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Best schools under the WUE program?

IrvineIrvine Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
edited December 2009 in College Search & Selection
For those of you who don't know, there is a program called Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). Under the program, several public schools in the west offer tuition at a reduced rate for other students living in the west. Here's a list of the four-year institutions that participate in it:

WICHE - Student Exchange Programs

My question is: which schools from those listed are relatively good? Prestige isn't necessarily the most important thing to me, but it still would be nice to go to a college that has a good reputation.
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Replies to: Best schools under the WUE program?

  • katliamomkatliamom Posts: 5,994Registered User Senior Member
    Most of these schools are "relatively good" -- but University of Oregon, University of Arizona tend to be considered the best on this list. Also, Colorado State U has some highly admired programs in biology & animal science-related fields in particular.
  • IrvineIrvine Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    Thank you so much!
  • mom58mom58 Posts: 303Registered User Junior Member
    I'm encouraging my daughter to look at Western Washington.

    WUE takes a lot of close reading. Not every campus in participating states has it. And where it is available it might be limited to certain programs or certain students.
  • noobcakenoobcake Posts: 1,736Registered User Senior Member
    I would imagine that most flagship public schools would not be bad, but the above poster is right in saying that U of Arizona, and Oregon are the two best schools on the list. Arizona State, University of Utah is/are not bad also.
  • en42en42 Posts: 15Registered User New Member
    WSU is supposed to have a quite good honors program.
  • theredsmileyfacetheredsmileyface Posts: 303Registered User Junior Member
    ^^ yes, and the #12 School of Journalism and Comm in the country.
  • jaf1991jaf1991 Posts: 435Registered User Member
    US News Rankings:

    University of Arizona 96
    University of Oregon 112
    Washington State 118
    Arizona State 120

    I don't think you're going to see a lot of difference between these schools.
  • mom58mom58 Posts: 303Registered User Junior Member
    The only Univ. of Az program that is part of the WUE is mining engineering.
    UOregon has a longer list, but it leaves a lot off. (If I counted correctly, the list has 28 programs out of 270.)
    I didn't see ASU on the list.
    WSU program list looks pretty complete.

    US News puts WWU at number 17 for masters universities in the West-- the second public after Cal Poly SLO. I don't know where that would put it in relation to institutions on the "national universities" list. WWU used to be on the national list, so it should be possible to find out where it was..

    Almost all have GPA/ test score requirements for eligibility.

    Frankly, taking advantage of WUE isn't likely to get you better academics that you would have staying in your own state. It is going to be something else that attracts you to the campus.
  • IrvineIrvine Posts: 45Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks to everyone for your replies. I live in Arizona, so I think I might go to Univ. of Arizona.

    I don't want to be poor when I graduate.
  • CalcruzerCalcruzer Posts: 4,832Registered User Senior Member
    People who live in the western states need to be aware of the WUE program and their guarantee of 150% of in-state tuition.

    In these tough times, I thought I'd bump this thread for that reason.

    For more details go to the website listed in post #1 and listed again here:

    WICHE - Student Exchange Programs

    My niece is considering both Northern Arizona Univesity and University of Hawaii since both are WICHE schools that give discounted rates to California residents.
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