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Hello! I'm a junior so I'll start applying to schools in just a few months. I applaud you for having such a small list already! In my personal experience, I found that in the course of this year my opinions changed a lot. Last year my scope was much broader than it is now. I think that as you get closer to applying, you should become more critical of what you really want. I began to think of how location would truly effect my experience so I crossed schools off that are in places I know I don't really want to be. Also, if you realize that you don't actually want to be too far or too close to home, seriously consider taking some schools off your list. Over this year I have started to more seriously consider schools that are closer to home because I began to really think about what it would be like to fly 6 hours and pay hundreds of dollars just to go to school and back. If there are many cons or one big con for a school that you think would truly have a negative influence on your experience, then forget about that school. I guess just try your best to think realistically about what it would be like to actually go to a school. Picture yourself there and be true to what you really want.
Good luck with junior year!
depends on the department -- often intro coursework can be waived if similar courses were taken at a college elsewhere. AP units are dept specific
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Written by Arun Sundaresan
Most Wash U students seem to enjoy their academic experience and have a good relationship with their teachers. There are certainly boring and exciting courses and professors in each department, so it’s recommended both to ask for advice from older students and to visit multiple classes before settling on a schedule. The professors seem particularly notable for their enthusiasm in receiving visits from students during or beyond office hours. Those who have made an effort to seek help and advice from them are usually rewarded with genuine interest, help with school work, and future recommendations.
The University's reputation has rested principally on its achievements in the sciences, but most departments—from English to women's studies and psychology—are now very strong. Within the different undergraduate schools, there are more noticeable disparities. The Olin School of Business, for example, allegedly has a weak faculty compared to that of the College of Arts and Sciences. While students aren't usually overwhelmed with their course work, academics are rigorous in all of the undergraduate schools of Wash U—although among all undergrads, pre-meds seem the most perpetually stressed. The curricula in several of the schools include distribution requirements organized into a cluster system. However, departments are flexible, and they will allow you to design more creative programs of study, including individualized majors, cross-disciplinary courses, and independent projects. Options such as these allow students to pursue their interests without being limited to traditional subject areas.
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