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| WAC is the perfect school for some people, but I can tell you that almost everyone I know hated it. The campus is extremely small...which means you know everyone in the school by your third week there. It can be comforting, but usually it just feels like you're right back in high school. |
The faculty really do care about you and are willing to help you at all times, but they also tend to really baby you. If you have any grade below a B- you can expect an email from your advisor freaking out and asking what he/she can do to help. WAC is really not a place to grow up and create yourself, it's a place for all the rich kids to stay safe inside their little bubble.
The students are extremely rude & the party scene is miserable. Most everyone there has perfect vineyard vines & lilly pulitzer outfits on every day, and they will make sure you know it. You are LUCKY to find a party on a friday or saturday night, and if you do there will be a list and you need to be on it. If you're not directly "in" with a frat or other social group, good luck trying to attend even one party in your 4 years.
Greek Life is the biggest joke in the world. For sororities at least, it's easy to "fit in" with every one...and not because they're easy to actually fit in with, but because they're all so desperate for new girls. The students involved in Greek Life seem to think they are the hottest people on campus, when it reality everyone hates the entirety of the organizations and looks down upon them. If your friends join a sorority and you don't, expect to lose those friends within a few weeks!The entire WAC setting is incredible dreary and depressing. During my first year at WAC, I struggled with serious depression because of the atmosphere and the people around me. I strongly urge you to choose a different school, as this school is NOT worth the money, NOT fun, and the people will make you want to kill yourself
|Aug 11 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| Good: awesome faculty, Professors really care about you. You know EVERYONE.Bad: Everyone is a rich white kid, extremely conservative and very snobby. No social life, parties are rare and always have lists. The Greek life is a joke, but everyone involved thinks they are hot as anything. |
|May 17 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |
| As an alumna and now parent, I am not encouraging my college-aged children to consider attending WC. It is very small, VERY expensive, and truly in the middle of nowhere. As charming as Chestertown may be for thirty-somethings looking to spend a weekend antiquing, the often-repeated line that the college enjoys a "prime" location from DC, B'more, & Philly always gave me pause, as they are all nearly 2 HOURS away! For a college student, particularly one without a car, it is absurd to count this as a benefit. Chestertown is an insular, rural community that does not appreciate the financial and cultural benefits the college offers them. Academically, WC's strength is in its strong writing component and probably prepares students more for graduate school than anything else. Socially, in my day, it was elitist and cliquey. Perhaps that's changed over the years? The price tag is exorbitant, and for what? Few people outside of the mid-Atlantic have ever heard of Washington College. Less expensive universities have much more to offer in the way of diversity of population, academic majors, and extra-curricular activities. If I could go back in time and do things differently, I would never have attended Washington College. |
|Apr 07 2013|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |