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Washington University in St Louis

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA-
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationB+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA+ FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeB+
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Self Absorbed

Quite Bright
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Educational Quality
She rated most things higher than other students did.
Date: Oct 29 2006
Major: Geography and Geosciences (This Major's Salary over time)
I am a freshman this year at Washington University in St. Louis, and I am so happy I decided to come here. I had a very tough time deciding last year because I had a lot of good options, but I could not have made a better decision. The university is a beautiful place; there are trees all over and the buildings look exactly how I always thought a university should look. That may sound really shallow, but it really does make a difference… when I walk out of Chemistry I may feel concerned about understanding the material or doing well on tests, but then I look around me at the cool Gothic buildings and I am so amazed that I am here. A lot of people don't know of Wash. U or may not like the idea of going to school in Missouri (I'm from California, and the lack of a well-known name was a big concern for me and I was temped to choose Cornell instead because going to New York sounded so much better) But I have found that the name doesn't matter so much now. Everyone here in this part of the country knows Wash. U is a spectacular school, and so do the med schools and graduate schools. So I wouldn't worry too much about the name. One of the big plusses of this school is the scholarship policies. First of all, there is merit based aid available which was a big factor for me. If you apply to the university, make sure to apply for the scholarships! There are a lot of scholarships available, and so apply and do a really good job on the application. For me, it certainly paid off; I've got a full scholarship here with a stipend each year. Then, the policy for outside scholarships is great too… if you're a National Merit finalist, the school gives you money depending on what type of National Merit scholarship you get; I got a $2500 one-time scholarship from NMSQT, but Wash. U is continuing that for my sophomore, junior and senior years. Additional outside sholarships are also yours to keep; financial aid doesn't just sink your scholarship money towards your need based aid at all! That's huge. In fact, this semester the university wrote a check to me because I had more money scholarship money coming in than the semester 's tuition, room and board were costing. Of course, I have been very lucky and I worked very hard. I don't want to give the impression that everyone here has full scholarships or anything. All I mean to say is that need and merit based aid is very very reasonable at Washington University relative to other universities and that you should apply for scholarships! The people here are very nice; most the teachers do care very much about their classes and teaching well. In the big classes like chemistry, it's not very personal, but you can always go to help sessions, office hours, or talk to the professor after class. I like my smaller classes a lot more though, because you really get to know your professor and the other students. For example, my writing professor has individual conferences with us every couple of weeks. That may not sound that important, but I always leave more encouraged and ready to go write my intimidating essay. Lastly, the location of Wash U is really beautiful. Perhaps people from green areas might not find it that special, but I am from a dry area of the country and I am so excited by all the trees and the beautiful fall colors. Wash. U is right beside Forest Park which is an enormous green park full of trees, a free art museum, and the free St. Louis zoo. It's a great place to wander around in when you're sick of studying. In fact, last month, there was a big hot air balloon event and my friends and I went and saw all these huge colorful hot air balloons getting lit up. Now, I hope I do not sound falsely positive about Wash. U… I just am enjoying being here so much and I really haven't found anything bad about the school. I never expected college to be so inspiring, full of so many good smart people, and so beautiful. The academics are extremely challenging, but it helps to be in a place that constantly reminds me that I am getting an super excellent education.
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