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  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    65 out of 66 people found this review useful. 1 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Washington University is great for students who are serious about their education, but are also laid-back and want to enjoy their college experience. Grades and classes are definitely top priority, but most students are very involved with activities outside of classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades. Write a strong essay. Don't give up hope if you aren't accepted right away--I made it in off of the wait-list, so keep in touch with Washington University until you find out the final decision.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition at Washington University in St. Louis is a little bit ridiculous. Sure, there are plenty of fun activities on campus that that money goes toward, but applicants should definitely look into the university's scholarships when applying. You can only apply for university scholarships as a prospective freshman, which I wasn't aware of until I tried to apply later during my first year.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! Although students are extremely serious about grades and spend hours studying in the library, Washington University's students are also very social. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in volunteer work and extracurricular activities. Most students do find a group to participate in, which is a great way to meet other students and make friends. In general, students are pretty friendly and intelligent. St. Louis is also a surprisingly fun city to be in, with plenty of interesting places, like the City Museum, to investigate.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I have taken have been interesting and challenging. It's a good idea to do some research on the professor, but generally you can expect a good experience. Class size really varies. I've had classes with 12 students, but also classes with 100+. Typically this doesn't affect the quality of the course, or at least it hasn't in my experience.

  • 07/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    43 out of 43 people found this review useful. 2 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Wash U is great for the student that wants a good education and is willing to work hard for it. Someone that wants a well rounded education would be great here. If you have other passions than just pure academics, Wash U is a great environment to pursue those alongside a rewarding degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. You will more likely be accepted if the school sees that you are passionate and active. Also, the more you work on managing your time now, the easier it will be once you get to Wash U. Good grades are also very important.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a private school, the expenses are higher than most schools. However, I do think the university does a decent job at handing out scholarships, loans and grants based both on merit and need. And the education you receive is top notch with a lot of great resources and activities around, which somewhat accounts for the higher price you pay.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is great to be around other motivated students that work hard and also love helping their peers. There are countless groups, clubs and other various activities going on campus all the time. There is something here for everyone. The campus is beautiful and has many conveniences. Campus is also very safe; even late at night, there is no need to worry. It is in a nice part of town too, with a lot to do nearby. I really don't have one complaint about the environment at Wash U.

    Am learning a lot

    Wash U is a challenging school, with numerous possibilities. Since it's not a large school, class size is generally smaller, which creates a great learning environment. The handful of large lecture style classes are still very effective, often with a lab or small section to aid your learning. All the professors are knowledgeable, resourceful, and helpful. If you're looking for a great education, you will no doubt find it here.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    30 out of 30 people found this review useful. 3 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Only hardworking, focused and motivated students should apply. This is not any easy school and education should not be taken lightly. The pre-med and engineering have a reputation of being the most difficult tracks to follow. However, as a student in the college of Arts and Sciences and the Business School, I can assure you that there aren't many joke classes. Students interested in changing the world or entrepreneurship will also find support here. We have an entrepreneurship center that helps small businesses start and puts students in touch with professionals in the St. Louis community. We also have many advocacy, charity and community service organizations that help people in our local community as well as around the world. This is a great school for students seeking to expand their knowledge and become more open minded. With student-run political groups, a plethora of cultural associations and students from all over the world, you'll always have opportunities to learn something new as well as share your culture with others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be original in your application. Many of the students here have quirks that make them unique. Some students backpacked through India and other parts of Asia. Others are interested in coal-reform and green energy. I have a friend who's really into swing dancing. Though you need a high, competitive high school GPA as well as good test scores, your essay and choice of extracurriculars are two avenues through which you can express both your personality and individuality. Cookie-cutter students need not apply. If you're looking for a group of accomplished, competitive students without the stress that you'll see at East Coast Schools, this is your next best alternative. Since we're in the Midwest, time seems to slow down and people tend to be more relaxed.

    Bang for the buck

    Sometimes I wonder where my tuition money is going. Then I noticed that the housekeeping lady cleaned my bathroom already this week. We have cleaning services two times a week which is extremely beneficial given the rigor of our classes and the fact that they do a great job. There are also subsidized events and enough money to fund numerous student activities as well as our own campus radio. However, I could do without the housecleaning and faulty internet connection if that meant paying less than $10,000 a year for housing. I think the amount of tuition that we pay is fine since the caliber of professors teaching is very high. Also, though we have highly ranked dining services, $4,000 for 9 months worth of food is too much. In fact, if meal points were real money, I would not buy anything. I feel that we could get the same services for a slightly lower bill.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from Atlanta to St. Louis was a bit of a transition. Though already used to the humid summers, I wasn't sure of what to expect with having a roommate, sharing a bathroom or eating three meals a day on campus. Luckily, Bon Apetit, our source of dining services is also ranked as one of the best in the nation. I know many of the chefs by name and have many favorites. Unfortunately, no matter how good the food is, people need a change. There is a Subway on campus and a near-by Domino's. The Loop, a street filled with fun shops and restaurants, is in walking distance from the school and has a Ben & Jerry's which delivers. The housing application is somewhat chaotic during your freshman year. We have a lottery system and there are three rounds. Each applicant is assigned a random number and the average of his number and those of his chosen future roommates will be averaged. All dorms have Residential College Directors and most undergraduate dorms have Residential Advisors. Both leaders foster a sense of school spirit among residents and often get subsidized tickets for events in St. Louis such as The Nutcracker at the Fox or a St. Louis Rams game at the Edward Jones Dome. Wash U athletics are Division 3 meaning that you shouldn't expect a packed game. However, our athletes do extremely well in and we have more than enough trophies, framed jerseys and memorabilia to prove it. Over all St. Louis is an ok city. Though there are many places I would not go to at night, there are lots of restaurants and shops that I do go to. I did not give this five stars because I miss the big city feel, would prefer a less complicated housing system and would have enjoyed Division 1 Athletics.

    Am learning a lot

    Given that this is a top private university in the States, only the best professors and educators are hired to lecture at the school. Outside of the classroom, many research based major programs allow you to attend seminars, symposiums and events to learn about research in that discipline. Inside the classroom students are able to learn from a range of very qualified professors, all highly enthusiastic about the subject that they teach. I love knowing that my economics professor uses the concepts we learn in class to explain her reasoning to her kids. My anthropology professor often showed pictures from his research in Mexico to aid with our discussions on culture and the environment. Furthermore, I enjoy knowing that my accounting professor was a former CFO and that my statistics professor likes card games and roulette. Their enthusiasm combined with a plethora of research centers in many disciplines allows me to learn as much as I choose and constantly ask questions.

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 out of 26 people found this review useful. 4 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Washington University is great for students who are seriously committed to academics and willing to work hard to succeed. The atmosphere is generally laidback and there are many opportunities for fun, but “good grades” will not be handed out free. A strong work ethic and a desire to learn are essential. Additionally, the university consists of a very diverse community, so potential students should be willing to have an open mind about things they may have never been exposed to before.

    Tips for prospective students

    The admissions process is competitive but by no means impossible. Obviously, things like a strong academic record, high standardized test scores, and an exceptional application essay are important; unfortunately, as with many selective universities, they do not necessarily guarantee acceptance. One way to stand out in a talented group of applicants is to demonstrate an ability to succeed in a college setting. With opportunities like the High School Summer Scholars Program, Washington University offers potential students the chance not only to show that they can handle Washington University coursework but also to earn college credit. While getting involved in the college scene during high school may not assure acceptance, I think it certainly gives students a competitive advantage. Another important point is that Washington University has something of a reputation for placing many applicants on a waitlist. From what I know about it, the number of students—if any—who are accepted off the waitlist varies from year to year, so there is no way to really tell what your chances are. If you are offered the chance to be placed on the waitlist and are still interested in attending Washington University, accept the waitlist position, but make sure you have a backup plan.

    Bang for the buck

    Washington University has a reputation for being quite expensive, and it is. The good news, however, is that Student Financial Services is exceptionally helpful, so do not let fiscal concerns keep you from applying. Washington University works very hard to ensure that those who are accepted can attend if they so choose—regardless of their family’s financial situation. If your family is very wealthy, chances are they will have to pay a total of over $200,000, but you will receive a high-quality education from a well-respected university. On the other hand, if you come from a lower or middle-class family, you can receive that same education for a price that is more suited to your family’s circumstances. Granted, you may need to work a part-time job as part of the Federal Work-Study Program, or you may need to look for a few outside scholarships, but overall, Washington University does a good job of making a great education a reality for just about anyone who is accepted.

