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It seems everything is about the money hereBrightHistory/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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The college does a good job selling themselves.BrightBusiness - Management and Administration
The college does a good job selling themselves. note however that there is NEVER anything to do at the college (weekends or weekdays). Besides drinking at the frats, there is literally nothing to do. Most students either (1) sit in there rooms (2) sit in their firends room (3) eat at the overpriced grill (six dollars for 3 small chicken tenders is an average price) or (4) drink. besides that there is nothing on campus (no movies, no social events, NOTHING. On the tour they told me all this stuff that goes on that me or anyone else ive talked to has yet to see (also note that the town of washington is a shithole and there is nothing to do their either). Also, The school expects you to pay for little things (I had a medical condition and doctors note and the school still made me pay $250 to have them put a air conditioner in (which did not work). and on top of that no one ever gets there security deposits back. the school does anything to "nickle and dime" you. The education is good, but it comes at a price (4 years of hell and boredom). Goodluck in your choice
3rd Year Female -- Class 2013
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: F
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This college is missleading and dishonest in theQuite BrightOther
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
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