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I had a great time at W&J

Dec 14 2011Business - Management and Administration
I had a great time at W&J. Perfect combination of a highly regarded liberal-arts college and a high professor to student ratio (i.e. small sizes). The professors, for the most part, were very intelligent and taught applicable material, not strictly theory. I was in a fraternity, but I had plenty of friends who were "independent." The social scene at the college, while small, gets pretty crazy sometimes. The downtown area of Washington isn't a very fascinating one, but my friends and I always found a good time. There are a couple nearby bars that are fun and within walking distance. Overall, I had an awesome time at W&J.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Assistant Manager Preparedness: B+ Reputation: B

This college is missleading and dishonest in the

Oct 13 2011Other
This college is missleading and dishonest in the following way : It does advertise it has 90%-80% rate of medical school admission. It gathers 150-200 into premed program. Screens 30 of them after 4 years and they apply to med school and then 24 get admitted and they say this is 80% success. My Goosness; why be so dishonest and say 24/200=12%...the reason they misslead the numbers is they want people to attend this college.

As far as professors; they are not really inviting you home and have close relationship with students...it is a myth and dishonest to say this....professors are busy with their own children and life and do not even have enough office hours; imagin how they can help you.... the helpers are students tutors who are on workstudy pay and do not know the subject they try to tutor !

Advisors gand advise new students. They do not care what you can and want to take...they just give you a course list. You either make it or you fail ! then they say ohhhh you have to change your fields of study..

Bottom line, W&J advertises Pre-Med rate of 90%. Gets 390 students in; screens 30 to to to pre-med and pressures the rest to switch to teaching, business, etc.......this is how they make money and gather students.... they sell medical school hope and you end it up a teacher !

You tell me "Is it worth $48K per year to pay to this colleges for 4 years to become a teacher !!!"
Very DISHONEST COLLEGE
IT IS A SHAME
I highly recommand parents and students DO NOT get tricked by their statics for premed or admission tricks..because they have thier own agenda to collect students and fill their departments...

As far as courses and professors; they are very small and cannot offer ontime and enough courses; but offer few in each area to keep it going...

Most of famous Alumni of this college graduated from W&J when the year was 1800 and only a handful of colleges in the US were in operation...so Washington or Jefferson used to be one of the few in the nation and hence they were one of few and those who attended did well then (in 1800)...but after 1900 and in the year 2000, this colleges looks like a rural high school...

DO NOT WASTE YOUR $48K......
We made a mistake and fixed it; you do not fall in their marketing trap please.Good luck

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Preparedness: F Reputation: F

Professors: W&J is called a family for a

Oct 10 2011English
Professors: W&J is called a family for a reason-- there is a great sense of camaraderie between faculty, staff and students. Many professors have no qualms about friending students on Facebook or inviting students to their homes. If you plan on attending grad school, though, be warned that the professors will NOT make any large effort to pull for you or network with other professors at grad programs to get you in. You are expected to do this on your own. On the bright side, because the college is so small, everyone will quickly know you by name...

Students:...However, the social life for students is dominated by the Greek life on campus, and the town of Washington is quiet and uneventful. A large percentage of students go home for the weekend, and many more travel into Pittsburgh about 40 minutes away in hopes of more exciting weekend activities. If you do not wish to pledge Greek, plan on becoming very involved with SAB (student activities board) so that you have things to do.

Campus activities/events: Nevertheless, in past years, SAB has increased the number of activities for non-Greeks and Greeks alike. If you have a car, take it with you to campus. Not only is parking free, but you will quickly become stir-crazy living on the tiny campus without it. Due to W&J's small size, it is also very easy to network among faculty and staff and quickly, so if you plan on starting a new club or spearheading a campus event, you will know who to contact right away.

Coursework: W&J takes the liberal arts curriculum to heart. If you are a science person who expects to take no courses in the humanities, do NOT go to W&J. Likewise, if you are not in the sciences, expect to take two natural science and math courses with one lab. Academically, W&J is only challenging in the first two years. At around halfway through junior year, I felt unchallenged by my coursework, and assignments began to feel like busywork. I applied to and currently attend a top-5 ranked grad school because I was desperate for a challenge. That said, A-grades are completely attainable.

Dorms: All students are required to live on campus for four years and are guaranteed housing (unless they register as commuters or appeal to live off-campus.) The dorms are, for the most part, rather old. Thankfully they are larger than at most campuses, and there are plenty of opportunities to live in a single dorm. There is also pet housing on campus, and the college community is incredibly tolerant of dogs and cats roaming with their owners on campus.

Safety: The city of Washington, where the college is located, is a major hub for transportation of illegal drugs from the Midwest into New England. Crime is therefore not unheard of. However, the campus itself is watched by both city police and campus security, and, in my experience, never felt unsafe. I frequently walked around campus in the wee hours of the night by myself and felt perfectly secure. Laptops do get stolen and straying into the wrong parts of town is not advisable, but if you are vigilant and keep W&J Security's number close on hand, you will feel at ease living on campus.Overall: I loved my experience at W&J. I received personal attention from my professors and was able to get involved in clubs and campus initiatives very easily. I recommend this college!

4th Year Female -- Class 2011
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Surrounding City: D
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