Washington University in St. Louis

4.7 of 5 stars Overall Student Rating (8 Student Reviews)

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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

Great academics. All profs have PHDs and are really approachable. Classes are tiny average of 15 students!


Downers

Literally everyone here is so happy. We have such a high quality of life. I am sometimes stressed out but never unhappy.


Comments

Common application, SAT, SAT IIs, ACT, scholarships, interviews


Level

1


Graduation Year

2014


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

For arts and sciences, they use the "discovery curriculum". The discovery curriculum includes a system of clusters, courses that complement each other for broader or deeper learning. Clusters must be taken in various categorie to fulfill distribution requirements. 75% or more of classes are 24 students or less, as far as I know. Grading is pretty tough, everybody at WashU is quite intelligent, also shown by the heavy workload.


Downers

Overall, the 10 does everything justice. I live at a resort. Enough said.


Comments

The application can be done from the common application. As for financial aid, there are programs for that, mainly need based scholarships


Level

1


Graduation Year

2014


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4.7 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

The only required class is Writing 1 to get students acclimated to the new writing environment in college. Other than that students are required to fill a certain number of credits spanning across distribution areas such as natural sciences, social sciences, writing intensive, qualitative analysis and social differentiation. Most majors require the typical pre-requisites and about 15 credits worth of upper level courses. The class size is on average about 18 people but the larger introductory courses span from 300 (the largest) to about 100 but they break down into smaller subsections. All professors have office hours as well as TA's where they keep their doors open for any student to just walk in. Students at Wash U aren't competitive and even are enthusiastic about helping others and making sure their peers succeed just as much as they want to. The grading can at times be very difficult and not make sense but overall it is fair. The workload can become excessive at times and departments don't always communicate which results in many large assignments due at the same time.


Downers

The housing is beautiful and creates great floor communities. The facilities are all amazing and are top notch for all students and faculty. The food is some of the best I've had at any college campus and is top notch. The school apparently hires chefs from the Culinary Institute of America just to make the food. There are times where students do not feel as safe as possible but overall safety is not a big worry for students.


Comments

The application requires no supplement and therefore more students are inclined to apply just because it is simple and easy. Otherwise the application uses only the common application.


Level

1


Graduation Year

2014


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4.8 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

Degree requirements make for a strong foundation, advising for school, major, and generic 4-year advisers, professors are accessible, class size is small/manageable (20-is the average) students are not competitive one another, the school truly feels like a community. Professors are accessible and want to help students in any way they can. Workload is rigorous...but studnets at EwashU know how to balance academics, co-curriculars, and a social life.


Downers

Living is top of the line, brand new temperpedic (sp?) Mattresses, awesome freshman floor experience, the facilities are always clean, the community is both studious and happy. Midterms are stressful for most students but there are resources available for help. Crime is not an issue on campus. Keep your doors locked and be responsible for your own belongings.


Comments

Common application, no additional essays, ED option, regular admission, both financial aid and scholarship opportunities


Level

1


Graduation Year

2014


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5.0 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

core classes by program/school superb academic advising average class size of 17 overall business average class size slightly more (from what I can tell) many opportunities for research it's very competitive to get into WashU, but once you get here, everyone tries to be the best student possible--not to compete against other students. students compete against themselves many study abroad opportunities


Downers

wonderful housing (temperpedic mattresses) bathrooms are cleaned twice per week campus has unique, academic feel, which I like wonderful library -- large with study accommodations for every type of studier very safe campus I love being at WashU. My overall happiness is incredibly high.


Comments

standard application early decision due Nov 15 regular decision due Jan 15 merit and need-based cholarships


Level

2


Graduation Year

2013


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4.3 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Comments

Wash U offers the option of early decision but not early action. Almost every student I have talked to interviewed with the university prior to admission, but I never did. We ask only for the Common Application--no additional essays. Wash U reaches out to high schools all around the country with our numerous admissions officers. We have great opportunities for financial aid, both need-based and merit-based. Our philosophy is that if we admit a student, we want to find a way to make sure the student can afford to enroll.


Level

2


Graduation Year

2013


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

Cluster system with 4 main areas: social sciences, natural science, textual/historical studies and language/the arts. In addition to taking several courses in each of these areas, students must fulfill several other general courses: Writing I, a Cultural Diversity course, a Social Diversity course and a class that qualifies as writing intensive. Professors are accessible and allow students to work with them on research projects, however, these positions are competitive. Grading is also competitive, but a friendly atmosphere is fostered by encouraging group work and collaboration. Students average around 10 hours per week of work outside classes.


Downers

Housing and food is amazing, but a little costly. The library is nice enough, but I find that most students are disappointed with its hours. The athletic center is sort of gross, so a lot of students are turned off by it. Crime and safety is stressed as an issue on campus, but main campus itself is safe, even at night.


Comments

Common applcation, supplemental form, early decision is an option. Financial aid via FAFSA form OR academic achievement.


Level

3


Graduation Year

2012


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4.2 of 5 stars
Date: 2011


Uppers

The only required course freshmen have to take is Writing 1. The other distribution requirements vary from division to division. However, the requirements are fairly flexible and allow students to take classes they enjoy. The advising system is awesome here. You have a four year academic advisor that will make sure you stay on track for graduation in 4 years. Professors are very accessible and are always willing to meet with students. There are more research opportunities on campus than there are students to fill them. Research is happening in every single major on campus. Grading varies from class to class, depending on the professor. Classes are challenging, but we have a very supportive and collaborative academic environment. We all want to do well in class, but we all want to see our peers succeeding as well. The workload varies from week to week based on your schedule and the number of classes you are taking during the semester. Most students take 15 credits (5 classes) each semester. There are also several study abroad opportunities. Some are language-based, and some are in English to fit the needs of each student.


Downers

Our housing is awesome! The facilities we have in our residential areas are pretty spectacular. We have about 15 libraries on campus, so students can find where they prefer to study. There are also places to study in the dorms as well. We have a great relationship with the St. Louis community, and students often do community service in St. Louis. Campus is very safe, and we are in a residential area. Many facutly and staff members live with their families in the surrounding areas of campus. Students are overall very happy, and we enjoy being here. Being around other people who also enjoy being here is what makes this place so great.


Comments

There is a supplement to the common application, but it is extremely easy to fill out. There is no additional essay. There are optional interviews, but they are fairly informal and really serve the purpose of just getting to know the student a little better. There is an Early Decision and Regular Decision option when you apply. The university works with students to meet their financial needs, and they continue to alter packages throughout your time at the university if your situation changes. There are many opportunities for academic scholarships, but they do require a separate application.


Level

4


Graduation Year

2011


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