    Am enjoying being here

    While the classes are certainly challenging, I love being at Washington University. The community is very close-knit; despite being located in the city of St. Louis, the main campus is a beautiful, park-like oasis, set off from the surrounding metropolis in what is commonly referred to as the “WashU Bubble.” Freshmen and some upperclassmen live together on a forty-acre plot of land known as the “South 40,” which is adjacent to the main campus and consists of residential buildings as well as a variety of places to eat, study, relax, and socialize. All facilities that I have seen, both on the South 40 and on the main campus, are very nice and are well maintained. Moreover, the people are generally accepting and friendly, and even though the academics are competitive, students usually try to help each other succeed rather than to cut each other down.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here can be quite demanding; however, in the end, the hard work is worth it. While for the majority of students, long hours of studying are probably necessary to succeed, Washington University assists with the learning process by offering a plethora of academic resources, such as free tutoring and academic mentoring for (almost) any class. In addition, many of the professors have a lot of knowledge to impart, as they are true experts in their field. Of course, some are better than others, but for the most part, the instructors are very knowledgeable about their subjects, and many of them show great enthusiasm for what they do, which I find makes it much easier and more exciting to learn. There is a large array of courses to take, and students, especially freshmen, are encouraged to explore their interests. In fact, at least for Arts and Sciences students, there is only one general education requirement—Writing I—so they have great freedom to discover what their passion is and can continue to learn more about that passion.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 12 people found this review useful. 5 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Washington University is great for students who want to go to a medium sized school in a larger city. Grocery stores and shopping malls are an easy access for students. This University provides a challenge for those who are willing to learn, but also if full of fun traditions and bonding experiences!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come take a tour. Maybe do the OWL program to see if you like staying in the dorms. Try the food, too!! Washington University has a huge variety of food choices. Also, be prepared for different types of weather from rain, to heat, to humidity, to snow. Washington University is excited to welcome any prospective students on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Washington University is one of the most expensive private schools, but it is completely worth it. They off varieties of tutoring and help for free for all students. The facilities are well kept. Student Union often subsidized extra curricular activities throughout the year for students. The professors have a desire for the students to learn and succeed. Washington University is all about the students succeeding if they are willing to search out the help, which is readily available. Many scholarships and financial aid is given to students who apply.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is very enjoyable, and the people are super nice. The residential dorm area for freshman and sophomores has just been renovated. It now has a new gym facility, several dining areas, a grocery store, and the dorms. A dorm can be traditional or modern along with being substance free or not. The substance free floors are nice because the evening time is usually more quiet. Walking to and from school is safe and short. The overarching style of buildings if Harry Potterish and older gothic cathedral. The architecture is stunning. Many places exist for students to study. The library is open into the morning.

    Am learning a lot

    Washington University offers a variety of classes for their students. The classes are challenging, but not overwhelming. Usually students take anywhere from 12-19 credits. The professors teach by examples, explanations, and assigned reading. Classes will also have guest speakers and demonstrations. Learning is definitely a large part of coming to this university.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 6 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Academically inclined; successful student active member of their community (communities) collaborative not competitive someone who might benefit from a research and a liberal arts institution those interested in architecture students who have NO idea what they want to study or do in life (that's me!) students who are passionate about learning SOMETHING or ANYTHING

    Tips for prospective students

    Demonstrate academic and extracurricular passions and achievement. In the end, your acceptance or rejection happened for a reason. If you are accepted, you will most definitely fit in here. Come! If you aren't, as hard as it may be to acknowledge, you will probably be happier somewhere else. I honestly believe that students get accepted to the places where they are meant to be; don't sweat the rejections because you would not have enjoyed yourselves in all aspects at whatever school(s) that may be.

    Bang for the buck

    I think Wash U is worth every penny. However, it is a private school and is very expensive. If the price was a little less, it would DEFINITELY receive 5 stars.

    Am enjoying being here

    The school's aesthetics are a mix between Disneyland, Hogwarts, and a country club. What could be bad!? There are countless clubs, a capella groups, and sports to choose from, all of which require whatever commitment you want to give to it. Most importantly, the people at Wash U are the nicest I have ever met. Not a single person is competitive, mean, or selfish; everyone wants to help you and become your friend.

    Am learning a lot

    The most important part of the academic environment here is how collaborative the students are. The campus at all times is littered with students engaged in group study sessions and meetings with professors or teaching assistants. Wash U provides all kinds of resources for academic help, such as Peer Led Team Learning, where an upperclassman helps other students in math and science courses understand problem sets. Residential Peer Mentors for all the main subjects are easily accessible, sometimes even at midnight for one on one meetings in all residential colleges. Whenever I am even slightly struggling on campus, I am rarely stressed because I know how much is available to help me succeed. Overall, the classes are unlimited and overall, very engaging. Not only am I learning material, but I am learning how to be the best student I can be at Wash U.

  • 11/23/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 10 people found this review useful. 7 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    WashU is great for students who like to work hard and play hard. GREAT place to study. For students who aren't so into prestige but more into actually learning things, and having an awesome undergraduate experience

    Tips for prospective students

    Join just a few teams and clubs and get very involved in them. It's not like high school where we do a bunch of things so it looks nice on our college app *winkwink. At WashU, students do things because they're passionate about them. Also, we have such great food here!! deserts, Chinese food, Greek food, etcetc.... ETC... and they taste wonderful. BUT if you get tired of the food here.. you can always go to the loop. There are restaurants there such as Panera, Cheese-ology. etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is a bit too high I think. The thing that bothers me is that even though we're paying this much, there are so many people out there who have never heard of this school. But it is worth it. You'll learn ALOT and you'll enjoy your time here. I know people who turned down Ivy Leagues such as Cornell to come here, because WashU has such a beautiful campus and the people here are amazing. WashU students compete among themselves since grades are not curved and so people will help one another. I'm pretty sure we learn just as much here as in some Ivy Leagues. It's very hard to find such a good school, with such a good atmosphere at the same time.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are a lot of clubs, teams, frats and sororities that you can join. People are really nice to each other here and what I like most is that people here aren't fake. People living in the same dorm get really close to each other and will help each other out. For me, I'm trying to save money so I never bought a scientific calculator. So, I borrowed one of my floormate's for my calculus exam. When it was almost time for my second calculus exam, she knocked on my door and handed it to me without me even asking. And.. we didn't know each other that well. So the bottom line is, you'll not feel pressured or depressed here, because there are always people that'll help you out. One thing I don't really like is that when Asians go to a white party, they tend to be not welcomed. But maybe it was just that few white students that are like that.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm currently a freshman in the Olin business school and from what I've encountered, the professors here are great! Their lectures are pretty entertaining and informative at the same time. If you don't get something in class, always go to their office hours. They are very approachable WILL help you out. All I have to say is, I learned more in these few months than I did in my 5 years of high school.

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel extremely safe on WashU's campus. I come from a city so street smarts is common knowledge to me. I've never heard of anyone having an issue with safety on campus. However, we do have an active police service so if you ever feel uncomfortable you can call the officers and they will happily drive you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    WashU night life is based on Greek Life, not to say that you need to be a member of a sorority or a fraterity to be invited to these events. All registered parties are required to be open to all WashU students at no charge.

    Clubs and Activities

    Habitat for Humanity Engineers Without Borders Society of Women Engineers Varsity, Club and Intramural Sports There are many more clubs and activities, the ones I listed are just the clubs that I am a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say WashU is great for a student who hopes to further their education while also enjoying their college years.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During each semester there is a concert called WILD, Fall WILD and Spring WILD. WILD is free for all WashU students and you're allowed to bring one outside guest. This past spring, Fitz&The Tantrums performed along with several WashU bands and singers. It was a great time! All years attend so it's a great bonding experience for all years.

    Bang for the buck

    I've found that Washington University in St. Louis is also very considerate when it comes to financial aid. I believe that because WashU takes an applicant's demonstration of interest into account they are eager to help you pay for your education. I know that WashU is kinder with financial than other top colleges!

    What to do for fun

    Explore the city of St. Louis! The metrolink has a stop right on campus and the train will take you into the city. You can go up in the Arch, play golf in Forrest Park, visit SLAM (St. Louis Art Museum) or see the St. Louis Zoo (which has a free entrance fee).

    Food and Dining

    We are ranked #2 in Best College Food, second to Culinary Institue of Technology. Since my dad is a great cook I had very high standards concerning food when entering college. When I tried WashU's food I was amazed at the endless options and high-quality meals. We even have a dessert hall (Ursa's) that serves smoothies, milkshakes, brownie sundaes and crepes!

    Dorm Life

    During my freshman year I lived in a Modern Double. In the double we shared a bathroom with our two suitemates (four people to one toilet, one shower and two sinks). Additionally, our bathroom was cleaned twice a week by a cleaning service. The rooms at WashU were much larger than other college dorms I had seen on visits. Also, all WashU students have Tempur-Pedic mattress that are supplied by WashU. To say the least, you will be spoiled in a WashU dorm!

    Academic Rigor

    I found WashU to be a challenging school. While all the programs are fair and reasonable, I've never had to work so hard in academics. Not to worry, WashU also has endless help resources for anyone who is struggling or just wants to ask a question!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go visit! I fell in love with Washington University in St. Louis as soon as I saw the campus. It's also where I found out that WashU stresses your interest when it comes to decision time. I spent one summer in WashU's two week Architecture Discovery Program and I know that it helped me get my acceptance letter.

    In three sentences

    Washington University in St. Louis is filled with intelligent students looking to challenge themselves. The campus is gorgeous and the food is phenomenal. There are also endless clubs, teams and organizations encouraging student involvement!

  • 01/02/2011

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

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Intelligent. Creative. Ambitious. Progressive. Fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself, not who you think admissions officers want you to be. Really highlight your interests and your passions.

    Bang for the buck

    There are tons of available scholarships and grants (both need and merit based) that can help with tuition, which is not any higher than other schools of the same calibre.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is amazing. The people are amazing. And the food is really really amazing.

