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Webster University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC Faculty AccessibilityB+
Useful SchoolworkD+ Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessC Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueA University Resource UseF
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeD
Surrounding CityC+ Extra CurricularsF
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Date: Apr 26 2007
Major: Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc (This Major's Salary over time)
Webster is definitely a commuter's college judging that probably only around 1,000 students live on campus out of the 5,000 undergrads. However, a commuter can easily find him/herself alienated from the rest of the student population because the students aren't very approachable. It's like when you're walking through the mall and you may casually make eye-contact but you immediately advert your eyes. There are gems at the school, genuine people and students much like those who operate the photo lab: they are honest-to-goodness the most pleasurable people I have ever had to work with as a photo student.

As for professors, it's a bit hit-or-miss. As previously stated, the adjunct[part-time] professors don't seem qualified enough to teach at a college level but their expertise in their respective field may hold some value… but the full-time has always been enjoyable, always knowledgeable, and are what you would dream college professors would be.

Advisors are always prompt to reply to your request to see them about anything, and are always helpful. Advisors, generally, are assigned to students that have majors in whatever he/she is teaching [i.e., a photo student will have a photo professor as an advisor].

Classes at Webster are not all together difficult but you will be easily bogged down by prerequisite classes. However, it is not difficult to fudge your prerequisites and land yourself in a class that you should have taken 3 courses in order to get into it.

Student activities are always thinking up things to keep students entertained and informed but there is hardly anything spectacular. And these activities and extra-curricular activities feel more geared towards those living on campus, seeing that most of the meetings happen around 9:00pm, a time when most commuters have already been home for a few hours.

One of the big positives about Webster is if you are into theatre. Webster's campus houses the St. Louis Reperatory Theatre that produces a number of mainstage and off-ramp shows that are usually of good-high quality. It also has classrooms for theatre courses. They offer rush tickets to Webster students for $8 and the theatre is across the street from the dorms. However, you will often find the matinees to be populated by high school students that generally keep to themselves but may sneak off and be a bit obnoxious.

There isn't much to look at while walking to your classes, though the grounds are kept spectacularly clean—the campus allows smoking and you will see many students/faculty/staff smoking but you will hardly ever see a cigarette butt on the ground. The flowers are always beautiful and I constantly see them being maintained. The buildings too, are always clean and have staff running around all the time. As clean as the buildings are, they are a bit rickety. Webster Hall, where it is almost %100 guaranteed you will have a class, has no central air conditioning or heating—they have huge air conditioners sticking out of windows and old-fashioned metal furnaces that may freeze the back of your neck or burn your back respectively, if you unfortunately have the seat next to them.

In the end, choose to go to Webster if attending a relatively small, sleepy school is your thing. It's definitely a place that is laid-back where nothing particularly special happens.

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