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Reviews 700 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's Washington. There isn't much to do around here.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The warnings for crime in the surrounding area are slow.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Standard options for a college/ university. It is a very welcoming environment however some sports tend to only associate amongst themselves

3 College Senior

Diversity: W&J could open up its doors to a more culturally diverse student body but they are a very welcoming group. The difficulty is attracting diverse populations.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: In order for most students to get out and enjoy the quote un quote city their best bet is to visit Pittsburgh through the shuttle service. Not much is offered or enjoyable in the Washington area.

5 College Senior

Academics: I am an international relations and political science double major with a minor in africa and the middle east. I have a wide breadth of classes and programs offered through the curriculum.

5 College Senior

Academics: There are various requirements with each but you have a great advisor to work with you during the process.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As a private institution it is very interesting to see the role of campus administration, primarily the police. I do not understand why parking is a fifty dollar ticket if violated, especially when there are extenuating circumstances ie, roads closed for construction, repair etc.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: The bars closest to campus are not in the best part of Washington. If you want to go to a better scene this usually requires you to drive which poses a risk for people who have been drinking. W&J does however offer their shuttle service to Pittsburgh on the weekends and I absolutely love this option!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a lot of repetition with dining services at W&J

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: After the incident with Tim a few years ago it seemed as if Campus security had stepped up their role on campus; however, there is still more of a friendly tone with security than a protected one. I am all for being on good terms with them but would feel better seeing them patrol the grounds especially near the leymoine at night or the crosswalks. It's a sad truth but our location and our relation with the surrounding community is not what it should be.

5 College Senior

Majors: During my time at W&J I have completed two internships, both unpaid. The first was during my study abroad in West Africa where I worked for a human rights non-profit. It was the most rewarding job I have ever had and continue to work closely with the organization. I am currently interning downtown with another non-profit who sent me overseas as a high school junior. I love the experience of working in a small international non-profit and am gaining more from experience than I ever could in dollars.

4 College Senior

Majors: The faculty at W&J was a great asset to have in the internship process.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I live in a small town just outside of Washington, roughly 25 minutes or so and was a commuter student my freshman year. While there are a number of areas in the Washington area they range largely in cost and safety. I have the ability to save money and commute from home if necessary

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are a number of ways for students to be involved on campus. The office of student life and the office of volunteer programming are great sources of information for students. For me it can be hard to get involved as I work 30 hours a week off campus and use the rest of my time to study but have truly enjoyed the activities for which I am a part.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a number of off-campus dining options, however it is important for students to have access to a vehicle. For those students without transport it is hard to find many options. There are a large number of chain restaurants within a ten minute drive from campus.

4 College Senior

Diversity: That's one of the things that my college tries to have, diversity. It makes special connections with other schools to get all the international students to come to our college as well as out of state students. I'm not from one of the special out of state programs, but I do know that those students have to do special dinners and events to try to get more students like them to come to the college. I'm glad I don't have to do that, having a job and classes and everything is hard enough without doing favors for the college and I don't even have a sport taking up my time.

I guess the biggest challenges to having the diversity that our campus wants is the cost. We have clubs and things for various political beliefs, religions, etc. but that's different from having the money to go to the college. Most people that are considered ethnically or racially diverse at my college need lots of financial aid and that bucket stays pretty empty. Most students have loans that they are going to have to pay back after graduating, if they can afford to get that far.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Up until this year (my senior year) I have had no trouble getting enough financial aid to squeak by. However, as I said in another text box, the tuition has increased in price every year and the financial aid has not followed suit. I just got my letter yesterday telling me how much I'll have to pay to continue in September and it's double what it was last year. I only have two months to get that money now and I've already taken out loans in the past. Getting financial aid is stressful. I can understand charging the students for housing and meal plans and various other charges, but I still don't understand why tuition has to be so high. Many students at my college transfer because they can't afford it anymore. I'm stubborn, I'm going to find a way to finish my last year, but not everyone is able to do that. One day I hope to give back and award scholarships to students who are struggling with financial aid issues like this.

