and the amethyst biomat. I could go on and on, but you get the jist, this is a really special school that cares about not only the quality of education its students receive, but also their quality of life.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey, but worth it if you want to study natural medicine, have opportunity for research, access to outstanding resources, and have the Bastyr name attached to everything you do.

    What to do for fun

    Seattle has a variety of fun activities, from nature to nightlife, there is something for everyone. The campus itself it set in the beautiful St. Edward's State Park right on Lake Washington.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing organic, mostly local whole food cafeteria that is affordable and oh so tasty!

    Academic Rigor

    Be ready to dedicate you life to your studies, these are all or nothing programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take as much of your science as possible before entering any of the bachelors or Masters program (biochem, anatomy, ochem, pathology, micro, etc) because it will lighten your load a ton and make for a much nicer experience.

    In three sentences

    I am a graduate of the Herbal Sciences Bachelor's of Science program, and just entered the Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Master's of Science program. My journey at Bastyr has been enlightening and I have learned more than I could have ever possibly imagined. Bastyr provides one with the necessary skills to become a natural health practitioner in the changing world of healthcare and medicine. The medicinal herb garden and surrounding forest provide a spectacular living classroom, and provide a natural ambiance that makes pulling into campus each day a delight. I am grateful that such an institution exists.

  • 04/19/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I believe it is important that you are confident in your skills and interest in Naturopathic Medicine, as well as understand some things about your inner self and the connection you have with utilizing/learning that material. It seems that the curriculum leaves a lot to the student to solidify the knowledge (that is not to say they don't teach a lot, but that you are allowed to fit yourself into the learning process very specifically).

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Bastyr Clinic is part of the building where classes are held! You can literally see patients coming into the building and meet with the clinic director, who is also a professor at the school!

    What to do for fun

    La Jolla is very close, as well as Torrey Pines. I have explored a few of the beaches near La Jolla Shores, good waves and happy people! It looks like there are hiking trails close also.

    Food and Dining

    I have gone to an open house where the food was catered by a local shop and intentionally organic/local as well as healthy and balanced. Also, was provided lunch after my interview that was just as conscious and tasty!

    Dorm Life

    No on campus dorms in San Diego, not sure if there is a plan for bringing that their either.

    Academic Rigor

    In my opinion it seems very high level with a lot of emphasis on you understanding your own learning style and making it work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go! Visit, and ask lots of questions. They are just as concerned to find the right students as you are for finding the right school. They want to make sure you have the right place for you as well as you being right for them. Read about the new advances they are making towards developing the school and curricula as well as what students are creating there outside of their class work, it is exciting!

    In three sentences

    Curriculum is system-based and designed to address many facets of learning. Campus in San Diego is new and full of possibilities with so many resources at the fingertips of students, while professors are working to make connections with the surrounding health community. Students are community oriented and learning seems to be very group focused.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 5 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sheeple

    Bang for the buck

    Horrible waste of time and money

    Academic Rigor

    none. Its all fake

    Tips for prospective students

    Run away!! Ask people about their careers. You will find they ALL are bitter and disappointed.

    In three sentences

    HORRIBLE!! There are NO jobs from this degree. A HORRIBLE wast eof time and money. Each professor teaches you to believe THEIR own religious beliefs and grade you on it. You pass or fail based on how well you believe their ignorant fantasies. I graduated. I taught. Some people listened.

  • 07/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 6 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Polar bear club. They run down to lake washington and jump in during winter season.

    What to do for fun

    Kayaking, hiking, clubs in capitol hill. There's tons to do.

    Food and Dining

    Food is good. They always have a vegetarian option and a meat-eaters option.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are quite fancy.

    Academic Rigor

    Not terribly difficult, but you can definitely find challenging classes if you're looking for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind there is no meal plan offered at the school. It's cheaper to live off campus than on campus. Take advantage of work-study opportunites.

    In three sentences

    Great atmosphere. Friendly, caring staff. Great resources.

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 7 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe, with security guards protecting the parking lots and more! Also being in a state park, you have the overall protection of park rangers.

    Clubs and Activities

    The clubs are there, and their are many. From Ultimate Frisbee, to Yoga, if we don't have it, then you can make it.

