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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 04/ 4/2010

College Tour '10: Washington University in St. Louis

By Valerie Strauss

Washington University
From a parent

This looks like the quintessential university. Everything looks pristine, almost like a movie set, and the admissions operation, flawless. Perfect, perfect in every which way. If Disney was going to build a campus, it might look like this.

The dorm rooms are beautiful. And a lot of buildings have opened in the past five years. Obviously they have a lot of money.

Their info session was the best we had, and we had seen a lot of schools. They had a dynamic professor who had been on campus for 30 years, and they had a student, and an admissions person. We hadn’t seen that combination anywhere else. We learned a lot about the school.

Our tour guide had a microphone, the only guide to have one on any of our tours. Eating must be a popular event, because the guide pointed out all the dozens of places to eat on campus. The food is really good.

There’s not a lot of emphasis on sports; the football stadium is a historic site and they aren’t allowed to make improvements. But the kids seemed really happy; a lot wore Wash U shirts, and everybody seems to be very psyched about the place.

This is one in a series of reports that parents and students are contributing about their campus tours this spring. If you have visited a school and would like to participate, email me a brief report at You can find out more about College Tour ’10 and how to write about your college visit here.

Go to to see more college posts in the series.

By Valerie Strauss  | April 4, 2010; 12:21 PM ET
Categories:  College Tour '10  | Tags:  College Tour '10, Washington University in St. Louis  
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