    Will learn a lot

    I've visited Wash U and it looks like a great school. I hear that all the classes are amazing and being taught by some of the best professors in the country. One student told me about how the author of the book she was reading for her English class was actually flown in and housed by the university so that she could teach the class for a week.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even though Wash U is located very near to St. Louis, it remains one of the safest campuses. There is a network of campus police constantly patrolling the campus in their vehicles at night to keep an eye out for mischief. There are also emergency lights scattered everywhere on campus, which have a button you can press if you ever feel in danger, and a cop will be there within a minute. Although I've never heard of any student ever needing to use those.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was a part of the women's basketball program there last year, and it was an experience I will never forget. Even though the football culture there is not big, the basketball culture certainly is: the women's and men's teams are both very successful, with the women's team winning four or five national championships in a row in the past decade. A wide variety of religious clubs and other organizations appeal to all students.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who were raised in a rather sheltered community would do well to attend here because it would greatly expand their ideas about the world. People from all backgrounds go to Wash U, and it is so beneficial to learn other people's stories in order to enhance yours for the future. Also, it is a great place for students with a wide variety of interests, because all of Wash U's fields of study are so critically acclaimed that, whichever major you choose in the end, you will find success in it.

    Bang for the buck

    While Wash U is an extremely expensive school, they are very generous with their financial aid: almost everyone I know received some sort of financial help, whether it was a partial scholarship, a two-thirds scholarship (what I received), or full tuition scholarship. More importantly, the things you get to experience at Wash U are worth the money: I learned so much about different cultures and interests by going to this institution, since I was surrounded by people who weren't all like me. Moreover, all of the things I listed above, like the dorm life and the quality of food, further support my belief that Wash U has great bang for its buck.

    What to do for fun

    I mentioned the Loop above: students often go there on Friday or Saturday nights to enjoy a night out at a restaurant with their friends, or for a treat at Fro Yo. In addition, students often attend Cardinals games in the fall and spring at Busch Stadium. Next to campus is also Forest Park, which holds the St. Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis Zoo. I've heard the Botanical Gardens are a must-see, as well as, of course, the St. Louis Arch. Lastly, a ten to fifteen minute ride on the MetroLink train will get you to the Galleria, a huge mall with all of the stores you could possibly want, as well as chain restaurants, like Maggiano's, PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys, and Panera (and there's a food court inside).

    Food and Dining

    Wash U was recently ranked the nation's top university for food lovers by the Daily Meal. It has a wide variety of places to choose from on-campus to eat, and each of those places offers a vast assortment of types of food to choose from: Italian, American, Mexican, Greek, Asian, Indian, as well as Kosher food, sandwich and wrap stations, several coffee and pastry bakeries, and a miniature grocery store. Off campus, there are a few wonderful cafes nearby, and a 15-minute walk will get you to The Loop, which has a variety of chain restaurants (Chipotle, Noodles, Panera, Ben and Jerrys, etc.) and local ones, including a delicious Fro Yo place.

    Dorm Life

    You only have to visit Wash U to know why I chose to give the dorms 5 stars. Apparently, our dorms are ranked second in the country. Of course, there are some older dorms, but most of the freshman dorms are very comfortable, especially the modern style. As a big fan of modern style, I highly recommend choosing it, because a housekeeper cleans your bathroom twice a week, you get tempur-pedic mattresses, the closet is huge (for all of you clothing-lovers) and the room itself was bigger than my bedroom at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Just like any other college, of course, you can enroll in all easy classes and achieve a 4.0 without doing much work. But the kind of students that attend Wash U are not the kind that look for the easy way out. Students always load up their class schedule in order to explore all different kinds of subjects; for example, an art student took an architecture studio--one of the most demanding courses at Wash U--as an elective because she was interested in it and thought it would be fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you don't spend your entire freshman year in the library. The people I've met at Wash U are some of the nicest, most welcoming people I've ever encountered, and it would be a shame for you not to escape the confines of your favorite study space and experience college the way it's meant to be experienced. Finally, don't be afraid to explore all of your interests: Wash U offers so many opportunities for you to do this, and after all, college is really the only time for you to try everything to figure out what you really love.

    In three sentences

    Wash U, as it is called, offers students unique opportunities that, I believe, no other college can. It truly has an international, or a global, community: you get to interact with some of the best minds from across the nation, as well as outside of the U.S. (some international students on my freshman year floor were from Paraguay, China, and Japan). Lastly, Wash U is known to its students as the U.S.'s best-kept secret, for Wash U is certainly on or near the level of Ivy League Colleges and well-known universities--such as Duke, Vanderbilt, and Notre Dame--but is far less well-known, making it a hot-spot for the diverse and creative minds who are more interested in the process of learning itself than on the perks and superficial bonuses that may come with attending a more well-known university.

  • 03/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 11 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social, outgoing students. Active in community service. Asian (lots of Asian people and societies here haha :P) Jewish (statistics are that almost 1/3 of the pop is Jewish!) Smart, responsible, and non-procrastinators. (big thing here, miss a deadline or procrastinate in studies, and you're screwed majorly!).

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you are prepared for classes, this just isn't high school anymore, if you're pre-med, then you should know that the curriculum is extensive here but also worth it. There is a reason why everyone here scores high on their MCATs! Be social: the students here are very active and outgoing, so make sure you are too, and you should be fine! :) Always participate in community events, you don't know what amazing person you may meet! Take FSAP! -(Freshman Summer Academic Program) is a great program to be in. I still see everyone from it in school and I knew the campus and was much more of a confident student at the start of school. DO IT. When applying, make sure to show interest. If you really want to go to Wash U, show it. (Is it your #1 choice?!). Almost everyone here that applies has stellar apps, and is well rounded, but if you aren't an active participator in your application process, you can easily get waitlisted (a lot of great, smart people do because they didn't show their dedication!).

    Bang for the buck

    I have not yet had any regret to have attended Wash U and absolutely love it.

    Am enjoying being here

    Wash U is filled with amazing opportunities and activities for you to participate in. All the students are very social and connect very well to others. There are many (and I mean many) enjoyable student groups and organizations to join, and it's as easy as 1, 2, 3 to create a new one.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes here are amazing! Most of the professors are great, just make sure to check up on the professors beforehand to see what former students have stated, or you might have problems. Some professors are more about research so they might not be great at teachings (that's why researching professors is a good idea), but nonetheless all of them have an active role in helping you achieve your goals! I have learned more in few weeks of my semester long bio class than I had in a year of biology in high school, just an example of the curriculum here.

  • 04/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    WashU is the perfect fit if you are studious, and looking to try lots of things. WashU has a great variety in clubs and classes. However, don't come here if you have no idea what you want to major in. Classes are tough here, and if you're not at all interested in the subject it can be tough to stay motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking to apply, visit. There is nothing better to give you a sense of student life. Try to stay overnight if you can so you can talk to undergrads (not just admissions people). If you've accepted, congratulations! Make lots of friends during orientation, and make friends with your RA because they know everything!

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, WashU has a hefty ticket price, and at times you'll ask yourself, Where is all my money going?. Nevertheless, WashU does offer many opportunities that other schools can't provide. There are places in the budget where WashU doesn't use their money effectively, and other places where they do.

    Am enjoying being here

    WashU is a great school, but at times classes can be pretty stressful. There are lots of different places to find activities to help you destress though, so as long as you schedule yourself some downtime every day you'll have a blast at WashU.

    Am learning a lot

    If you go to WashU, be prepared to work hard and learn a ton. It's a great school, and it strives to keep itself selective by offering challenging courses. Everyone here cares about their grades, so there are many study groups and tutoring services available. Even though class can be tough, there is never a cut-throat environment here.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 13 of 54

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    Great for these types of students

    I can't speak for other majors, but at least for science majors you have to be really motivated to stay on top of your work. With everything going on around you, it's easy to fall behind in your course work, which leads to last minute all-nighters. And nobody likes those. However, if you don't know what you want to do for a major or a career, you shouldn't worry too much about it. There are plenty of opportunities to figure out what you want to do at this school, so there's no rush to jump into one track.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the price tag scare you away. It looks intimidating, but between the financial aid office and your parents I'm sure you can figure something out. This truly is a wonderful school that will challenge you in ways you never thought possible, but it's an incredibly rewarding experience

    Bang for the buck

    The school is expensive, there's no getting around that. However, they tend to be pretty generous with scholarships and financial aid, so the price tag shouldn't be a major in your decision to go here. The education, both in and out of the classroom, is well well worth the money.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm not going to lie, at times, especially during finals and midterms, life can get pretty stressful. That being said, the stress is completely worth it. There are so many opportunities and fun things to do it really is hard to fit everything in. There honestly is no excuse to be bored at this school. Between the Loop, which is absolutely fantastic, and all the events on campus, you're sure to have a good time.

    Am learning a lot

    The amount of information you learn here is really incredible. I guess it may depend on what you major in, but as a biology major I've learned far more than I expected. One great things about this school is that it's a research institution, so if you want hands on experience working in a lab, all you have to do is ask around. Both in and out of class I have learned far more than I expected

  • 06/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who love to be constantly busy and overprogram themselves!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for all the scholarships regardless of whether or not you think you'll get them!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a top quality institution that I can't deny has amazing professors and is innovative in its fields of study.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the people because they are so nice and friendly! There is not a lot of competition between students like at other universities. It's kind of like one big team against the professors.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes I've been taking are completely expanding my mind on history and politics that I had never before known. The amount of resources available to students for research and studying is insane!