    Great for these types of students

    Those that have a passion for nature and people.

    What to do for fun

    Run and hike the abundance of trails that are located all around the campus, St. Edwards Park. Enjoy the herb and vegetable garden that envelops the lower field. Explore the exciting town of either Kenmore or Kirkland!

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria at Bastyr University, is well known all throughout Washington for it exquisitely prepared meals and desserts. All from local and organic sources, and they have options that support whatever types of food sensitivities you might have. Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian, or even straight up Carnivore!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful and expansive. If you ever wondered what a sustainable dorm would look like, now you have your chance! Not to mention the abundance of nature that surrounds the dorms and the campus for exploring purposes.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum can get intense with the heavy sciences, but the faculty does a good job of making every class fun and exciting! Also you might have a quarter with one very difficult class, but multiple easy and enjoyable classes. If you ever need help, classmates, professors, and tutors are at your disposal.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the admissions events, talk to current students, and most important of all walk the dozens of trails located around the campus! Staff and students are always looking for new and similar people to make friends with and help understand their own journey.

    In three sentences

    Bastyr University is a remarkable school, geared towards the health sciences. They promote a naturalistic view of just about anything you study there. The sense of community is possibly the best part, joining this school is like becoming a new member of a health oriented family.

  • 09/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 8 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    You can store your food in a community fridge. Also, there are restaurants close by.

    Academic Rigor

    The course work is rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study and listen to the professors.

    In three sentences

    I love this university so far. The faculty is amazing! The campus is beautiful!

  • 03/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 9 of 12

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You must study! Otherwise all of Seattle and the pacific northwest is at your doorstep

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take everything they will let you before you get there.... All the prerequistes plus!

    In three sentences

    Highly regarded overall and AOM program is fourth in the country. AOM Instructors are excellent. Must look at if you're interested in natural health or oriental medicine.

  • 05/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    NONE!

    Great for these types of students

    Those interested in whole foods, alternative medicine, acupuncture, chinese herbal medicine, naturopathy, nutrition, herbal sciences, midwifery, and massage

    Bang for the buck

    Bastyr is more expensive because it is a private university, but I feel like it is worth the price.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of trails in St. Edwards Park right next to campus, but if you are up for a short drive the city of Seattle has lots to offer!

    Food and Dining

    Since the model at Bastyr is natural health the kitchen follows through with balanced meals and wholesome snacks. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items are always available.

    Dorm Life

    Bastyr offers beautiful dorms with green roofs and solar panels. The common areas are stunning and offer a community kitchen as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Bastyr is very supportive of its students, and the faculty genuinely want you to succeed. The curriculum can be difficult at times depending on your degree program. There is a heavy focus placed on science-based classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speak with an advisor about eligibility and various degree programs.

    In three sentences

    Bastyr University is located in a beautiful setting in Saint Edwards Park in Kenmore, Washington. Bastyr is the leading school for sciences in alternative natural health. If you are interested in any natural health fields I recommend checking out the academic programs at baster.edu.

  • 09/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very safe surroundings.

    Greek Life

    none.

    Clubs and Activities

    Yoga clubs and nutrition gathering.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to study natural health.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year there is a Halloween maze supported by the school for local residents to bring their family's along.

    Bang for the buck

    The environment is very relaxing and wonderful to study.

    What to do for fun

    Take walks on the park. Read next to the water view.

    Food and Dining

    Very healthy.

    Dorm Life

    Clean and very quite.

    Academic Rigor

    Amazing programs for health science.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a notebook and pen for writing notes.

    In three sentences

    The University has great programs for natural medicine. It is located at an amazing location. Students and faculty are very supportive.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There is not on campus dining for the San Diego campus; however, there are a variety of options close by.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically, it is tough in the Naturopathic Medicine program, but it is not undoable. If you are going there for the passion of becoming a doctor, then the academics are just something that you will tend to want to do because you will want to be the best doctor for your patients.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get linked up with other students on the faacebook page. This is where a lot of really good information, such as, date reminders, housing options, and social get togethers get announced.

    In three sentences

    The atmosphere of the San Diego Campus of Bastyr is small, warm, and family like. The class size and small campus gives us a chance to get to know each other.