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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: They seem like decent people, and there's no pressure to be or not be in one

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: You need to know people, you can't just get in to a random party

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Ranoush and three Kings Pub are both amazing for a nice night out.

4 College Freshman

Administration: S'all good, no complaints. Occasionally loud dorm parties get shut down, but thats it.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: I can always find something good to eat, the problem is that I have to buy more meal points than I actually used.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is great, convenient, easy to get food and to get to class.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are some local restaurants that are cute and really close- right on the loop. Otherwise St. louis has really good food also! If you go into the city you'll easily be able to find somewhere great.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: They're super lenient with drinking. They basically say that we are adults so they trust us to act like it. Drugs though are taken very seriously and you can easily get kicked out for that kind of thing.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didn't get as much aid as I needed and we had to contact them to negotiate. I could still use more aid but they're not willing to help too much.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There's such a huge variety you can find anything for any mood your in. Down side is that Paws n Go has some really expensive stuff.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everybody is super nice! But obviously when you go to a school of our rigor, you won't find as many attractive students as you would at a state school. But the athletes are usually pretty cute. Definitely a work hard-play hard atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus, let alone been sexually assaulted. And if that were to happen we have really good policies and options available for a person to reach out to. But while there is a degree of danger on every college campus, ours is fairly low in my opinion. And crime is extremely rare on campus, but not at all rare off campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports aren't huge in general, but if you're on a varsity team you still work really hard and students do go to the games.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I've only stayed in one place that was off campus, and that was during the summer. So I'm not sure how relevant my experience is. The place I stayed at had really cheap rent ($380 per month), but it was quite dirty. It was in a safe neighborhood though, and a ten minute walk from the Brookings end of campus.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Loop is easy to get to, and the food there is all reasonably priced and good. I especially recommend Blueberry Hill or Fitz's if you're looking for good American food. For less traditional tastes, Seoul Taco is always great. Oh, and Piccione Pastry always has something delicious and sweet.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: So I'm not a huge partier. But Frat Row always has something going on, and there's usually a FB invite page for a party. And you're always welcome to host your own boozy dinner party if you like.

3 College Junior

Administration: The alcohol policy? Don't drink alone, and try not to drink straight hard liquor. And don't have kegs. Other than that, you're free to do as you wish. The drug policy is much stricter, I believe. As for creating new student organizations, it's quite a hassle. You've got to have pretty much all the details ironed out and a group of people who already want to join your club before you can even become a sponsored club--aka get funded. Protest-wise, WashU is pretty lax. They try to teach you to stand up for what you believe in, so shutting down protests would be hypocritical of them. So they let you protest, as long as you're not stupid about it.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Getting financial aid at WashU isn't the problem--getting in is. That said, sometimes the Financial Aid counselors can overlook your email, but they're generally really helpful.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: WashU has some really great food, but you have to wait for it. Pretty much everything you get that isn't prepackaged can be custom-made for you. This is great because you get to choose exactly what you want, but this isn't so great because it can take a while to get your food. Also, they charge you for things like extra veggies or extra meat, which can add up if you get it every day.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is amazing. Freshman dorms all have Tempurpedic mattresses, and rooms are a decent size. WashU really tries to match roommates up, and if all else fails you'll at least make friends with people you otherwise would never have even spoken to. You're guaranteed 4 years of housing, and as someone who's lived on campus every year, the process is fairly easy. Maintenance requests are promptly answered, and I've never had problems with RA's. Overall, I'd rate WashU housing as really great.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: I come from NYC and I still love St. Louis. Obviously it has nowhere near the same quality or quantity of attractions, but Forest Park is beautiful and full of free awesome stuff, the mall covers most of my needs, the food you can find even within walking distance on the loop is amaze, and the local history and culture are super cool. A city doesn't need to be huge to be more than adequate. St. Louis does an excellent job providing for my needs.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love it here. Everything is great. Almost everyone I know is incredibly happy at this school. So happy with my choice

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is strong coming from a midsized school like WashU with a strong sense of identity and a satisfied student body. National reputation is on the rise, getting better every year, and employers know a degree from WashU is the best.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: In terms of the looks there's a wide range. The majority are not classic gorgeous, but come in all sorts of different types of attractive that will appeal to different people. The stereotype of a nerdy school like WashU is awkward weird looking kids who can't hang, but that's just not true. There are jocks, artsy kids, all american types, preppies and hipsters, etc. A play hard/work hard attitude prevails and everyone is friendly. This is the midwest. Whatever you're into you'll be able to find, and both a dating scene and a strong casual hookup culture exist.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe, however sexual assault is a problem everywhere and it would be naive to think that it doesn't happen here or that it couldn't happen to you. The university is making an effort to raise awareness about issues of consent and keep and ongoing dialogue about it which is good, but most of their efforts are concentrated at the very beginning of freshman year and don't seem terribly effective. Just because this isn't a state school doesn't mean sexual assault, particularly centered on issues with drugs alcohol and consent, does not regularly occur.

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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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