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 15 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is great for the hard worker who knows when to party, but is still willing to put their academics before petty entertainment. If beautiful architecture and beautifully minded people are your thing, this is the place for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    WashU is known to be difficult to get into, and unpredictable in terms of what admissions officers are looking for. Just show your true self in your essays. Be genuine, and know that if you belong here, you will end up here. Make sure you know how you stand academically, and if you can handle the curriculum here. Many people arrive at WashU and find that the premedical track is too difficult for them - don't make this mistake!

    Bang for the buck

    Being one of the most expensive universities in the country has its perks. The academics definitely reflect the price of tuition. However, the food service is ridiculous in terms of how expensive it is, and there is little reasonable way around the cost.

    Am enjoying being here

    The living is phenomenal; dormitories are clean and modern, the food is exceptional, and there are many places nearby for students to order from and for them to walk to that they can enjoy. As a first-semester student, sometimes it is difficult to find a niche at first, but the friends you meet during your time here are phenomenal.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning more here than I ever have, and not only is the quantity of knowledge substantial, but the breadth and depth is as well. Our lecturers are absolutely incredible: they give many opportunities for personal attention, and care about their students deeply. The classes are structured so that grades are proportional to how much effort you put into the class, and that is admirable.

  • 05/10/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 5 people found this review useful. 16 of 54

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    Will enjoy being here

    I actually got in but I am not going to attend not because the school isn't great but for other reasons. But for those of you strongly considering OMG this school is quite amazing. It's a lot of walking but the environment is soo amazing. The facilities are CLEAN and basically BRAND NEW. The food is delicious and the people are really friendly. I actually sat in on a couple classes and they were truly engaging. Ultimately the atmosphere is what most kids would want for a college experience. It's awesome!

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard working and intellectually curious students who would enjoy challenging, strengthening, and expanding on their understanding of the world.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your best with your classes and testing, but don't forget to engage in the activities that you enjoy. If you don't get in on a first pass, transferring in is always an option.

    Bang for the buck

    Financial aid at WUSTL is extremely helpful and the quality of education is tops. SFS made sure they were looking out for my unique circumstances when I attended WUSTL, so being able to afford such a strong education was never a concern.

    Did enjoy being here

    There was always great opportunity for overall life enrichment. I transferred halfway through my college career and lived off campus with my husband, however, so I experienced a very different college life than most.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes and discussions are particularly rigorous but incredibly engaging. Some were the standard large lecture hall style, but countless others were more discussion oriented. You learn a lot from both formats.

  • 06/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 54

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    Great for these types of students

    Washu is great for driven students who love working hard while having fun at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes in high school and do research on the classes/teachers you might have at Washu. Washu likes well-rounded students, not just smart kids so make sure you have a resume that includes lots of different activities.

    Bang for the buck

    You will pay a lot, but the service is awesome here. Everything seems to be to another level at Washu. Make sure to apply for the University Scholarships as a prospective student. Those can help in the long run.

    Am enjoying being here

    I had a hard time adjusting socially being a minority (African American), but things have continued to get better. There is something for everyone from intramural sports, clubs related to current issues, and Greek Life.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes are very rigorous here. You WILL learn. Just make sure to talk to your teachers, go to office hours, and take advantage of Cornerstone Tutoring Center. Washu gives you a chance to be one of the top in your field which is advantageous in this day and age.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is always visible, especially at odd hours of the night/morning.

    Greek Life

    There are numerous fraternities and sororities on campus. I am a member of a fraternity.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is truly something here for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Pre-Med, Business, Engineering, pre-law, art

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Chancellor's house has a bowling alley in the basement.

    Bang for the buck

    Wash U is generous with financial aid, so it is generally an affordable school.

    What to do for fun

    Forest Park, the Loop, downtown St.Louis, Rams, Cardinals, Blues

    Food and Dining

    The food is by-far the best I have had on a college campus. Restaurant quality.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great!

    Academic Rigor

    Wash U is very tough but the payoff is well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Step outside your comfort zone in order to grow maximally from experiences at Wash U or any other school.

    In three sentences

    Washington University is an incredible school that fosters individual scholastic as well as personal growth. The student body and faculty are diverse an open-minded. Also, the location is ideal due to its proximity to the business opportunities in downtown St. Louis as well as the medical opportunities in Barnes Jewish and the Wash U Medical School.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    WUpolice are constantly patrolling, and there are blue light posts everywhere where you can go to call them. Even though WashU is in St. Louis, a not-so-safe city, WashU is in a small bubble of safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    The club fair makes you realize how many options are available. WashU offers everything from traditional clubs to wacky clubs like WuChurn, the butter-churning club. No matter what your interest, you will be able to be involved.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to be healthy in body and mind, and want a mixture of juvenile college experiences and high-minded learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Students knit sweaters, hats, and scarves for the campus statues during the winter.

    Bang for the buck

    While WashU seems expensive, they will work with you to make sure you can afford it, and you really see where your money goes when you attend. So many things are offered free, and the college tries to spend the money on the students.

    What to do for fun

    Located fairly close to campus is the Delmar Loop, a street with dozens of restaurants and stores. Most people go looping with their friends at least once every week, and it is very safe and inviting and fun. Other options are all the campus-sponsored events, or going to Forest Park and the free museums and free zoo.

    Food and Dining

    The food is excellent. Every Saturday and Sunday there is an all-you-can-eat brunch, there are many small cafes for snacks, food choices range from pizza to steak to vegan options to stir fry. One day I'll eat chicken strips and mozzarella sticks, and the next day I'll eat calamari and steak. Everything is delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The worst dorms at WashU are better than most colleges' best. Many dorms offer luxuries such as tempur-pedic beds, balconies, large common rooms, kitchens, piano rooms, etc. Everybody loves their dorm, and every WashU dorm is a little bit different, so there's a lot of room for fun pride.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are intense but worth it. You manage your own curriculum, and it is very flexible, so even the core requirements are subjects you find interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want an intense academic experience before deciding on WashU. Don't be deterred by the cost, though - it may seem expensive but WashU will work with you to make sure you can afford to go. Definitely apply to the many WashU scholarship groups, like the Honorary Scholars, Danforths, Rodriguez, Nemerov, etc.

    In three sentences

    WashU is academically rigorous and has a very worthwhile education program. The teachers are phenomenal, and actually care about their students. The people are fun, friendly, and value high education without being pretentious or snobby.

  • 07/23/2013

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

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 54

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    Campus Safety

    There are blue emergency lights all over campus, even on parts of the Loop. Those lights call WUPD (Washington University Police Department) to the location immediately. Also, WUPD has a very easy number to remember if you ever need them. However, my room door was rarely locked during the entire five weeks because I never knew if my roommate had her key, and none of my stuff is missing so I'd say it's pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    I believe 25% of students participate in Greek life. As the tour guides usually say, If you want to participate, it's there. However, it isn't such an overwhelming part of campus that you'll feel like an outsider if you don't want to participate.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've heard that there are tons, but if you want to start one you have the opportunity.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart Social (at least sometimes) Willing to try new things, or at least accept that different things will be happening around you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I've only seen campus during the summer, so I can't really speak on unusual traditions or locations. I guess an interesting thing is that they have hammocks all over the place, and there's a swing set on campus(!).

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like the money is worth going to a school like Washington University in St. Louis. You get a quality education, a nice place to rest your head, and an environment that's very active. Also, while you do pay a lot to go to Wash. U., they give it back to the students. For example, there's a fund set aside for new clubs or organizations. There are tons of scholarships for incoming freshmen and research students. The U-pass is included in the tuition, which basically means that students get to take the metro for free during the school year if they have their pass on them. Basically, it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    There's an outdoor pool. Unfortunately, it isn't very deep, but it's still a cool place to hang out or have barbecues with your friends. There's a game room on the second floor of the DUC with a pretty nice TV, a pool table, and a Foosball table. Also, a lot of the dorms will have board and/or card games all over the place. Walking to the Loop is always pretty fun when you're with friends. I'm sure there's a lot more to do during the fall and spring semesters, but I was only there for the summer, so I can't really think of anything else to do for fun on campus. However, the metro isn't far at all from the South 40--10 minute walk--and it'll take you all over St. Louis.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really delicious. There are tons of places to eat on campus, and there is a large variety of food. There's a pizza station, the wok (which is the area for Asian cuisine), comfort food station (which is where you can find anything from Jamaican jerk chicken to spaghetti on any given day), a burger/chicken strip area, and Delicioso (which is where the Mexican cuisine is found). And all of that stuff is just in the DUC. Then you have Holmes Lounge, Ursas, Bears Den, and tons of other places on campus to eat. It's kind of mind-blowing. Also, the Loop, which is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the residential area of campus, has tons of dining options, some of which accept Bear Bucks.

    Dorm Life

    During the five-week summer program, I stayed in a traditional, and I can guarantee that it's better than some dorms on other campuses. The dorms are all pretty spacious, but I saw a modern dorm during my visit, and it looks like a hotel suite. It isn't necessarily as fancy, but the layout is very similar to that of hotel suites. It's worth the cost of room and board for sure.

    Academic Rigor

    The summer classes I took were pretty easy, but they were literature and writing classes, which are more opinion- and discussion-based. If you take a science or math course, prepare to be challenged. Calculus I and Chemistry were offered as summer courses, and I had friends who took those classes; they did homework together and talked through problems because they were just that difficult. Also, those two classes had sessions during the evening sometimes as well, and it was apparently very necessary because my friends went to all of the evening sessions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Washington University is difficult to get into but not impossible. Maintain contact with the college representative for your state or region, and visit if you can. There will be a lot of students with high GPAs and great test scores, but if you communicate with the representatives as much as you can, they will see that you're genuinely interested, and it will distinguish you from all the other applicants. Also, colleges like to see what you can contribute to their institution, so in your application try to highlight things that make you unique. Don't necessarily say, This is what I can do for your school, but do show them that you bring something different to the table.

