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| At first WashU was one of my top choices(third to dartmouth and NU but I got rejected by both) and the best school that took me, which is why I went there. I was apprehensive about the city, but figured that it wasn't going to be so bad, right? I mean, at least I wasn't going to Grinnell in Iowa...|
I imagined college would be fun and exciting. But the last 2 years have been absolute hell for me. I hated WashU since the 2nd week of school and tried to transfer out two years in a row. If you are bio major or premed, it will be an awful experience. I was originally a premed art major and switched to gender studies and finally to biology because it was the only major I could fulfil to graduate on time. The premed classes are enough to drive any sane person nuts.
The upper level gender studies professors are arrogant and attempt to shove their gender war agendas down your throat and are not open to new ideas. If you don't agree with them, you fail basically. Which is why I changed majors to biology, which I felt probably had more fair professors.
If you are a biology major or premed, you will have the unfortunate luck of encountering Dr. Tuan-hua Ho, professor for Bio 1. He speaks with an awfully strong accent and if you approach him for help, he will arrogantly reproach you and tell you to read the book.
If you are a chem major or premed, you will also get the luxury of meeting Professor Kit Mao.
Chem 1 and 2 were pretty awful and I have to admit I did not learn an applicable thing from either class. The intro physics class were ok though. I felt that I did gain something from Phys 117/118. The Calculus classes are absolutely horrible though.
If you want to go to med school, do not come here. Your ego will be destroyed and everything you ever learned will be turned upside down and your GPA will probably never get you in. You will probably not even want to be a doctor after you finish the requirements. I genuinely tried and worked hard here but I have always felt that this was not the place for me and I was never happy here. The city of St. Louis is terrible as well. From a big city, I really regret coming to WashU for college. If I could do it again, I would have taken up that full scholarship at UMiami or USC.
|Jun 07 2010|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| When I first applied to Wash U I had no intention of actually coming to the school. But after being accepted and having the school fly me down for two different weekends in the spring I was hooked. The students I met were so friendly and intelligent. Everyone had something great to tell me about the school.|
Now after being here for a year I can definitely say that this school does not disappoint. Professors here are incredibly friendly and accessible, they all hold office hours and if you can't make them they're more than willing to meet with you at other times. The professors in Olin definitely focus on teaching undergraduates and all the TAs they use for subsection are incredibly knowledgeable. And in the b-school you can always find them hanging around the undergraduate lounge so it's really easy to get to know them or ask them for more help. The classes I'm taking are all interesting and it is so easy to get involved on campus. There is a club or group on campus for everyone, and if there's not, it is very easy to start one yourself since this school has one of the largest student budgets of any comparable school. Finally, the food and the dorms at Wash U are some of the best in the country and with SoFoHo opening up this fall, the South 40 is going to be even better.
However, there are a few downsides to Wash U. First, there is very little school spirit. While there is a hard core group of students that attend sports games and our teams consistently win national titles, no one bleeds red and green here. While we all love the school and all it offers, you'll routinely see students sporting other schools gear and the football stands are almost always empty. Second, is the party scene, while there are always parties going on even during the week, they are no where near as crazy as they would be at a state school. The parties here are much more laid back and you'll realize soon after freshman year that the frat scene isn't that great. For everyone who can get into the bars that's where you'll find people Thursday night, otherwise there are some great off campus parties happening every weekend. On the plus side, the campus drinking policy is very lax, basically as long as you act responsibly the cops are not going to care. And also, almost all parties are free to get into, not exclusive, and the alcohol is usually free.Overall, Wash U is an amazing school and I have absolutely no regrets about choosing to attend Wash U.
|Apr 07 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
|Not so bright|
| I was surprised by the number of east coast students. Considering the school's food was rated so high, I was a little disappointed- it was good, but not great, but the new primary dining hall is under construction. |
Students are smart across the board, but for the most part, fairly well rounded. Pre-med track is challenging, but not impossible.
Some parts of St. Louis are not so hot, but the area around Wash U. is great. The campus is beautiful, the new dorms outstanding.
Not being from the midwest, I was apprehensive about the location and climate. This winter has been chilly, but not miserable. I've learned to dress warm. I understand springs in St. Louis are great. All in all, WUSTL turned out to be a great choice.
|Mar 03 2010|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2014 |