Washington University in St. Louis Reviews
Rating 4.08 out of 5 1,470 reviews
Washington University in St. Louis has high quality academics, but that also makes it stressful. Make sure to find a good balance.
I did not take any classes online. I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 with a bachelors in Mathematics Education.
Classes online were of about the same quality as in-person classes in terms of content and attention to detail.
WashU is a great school for business, premed, engineering programs. The campus and quality of student life are amazing. WashU has a collaborative atmosphere that is not present among many other T20 schools.
I never had an online class at WashU so I can’t comment at all. I did like the classes I took in person though.
I loved WashU. Such a great experience but the best part was the people that I met. I loved the classes and parties and friends.
The campus is beautiful and the community around feels so welcoming and accepting. Classes are difficult, but there are many resources that can help. It also wouldn't such a great school if it wasn't difficult. The food and housing situations are also great. It always feels like there's something to do on campus.
All of my classes that weren't lab classes were online. Some professors were more understanding about being online than others. Because it was online, professors were more communicative over emails. However, a few had to be reminded that it's difficult for us to be treated the same way as past students because it's so different now. Many professors were considerate that we all struggle at this time.
Meeting people during the pandemic was definitely challenging. However, the people at WashU are of the highest quality. Every person here is fun-loving and academically curious. The people here are what make this place rock.
I took 4/5 classes online this semester. Overall fantastic, the professors totally were aware of our limitations and adjusted a lot to help make the workload more manageable.
Flexible but still academically rigorous, they have made it work in a short amount of time. Social side suffers somewhat, but lots of clubs have figured out how to stay connected, in fact people seem to really relish those opportunities more now. I watched the faculty have to completely re-invent STUDIO art courses in like 10 days in April, and it required a lot of creative flexibility and patience in such an uncertain time, but they all pulled it off. I am sure it was exhausting and stressful, but they always prioritized the students. The fall semester was hybrid, my daughter stayed home and did all online (they let you decide) which was a Godsend for us, as we would have worried or even pulled her from school. Her writing class had an end of the semester "reading" and my wife and I were able to listen. The talent of my daughter's peers was sparkling, and the warmth and support from her classmates was palpable. We expect she'll go back in person in the fall of 2021, for now it works.
As a parent of a sophmore in Visual Arts and Writing programs, I feel so grateful she got in. First of all she got a full ride, they removed a massive strain off of our family and did it completely and thoroughly. She had met and spoken with several faculty members before applying (Early Decision) and visited the campus, and they were so helpful and supportive it really allowed us to make a confident Early Decision. My daughter is gifted, but shy shy shy, and her mother is Brazilian, so VERY attached and we worried about sending her away. It was tough, but the support of programs like Deneb Stars and the many other programs (including late night escorts for safety) allowed her to make the leap and find her feet. Once the pandemic hit, WashU was amongst the first half dozen schools to move online (they are now hybrid, my daughter is working from home). The faculty and admin prioritized their health first, while the coursework has remained rigorous. She is thriving. A+ response Washu!
Online classes have been pretty good so far. Professors have had to make adjustments to the curriculum but many of my classes are just as enriching over Zoom.
I've only been here for a week and I love it! The professors are great and every student I meet is so nice.
As a biomedical engineering major and premed at WashU, I will say the school is not easy. However, I would fail to come up with an institution that rivals WashU's commitment to holistic and collaborative education. Research opportunities are absolutely incredible to say the least, and you are quite literally, living in a massive mile-wide castle.
COVID based online learning has been very good. Professors have been understanding of technological difficulties.
I did not take online courses with WashU because I was studying abroad at the time. So this did not apply to me.
It is a great school with the most amazing campus. Courses are rigorous but extremely interesting. It is a great school.
WashU is home to me. I've met the most supportive and amazing people in my life here. I highly recommend for incoming freshman to bond with people on their floor early on - it can be a great community if you try to make it one. The people are down to earth, friendly, and you'll learn a lot simply from the people around you. And though the academics are demanding, the culture is truly collaborative and welcoming. However, it is quite pre-professional focused which I both appreciate and want to change. Try to hang out with a myriad of different people to grow as a person on all fronts.
I really missed the in person experience. The community of friends I made at WashU meant so much to me. The online education was so-so. Enough to get us through the rest of the year, but I definitely did not absorb as much as I would have with the in-person experience. The lack of meeting up with a friend in study room, 3am conversations, a fun social life, etc meant I didn't absorb the material as well or maintain as good of mental health.