    In three sentences

    Washington University is the perfect place for people who want a fancy setting with laid-back people. The classes vary from pretty easy (as long as you do the work) to rigorous, but there is a lot of help from teachers, Cornerstone, and the Writing Center. The administration is welcoming and present; for example, I saw the dean of my college at least five times during the five weeks I was there.

  • 01/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 22 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Even though East St. Louis may be one of the most dangerous areas in the country, WashU campus is one of the safest. We like to say that we live in the WashU bubble. We have campus police, a bus that takes students around campus, and safety lights that keep us feeling very safe and protected on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very active on campus, however, you do not need to be involved in greek life to have a social life on campus. The major down fall is that sororities don't have their own houses because of an old Missouri state law forbidding a large amount of women from living together.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At WashU, we love our abbreviations like no other. Words such as the DUC (pronounced duck), BD, and WUSAS will become everyday commonalities. We basically have our own secret language, but don't worry, it catches on very quickly.

    What to do for fun

    There's tons of stuff to do for fun! Whether it is going out to shop or eat on the Delmar Loop or going to a Rams or Blues game, there is always something to do in St. Louis if you're looking in the right places. Also, there is a great concert and movie scene right near campus. However, for the majority of the time, most people tend to hang out on or around campus with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Almost all our food is made to order and the options are close to endless. We truly have as gourmet as college food could possibly get. My parents refer to my dining hall as the country club.

    Dorm Life

    Whether you are in modern or traditional style dorms, everyone seems to love it. Most dorms have Temperpedic beds and are decently spacious. They are also clean and pretty well maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    WashU is definitely academically challenging, but it's definitely manageable. Most students find they have more than enough time to participate in extracurricular activities while still getting the grades they want and having challenging and interesting classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! Make sure to talk to someone who goes there; we all love talking about how amazing WashU is and helping prospective students. Most people at WashU tend to have overachieving personalities, but it's definitely not a necessity to fit in. You can be as involved as you'd like, don't worry about trying to fit in because everyone finds their place.

    In three sentences

    WashU not only has a great campus but great students as well. We our spoiled rotten with our housing and dinning options, and everyone is nice, wanting to help you, and goal oriented. I couldn't be more happy with my decision to go to WashU!

  • 05/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 23 of 54

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    What to do for fun

    Tons of nightlife in the area and many free activities to do around the city.

    Food and Dining

    Great reastaurants around campus

    Academic Rigor

    Very competitive and prestigious school. Faculty are highly involved in research and many work in clinics/hospitals on or near campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are many housing options around campus and its worth your time to look into locations that are different than the normal apartment life. Also, some areas around stl arent safe so be aware when ur walking alone or in small groups.

    In three sentences

    Wash U is a great school with many opportunities for students. It is in a fun city with many free activities and tons of nightlife. You will enjoy the experience here.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 24 of 54

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    In three sentences

    For such a large school, they really work on building relationships and making their contact with you seem personal. On my birthday I received an email wishing me a happy birthday even before I sent in my attendance decision. I really enjoyed my interactions with them thus far and look forward to attending in the fall.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 25 of 54

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The WUPD is on constant patrol and do a really good job at ensuring the safety of students. Off campus there are a couple places that aren't very safe after dark, but WUPD makes sure that the campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty prominent at WashU, but doesn't really dominate the social scene in any way. There are a bunch of fraternities, both on and off campus, and a fair percentage of the student body joins them.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've mentioned a lot of these above but there are hundreds of clubs from classic ones like Model United Nations to more niche clubs like beekeeping. There are groups here for everybody, and all the clubs that I know about are very welcoming to new students and active involvement can very easily lead to a leadership position in the club.

    Great for these types of students

    To be brief there aren't any typical kids but most of the student body promotes a collaborative environment, and everyone works really hard to make sure that they do the best they can. Almost all WashU students are involved in some type of club/non academic activity and the social scene is pretty lively when the weekend comes around.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an expensive school, no doubt about it. With tuition clocking in at around 56,000 $/year, it is a substantial investment to go to this school, and both parents and future applicants should be aware of that. That being said, WashU gives close to 50% of its students financial aid, and there are a lot of scholarships that you can apply for along with the general application and it's probably a great idea to do so. It should also be noted that WashU is one of the best schools in the country, so employers and grad-schools alike know how rigorous the school is, and how much the degree is worth. Research opportunities are easy to come by as are on-campus jobs, so there are a lot of ways to earn money on campus. Overall, WashU is in my opinion worth the investment - but it is an expensive school.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things that could be listed here: clubs, Greek life, intramural sports, parties. public speakers etc. etc. All of these are great ways to make new friends and have a really good time on campus, and the ones you put time into will be the ones you feel closest too. In all honesty, after schoolwork and midterms and the whole scene just relaxing with friends, whether it's playing some soccer/video games or even just going to dinner is a lot of fun, and it's there that I feel the college experience comes together as a whole. Also, make sure to check out the Loop off campus. It's a great place to start exploration of the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food at WashU may be my favorite non-social part of campus life. As a freshman/sophomore Bear's Den (BD) will be the eatery of choice and it has a multitude of cuisines including but not limited to: stir fry, grill, Kosher station, make your own sandwich, grill, Indian food, Mexican food and many more. It also has a small grocery store (Paws n Go) as an alternative and a way to stock up for the dorm. There a bunch of other niche places to eat on campus, including Holme's Lounge (wraps), Einstein's (bagels/coffee) and Stanley's (sandwiches). Overall, the food at WashU is really good, and the main cafeteria's like BD have late hours for a late dinner or midnight snack.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is, in a word, fantastic. Both types of dorms, modern and traditional have their own distinct advantages and cater to different types of students. Traditional dorms are reminiscent of classic college movies with shared bathrooms and an very tight floor bonding. As someone who was in a traditional dorm my first year, all of my suitemates and many of my closest friends came from my floor which is more rare in the modern dorms. The modern dorms are incredible in their own right with elevators, beautiful flooring/furnishings, and private bathrooms and common rooms. Both types of dorms are very well maintained by the Residential Life association.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a top institution, and anyone considering coming here should know that WashU will push your intellectual limits from day 1. A staggeringpercentage of this school (like all the top schools) hails from the top 5-10% of their high school class, so the kids you'll be going to class with are all very smart kids. The professors dole out difficult tests that will require a good deal of study and many classes will have weekly homework assignments. I know that many students come into WashU as premeds because of the strength of the science departments, and as a premed myself I can attest that while the courses are indeed difficult, if you don't let them get ahead of you, it is definitely manageable. (ALSO: GO TO CLASS). It's also good to remember that nearly every department, from English to Political Science, ranks among the top in the nation.

    Tips for prospective students

    I feel like this lends itself best to a list format, so here goes: -Be ready for a jump in difficulty, not only are all colleges a lot harder than high school, WashU is known for its challenging subject matter. -Get involved in campus life/clubs! They are a fantastic way to meet new people on campus who have similar interests to you, and some will become friends who you'll stick with through college. -Meet the professors. I was slow on this one, but that doesn't mean that anyone else should be. Every class in WashU is taught by a professor (no TA's) and they're all experts in their respective fields. Talking to them will give you a chance for a letter of recommendation later on or even a job/research! Most of all, they're fascinating people who'll give you great insight into their subject. -GO THROUGH ST. LOUIS. In all honesty it doesn't have the wide appeal of a city like Boston, but it has some great digs that anyone and everyone should check out (Pappy's first though - ribs that good are hard to come by).

    In three sentences

    Washington University, called WashU by most of the students, is an incredible academic institution that takes pride in its strong departments across the board and heavy academic rigor, and a student body that values cooperation over competition. The social scene is very open, and WashU has several clubs for sports like soccer and basketball, and more niche clubs like Model United Nations and an Anime and Manga club (both are pretty awesome). Student life is among the best in the country with top ten rankings for both food and dorms, and the campus has beautiful Gothic architecture.

  • 07/26/2011

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

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Who are adventurous, fun-loving, while wanting to staying smart at the same time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive and write good essays.

    Bang for the buck

    A bit expensive, but they have a great financial aid service.

    Will enjoy being here

    The environment is great!

    Will learn a lot

    All the teachers seem willing to teach us everything we need to learn.

  • 08/13/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Transfers beware! I was given advice from a transfer at this school. It is easier to be admitted as a transfer, but freshman get more scholarships.

    Will enjoy being here

    Everyone is friendly and helpful. On top of that, the campus is gorgeous and clean. If it wasn't so close to my home, I would definitely consider this school.

    Will learn a lot

    The first hour that I had been there for an engineering program, I learned a lot of information. All the students were also very knowledgeable.

  • 03/06/2012

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

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 54

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    In three sentences

    washington university in st. louis is one of my top choices. it appears to be in great academic standing, and it is has an abundance of activities to join. it is also located in a place that is full of life and students who love the school.

  • 03/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 54

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    What to do for fun

    visit downtown and check out the music scene or the restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    the caf is amazing.

    Dorm Life

    the dorm rooms look a lot bigger than others that i have seen.

