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101 reasons to attend WashU

nooobnooob 1919 replies146 threads Senior Member
I copied this from the Johns Hopkins University forum and thought that the WashU forum could use one. I would also be interested in seeing a list of reasons why a prospective student should choose Washington University in St. Louis. As an admitted student, I'm still deciding so I too can greatly benefit from seeing these reasons laid out. Since I visited the campus, I'll start off with #1.

1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
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  • heyalbheyalb 917 replies39 threads Member
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
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  • nervous1nervous1 285 replies55 threads Member
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
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  • abc0abc0 20 replies0 threads New Member
    1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
    4. Amazing pre-professional programs and resources, especially for pre-meds through the renowned WUSTL medical center
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Honorary Super Mod 24269 replies860 threads Inactive User
    5. The quality of your peers
    6. Some of the best dorms in the country
    7. Some of the best food for a university
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  • newprov29newprov29 159 replies3 threads Junior Member
    1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
    4. Amazing pre-professional programs and resources, especially for pre-meds through the renowned WUSTL medical center
    5. The quality of your peers
    6. Some of the best dorms in the country
    7. Some of the best food for a university
    8. Genuine Midwestern friendliness and helpfulness
    9. Lack of cut-throat competitiveness amongst students, more collaboration
    10. Easy access to metro and busing (FREE!)
    11. 2nd best DIII sports school in the United States
    12. Professors are more undergrad-focused than other top research universities
    13. Undergrads have limitless research opportunities.
    14. Beautiful campus (where students are playing ultimate frisbee, football, or in hammocks on the quads).
    15. Forest park across the street (HUGE park with free museums and such).
    16. The Loop (great food and shopping) within walking distance of the university.
    17. Commercial chopping complexes not too far away (by car).

    yeah... I really like WashU haha.
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Honorary Super Mod 24269 replies860 threads Inactive User
    yeah, but #12 and #2 look pretty similar to me. Judges? OK, they say not the same, so we are up to 17. I do want to know what a chopping complex is, though.
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  • newprov29newprov29 159 replies3 threads Junior Member
    whoops that is shopping complex haha... I think they were in the Clayton area? Can't be sure though. I cant edit it now, so I'll just re-post it (and add one):

    1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
    4. Amazing pre-professional programs and resources, especially for pre-meds through the renowned WUSTL medical center
    5. The quality of your peers
    6. Some of the best dorms in the country
    7. Some of the best food for a university
    8. Genuine Midwestern friendliness and helpfulness
    9. Lack of cut-throat competitiveness amongst students, more collaboration
    10. Easy access to metro and busing (FREE!)
    11. 2nd best DIII sports school in the United States
    12. Professors are more undergrad-focused than other top research universities
    13. Undergrads have limitless research opportunities.
    14. Beautiful campus (where students are playing ultimate frisbee, football, or in hammocks on the quads).
    15. Forest park across the street (HUGE park with free museums and such).
    16. The Loop (great food and shopping) within walking distance of the university.
    17. Humongous shopping complexes not too far away (by car, Clayton area?)
    18. 3 large hospitals within the area.
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  • MidwestParentMidwestParent 807 replies45 threads Member
    1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
    4. Amazing pre-professional programs and resources, especially for pre-meds through the renowned WUSTL medical center
    5. The quality of your peers
    6. Some of the best dorms in the country
    7. Some of the best food for a university
    8. Genuine Midwestern friendliness and helpfulness
    9. Lack of cut-throat competitiveness amongst students, more collaboration
    10. Easy access to metro and busing (FREE!)
    11. 2nd best DIII sports school in the United States
    12. Professors are more undergrad-focused than other top research universities
    13. Undergrads have limitless research opportunities.
    14. Beautiful campus (where students are playing ultimate frisbee, football, or in hammocks on the quads).
    15. Forest park across the street (HUGE park with free museums and such).
    16. The Loop (great food and shopping) within walking distance of the university.
    17. Humongous shopping complexes not too far away (by car, Clayton area?)
    18. 3 large hospitals within the area.
    19. Exceptional academic advising
    20. Amazing diversity of the student body
    21. Abundance of outstanding prearranged extracurricular activities available to student body (tutoring h.s. students, hospital volunteering, etc.)
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  • GtrGtr 34 replies12 threads Junior Member
    They bring in the best seniors from all over the country for a leadership competition, raise their hopes for scholarships, and then nothing happens. What a waste of everyone's time and energy including their own!!
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  • princessbellprincessbell 1927 replies151 threads Senior Member
    Gtr, what are you talking about??

