Washington State University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (30)
My degree program was great! The professors were wonderful and helpful. Small class sizes once you get to the specific classes within the field. Some of my instructors had practices outside of the university so we were able to get some hands on learning. However, I do not feel that my advisor was helpful. I did not know the right questions to ask for my future and she only guided me through course requirements. Make sure to research what you want and know that some degrees require further education to reach your career goals. WSU is a fun place to go to school. Know that the total cost is quite high. I paid all my expenses by student loan and ended with $65,000 debt. It is probably on the same line as other universities though. There is undoubtably a lot of partying. However, I found it easy and convenient to get to all my classes the entire time I attended. The campus is easy to navigate and beautiful. There are plenty of places to study, exercise, and hang out. I felt safe while on and off campus,. Even during night outings. There is not a whole lot of places to go outside of Pullman. There is the Snake river to enjoy, camping, or going up to Spokane for a show. All in all a great experience I wouldn't trade.
The college experience for me was pretty good in terms of getting the service and help that I needed. The teachers were willing to help me everyday step of the way and I felt I learned more than I ever could with writing while taking this college.
I thought this was an excellent degree option, as I was working full-time and unable to attend school in the traditional classroom setting. It was challenging, yet manageable - I had the opportunity to excel in both the workplace and the classroom which is something I really didn't think I'd be able to do. There was a huge selection of course options that I was genuinely interested in, professors were interactive and passionate about their area of expertise; I didn't feel like I was missing out on the "college experience." Better yet, 4 years out of school and I still feel this was a valuable experience for me.... I learned something, and I still remember what I learned! I would definitely come back at some point to pursue my Master's Degree. Further, when applying for jobs and submitting resumes, I was confident when I listed having a Bachelor's Degree from Washington State University - you don't need to state that it was a distance degree program - you got the degree and THAT is what matters!
I honestly believe that WSU provides a great education. It might be in the middle of nowhere, but that gives students the chance to get out of their parent's house and do a lot of growing up and learning outside of the class room as well. My caution to all students no matter what school they want to go to is to figure out what you want to do, before you go to school. Also, if the purpose of going is to help you in your career, make sure it is a degree that is in high demand. Engineers are being hired like crazy no matter their skill level. They just need a degree. Other degrees, such as business and communications do not get you hired in that same manner. Employers care more that you have experience. Very specific experience in the position they are looking to fill. The idea that a degree shows that you work hard and are capable of learning is not true. Employers don't want to train you. They want you to know it already. School can't teach you how each company operates and how each company wants everything done. So now you are left with a useless degree and no relevant experience.
The small town community at Pullman was incredible! While I was a radio DJ at KZUU my sculpture professor would call in to request songs. The theater community was vibrant and hopping over to Moscow Idaho gave the opportunity to learn swing dancing and go to vintage theaters. Since most of my farming family also went to WSU- and one of my cousins was on the football team- I didn't see how WSU had a place for artists- but it did. My friends who went to UW got lost in the city- the school was just another aspect of Seattle. By the end of my ...5 glorious years... at WSU I felt like I'd met everyone interesting- every basement rock show I went to I was running into old and new friends. I still see my college room mates nearly every year and it was an incredible experience. The professors are there for the students and involved in the community. The Environmental Science program was a little old school- but I've heard it's gotten more specialized. I know the microbiology program was excellent. If you do go there for science- make sure you work in a lab in the kind of job you want to later get. I should have just stuck with the art degree I started with instead of changing it to science for the challenge and to "get a job." I ended up working in the arts anyway. The women's studies and philosophy professors changed my life with their incredible perspectives. The art department was incredibly supportive and creative. Go Cougs!
This was a great school to earn an education. There were many different course offerings and the atmosphere made for an enjoyable college experience.
WSU is an excellent school for many reasons, though you have to like walking up hills. The engineering faculty are mostly good, and when you find a prof you like, stick to him/her.
Had I had more support when choosing a school, there's a very good chance I would have gone somewhere else. With that said, however, WSU, like many universities, is exactly what you put into it. I made lasting relationships with both peers and faculty, got an education that has propelled me into a career I honestly enjoy. The campus is beautiful and the people are kind. It's in the middle of nowhere Eastern Washington, however, and overall is quite conservative as a region. You'll often be taught by adjuncts and grad students, not faculty, even at the higher course levels. Then again, at least in my field, the adjuncts were the instructors I learned the most from. College is what you make it, and WSU is a school like many others: you'll get out what you put in.
I attended a branch campus of WSU and enjoyed the small class size and access to professors. When considering location as a major factor this is a great University to attend.
Great university. Loved the small town feel and that the university is the town.