    Academic Rigor

    from what i see, the classes look pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    definitely check out this school if you are looking for a diverse place to call home for four years.

    In three sentences

    the campus is amazing and the school offers many opportunities such study abroad and mission work. the caf is delicious and the downtown life is spectacular.

  • 05/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go explore St. Louis!

    Food and Dining

    The food is just beautiful. Brownie sundae, crepes, quesadillas, and wraps from Ursa's. Just do it.

    Dorm Life

    Freshman Floor=One of the best parts of your college transition.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough, but it definitely depends on your major. It's all doable, though, so don't worry. If you want to do something, and do it well, it's possible. It just takes time and energy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go out and do everything. Join it all. You will meet the most people that way, and learn infinitely more outside of class than in class. That is how you build friendships, make memories, and truly enjoy your college career.

    In three sentences

    It's the place for nerds who love to do everything. Everyone gets involved with what they want to do, and social and academic success are both possible here. Classes are tough, but the environment is supportive, so everyone helps you get through it.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is pretty safe but some of the areas around the campus have sporadic crime - shoplifting and mugging. In general, its very safe.

    Great for these types of students

    All types - studious, partiers, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The reputation is important and you get a good education, but you definately will pay for it.

    What to do for fun

    Theres a lot of sports teams to chear for and additional activies. Theres also a lot of shopping nearby - the Loop is a St. Louis icon.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great but kind of expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say because I commuted to school.

    Academic Rigor

    It lives up to its reputation so the classes, especially the sciences are challenging. Theres a lot of help from professors and teaching assistantships.

    Tips for prospective students

    The professors won't coddle you so make sure you keep on top of your work. There are a lot of activities so its important not to take too many classes and activities and get overwhelmed.

    In three sentences

    Washington University has a great reputation for a lot of different subjects, often called the Harvard of the West. A lot of the undergraduate classes are very large so theres not a lot of individual attention, but the professors are generally knowledgable and there are opportunities for internships and lab work if you look.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    So many ways to make sure you're safe.

    What to do for fun

    I dance and go out. I'm involved in a lot of extracurricular activities, and that makes my experience all the better.

    Food and Dining

    The food is AWESOME. Just come visit. The main dining areas are open until 2am during the week and 3am on weekends. I have not met a person who doesn't like the food served at our school.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. There aren't many restrictions, but you get to know tons of people through dorm life. Housing is amazing, and it's top of the line!

    Academic Rigor

    It is definitely difficult and challenging at times, but it is do-able.

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT during one of the visit weekends or anytime you want to come. That's a wonderful gauge of how well you'll like it.

    In three sentences

    WashU is a great place that always has ways for students to get engaged. While the programs are challenging for most, they allow you to continue towards reaching your full potential. If you want to challenge yourself and have wonderful connections with amazing people, WashU is the place for you.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    You will get a quality education here, but it is incredibly expensive.

    Food and Dining

    I had Chinese food from the cafeteria. It was very good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms looked pretty nice and big.

    Academic Rigor

    WashU seems like a great place to go if you like and are prepared to work extremely hard in your studies there will be a great payoff. Students at this school generally get great scores on MCATs and the medical school acceptance rate is pretty high compared to other schools.

    In three sentences

    The campus was beautiful and the presentation given on the school was excellent. As I walked around the campus the students seemed very friendly and it seems like a great college for an excellent learning experience.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    I feel like a LOT of things here are overpriced, however hey provide enough financial aid to make you feel comfortable at the school.

    What to do for fun

    There are an UNBEARABLE amount of activities that you can get involved in... from chess teams, to counseling, to dance marathon teams. The opportunities are truly endless.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is perfect for any college student trying to find their niche. They have vegetarian options, American food, and cultural foods!

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great! We have amazing housing facilities!

    Academic Rigor

    The information at Wash U is NOT impossible to learn, but here, they like to throw you into a topic so you can figure out a concept on your own--they don't teach the concepts.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be stressed. The first semester will fly at you, but don't be discouraged--everyone is going through the same thing with you!

    In three sentences

    Wash U is a great college to come to if you enjoy diversity. I really love that I can find my identity and learn about different cultures in the world. BUT... watch out for losing yourself; the college is rough the first year.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Just carry a can of mace, and you'll be fine. But seriously, the campus is pretty safe. As a guy, I can walk around safely, and female friends have said the same thing. The Wash U Police Dept (WUPD) keeps a stringent grip on organized crime in the Wash U bubble. Rumor has it they busted a triad during the summer of '05.

    Greek Life

    Yep.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for everyone. I'm a member of the Culinary Club, Asian Christian Fellowship, and Club Ultimate team.

    Great for these types of students

    Hopeless romantics, athletic nerds, smart jocks (Wash U has DIII athletics), premed students (inexperts guesstimate that approximately 50% of incoming freshman are declared premed), Greek children (about 25-30% of Wash U is involved in Greek life)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bunny located next to the Olin Library walks around campus on the sixth Friday of every month.

    Bang for the buck

    Private college is very expensive; if you just go to school for an education, you're wasting your money. However, if you take advantage of opportunities to understand your world and to become a leader, it will definitely benefit you. In addition, the college experience-- late-night conversations, group problem solving, taking random classes-- is invaluable.

    What to do for fun

    Personally, I am involved with intramural sports, music classes, and the Compliments Club.

    Food and Dining

    There are too many options for food on-campus, and the Delmar Loop, a short walk from campus, is replete with dining options and trendy boutiques.

    Dorm Life

    The school really emphasizes a close-knit freshman floor community. It's up to you to make friends though; the school won't do that for you although there are plenty of friendly and interesting people.

    Academic Rigor

    This really depends on your area of study. In the College of Arts & Sciences, science and humanities programs tend to be more rigorous than other concentrations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. But seriously, Wash U students have a balance of work and play in their lives. Substance-free housing and clubs offer alternatives to the party lifestyle. Don't be worried about exploring academic or extracurricular interests.

    In three sentences

    Wash U has excellent dining services, on-campus housing, and a stellar science program. In addition, Writing I and BME are fun courses that everyone wants to take.

  • 01/04/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I've heard it's good.

    Dorm Life

    I've heard it's good.

    Academic Rigor

    I've heard it's good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Haven't applied here yet.

    In three sentences

    Haven't applied here yet.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Over 25% of students participate in Greek Life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wash U is located next to Del Mar Loop, one of America's top streets for entertainment and dining.

    What to do for fun

    There are many intramural sports to take advantage of. Also, there are a lot of clubs and organizations, ranging from anything to breakdancing to theatre.

    Food and Dining

    Wash U has a very diverse selection in food. Dining is very luxurious. Ibby's is a 5-star restaurant located on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at Wash U are very spacious. All modern dorms have their own bathrooms. Common rooms are very large, and are a great place for socialization.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are taken very seriously at this university. Studying will take up a lot of any student's time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Applying early decision will definitely improve your chances of acceptance. Tuition is high, so it is never too early to begin looking at external scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Great if you are looking for challenging academics. Although its ranking suggests otherwise, at Wash U you'll find academics much more rigorous than at Harvard or Princeton. Any student would learn a lot here!

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The Loop, Central West End, Soulard, Washington Ave

    Tips for prospective students

    Budget Time LOVE froyo :)

    In three sentences

    Great Diversity Awesome/Intelligent teachers Challenging Classes

  • 03/20/2013

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

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    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    WashU appears to be a GREAT school! I went to an information session and the presentation was amazing. Before, I had not really thought about WashU, but now it is my #1 choice.

  • 04/17/2013

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

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    Great for these types of students

    Active intellectual students who want to get involved

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive without scholarships, but its worth it. Its really a fantastic school.

    What to do for fun

    Ultimate frisbee!

    Food and Dining

    The best!

    Dorm Life

    AMAZING dorms! Modern and clean from what I have seen. I've stayed there a few times.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in school, do well on the act. Visit the school!! On my first visit I asked Would you perfer to see all As in easy classes or Bs in AP classes to this they replied All As in AP classes hahaha:)

    In three sentences

    I am soo excited! I have been accepted here, and can't wait to go! I also got a summer research scholarship! I love this school!

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. Everybody is really friendly and the food is great. It seems like an amazing place to go to college.

  • 04/27/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is very safe. There are some areas nearby that are unwise to walk in alone after dark. Bear patrol or a nighttime escort from the library to the dorms or vice versa is provided for students who call.

    Greek Life

    The fraternities on campus are active, as are the sororities. However, only the frats have houses.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great number of clubs and events are taking place on campus all the time.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work hard but like to relax some of the time should find Wash U. inviting. It is also good for students who want to focus on schoolwork. Some partying goes on, but not close to the level of state schools.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a very expensive school. However, it will give you a great education and a fun experience with good people. One thing to keep in mind is that not as many people have heard of it, particularly west of the Mississippi river. It would be most helpful to go here if you were interested in one of the majors or areas of study that the school is known for.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun activities, including a lot to do nearby. The Loop is a street within walking distance that has dining, a concert venue, and bars. I would suggest the U. City Grill for tasty Korean food there. Forest Park is one of the largest urban parks and is located just across a street from main campus. Picnics, exercising, going paddle-boating and visiting the free zoo and free art museum are great activities there. I would also suggest attending a St. Louis Symphony Concert or one of several professional sporting events downtown (the school sometimes arranges discounted tickets). Ted Drewes Frozen Custard is another favorite that's a short drive away.