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2 College Senior

Campus Dining: I actually took part in a student panel meeting about two months ago to discuss the dining options on campus. We have one cafeteria type option and one fast food type place that stays open all day (to fill in the time gaps when the cafeteria isn't open and available to students). Unfortunately, many students stay up past midnight and have no where to get food unless they have a car (we have a 24 hour walmart near by). The dining halls are fairly clean, but that doesn't make up for the tasteless menu (at least in the cafeteria), the other place has specials one day out of the week that everyone goes for because that's the only time we get good variety and flavor. The value at the fast food type place isn't bad, but the cafeteria is expensive. Also, we get swipes for our meal plans, but they don't roll over if we don't use them, which means we're paying money for food that we're not even getting or eating sometimes. We can't use our meal swipes off campus and the only other place we can use dining dollars is the barista, which is basically coffee and bagels and a one stop shop for immediate needs like chips and ice cream and aspirin, but everything at the barista is really expensive.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Despite the bad housing, repetitive food, and tough classes, knowing that you're at a prestigious place that will open doors for you after graduation is wonderful. I wouldn't trade the people I've met and the sheer amount of knowledge I've learned (text book and life skills, after all a book won't teach you how to cook or bake in a kitchen that has one spoon, two bowls, and a saucepan). However, if the only thing keeping ME there is the people and the adventures I go on with them I wouldn't choose the college again. The tuition went up every year and financial aid did not increase with it, the programs are more extensive than they are at most colleges, and the college makes bad choices. It made bad choices about campus security, allowing such large amounts of money to be spent on things like the concerts we have every semester, and neglecting the two most important resources for college students, food and sleeping areas (that's what keeps us going). I would probably still try to go to school out of state, but I would not choose to live through the stress and tears at this college again.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: If classes and working jobs didn't take up so much time I'm sure the off campus dining options would seem better. Unfortunately, most students can't get off campus, so if you look outside your window, especially at night, you're bound to see a handful of pizza, greek food, and chinese delivery cars coming to the campus. Also, most students don't have enough extra money to eat out a lot (or order food). However, several places do have student discounts, but not enough places for us to have variety with our student discounts.

2 College Senior

Academics: Most of the majors offered (and minors for that matter) are the typical, cookie cutter ones that every college has. The classes however, do differ from those offered at some colleges. Mostly the classes at my college are much harder and faster paced. The workload for my science classes mainly shows itself in labs, but all of the classes that I take have many papers and presentations that tend to overlap and it can cause a lot of stress. Registering for classes isn't hard, but you do have to find time to meet with your advisor and have them approve your choices before you're allowed to register. Also, when it comes to studying most students try to form groups or fly solo, but the professors don't really contribute to the study habits. Something I wanted my college to do was to have some sort of practice test in each class, probably half way to each test so that the students know what the upcoming format will be like and be able to see how much they need to study. However, these tests could not be for a grade.

3 College Senior

Academics: I thought I already talked about this. The biology professors all act the their class is the only one you're taking. The facilities are decent and the internship opportunities are good (the professors help find those), but the workload makes it hard to find time to figure out what classes you need, fill out applications for internships or jobs, and work an actual job to pay for the college (most students at my college have a job, mine are on campus, yes I have more than one).

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: I probably would not have kept going to this college if it wasn't for the friends I've made and the students I've worked with. We have many international students, despite having such a small student body. Most students participate in several clubs and eat meals with different friends some days. This allows students to get to know their best friends' other hangout groups. Most people on campus know each other or at least recognize each other, especially if a student is in the same class year. Fashion doesn't really help or hurt student relationships on campus, everyone is unique and does their own thing and everyone tends to accept that, but no one really goes out of their way to talk to someone that catches their attention.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: We had a few incidents in the last three years that I've been at my college. One student was even killed walking back from the town. My college had several broken or unusable emergency phones and issues with lit pathways that they only started addressing after students suffered. The police have been good about responding and working with the campus when crime is high in the town, but they should have had a joint plan in place already for how to work with campus security. The best thing the college has done has probably been the use of an emergency text message alert system so that if something serious is going on the students can be notified quickly, however they don't use it for as many types of incidents as they should and not all students have added themselves (their phone numbers) to the alert list.


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Alexandra Sossi
Peters Township, PA
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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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