    anyway...
    22. Amazing merit scholarship opportunities not found at any school of WashU's caliber.
    23. Central United States location that allows for relatively easy access from both the East and West Coast.
    24. Hammocks all over campus. 'Nuff said.
    25. Loads of brand new buildings and a strong commitment to construction and development...
    26. St. Louis's fabulous music scene.
    27. Crazy huge endowment that allows for lots of free trips to campus and subsidized FOCUS excursions and everything a student could want.
    28. Summer excursions like ArtSci Weekends and FSAP that allow students to get acclimated to campus before Orientation.
    29. Awesome Pre-O's!
    30. Residential colleges that allow freshman to have connections to sophmores.
    31. Really nice programs for frosh like FOCUS and Freshman Seminars and MBB, Text and Tradition, Medicine in Society...
    32. They send you a lot of mail and you feel really good, especially when it's priority and you're like "OMG they spend $4.95 on ME!" :)
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  • nooobnooob 1919 replies146 threads Senior Member
    1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
    4. Amazing pre-professional programs and resources, especially for pre-meds through the renowned WUSTL medical center
    5. The quality of your peers
    6. Some of the best dorms in the country
    7. Some of the best food for a university
    8. Genuine Midwestern friendliness and helpfulness
    9. Lack of cut-throat competitiveness amongst students, more collaboration
    10. Easy access to metro and busing (FREE!)
    11. 2nd best DIII sports school in the United States
    12. Professors are more undergrad-focused than other top research universities
    13. Undergrads have limitless research opportunities.
    14. Beautiful campus (where students are playing ultimate frisbee, football, or in hammocks on the quads).
    15. Forest park across the street (HUGE park with free museums and such).
    16. The Loop (great food and shopping) within walking distance of the university.
    17. Humongous shopping complexes not too far away (by car, Clayton area?)
    18. 3 large hospitals within the area.
    19. Exceptional academic advising
    20. Amazing diversity of the student body
    21. Abundance of outstanding prearranged extracurricular activities available to student body (tutoring h.s. students, hospital volunteering, etc.)
    22. Amazing merit scholarship opportunities not found at any school of WashU's caliber.
    23. Central United States location that allows for relatively easy access from both the East and West Coast.
    24. Hammocks all over campus. 'Nuff said.
    25. Loads of brand new buildings and a strong commitment to construction and development...
    26. St. Louis's fabulous music scene.
    27. Crazy huge endowment that allows for lots of free trips to campus and subsidized FOCUS excursions and everything a student could want.
    28. Summer excursions like ArtSci Weekends and FSAP that allow students to get acclimated to campus before Orientation.
    29. Awesome Pre-O's!
    30. Residential colleges that allow freshman to have connections to sophmores.
    31. Really nice programs for frosh like FOCUS and Freshman Seminars and MBB, Text and Tradition, Medicine in Society...
    32. They send you a lot of mail and you feel really good, especially when it's priority and you're like "OMG they spend $4.95 on ME!"

    Does anyone know how internet works at WashU? Is there wifi? is it free? or do you use an ethernet cable in your dorm and pay?
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  • guitarman89guitarman89 757 replies14 threads Member
    1. The architecture of the buildings is classically gothic and beautiful.
    2. Big university resources, smaller LAC-style attention to students (and no TAs!).
    3. Academic Flexibility -- Easy to switch schools within WashU and to double major/minor.
    4. Amazing pre-professional programs and resources, especially for pre-meds through the renowned WUSTL medical center
    5. The quality of your peers
    6. Some of the best dorms in the country
    7. Some of the best food for a university
    8. Genuine Midwestern friendliness and helpfulness
    9. Lack of cut-throat competitiveness amongst students, more collaboration
    10. Easy access to metro and busing (FREE!)
    11. 2nd best DIII sports school in the United States
    12. Professors are more undergrad-focused than other top research universities
    13. Undergrads have limitless research opportunities.
    14. Beautiful campus (where students are playing ultimate frisbee, football, or in hammocks on the quads).
    15. Forest park across the street (HUGE park with free museums and such).
    16. The Loop (great food and shopping) within walking distance of the university.
    17. Humongous shopping complexes not too far away (by car, Clayton area?)
    18. 3 large hospitals within the area.
    19. Exceptional academic advising
    20. Amazing diversity of the student body
    21. Abundance of outstanding prearranged extracurricular activities available to student body (tutoring h.s. students, hospital volunteering, etc.)
    22. Amazing merit scholarship opportunities not found at any school of WashU's caliber.
    23. Central United States location that allows for relatively easy access from both the East and West Coast.
    24. Hammocks all over campus. 'Nuff said.
    25. Loads of brand new buildings and a strong commitment to construction and development...
    26. St. Louis's fabulous music scene.
    27. Crazy huge endowment that allows for lots of free trips to campus and subsidized FOCUS excursions and everything a student could want.
    28. Summer excursions like ArtSci Weekends and FSAP that allow students to get acclimated to campus before Orientation.
    29. Awesome Pre-O's!
    30. Residential colleges that allow freshman to have connections to sophmores.
    31. Really nice programs for frosh like FOCUS and Freshman Seminars and MBB, Text and Tradition, Medicine in Society...
    32. They send you a lot of mail and you feel really good, especially when it's priority and you're like "OMG they spend $4.95 on ME!"
    33. Outstanding Financial Aid
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  • JakaAmalgamJakaAmalgam 186 replies6 threads Junior Member
    nooob - It's included (so "free"). Sooo fast, it's amazing. Hahah.
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  • cathymeecathymee 2350 replies34 threads Senior Member
    Hate to burst some bubbles but theres plenty of TA's, my D is one!
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  • ST2ST2 871 replies7 threads Member
    Yes there are TAs, as there are in any school that offers advanced degrees. There are also instances of undergrads being offered TA positions to assist a professor. The general policy is to have TAs lead study groups or discussion sessions and only have professors teach classes. I don't see how that is bursting any bubbles.
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  • cathymeecathymee 2350 replies34 threads Senior Member
    poster#2 claimed there are no TA's at Wash U.He/she should know there are plenty around and the atmosphere is more Research U level than LAC.I think its a good thing but poster#2 may not.
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Honorary Super Mod 24269 replies860 threads Inactive User
    I am pretty sure everyone knew he meant no TA's teaching the main lecture part of the courses (although that may not be 100% true, it is pretty close. There may be post-docs that are not tenure track teaching some courses). But it is good to be 100% clear.
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  • cathymeecathymee 2350 replies34 threads Senior Member
    be advised that the English dep't utilizes TA's to teach entry level classes and has even advertised for TA's in other disciplines to teach sections.
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  • fallenchemistfallenchemist Honorary Super Mod 24269 replies860 threads Inactive User
    I imagine the number of students that have to take entry level English is so high there are TA's of course. Most schools like Wash U have that. I think this is getting off the original intent of the post.
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