    Food and Dining

    The food is quite good and reliable, however, it can get boring after a long time of eating just on campus. The only vendor allowed on campus besides the company that provides the campus-wide catering is Subway. They have one location on main campus. I would suggest rotating the locations you are eating at to provide some variety. Seating can be difficult to find on main campus during the lunch-rush. Holmes lounge (main campus) is a favorite at lunchtime for wraps and the Village (upperclassmen housing area) has the best stir fry.

    Dorm Life

    There are many nice, new dorms on campus, along with a few traditional dorms that are not nearly so luxurious. However, all dorms are generally sociable and safe. Theft is not a regular issue. The housing is very comfortable and convenient to classes compared to off-campus housing.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a school that challenges its students to do their very best. Classes tend to have a high workload and professors have high expectations. However, student are willing to help each other generally, and professors are usually quite supportive and available for questions.

  • 05/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated thinkers who want to explore options outside of the box

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to visit first and sit in on a class that looks interesting to you!

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although East St. Louis has a dangerous reputation, the school is located in a safe, upper-class neighborhood and has very skilled security staff.

    Greek Life

    About 30% of the student body participates in Greek Life. Among the more social students that frequent local bars, clubs, and campus parties, the percentage is much higher. The sororities and fraternities are all very inclusive, however, and belonging to one is not necessary to participate in most events.

    Clubs and Activities

    Dance Marathon and Relay for life dominate the campus respectively in the fall and in the spring.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that have a diverse array of interests and would rather collaborate than compete with their peers belong at this school. One must be self-disciplined and high in moral character to fit in and find happiness.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each semester, there is a giant concert known as WILD, an acronym for Walk In Lay Down, however this misnomer inaccurately conveys the energy on campus during the concert when students kick back, relax, and dance before two difficult weeks of finals.

    Bang for the buck

    Washington University is very expensive, however, they are very generous with need-based financial aid and will meet all demonstrated need.

    What to do for fun

    Within walking distance from school is the Delmar Loop, which has many shops, restaurants, art galleries, and bars in addition to a hotel, a movie theatre, and a 24/7 bowling alley.

    Food and Dining

    Food is delicious and the a-la-carte payment method prevents overeating common at schools with all-you-can-eat dining services. There is a wide variety of food and the school is very accommodating for those with any dietary restrictions such as Kosher, Halal, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, and Kosher for Passover.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are beautiful and clad with Sealy Tempurpedic mattresses.

    Academic Rigor

    Washington University is currently ranked as the most stressful school as each course is highly challenging and there is no such thing at this school as an Easy A. Unlike at most state schools, there are no online courses and only several introductory classes are larger than 30. There are close professor-student relationships and high expectations are set for the students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Applying Early Decision increases the likelihood of acceptance, and although high GPA and standardized test scores are important, Wash.U. highly considers character. Distinguishing oneself as a considerate human and an interested community leader are also equally valued qualities as most applicants were at the top of their respective high schools.

    In three sentences

    My liberal arts education at Washington University has taught me that higher education does not lead to one endpoint, but rather to infinite opportunities to learn from and contribute value to society. The professors at Wash. U. dedicate their lives not only to research in their respective fields, but also to inspiring the same love of learning and passionate curiosity in their students. The overall atmosphere of intellect and support at Washington University is unparalleled by that of any other similar institution.

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Although St. Louis is supposedly one of the most dangerous cities in the country I have always felt safe on Wash U's campus, even walking back from the library at midnight. Wash U makes sure its students are safe, taking several measure to keep the campus secure. For students living off campus, there are several transportation options late at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek life has been growing steadily. Although I personally am not involved several of my friends are and love it. The sorority program here is particularly strong

    Clubs and Activities

    There are almost too many clubs at Wash U. It's almost a guarantee that you'll find a club for whatever interest you have and if not you can always start a club for it.

    Great for these types of students

    Science majors, Anyone with extremely varied interests. I'm currently a chemistry and dance double major.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The bunny-although not a tradition the bunny is well recognized and one of the icons of the school Cultural dance festivals-there are 3 major cultural dance shows which almost always sell out

    Bang for the buck

    It's an incredibly expensive school. Although the tuition helps pay for the great good, amazing dorms, and partially funds all the research going on throughout the campus in retrospect i would've preferred a more affordable school, even if the dorms aren't as nice.

    Food and Dining

    All of the food is high quality and although a little expensive, for the most part its very reasonable. There are several options for vegetarians, kosher and gluten-free diets.My only complaint is that there aren't as many generally healthy options as I'd like.

    Dorm Life

    Wash U is known its dorms. I would try to get one of the few traditional dorms Wash U has left. Although they might not be as nice as the newer dorms, I feel the sense of community more than makes up for it.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a difficult school. If you are a science major or taking any of the science classes prepare to spend a lot of time in the library. Different majors require different amount of effort but few people here would complain state that their workload is easy. Although WashU has one of the strongest pre-med programs its also one of the most difficult. If you are premed and thinking of applying here I would think very long and hard about the decision.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to students. Almost every one would love to answer a few questions and it will give you a much better idea of the school than the admissions office ever will.

    In three sentences

    Great school for science or almost anything really. Wash U's strength and flexibility with many of its programs is one of its strongest points. Wash U also provides many wonderful resources for its students.

  • 08/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is insanely awesome with sweet dorms. The people are super friendly, and the campus is very safe with a police headquarters right near the dorms. Saint Louis is really great and Delmar Blvd. is only a short distance away from the school.

  • 11/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Blue Light System may not be unique, but it is extensive on WashU's campus and the surrounding areas. The campus has been designed to be very well lit at night, and there is a constant patrol of campus police along with the police from the surrounding cities of Clayton and University City. Personally I have walked alone at night many times and never felt at risk or in danger. WashU does a wonderful job of making sure students are aware of the risks and dangers that may occur in a large city such as Saint Louis, but I have personally never felt that WashU's campus itself is anything but safe.

    Greek Life

    Although Greek life plays a lesser role here at WashU than our southern counterparts, roughly 30-35% of WashU students participate in Greek life in some way. They offer a community where you can meet upperclassmen or lowerclassmen and foster a sense of friendship, provide leadership opportunities, and perform service work in the community. You never feel heavily pressured to become apart of Greek life, and deferred rush (rush in the spring semester) allows you to have time to figure out whether Greek Life is right for you.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Activities Fair here at WashU is by far the most overwhelming sight on campus. Every organization sets up in Brookings Quad vying for your attention and participation. From language clubs, to cultural clubs, to business fraternities, to medical associations, to service organizations, to athletics such as fencing or mountain climbing/hiking, political or religious or major affiliated clubs, your choices are vast. Here at WashU you will find your niche. The only problem will be forcing yourself to take a step back, evaluate the situation, and not over commit yourself.

    Great for these types of students

    As long as you love to learn and are not afraid of hard work, WashU is the place for you. Here you will be challenged, but WashU wants you to succeed. WashU is not an overly competitive campus; others students want to see you succeed just as much as you do. Students who are passionate about their education and are searching for a place which fosters learning in multiple disciplines should look no further than WashU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the Winter our campus statue called The Bunny is dressed in a lovely sweater of the students' creation. The Butterfly Garden in-between the international House and Music school is a lovely place to go and relax with a book after classes or during the weekend during the warmer days in fall. The Underpass connecting The South 40 (freshman and sophomore housing) to Main Campus is also home to many advertisement boards which are repainted weekly by various clubs advertising events, promoting ideas, or encouraging involvement.

    Bang for the buck

    Here at WashU, you can't go wrong. Although tuition is costly, WashU provides many opportunities for success and many connections within and outside of the St. Louis area. Here you will be challenged academically and discover that you are much more capable than you every thought, and the emphasis on community involvement helps you find out what you are truly passionate about. Overall, you will open so many more doors for yourself by attending WashU, which I suppose is what you are paying for in the end.

    What to do for fun

    Ten minutes down the road is Delmar Boulevard, loving known as The Loop. Here are a multitude of restaurants that easily fit the budget of a college student along with a thrift shop, record store, book store, several clothing stores, and a movie theater. Forest Park is also the campus's front yard and is home to events such as Ballon Glow (a hot air ballon festival) and several free attractions such as the Zoo, Art Museum, and History Museum. Also WashU provides metro passes to the students allowing for fun trips to the Mall, downtown to Busch Stadium for a baseball game, or to Central West End for some exploration.

    Food and Dining

    WashU is constantly ranked among the top 3 universities for best dining, and it is no joke. The dining service has a variety of options and accommodates many types of dietary restrictions and choices such as veganism, vegetarianism, kosher, and gluten free. The use of meal points instead of designated meal times or the two-three meals a day plan allows students more freedom with when and what they eat. And since the food is so amazing many students find themselves running out of meal points from eating so much.

    Dorm Life

    I have never heard anyone complain about the dorms here at WashU. I currently live in the traditional dorms, and even they are much nicer than many other college campus' modern dorms. Floors can be very welcoming, and they quickly become smilier to a small family. Residential Advisors (RA's) live on the floor with you and help guide you through the first year of college, and afterwards are great resources for campus information and to just simply talk to. Overall very welcoming and very satisfactory.

