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| I am a freshman this year at Washington University in St. Louis, and I am so happy I decided to come here. I had a very tough time deciding last year because I had a lot of good options, but I could not have made a better decision. The university is a beautiful place; there are trees all over and the buildings look exactly how I always thought a university should look. That may sound really shallow, but it really does make a difference... when I walk out of Chemistry I may feel concerned about understanding the material or doing well on tests, but then I look around me at the cool Gothic buildings and I am so amazed that I am here. A lot of people don't know of Wash. U or may not like the idea of going to school in Missouri (I'm from California, and the lack of a well-known name was a big concern for me and I was temped to choose Cornell instead because going to New York sounded so much better) But I have found that the name doesn't matter so much now. Everyone here in this part of the country knows Wash. U is a spectacular school, and so do the med schools and graduate schools. So I wouldn't worry too much about the name. One of the big plusses of this school is the scholarship policies. First of all, there is merit based aid available which was a big factor for me. If you apply to the university, make sure to apply for the scholarships! There are a lot of scholarships available, and so apply and do a really good job on the application. For me, it certainly paid off; I've got a full scholarship here with a stipend each year. Then, the policy for outside scholarships is great too... if you're a National Merit finalist, the school gives you money depending on what type of National Merit scholarship you get; I got a $2500 one-time scholarship from NMSQT, but Wash. U is continuing that for my sophomore, junior and senior years. Additional outside sholarships are also yours to keep; financial aid doesn't just sink your scholarship money towards your need based aid at all! That's huge. In fact, this semester the university wrote a check to me because I had more money scholarship money coming in than the semester 's tuition, room and board were costing. Of course, I have been very lucky and I worked very hard. I don't want to give the impression that everyone here has full scholarships or anything. All I mean to say is that need and merit based aid is very very reasonable at Washington University relative to other universities and that you should apply for scholarships! The people here are very nice; most the teachers do care very much about their classes and teaching well. In the big classes like chemistry, it's not very personal, but you can always go to help sessions, office hours, or talk to the professor after class. I like my smaller classes a lot more though, because you really get to know your professor and the other students. For example, my writing professor has individual conferences with us every couple of weeks. That may not sound that important, but I always leave more encouraged and ready to go write my intimidating essay. Lastly, the location of Wash U is really beautiful. Perhaps people from green areas might not find it that special, but I am from a dry area of the country and I am so excited by all the trees and the beautiful fall colors. Wash. U is right beside Forest Park which is an enormous green park full of trees, a free art museum, and the free St. Louis zoo. It's a great place to wander around in when you're sick of studying. In fact, last month, there was a big hot air balloon event and my friends and I went and saw all these huge colorful hot air balloons getting lit up. Now, I hope I do not sound falsely positive about Wash. U... I just am enjoying being here so much and I really haven't found anything bad about the school. I never expected college to be so inspiring, full of so many good smart people, and so beautiful. The academics are extremely challenging, but it helps to be in a place that constantly reminds me that I am getting an super excellent education. |
|Oct 29 2006|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| I am currently a grad student in Electrical Engineering at Univ. of Southern California and work full time a very large firm in Southern California. I received my undergraduate degree at Wash. U.|
Wash U is one of the best schools I've ever attended. The quality of the students and faculty in Computer Science is world-class. In college I was just average relative to my peers, but in the real world, my education really stood out. I work in LA where I am a star engineer. My understanding of Computer Science is so much deeper and more theoretical than my peers. I understand the material much better than any of my peers.. I grew up in a poor family and I had to take out all loans to go to wash u, my parents couldn't even afford books. It was worth every cent, the best investment I've ever made. Financially, I went from rags to riches. I am literally living the American Dream. I feel like I can afford anything. And at the age of 23, I can afford to pay the full tuition for my sister's medical school education too.
People are surprised, they've never heard of Wash U, but the students really shine when they come out. I really have to work to prove myself, whereas students from better schools are automatically assumed to be more "intelligent" and more often than not fall short.
In short, Wash U was a great place. Unlike schools in california like USC, Wash U is very uncommercialized. The professors are really dedicated and the research is not driven by industry and money but by pure interest in the material. At USC, the topics taught are much more shallow and the people are less interested in research and more interested in money. In general, if you are thinking of Wash U, it's an excellent choice. Your education will be equal to if not surpass the standards set by more famous schools.
| Starting Job: Software Engineer, Preparedness: A+, Reputation: A+ |
|Apr 18 2003|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |
| Wash U seems to be the most underrated college in the nation. I have only heard amazing things from current undergrads and alums. Similarly, nearly every student I have met at Wash U could not love a place more. Seniors are sad to leave and freshman are thrilled to become a part of the Wash U community. Being at Wash U fosters all things great. Additionally, you will never find nicer students. |
|Jan 21 2003|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2005 |