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Reviews 801 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm not really sure what is actually out there, to be honest.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's great, if you have a way to get there, and money to spend...we're broke, remember?

3 College Freshman

Administration: The policies are in place to keep us safe, and not too demanding. It's all about respect.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: overall good, but waiting for it can be annoying...

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: We party hard for a small school. There's something for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: I normally only have time for G&Ts, and the options there aren't very healthy. Also, the food gets a repetitive. It's a treat to go off campus to get good food, and I wish that our meal plans would partner with local businesses so we could use that to pay for food elsewhere.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Overall good, but living in the freshman dorms with a randomly selected roommate isn't ideal. But it could be much worse.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't huge diversity but my personal friend group is very diverse, it's all what you make it.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall, I am happy with my choice and wouldn't change my decision. The small class sizes and seminar style classes really helped me grow academically and prosper. I have done better and better in my four years here and its only because of the environment my school has provided me. There are always things you wish you could fix about your school but i'm overall pretty content. The study abroad options are amazing as well and I'm currently in Ireland!

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Getting a liberal arts education has helped me a great deal and I feel will help me in my future endeavors, whatever they may be! This school has prepared me for whatever path I choose after I graduate, I just haven't decided yet.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Each fraternity has their big parties twice a year that are awesome. New Res and Bica are where the upperclassmen live and there is always stuff going on during the weekends and on wednesdays. There are always people doing something any night of the week its just usually more of a low-key thing between friends. As a freshman it is hard because you don't know many of the upperclassmen yet so you don't have the 'ins'.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: One thing that I like the most about my school is the mix of different backgrounds students come from. Yes there are some very preppy kids girls and boys and there are quite the opposite. There may not be a large amount of racial diversity but if you look at the diversity of backgrounds of students I'd say there was a huge amount of diversity.

5 College Junior

Academics: The Economics department is great and they are very knowledgeable and interested in what they teach. Many of the professors do research and are publishing things as well, definitely qualified. Small class sizes are great and it gets even better when you get in the upper level classes.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Okay, Washington is not the best town and not the safest. But campus is extremely safe, and if you use common sense and take advantage of what the school offers you to keep you safe than there isn't a problem. There are great amenities off campus, just don't walk anywhere at night without a buddy, common sense. Also don't go the bars in town, but in all honesty they aren't even good so there is no point. There are shuttles to and from south side in Pittsburgh every weekend if you like to do that when you are 21 but you can take the shuttle and do other things as well.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a small campus, and for the most part everyone takes care of one another including the fraternity brothers. There is a bad stigma attached to greek life but from what I've experienced at W&J with everyone knowing one another, everyone looks out for one another as well. When alcohol is involved, yes sometimes things happen that shouldn't, but the school does its best to deal with those situations in the best way possible. There are great facilities for people who need help and health services is always there and available for students who need help, and if they can't provide that student with the help that they need they go out of their way to send that student to a local place.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: W&J is very well-situated. It is in a big town with lots of chain-restaurants and a few great local places! 45 minutes from Pittsburgh you can pretty much find whatever you want to eat.

5 College Junior

Academics: The professors are extremely helpful and friendly. They really are trying to help their students succeed. I wouldn't say all the professors are this way there are always good and not so good professors but in my experience I've never been disappointed. Once you get to know upperclassman they tell you who to take and who not to take and what course are really good and what courses are boring. It's really easy to get the way of the land once you are there for a semester.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not luxury by any means, and don't expect spacious living your freshman year, freshman year housing is the worst but it is still not bad. The bathrooms are cleaned by the school and so are the living spaces. The freshman boys do the most destruction to the dorms and are why some are in worst condition than others. Greek housing is awesome. Upperclassman housing is the best, and is apartment style. Overall each grade level after freshman year has a best housing option and a bad housing option but its all relative and depends on where you are in the lottery. Some people hate the quads and some people love them, it all depends on the person.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The vast majority of students all live on campus, there are plenty of on-campus options, and to tell you the truth, the few people who don't live on-campus tend to hang out there all the time because they wish they did. There is a small portion of commuting students and that's who lives off campus and why I didn't rate it, because they aren't necessarily full-time students at the school, many of them take classes at other schools as well.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The science facilities are top notch and relatively brand new, you wont be disappointed. The business, economics, language, english, education, building is great. The art building may be slightly outdated than others but the facilities inside make up for it! all the buildings are well-maintained even old main! We are getting a new athletic building which would be the one set of facilities that I'd say is the most out-dated on campus. Library is a little old but has everything that you would need. There are plenty of computer labs around campus. I'd say there is probably more facilities than what is needed by the current student population that uses them.

3 College Junior

Majors: If you network well and put a lot of effort into talking to different people at the school you'll be fine and have no problem finding great opportunities for any majors. Professors are very approachable and helpful. If you expect things to find you, you'll get nowhere.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Almost everybody gets academic money if they apply with good high school grades and decent SAT/ACT scores. Many people get various forms of financial aid, The only people who pay the full price of the school are those who squeaked into the school with bad high school grades and poor standardized scores.

4 College Junior

Athletics: ports facilities aren't the best but they are building a brand new facility! So if you visit and are disappointed you should look at what they are going to build, I'm jealous that i'm going to graduate before it's finished. Probably 50% of students are involved in a varsity sport. There might not be a lot of students at sporting events on campus but that's usually because we are busy with our own varsity sport. Overall, with it being such a small campus a lot of people are involved with athletics if not varsity a lot of people play intramurals.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm a member of greek life, and I have enjoyed it. The greek houses are better that the underclassman dorms, and the best living arrangements for sophomores and some juniors if they can't yet get into uperclassman housing. Non-greeks don't usually have negative feelings about the people in the houses unless its personal. Negative feelings about greeklife usually come from people who just dislike the whole system. Everyone is friends with people from greeklife and non-greeklife and other societies. I wouldn't say greeklife is cliquey usually friends join together or if they don't they all remain friends. I'd say some of the athletic teams are more cliquey that greek life.

4 College Junior

Administration: Campus administration is not so strict that no one is allowed to do anything, but it is not so lenient that campus is out of control. Security is extremely friendly and helpful. They do their job so if you expect to get away with something that is clearly against the rules than think again. Parties happen, its college. Drinking in dorms is allowed in certain dorms and there are rules about it to keep it a safe environment. If you don't want to get in trouble don't let the drinking get out of control, that's how you get in trouble. But, overall I think security does a very good job at consistently drawing the line in the same place for certain things which is all you can ask for.

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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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