Saint Louis, MO
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Clayton, where WashU's undergraduate campus is located, is gorgeous. I've never felt unsafe here. Forest park has a ton of attractions, not to mention a great running space, and it's right across the street from WashU. The Delmar Loop is also nearby and provides quite a bit of shopping.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Most kids on campus are at least a part of some kind of intramural or club sport, if not a varsity player. However, sport attendance is low and definitely doesn't dominate the campus vibe. Most people seem to be interested in maintaining fitness, but not cultivating the "rah-rah!" spirit many state schools do.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: If what you're hoping to get out of your college experience consists solely of attractive hook ups, then you'll likely be disappointed here. Students aren't BAD looking by any means. However, if you're looking for a wild college ride, you'll likely find that WashU's academics will make that lifestyle difficult to maintain if you also intend to pass your classes.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm honestly not really sure about the off-campus housing...but I hear it's decent.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus can be really nice, depending on where you live. If you are on the South 40, life is pretty nice. The dorms are decently spacious and there is a nice field and volleyball court and basketball court there too. Some of the traditional dorms are kind of run down, but the moderns are really nice. The worst dorm hands down is Rubleman House (we call it Ruby). The best for freshmen is Umrath House, and the best for sophomores and upperclassmen who still live on the 40 is South Forty House (SoFoHo). Ironically, they are all a par of the same residential college (groupings of houses, usually with their own colors and mascots and consist usually of a freshman and sophomore building). Most all of the housing is kind of expensive though.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: Getting into the different schools, cross studying between them, or even changing majors or the schools you study in is rather streamlined. The application process is pretty easy, and most students appreciate the way its set up without extra supplements and such. When many apply to many schools at once, ours was a breath of fresh air. A tip would be to show yourself as a well-rounded applicant--it's not all academics, its not all clubs, its not all community service. It's a well balanced blend.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I mean, most everybody in the school is in the School of Arts and Sciences, so it 's not like you are one in a million in your program. Everyone else understands what it's like. But the way the schools are set up, its easy to build bridges between them. Art Sci is also one of the more lenient programs--we choose our own classes and plans of action.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: My school is pretty good about being strict when they need to be, like academic honor codes and such, but they usually let us have our fun--college kids are college kids, regardless of what they tell us.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: ST. Louis has a lot of really cool things to offer for students and locals and tourists alike. I really like the fact that there is a metro system that has stops on campus, so we can get just about anywhere in the metro area without requiring a car. Locals are usually really nice to us, and there's a lot of stuff we can do in Forest Park that's free--museums, the zoo, walking trails. There's also an awesome outdoor ice skating rink open in the winter my friends and I liked to go to.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Our campus dining is fantastic! We can get food on some places on campus up to 1am most nights, they have excellent dining staff who always talk to us and are really nice, the meals are really tasty and are usually pretty healthy, depending on what you get. BD and the Village House are the best places to get good food--the Village has the best brunch options on the weekends, both are open late, and both have the best staff. You can find just about everything on campus, and if it's not there, then its nearby and takes BearBucks.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was fortunate to receive a full tuition scholarship to school, but now I am still struggling with paying for housing and my meal plan. So far, it seems to be best to make appointments with financial aid counselors and talk to them face to face.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being a bio major is a tough choice at my school--it's very rigorous and the classes take a lot of work and studying, but it's also very rewarding. There are lots of opportunities for bio majors to participate in research, or get in on tutoring, or get backfiles from other students before them.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Our school has so many academic resources for the students, and most everyone is willing to help you out if you are struggling in a class--for pre-meds, this tends to be a constant state of being. The professors are all so willing to talk to you and help you understand material. Registration is pretty stream-lined, but sometimes getting into the classes you want, or required classes is tough because they are in high demand and low supply. There are so many places on campus to study: study rooms in the dorms, the 5 floor library, dining areas, even outside if it's nice.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not a huge part of campus, though many people choose to go Greek. Most of the time, the non-Greeks only pay attention to the Greeks if there is an event, a party, or a public pledge process.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our school is Division 3, so not many people are at the school for athletics anyways. We are still rather good, but people are more likely to be studying during a game rather than attending the game.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity in opinions and beliefs, but its still pretty predominantly white and upper class.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The law school is great. The students are nice and high achieving which makes you work harder.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great professors and advisors and study abroad programs. Work load is hard, but its worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Great music venues, parks, and everything is free- the zoo, museums, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: A lot of housing near campus and social spots such as University City and Central West End. Not bad cost considering the locations.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good places to eat on the Loop or in the Central West End.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Wash U has a lot of clubs that add to the community feel of the school.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus is beautiful. It has plenty of green spaces and areas around campus for students to hang out.


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Arun Sundaresan
Sunnyvale, CA
Business Administration
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Beyond the initial enthusiasm that so many students express for their overall experience at Wash U, a common subject of praise relates to the freedom that characterizes student life. In the academic sense, this translates into an ability to bend the rules, an encouragement to build things if they aren't already available, and support from the University for students who propose new and well-thought-out initiatives. Wash U is a young school, and the University is very much interested in channeling the energy and enterprises of its students into new traditions and organizations that can help shape its identity.

Still, not everybody likes Wash U from the outset. St. Louis can get dull, the academic life can become overwhelming, and the social scene will eventually feel a bit claustrophobic. But the quality of the faculty, the ease and relative affordability of life in St. Louis, and the receptiveness of the administration to student projects makes it a place where a motivated student can do anything he or she wants. In the last few years, three students have won Rhodes scholarships, one started a magazine for homeless people to sell on the streets, another started a fencing club, one worked for David Letterman, and another worked on the Pathfinder mission to Mars. For the one who learns to draw on the richness of the community and resources offered by the Wash U community and St. Louis, the sky is the limit.

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