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Washington, PA
Undergrads
1,419
Tuition
$38,310
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Computers: We have tons of computer labs, but with lots of different computers, which makes me feel stupid. I cannot for the life of me work a Mac correctly ad often find myself without another option. I usually bring m own laptop for this very purpose. Everything else about our tech support and centers and network reliability and speed is great.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have a great scholarship, a small loan, and I am a commuter. I have been able to save tons of money commuting, which is good, but my experience with financial aid was quite the process and quite a headache. I had a lot of trouble with communication with my Financial Aid department and found the whole ordeal extremely frustrating. It shouldn't have been that hard at such a small school.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: We do have a shuttle into the big city every weekend but taxis are expensive and public transportation is inconvenient and we definitely need more of it. As for "zip cars," I do not know of any pick up places nearby.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: This past year the weather has been absolutely crazy. Hot, cold, hot, cold, hot , cold. Rainy gray, cold days definitely affect people's moods and attitudes and it is usually unpleasant to be outside walking around in icky weather.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are some bars around town but I wouldn't be caught dead out at one of them at night. There is transportation provided nearly every weekend into Pittsburgh where the nightlife is much more alive and interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have tons of diversity clubs and all types of students are involved. It is great to be able to participate in all of these clubs with no worries about what others will think. People are very accepting at my school and it really shows

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I never knew that there really was a college out there that was a perfect fit for me, but I found it and couldn't be happier.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I was originally a Bio major and discovered not only that I hated it, but that I wasn't good at it. I had a ton of people I could go to discuss other possible majors. I made use of Career Services, many teachers and other students, and my adviser at the time. It was easy to change my major to International Studies and there was no real application process, I just had to deny my Bio major and find a new adviser, an easy process made easier by my past adviser.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my major and the whole program. I am working through all of the requirements diligently and hope to graduate a semester early. There is definitely a lot of work involved but it is totally worth it. Haven't looked into internships yet, but that will come after I spend a semester abroad. I LOVE MY MAJOR!!!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys are either really well-dressed or really dressed-down. Girls are pretty much the same. People at college wear bummy clothes, what can I say? My college is small but you'd be surprised at the number of couples. Interests are pretty diverse ranging from all of the clubs at school, sports, and other activities.

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Little dinky Washington is soo small and full of people who have been stuck here their entire lives. I wouldn't mind staying in or around Washington, but it wouldn't be my very first choice. There are a few activities around school but practically nowhere is safe at night and I wouldn't ever be out by myself. Thankfully, Pittsburgh is close and there is a TON to do there.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many frat and sorority houses off campus as well as on. There are also several houses close to campus that have been divided up into apartments and are pretty nice.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: It's great if you can find a place close to where you need to be. Ticketing officers are strict though, and tickets are expensive, especially for a college student. I am a commuter and thankfully, I have a free parking permit and a parking lot to use it in.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: While my school is extremely strict about the honor code and plagiarism, policies having to do with alcohol and dorm security could be a bit tougher.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No one really pressures you into doing something you dont want to do and you will not be treated differently. The drug usage is not visible.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a wide-variety of chain restaurants around Washington, and there are a greater variety a half hour away in Pittsburgh.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There is plenty of access to computers on campus

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is decent, but it does get repetitive after a while.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a big part of student life at W&J with about 40% of students being a member of a fraternity or sorority. Greeks on campus tend to hold more leadership positions and collectively have a slightly higher GPA than non-Greeks. You are not considered an outcast for not being Greek. However, going Greek can be a very enjoyable experience that can be very beneficial.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are four Freshman Residence halls: one all-male, one all-female, and two coed dorms. They are on the older side, but certainly can be enjoyable to live in. A lot of your friends during freshman year will most likely live in the same dorm as you. Upperclassman have the opportunity to live in suite-style dorms that are newly built and spacious. Members of a fraternity or sorority can live in the Greek houses.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Once you choose a specific major, you receive a specific advisor who knows an abundant amount of information about future careers and such.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is very nice and open to questions and conversation.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are a lot of computers to use at the Tech Center and the Library.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Almost everyone is an athlete, and there is no shortage of school spirit.

College Freshman

Weather: It doesn't affect my campus experience at all. It's regular Pennsylvania weather.

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Alexandra Sossi
Hometown
Peters Township, PA
Major
English
Grad Year
2013
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While some students may spend the week of finals cursing all of their classes and wishing that graduation would just get there already, after a couple of months in the real world, most alumni wish they could return to their good old days at W&J. The four years spent at W&J are undeniably difficult, but they are years well spent. W&J changes its students, and most leave completely different from how they came in. Even those who continue on in the career they have always dreamed of will leave with new interests and a new perspective on that career.

Over the years, W&J has changed and improved the experiences that students can have on campus and around the world. Students are able to do independent research with the multi-million-dollar laboratory equipment in Swanson, speak with professors who have taught in other countries, or take a trip halfway around the world to study another culture. If you come to W&J wanting to get involved and take advantage of all the opportunities offered, then there is no doubt that you will get a fantastic education and have terrific experiences. However, if you come and just want to stay on campus and stick to your normal routine, you will still get a fantastic education but just might not benefit from all the college has to offer.

W&J offers chances that larger colleges or universities could never offer. Most students have dinners with the president, deans, or different professors a few times a semester, and successful alumni are always happy to help out students with career advice. While there may be other colleges that match W&J in academics, any current student will tell you that there is no comparison to the experiences that you will get outside of the classroom.

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