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Overall, I'm very glad to be at WPI,AverageBiology
Overall, I'm very glad to be at WPI, and everything has been really great for me. Even though I'm a female in a non-engineering major, I don't feel excluded or anything of the sort.

The absolute biggest complaint I have about WPI is the Residential Services department. Students are randomly assigned into Wellness Housing, so "substance free" is meaningless. I do not see many students drinking, but the football players on the top floor do come back drunk far too often on the weekends. Substance free housing should be voluntary, so that it actually contains substance free individuals. There is also a rather concerning rule where if there's an open space, anyone can move in without the current residents consent. I am uncomfortable with a forced room mate/friend of my long term room mate I am getting into my room soon (half way through D term), but I can't do a thing about it, aside from tell her I am not comfortable with her moving in. This, combined with the very high costs of living on campus, have caused me to change my mind about living on campus next year, and I am working to obtain an apartment. Most professors are absolutely amazing individuals, who I would love to have more classes with. However, some do not have the best English, and these professors seem to favor PLAs/TAs who also do not have English as a first language, making it difficult to obtain help when you can't understand what the professor is saying. I have only experienced this with math and chemistry classes, and the biology department itself hasn't had this problem, in my experience.

1st Year Female -- Class 1920
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Useful Schoolwork: B+
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Bio/Biotech, Class of 2013, Member of Greek LifeQuite BrightBiology
Bio/Biotech, Class of 2013, Member of Greek Life
The Good: Mostly small class sizes, professor office hours (seriously, use those!), TA's don't teach new material, campus life, quality of education, networking here is great for jobs (WPI people look out for their own).

The Bad: If you don't get help when you need it, you WILL fail. Suck up your pride and see the professor for help. It's expensive, but in my experience, you'll be able to pay it back because you'll get a well-paying job right out of college.My advice: if you feel up to the challenge, come to WPI! Just know that you're going to have to work hard. Every school has some jerks, don't let the bitter people on this website deter you from applying or visiting.

4th Year Female -- Class 2013
Education Quality: A+, University Resource Use/ spending: C+
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1) you must join greek life.Super Brilliant
1) you must join greek life. Any weirdo can get in; you'll find a group.
2) if you feel like transferring, do it right away. (don't get trapped like I did)
3) the humanities are VERY weak. those classes feel like a waste of time and money.
4) if you were normal in high school expect to get weirder
5) if you drank and smoked in high school expect everyone to be behind the curve and in that "let me brag about how cool I was at that party" stage

6) expect everyone to be in relationships
7) live off campus after freshman year to save money.
8) live in a freshman dorm.
9) don't expect to find hipsters (i'm using the term loosely). this school houses more introverted, arrogant, depressed weirdos than you can imagine. the free spirit doesn't exist. 10) kids act like they're living the high school experience they never had.

4th Year Female -- Class 2015
Education Quality: A, Innovation: F
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