Washington University in St. Louis Reviews
Overall I had a great experience at Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U). I started my bachelor's degree as a civil engineer and eventually switched to the business school in my sophomore year. In the civil engineering department, the first semester was very structured in that there was no flexibility to take courses outside the core requirements. I did not enjoy this because the reason I had chosen the civil engineering major was due to its design aspect which was a course not offered until senior year. It was this reason that led me to change my major to finance and international business in the Olin School of Business. Overall, this was a better experience but in hindsight I think the business school would have been more practical if I had pursued an MBA instead of a BSBA (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) degree. The classes were too theoretical and did not provide many real-life case studies or hints into the real world environment. Other than the business school, I enjoyed taking courses in other departments. I took a course called History of American Cinema which was a mixture of American history and the film industry. I still remember it to this day and it helped me connect major occurrences and political events to specific movies such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and Top Gun. Another awesome class I took was in the art history department. Cubism was a very specific, niche course dedicated to the Cubism art movement. Classes like these helped me broaden my interests which I think is especially important as an undergraduate student.
The Performing Arts Department offers many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in Drama, Dance, Design/Technology, and Film. Over the past two decades, the film department has grown considerably. The coursework is designed for a liberal arts education, but each discipline has several upper-level classes which are done conservatory-style. In addition to two dance shows, one musical, and several plays, student groups such as All-Student Theatre and Thyrsus create their own productions. Student may also take advantage of studying Acting and Directing Shakespearean Text for three weeks at the Globe Theatre in London. Master classes with artists such as Jane Lapotaire, Anne Bogart, and Zoe Caldwell occur frequently on campus. Projects allow designers, directors, and performers to learn leadership and collaboration skills.
First, I absolutely love WashU. Not only does it have an incredible family atmosphere, with incredibly smart and driven students, but is an incredible institution. I made a lot of my best friends while earning my bachelors and was able to take on multiple leadership roles across campus. The professors are world class and help you to succeed at whatever your career aspirations may be.
WashU is a great school with great resources. Unfortunately, they perpetuate a lot of structural inequalities - they are active participants of gentrification and complicit in a lack of diversity in faculty and student body. However, they appear to be working on these issues. Also, although they were really helpful with financial aid situations, the student body overall is extravagant and ignorant to these issues, which can make experience here as a low-income student lonely. I think the Anthropology department has a lot of really fascinating faculty who are eager to work with students, and I can't imaging choosing a different major.
An amazing school with great support for its students. They constantly work to make sure that students are supported and afforded all of the opportunities to have an incredible undergraduate experience. I would not be who I am today if I had gone anywhere else.
WashU was a fantastic school to connect with classmates who pushed me to challenge my beliefs. As a premed student, my classes prepared me well for the MCAT and for medical school (I am currently a medical student). Most professors were very eager to support their students and provided outside support when needed.
Washington University's educational mission stands beyond its learning by students and by faculty, which is one of the main reasons why I chose to go back and get my graduate degree in Clinical Research Management. The school's faculty, is comprised of academic scholars, researchers, and members of their learned professions, that serve its community. Wash U. is a very diverse atmosphere, and I highly recommend this college to anyone!
Washington University or "Wash U" as we call it was a great school! What truly sold me about the school are the genuine friendships you can make. Wash U is a school composed of the best of the best, so no matter how cool someone may appear, you always knew on the inside they were a nerd. Because of that, there was less pressure to fit in with an "in crowd". Everyone can find their group of people within the community. The classes are definitely challenging - I was pre-med and barely escaped but the support is there if you need help. There are so many opportunities available to students (campus resources, study abroad, extracurriculars) - but remember to pace yourself. The culture of the school is generally over committed so most people have more on their plate than they really need to balance. However, I loved every second of being here!
Wash u is beautiful. Food is great. Professors are wonderful. Lots of research opportunities. Nice dorms too
WU was perfect for me. The professors was accessible, my fellow students were interesting and St.Louis was a fun. Classics was a great major. It prepared me for the increasingly diverse world of the late 20th. Century by reading and thinking from a different cultural perspective.