    Academic Rigor

    As the Ivy League of the West, according to some of us students, no one will challenge you more than Washington. However they will do everything they can to offer you opportunities to be prepared and to excel in the courses. Help sessions, tutoring groups, residential peer mentors, and numerous other resources help you to adjust to the academic rigor and fully comprehend material.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first tests will be rough. It takes time to become used to how to properly study and prepare yourself for a college exam at a rigorous university. However, there are numerous options for help, and teachers are always very open to aid during their office hours or help sessions. Don't be afraid to call home either. Homesickness is an integral part of the first few weeks of college, and everybody feels it even if they act as if they don't.

    In three sentences

    Overall it's a wonderful place to explore what you truly wish to study and pursue as a degree. The environment balances academics and having fun very well; you never feel the need to choose between the two. Also you can't go wrong at WashU; they are strong in every field of study from Business to Engineering to the Arts.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Pleasantly satisfying. The University provides a large array of options for any palate.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are surprising clean and well-situated.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a fairly selective institution, so the classes are expected to be somewhat difficult. However, the level of education you receive is top notch.

    In three sentences

    The students here are welcoming and very motivated, and the intellectual atmosphere rivals that of an Ivy League School. The campus is gorgeous, the classes available allow for a diverse curriculum, and the food is much better than I expected. Wash U is impressive in every aspect.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Wash U isn't known for being super fun but between greek life and St. Louis activities you can stay entertained.

    Food and Dining

    Wash U has some of the greatest food a college can offer. It is all made to order and delicious.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm communities are strong and facilities are superb.

    Academic Rigor

    If school was a job, I work 60-70 hours a week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Washington University has a low admittance rate. Make sure your test scores reflect your capability and write an interesting essay.

    In three sentences

    Washington University is a great college located in St. Louis. The academic life is vibrant. You won't be disappointed in attending Washington University.

  • 04/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    St. Louis itself has a very bad reputation when it comes to safety. However, WashU does a really great job of keeping the campus safe. I have never felt threatened or when on campus. They have services that will drive you back to your dorm if it is late and there are also campus security constantly driving around.

    Greek Life

    Greek life encompasses about 25-30% of the students at WashU and mostly consists of the students that like to drink and go out a lot. However, fraternities and sororities also focus on alumni connections and philanthropy. However, many students who don't join Greek life also go out and enjoy not having to pay the dues and attend certain events. It really depends what you are looking for, and I guarantee that since the students here are so diverse, one can always find a social niche that fits them.

    Clubs and Activities

    WashU allows students to start up new clubs if they have enough active members and support of a faculty member. Therefore, there is everything from the butter churning club to the outdoors club and the fashion club. There is also a great community service department, so students can continue to be involved in the impoverished areas around St. Louis, but also in the world.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of this school is extremely expensive, but luckily WashU is very good about giving financial aid to students. Most of my friends had all their financial aid met. Despite this price, the education here is unparalleled and worth every penny.

    What to do for fun

    There are lot of places to travel in and around St. Louis as well as in nearby Forest Park. There is a free zoo, art museum and history museum. There is also the city museum (a playground for adults made out of recycled materials), many delicious restaurants, and of course the arch! Many students go to a variety of bars on weekends or just hang out with friends on campus. WashU has such an eclectic group of people there is always something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is often times better than what I eat at home (sorry Mom!) We have almost every type of food you can imagine including Indian food, sushi, noodles, Mexican food, steak, fish, stir-fry and some of the best deli meat wraps and sandwiches. I love the food here!

    Dorm Life

    One word: Tempur-Pedic beds Also, most dorms are suite style so you will only share a bathroom with 1-3 other people. The dorms are cleaned weekly, located close to campus, and all together so you have the chance to meet other underclassmen. I love dorm life, I am off campus now as a Junior and wish I could move back in.

    Academic Rigor

    WashU is challenging, but if you put in the effort to do well, the education you receive will set you apart from students at other universities. I have been taught/met in person with famous scientists, world known authors and also humble graduate students who are just starting out. The faculty challenges you, and you will have to study a lot, but due to this many of the students here are some of the most intelligent people I have ever met.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are searching for a school with a great football team or a lot of athletic spirit washU may not be the place for you. However, we do get fantastic speakers (including Bill Clinton and Joseph Gordon-Levitt). You will definitely have to study here, but I have never had a difficult time meeting one-on-one with a professor or finding help from peers, study groups, etc. It's a very academically challenging but fun environment, and it reflects in the inquisitive, quirky and happy students.

    In three sentences

    Washington University in St. Louis has provided me with an education that is above and beyond most other universities. I do have to study at least a week prior to most exams, but the environment is friendly and everyone is willing to help. There is lots to do on the weekends to, my only complaint is the weather!

  • 04/09/2014

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

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I have not tried their food yet, so don't take my word!

    Academic Rigor

    From the ACT and SAT scores for admission, I think this school is equivalent to an Ivy

    In three sentences

    This is my reach school, and I hope I will be admitted!

  • 04/27/2014

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

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I can honestly say, at WashU I never go hungry. There is such a wide variety of food which makes no one go hungry or run out of options to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms life is amazing! All the dorms on campus are very clean and modern. There is no dorm that is considered as being bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any other college or university, WashU is nothing like high school. It has very rigorous courses and is known for its great education quality.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be to stay connected with your admission counselor. Having the high GPA and test scores is not everything a prestigious college like WashU looks at. Being well rounded and in contact with admissions (not stalking) will increase your chances of admissions. Also, acceptance into WashU is not impossible, so stay motivated and just apply.

    In three sentences

    WashU is everything the ideal university can offer. Everything from food to campus life is amazing. Even though itâ??s not represented like some of the Ivy League colleges, there are some aspects of WashU that no Ivy League college can compete with.

  • 06/11/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Upperclassmen generally go to the Loop or apartment parties while the underclassmen stick to the dorms or the frats. Though the academics are tough, I had some friends that went out nightly and others that rarely did. Both extremes were able to do well in the classroom. Students here seem to be great at balancing their time and prioritizing. The school funds lots of different clubs that students are free to take part in. Around campus, there always seems to be an a cappella concert, famous speaker, or philanthropy event.

    Food and Dining

    Fantastic food for a college as can be shown by WashU's record of being ranked as one of the colleges with the best food. Plus, WashU offers a variety of locations, so you don't get bored with the same ambiance and food.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a traditional dorm both freshman and sophomore years, which I think are almost phased out at this point. The community in the dorms was amazing! The housekeeping staff did a great job of keeping the dorms clean.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are the right amount of difficult. I was never bored and always learning something new. The professors go through the material quickly and expect you to keep up. But, the professors are more than willing to help you with questions. My favorite part was being in classes where every student was just as smart as the next. My classmates were internally competitive; they wanted to learn to better themselves and gain knowledge. Never did I feel that my classmates wanted me to do poorly. I would often help them understand problems, and the next day someone would help me.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in contact with the school to show interest and definitely make a visit. A stellar academic record helps. If you get wait listed, visit the school again to show how committed you are! Good luck!

    In three sentences

    WashU was everything I could have hoped my college experience to be like. I was challenged in the classroom, surrounded by brilliant and wonderful friends, and was part of a diverse community. Better than Harvard but still under the radar :)

  • 08/18/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt more safe than on WashU's campus. There are the blue emergency lights everywhere you look, the campus walkways are patrolled 24/7 by WashU police, and if you are walking back to your dorm alone and feel unsafe for any reason, you can call a certain number and a student will pick you up in a golf cart and drive you to your dorm.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I really enjoyed the underpass, which is the most creative message board I've ever seen. It's a walkway under a street that connects parts of the campus together, and it is divided up into sections that different clubs and school organizations use to share information with the whole university. One tradition is that each student must assist in painting a section of the underpass before they graduate.

    What to do for fun

    St. Louis was ranked No.2 on the list of cities to offer the most amount of free stuff to college students, second only to Washington D.C. They have several museums on campus as well as off-campus, and a zoo that is within walking distance of the school. During the winter, the zoo occasionally lets the penguins out to roam the zoo freely! Also within walking distance there are loads of good eats, thrift shops, and theaters. One of the coolest things is the City Museum, essentially a playground for adults equipped with everything from indoor climbing ropes to a massive ferris wheel!

    Food and Dining

    As rated by the Princeton Review and other reputable ranking sites, Washington University's food options are among the best in the United States. They have everything you could possibly want, and pretty much everything is covered by your meal plan. They even have a 5-star restaurant in the DUC that takes meal points!

    Dorm Life

    In past years WashU has been ranked No.1 on the list of best dorm accommodations, and I have to agree. From what I saw, every room looked comfortable and spacious, which is more than I can say for most other dorms I've seen at other universities.

    Academic Rigor

    WashU identifies themselves as a research focused institution, and it definitely appears that way. What I mean by that is students are always engaged in current issues related to their field of study, and they work with professors that are all conducting research in the fields they are teaching. Most students also have a research component tied into their 4 years, within any field of study. Overall I got the impression that WashU students are devoted to their studying and work tirelessly to learn and grow within their field of study as well as outside their field of study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely visit the school! The location and atmosphere of the school are key components in determining your compatibility with the university. Also make sure to at least speak to one current WashU student about their experience, they can give you specific and useful information about anything from dorms to food to student life. They are very good resources so make sure to utilize them!

    In three sentences

    My first visit to the campus was absolutely incredible and extremely informative. I spent one day there, took the tour, and decided it was my dream college! Everything there from the campus organization to the atmosphere itself was amazing and I would be honored if I got accepted.