Michelle in MO Posted May 25, 2009 Share Posted May 25, 2009 I've visited Washington University twice: once for myself, and once just this past Friday with my oldest daughter. My own visit was an exercise in sheer frustration, as my Google map search did not reveal what I had forgotten (had I asked my dh about this, he would have enlightened me) regarding the major construction going on in St. Louis on Hwy. 40, which is close to the university. Thus, I was 25 minutes late for a 45 minute long appointment. :( However, the visit with my oldest went much better. We were still late (the construction again), but thankfully only by 15 minutes. Ours was a more standard college tour: We first went to undergraduate admissions and were given a talk by two students about the benefits of studying at Washington University. Washington University is very selective with its admissions: 32 is the average ACT score for entering freshmen. Also, according to a U.S. News and World Report ranking from a while back, Washington University is ranked 12th in the country. The teacher to student ratio is fairly low; only a few of the undergraduate courses have larger classes, and most of the classes are fairly small. I believe the university has around 12,000 students, but don't quote me on that figure. After the talk by the two highly motivated students, we then went on the tour of the campus, which was the best part. The tour was given by students working in teams of two, and our larger group divided up into smaller groups of about a dozen parents with their children. The team giving the tour used small microphones and literally walked backwards throughout the entire tour--except going down steps! This would look odd to anyone else, but it was really very helpful because we could actually hear what they were saying! This was a huge contrast to our visit to St. Louis University, where we were in much larger groups, outside in the wind and the rain. The student giving the tour was not given a microphone, and I literally learned almost nothing on that campus tour. Washington University's tour was very professional. :) We were shown all around the campus, but the tour guides also showed sensitivity to our stamina (or lack thereof ;) ). The campus was beautiful; I'm not sure how well I liked the gothic, castle-like architecture. It was nice; just not quite my tastes, personally, but overall it was still a lovely campus. The interior of the buildings was very well done; in fact, some of the fanciest I've ever seen on a college campus. Unfortunately, we did not have time to meet with anyone in her department of interest, as I had to get back and pick up my other two girls from school. Overall, we are all (including dd) still undecided about schools yet, and for a variety of reasons I'm not sure that Washington University would be the right place for her. For one thing, she'd have to get a great scholarship, because the undergraduate tuition alone is just over $36,000; since freshmen are required to live on campus the first year, the room and board tacks on another $12,000 to that price tag, for a grand total of $48,000. That's a lot of money! I realize this is just a glimpse into Washington University, but these were my first impressions---the second visit without a doubt was a vast improvement over the first visit! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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