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Eastern Washington University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueB- University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC- FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeD
Surrounding CityF Extra CurricularsA
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Date: Nov 25 2013
Major: Education (This Major's Salary over time)
First, I'll start with the positive things about this school because the list is a great deal shorter and will be easier to get through. First, most of the faculty are pretty nice and will help you when you need it. Unfortunately, if you're trying to figure out anything regarding your major or graduation requirements (or anything not to do with their classes), most are as ill-informed as you are. Don't get me wrong, for the most part, that's not their fault, but EWU is horrible at making information easily available (such as who your major adviser is, for example). Another positive thing, in my opinion, was classes. Don't get me wrong, some were busy work, but most everything above the 300 level was actually decently challenging or informative. EWU also keeps up with their maintenance, even if a lot of things are rather monotonous (such as the brick buildings). Spokane is relatively close by as well.

So onto negative aspects: First and foremost, I'd say if you have any type of special diet and intend to live in the dorms at all, don't go here. I'm a vegetarian, and they have only a handful of options (generally, one or two items at each eating establishment) and don't let you opt out of the ridiculously overpriced food plan. Plus, they make you pay for a buffet meal thing and there's been days where all they had (in terms of vegetarian food) was salad and fruit (so no main courses).

Another thing - there's nothing to do in Cheney. Sure, Spokane is like 23 miles away, but, especially if you don't have a car or intend to hit the bars and shouldn't drive, it gets really boring going out there and having to catch a bus back (and they only run until like 10 back to Cheney on weekends). When I say there's nothing to do in Cheney, i really mean it. There's no movie theater, three really generic bars, no bike trails leading directly out of the town (there's one that starts like 4 miles outside of Cheney), one bowling alley, and there's about it. Even the medium/small town I grew up in had more to do in it.

If you grew up on the west side, I'd highly recommend coming here and looking at the weather before you decide to go here. And I don't mean in the summer because most of the school year will be freezing cold and windy, or it will be freezing cold, snowy, and windy. It snows until May. It dwindles down by that time, but the fact that it snows in May astonished me. That's about a six month period from the first snow to the last. And it's not the nice

snow of the west side that goes away within a week. Instead, the snow here falls, gets dirty (think of like brown icy slush), and lays there for ages. And when it finally starts to clear up, it snows again. And, since there's no trees (another negative), there's nothing to block the wind, so that makes it that much colder (plus, you have to deal with the snow hitting you sideways and drenching/freezing you that was as well). Then, like two weeks before school lets out, it will get super hot and you'll swelter to death.

Honestly, unless you grew up in this region or really love Spokane, I don't suggest going here. The school itself isn't spectacular of anything, and I feel like there's better options within the same price range. Given a second chance, I would have transferred after my first year here.

questionYou mentioned there are schools in the same price range? What schools do you have in mind? Thanks!
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