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This the type of school that is what

Nov 22 2013Economics
This the type of school that is what you make it. If you're a person who makes friends and connections easily, you will love your time here.

Socially, it's very old school, work-hard-play-hard(er). The greek life here is tremendous and open to most anyone, and is the nucleus of social activity on the weekends.

As far as academics go, you will have endless opportunities thrown at you, everything from internships, research projects, extra-curriculars, anything to sculpt the ideal resume.

Whether or not you take advantage of them will largely define how happy you are. Being bored in some locations is more fun than in others. If you stay busy, and that's easier to do here than most places, you will be incredibly happy.

The professors are easy to get to, want you to succeed, and will bend over backwards to make you succeed. There aren't any 20-something TA's with master's degrees teaching you in classrooms with 400 kids; you'd learn from masters of their respective trades and classes of about twelve.Don't come here for the food though...

1st Year Male -- Class 2017
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: C-
Feb 16 2013Biology

I've enjoyed my time so far at W&J

1st Year Female -- Class 2017
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B

It seems everything is about the money here

Aug 25 2014History/Histories (art history/etc.)
It seems everything is about the money here and the value is just not there for the costs. They offer little to no flexibility on several things. For instance, they promote their Greek life but it is a big rip off. The housing is the most expensive on campus and they do a horrible job of cleaning them. We have complained and they basically make empty promises and nothing gets done. I still haven't figured out what I am getting for the extra $1100/semester for my room in addition to another $1200 for frat dues. All off campus housing is controlled by the college including the frat houses. There is no off campus apartments. Nothing is equipped for meal preparation at the dorms or frat houses and they force you to have a meal plan. Housing and the meal plans are absolute rip off. Meals currently break down to about $150/week. Social life is disappointing as noted in the other reviews. Campus shrinks real quick and you begin to feel boxed in because the surrounding town is a ghetto. Wonder too far from campus and you are inviting trouble. Pre Med professors are arrogant and seem to take pleasure in the weed out process. After you are deemed unfit for medical school, there really isn't a program or department worth the cash they are commanding. This school does an incredible job marketing itself but really it is smoke and mirrors. Short of an highly demanding pre med program they really don't stand out, the surrounding area is a shit hole and the business office seems to be in your pocket every time you turn around and provides little opportunity to curb your costs. For example, if I am going to pay to live in a frat house with a kitchen why am I not able to drop the over priced meal plan? This is just one example where they seem to command premium dollar without delivering a premium product.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2016
Faculty Accessibility: A-, Surrounding City: F
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