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May 25 2012English
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I've thoroughly enjoyed my time at W&J. The professors are helpful, the school rewards hard work, and students are barraged with a seemingly endless variety of opportunities. If you're looking for a party school or a place where you can slack off, W&J isn't for you. On the other hand, individuals who genuinely want a good education should consider this college. With the Magellan Project, ample opportunities to study abroad, and Intersession, W&J offers students the chance to experience the world in ways they might never be able to after graduating. Aside from one or two exceptions, I've had nothing but amazing student-teacher relationships. The class sizes are also exceptional; the largest class I?ve been in contained 25 students and the smallest had only 4. Essentially, if you come to W&J and are genuinely interested in learning, expect individual attention and success no matter WHAT your major. If you have goals and the drive to accomplish them, W&J is for you. If you're more concerned about parties or living in an exciting city, look elsewhere. As someone who has had the time of her life here despite the "boring" surroundings, I believe that any motivated and academic-minded individual should find a perfect fit with this college.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2013
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Faculty Accessibility: A+, Surrounding City: B-
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Oct 10 2011English
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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
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Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Surrounding City: D
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Aug 06 2010Psychology
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If you go to W&J and take full advantage of all of the resources available to you, you will be successful. I have had friends transfer both to and from state schools and all remark at how difficult W&J is. There really is no easy or blow-off class. I've tried to take one on numerous occasions and once my "blow-off" class turned out to be harder than all of my other classes. If you go here and work hard you will succeed. W&J gives you opportunities and a solid education. Even with lots and lots of scholarship money it is expensive. I'm just hoping that in the end the benefits will outweigh the costs.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2011
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Useful Schoolwork: A+, Surrounding City: C-
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