Student and Graduate Testimonials
Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs
"WUE opened up countless options and gave me the freedom to choose the best fit for me. Without WUE, there’s no way that I could have attended CSU. Thanks WUE!"
— Maeve, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Human Development and Family Studies
"I was born and raised in Seattle and wanted to be immersed in a completely new environment where I would also receive a world-class education. WUE made my dream come true. I am currently an undergrad at CSU in the Biomedical Science program. I’ve had access to incredible resources and amazing faculty every semester; CSU was the perfect fit for me! Without WUE, it would not have been possible. Thank you WICHE!"
— Christina, Washington resident, Class of 2012, Colorado State University, Biomedical Science
"I love Colorado State University; the students, teachers, and the Fort Collins community have become a home away from home for me, and the relationships and wisdom I have developed are irreplaceable. CSU has one of the top programs in wildlife biology, and without WUE, I would not have been able to go there. The WUE scholarship has truly been a lifesaver, and I am very grateful to have been selected to receive this reduced tuition assistance."
— Audrey, California resident, Class of 2012, Colorado State University, Wildlife Biology and Environmental Sociology
"Colorado State University not only has an excellent Nutrition and Food Science program, but it was the only college I visited that I truly fell in love with. Without WUE, paying nonresident tuition would have been near impossible, and I wouldn’t have been able to attend CSU. Thanks to reduced tuition through WUE, I am getting an excellent education at a university I love."
— Heidi, Montana resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Nutrition and Food Science
"Without WUE, I would have not have been able to attend an out-of-state college. I am so thankful for the discounted tuition that WUE offers. It’s allowed me to fulfill my academic goals and it’s given me more opportunities than I would have had elsewhere. Thank you WICHE!"
— Olivia, Nevada resident, Class of 2013, Colorado State University, Civil Engineering
"Without WUE, I wouldn’t have been able to study out of state. Although my parents make good money, they have yet to send my younger sister and brother through college, a factor that FAFSA and financial aid formulas do not often recognize. WUE allowed me to live my dream of studying in Colorado without racking up huge amounts of debt. WUE has been a tremendous help financially. Thank you!"
— Gwen, North Dakota resident, Class of 2014, Colorado State University, Anthropology, Art History and Spanish
"WUE has allowed me to continue attending Colorado State University despite the economic downturn. It I hadn't been for WUE, I probably would have had to transfer back to my home state for financial reasons. I cannot express how thankful I am for the WUE program. It has allowed me to continue my education in biological sciences."
— Andrea, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2013, Colorado State University, Biological Sciences
"I had my heart set on Western Washington University all of my senior year and couldn't picture myself anywhere else. WWU has a well-known College of Education, and I knew that their program would help me in my teaching career. WUE opened a very special door for me, and I am forever grateful!"
— Laurel, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Western Washington University, Elementary Education
"I attended a track camp at NAU my freshman year of high school and fell in love with Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. But my senior year, I had to face the reality that my parents couldn’t afford out-of-state tuition. I applied to NAU anyway, and was awarded a WUE scholarship. Thanks to WUE, my parents were able to send me to NAU. I found a major that I love and professors that I respect and admire. I've had the opportunity to attend conferences, deliver papers, apply for awards, and participate in funded research because of the amazing faculty at NAU. I am very grateful for WUE."
— Wendy, New Mexico resident, Class of 2011, Northern Arizona University, Philosophy
"The WUE tuition discount allowed me to consider studio art programs that were the best fit for me in regards to curriculum and location, and not just on the basis of their cost. The WUE program made my top choice affordable: I am now studying art in beautiful Bellingham…just the place I want to be! I am ever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you WICHE and Western Washington University! "
— Jasmine, Idaho resident, Class of 2014, Western Washington University, Studio Arts
"I always wanted to go to school in Washington, but when I looked into tuition costs, I was troubled and afraid I wouldn’t be able to afford it. Without a reduced tuition WUE award, I would have had to stay in Alaska and major in a subject that I was not passionate about. Fortunately, I was awarded WUE tuition at Central Washington University and it’s the perfect school for me. WICHE’s WUE program has helped make my dreams of becoming an art teacher a reality!"
— Alicia, Alaska resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Art Education
"Without the reduced tuition I get through WUE, I'd probably end up with lower grades because of the extra work hours I'd need to do in order to pay for tuition. Thanks to WUE, my education is affordable and I can focus on my studies! "
— Charles, Colorado resident, Class of 2013, California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
"I’m studying Musical Theatre at Central Washington University. The theatre and performing have been my life since I was very small. When I visited CWU, I fell in love with the campus and Ellensburg; I didn't want to go anywhere else. I had my back-up plans, but luckily I didn't have to use them. My parents wouldn’t have been able to afford CWU without WUE, as my sister is also enrolled in a private college. Thanks to WUE, I am following my dreams and will get the chance to go to Europe for a month as part of my studies. Thank you!"
— Whitney, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Musical Theatre
"I’ll be the first member of my family to receive a college degree. Without the reduced tuition available through WUE, it would have cost over $100K to attend college. I have learned so much in my first semester at Central Washington University. I hold tremendous gratitude for the WUE program. WUE is a worthy investment; it's allowed me to improve my life, and I feel called to give back to the community in honor of the assistance extended to me. Thank you!"
— Kelsey, Oregon resident, Class of 2014, Central Washington University, Undeclared
"Serving as a Cadet at California Maritime Academy has been life-changing. My peers drive me to always 'do better' and I’ve gained hands-on experience, cruising through the Pacific Ocean on the school’s 500-foot training ship, The Golden Bear. Now in my senior year, I’m in charge of the Housing and Resident Life Program, serve as a leader in the Corps of Cadets, participate in the Gold Medal Leadership Program, and am president of the Student Body Association. I am grateful to WICHE; WUE has helped me reach my full potential and become more than prepared for life beyond college."
— Sean, Washington resident, Class of 2011, California Maritime Academy, Global Studies and Maritime Affairs