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| School tends to coddle the conservative and serve the State population, and treat anyone creative, challenging, original and/or skeptical rather roughly. Its a good place to send your daughter to keep her out of trouble in other words. Good for business pre-MBA and pre-law. Many looking for a career in Washington go there. Science facilities are rather poor. Computer facilites are poor. Most of the English Department is embedded in old-fashioned Structuralism. You must adapt socially within the Department, or the degree will be useless as the profs inform colleagues outside the College. The coursework is VERY challenging, largely due to grading by inflexible "curve", but the programs are not valued outside of the State. Here in California, CWM is commonly thought to be a "girls Middle-school somewhere in Vermont. Cafeteria food and football team both rated "worst in the South" by virtually all surveys. |
|Oct 20 2005|| 4th Year Male --
Class 1980 |
| Read the reveiws on this site and campusdirt.com, for the most part htey are true.|
The school is excellent for academics, but everythign else seems just mediocre. The food, although vastly improved with newly renovated cafeterias, gets old fast. For the most part people here are very approachable.
The sports teams are starting to get more popular, especially football, but spectators are still relatively scarce.
The activity opportunities here are amazing, there truly is a club for every interest, even a revolutionary war reeneacting club...
But weekends really are terrible here. You look forward to them just so you can have more time to study. The frat parties get very old after you go a few times, and off campus parties are small and are often busted by the police. The town and campus police are extremely strict on alcohol laws. There is also very little chance of going anywhere off campus if you don't have a car because the nearest "city" is about 30 minutes away, and richmond is about an hour.
Overall, if you are really hardcore about studying and aren't really much into partying then this place is for you. Also, if you're a conservative Christian this place is also for you. Warning to Out-of-Staters: There are A LOT of VA kids, and the student body is fairly homogenous, so I wouldn't go here if you're looking for diversity.As for me, I am considering transferring next year/semester, I still haven't decided.
|Sep 28 2005|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2008 |
| Overall, I was very happy about my decision to attend WM. Having transferred from a school in southern california to WM on the east coast, I feel that I have a diverse view and a very objective opinion about WM. Students who transfer in have a more balanced opinion than those that are there for all four years.|
To begin with, the overall sentiment regarding social aspects at the College are correct. There are a limited number of social outlets for parties on the weekend. Before you are legal, there are few options since the recent fraternity drinking law reforms. Once you can legally drink, there are only three bars (all on the same corner) that everyone goes to on a regular basis. However, if you are not into drinking, or don't feel like it that night, there are plenty of social events that are planned by the all-inviting clubs that campus has to offer every night of the week. In general, the student population consists of 1/3 extroverts who are out every weekend, 1/3 who go out every once in a while, and 1/3 who rarely make a social outing.
Regarding school spirit, everyone is fairly apathetic towards the sports teams. I find this odd considering that the level of involvement in IM and other recreational sports is very high.
Academically, it is possible to do well, but you will not be in the majority. You will have never worked harder for an A in your life...and you still may miss it by just a few points. In another review, an author indicated that the average gpa is low; just a 3.0. I agree with this, but it's more like 2.7. Regardless of your department, your gpa will hurt your chance of acceptance into graduate school. I am currently attending medical school, and although WM has a good reputation, admissions committees do not take into account the difficulty of the curriculum (esp. the sciences). The faculty is great though. Even though they are extremely 'olde school' when it comes to the conduct of the course (moving exam dates, makeups, extra credit does not exist), the faculty is enthusiastic to be there for you and assist in your education. The Princeton Review quoted WM as: "Where the fun goes to die". You will need to study on the weekend to get anywhere near that average gpa. This does not mean Sunday night. This means Saturday during the day and Sunday (at least)...esp. if you are in the sciences. I would like to conclude by saying that it is difficult to find a happy balance of social and academic life here. The gpa factor when applying to medical school outweighs the College's reputation factor. I would do it again though.
|Sep 24 2005|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |