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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: About 25% of students. Not huge, but definitely present. Doesn't dominate the social scene either.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: While WashU is definitely more famous for its medical school than its football team, I think the athletics program here does really a great job striking the right balance between academics and sports. Being a DIII school, coaches understand and encourage priorities: family>academics>athletics. That said, the school is replete with some great athletes (all of whom are pretty smart) and some very respectable programs. In terms of facilities, there's not too much more to ask for: athletic complex, fitness centers, south campus, and a soon-to-open rec center. All in all, very physically active student body.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: WashU is such a fantastic place to wake up every morning! All the students are incredibly passionate about what they do, there are so many opportunities constantly provided to you, and perhaps most importantly, the environment is overwhelmingly friendly and supportive. Yes, it's certainly a challenging school, but everyone around you wants to help and cheers for you to succeed. Also, the residential life is unbeatable - jaw dropping food, dorms, and events going on nearly 24/7.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are all different types of classes and sizes. For larger classes, there is a recitation offered in addition to the class.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've heard that students from WUSTL tend to look better compared to applicants from other schools because of the academic rigor and how prepared they seem.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in a modern triple, and I love my room. It's very spacious. In addition, the random selection process of choosing roommates was a positive experience for me. I really like my roommates, as we live well together.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of the sororities and fraternities are professional fraternities or sororities. For example, there are several business fraternities. There's an engineering sorority. And there are community service fraternities. Regarding housing, people don't live in houses for the Greek life. People either live in dorms or off campus housing like non-Greek students.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The school itself shows a lot of support for its athletes, but they are more focused on the fact that we are student athletes, emphasis on the student aspect. They want us to succeed academically as well as athletically, which is something I find very important, as I am a student athlete.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose my school if I could do it all over, after considerable deliberation, because of the opportunities it offers and the people that are there. Something that's unique about WUSTL is general chemistry. There are four sections among two separate classes of chemistry: Chem 111 and Chem 151. Chem 111 covers the whys of chemistry whereas Chem 151 is more like the chemistry taught in high school. Chem 111 is unbelievably challenging, but I really liked the material covered because it was eye opening, and the teachers are amazing.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe on campus. I have a radio show at 2am and I'm totally comfortable walking across campus to get to the station.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Obviously, the courses are difficult, but most of the professors are really invested in making sure they get to know you as an individual and that you have all the tools necessary to succeed in their class.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Whenever I tell people I'm studying at WashU, they immediately look at me with more respect. I'd say the value of a degree here is much higher and of a degree at another state school.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in a modern triple is the best choice I could've made. It's one of the cheapest options and it makes socializing easier because there are always people around.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of the frats and sororities on campus exist solely for partying. It's not quite my scene.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: I've heard the teams are okay, but I'm not a huge sports fan so I never really go to any games.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: WashU has really done everything possible to make my experience meaningful. I love how all the different cultures co-mingle and how we're really encouraged to get involved.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Although athletes are not the biggest part of Wash U campus life, there presence is surely recognized. I personally enjoy watching the football games. Though school spirit is not a strong as other schools, we as a class are working on innovative ways in which we can increase the number of attendees to different sporting events.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have had an overall great experience at Wash U. Even thought the work can be tough at times, the school does a great job a providing academic support. And although the coursework is hard, the students do a great job at giving the campus a sense of relaxation and collaboration when it comes to school work.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: City not safe but campus is pretty safe.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Science courses are very good, pre-med orientated

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: School and fellow students are good connections.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: They keep improving it. It's expensive though.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not in it, lot of my friends are

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's okay. It has a lot of great resources, but then again, you're paying so much to go there anyways.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse for a private research institution. People are also very accepting and come from backgrounds that are accepting of diversity.

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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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