Saint Louis, MO
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many people seek off-campus housing because of the high cost of on-campus housing. Those who've gotten it didn't seem to have any trouble and there are a number of available locations that are near campus (many are/can be closer to your classes the the on-campus dorms haha)

3 College Freshman

Weather: It was cold. Now it's okay. It will probably be too hot soon.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Overall I'm enjoying myself, especially in Music Theory and Calculus classes. I'm not as pushed out of my comfort zone as I thought I'd be both academically and socially. As an introvert, it can get sort of lonely, but I've made some good friends, and there are few people I don't think I could be friends with.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol enforcement is fairly low (they are pretty tolerant). They're stricter on drugs but don't go looking for it.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not in Greek Life. What do you want from me??

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Law of Large Numbers aside, the men and women are fairly attractive.

3 College Freshman

Academics: The CS professors aren't, on average, great. The classes' structures are average.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The lecture classes are decent -- bad lectures are not prevalent and there are a number of good ones. The smaller classes are great. In both you recognize the intelligence of the professor and, in many cases, their genuine enthusiasm for teaching their subject.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: You can take the subway (or a taxi) to Amtrak or the air port. The main problem with transportation is that the subway system is fairly poor (to be fair, my only other significant experience with a subway system was in Berlin, whose system is fantastically convenient).

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The most important facet of WashU diversity I think is that lack of it economically. Poorer students certainly exist and they can enjoy themselves here, but the lack of diversity is something that is both a fact and something noted by the students. The major minorities here are probably Jewish, African American, and Chinese (in particular a number of South Koreans)

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: "The Loop" is just off campus and is a great place to find something to eat, but apart from that we're fairly isolated.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: The teams themselves are great and intramurals are enjoyable. Many are more about getting an opportunity to play the sport than playing competitively. Attendance at sports events is small.

3 College Freshman

Majors: There are good teachers and there are bad teachers. From what I hear, the introductory class is fine, but the secondary one has some problems (that will hopefully be fixed this summer). Discrete mathematics was enjoyable (despite my dislike of proofs), but I know many students are upset with the management of the Algorithms class. I would say that, as a whole, the Computer Science program is weaker than the average at this school. There are some cool activities that are organized by groups (e.g. Microsoft came and organized a programming competition)

3 College Freshman

Majors: As I mentioned in my previous review, there are definitely some weaker classes/professors. I'm not sure I'd say I'm enjoying myself in the classes, but I'm enjoying what I am learning.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: off campus trans is kind of confusing

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: there's a wide variety and it's all pretty good

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: i feel very safe on campus

2 College Sophomore

Weather: experience all 4 seasons in a week. also allergies

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: most guys and girls are well dressed and groomed

3 College Freshman

Computers: Internet is meh, lots of computers to use, though

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The circ is great, metrolink doesn't run super often, but it's not bad

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Policies are pretty chill in general

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: St. Louis gets an undeserved bad rep, but there are plenty of fun things to do here

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Loop has great food!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Great dorms, kind of pricey


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Arun Sundaresan
Sunnyvale, CA
Business Administration
Grad Year
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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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