Student and Graduate Testimonials
Here's what students and graduates are saying about WICHE's Student Exchange Programs
"Originally from South Dakota, the WUE program gave me the opportunity to experience life outside the Midwest, while making it affordable to do so. It also allowed me to expand my horizons and get comfortable with my surroundings in all places or situations.The WUE program gave me the confidence to pursue an MBA in New York City, which I completed last May. Thank you for the opportunity and I hope many others will continue to benefit from this program, just as I have."
— Ross, South Dakota resident, Class of 2010, Northern Arizona University, Finance
"When I was looking at universities in high school, many institutions in Washington were facing tuition increases nearing 30% in some cases. In addition to this, I loved to travel. WICHE's Western Undergraduate Exchange program provided the best of both worlds for me: financial stability and a great experience at an out of state university. Instead of putting myself and my family deep in debt, I was able to study in Arizona and pay less than if I stayed in state. I am thankful for this program and tell all prospective students on tours at NAU about the great benefits! Best of all, many of the majors I was interested in were available at the WUE rate, so I could change my major later and still benefit from the program. "
— Alexa, Washington resident, Class of 2013, Northern Arizona University, Accounting, Investments, and English
"WUE has made it possible for me to go to college. Even though I am paying more than I would for an in-state college, I am able to go to the college that I fell in love with. Finances have always been an issue with my family, as I have two older siblings in college as well, and it has taken a major financial toll on my parents. However, the financial stress has been eased by WUE, and I have been able to follow my dreams and explore another part of the world. I am now attending Northern Arizona University and pursuing a forestry degree, something that I have wanted to do for many years. I hope that that WUE will continue for many years, so that others can benefit too."
— Natalie, Washington resident, Class of 2016, Northern Arizona University, Forestry
"WUE allows me attend NAU without worry about rising tuition, because they offer a special four-year fixed tuition program in addition to the discounted WUE rate. I was accepted to all 10 of the schools I applied to, but after carefully looking at all my options, I chose NAU because it went above and beyond my expectations and offered the WUE rate. Now I do not have to worry about rising tuition costs and can focus more on my future career in the hospitality industry."
— Amy, California resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Hotel and Restaurant Management
"I am currently studying business management at Northern Arizona University because of the WUE program. I grew up in a small town in California and I always wanted to be able to explore new things and live in different places. I definitely wanted to go out of state for college. The problem was that out-of-state tuition was too expensive. WUE has allowed me to continue my education out of state and given me an amazing college experience! "
— Joseph, California resident, Class of 2015, Northern Arizona University, Business Management and Pre-Law
"The WUE program has allowed me to study in another state without worrying about the debt I will have when I graduate. I am a first generation college student, and money has always been an issue concerning my college education. I am thankful for WUE because it's helped me and many other students to not only better themselves, but make life better for their families. Without WUE, I would have not been able to exceed academically and achieve my professional goal of becoming an environmental engineer."
— Vivianna, Nevada resident, Class of 2014, Northern Arizona University, Environmental Engineering
"WUE makes it much more affordable for me to attend college out of state where it's much easier to get the classes I need to graduate within four years."
— Keoni, California resident, Class of 2016, Northern Arizona University, Forestry
"WUE changed my life. I got accepted into an accelerated honors program called ITEC at CSU, Chico. It’s for liberal study majors who aspire to be elementary school teachers. Being from Washington, the price of out-of-state tuition would have been too high for my family and me to afford. However thanks to WUE, I am now at Chico State pursuing my dream to change children’s lives. My gratitude is endless, and words cannot express how blessed I am to be a part of the WUE program."
— Valerie, Washington resident, Class of 2016, California State University, Chico, Liberal Studies
"Before I was awarded the Western Undergraduate Exchange scholarship, I was limited to in-state study because of tuition prices, and none of the schools were the best fit for my academic goals. Thanks to WUE, I am able to attend my dream school -- Western Washington University -- and pursue a concentration along with my degree through the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. I am so thankful to be a recipient of this award because it allowed me to attend the college that fits me best. WICHE rocks!"
— Lauchlan, Oregon resident, Class of 2016, Western Washington University, Environmental Science
"WUE makes dreams possible. Without it, I wouldn't have been able to pursue my college aspirations in the manner I had hoped and planned ever since I was in 5th grade. One of my top priorities was to experience a new living environment, meet a more diverse group of people and gain exposure to a variety of educational opportunities not available in my home state. With college costs almost doubling in the past few years, I faced financial constraints which limited my choices. WUE made it possible for me to follow my dreams within my budget. I wake up every day excited -- and grateful -- to be working towards my scholastic goals. It is a competitive program, but worth every effort. I am proud to be a participant and I will always value the opportunity WUE provided me."
— Alex, Idaho resident, Class of 2016, Western Washington University, Biology and Anthropology
"When I was first looking at different colleges I was only considering schools in my home state. I knew I had a limited budget to work with and private schools were out of my price range. The WUE program allowed me to greatly increase my options. The cost to attend WUE institutions out of state still fell within my budget. Eventually I chose to attend California Maritime Academy; it offers opportunities that no other school on the West Coast has. I am now enrolled in their marine transportation program. Without WUE, I never would have found out about Cal Maritime, and I certainly wouldn't have been able to afford it! I can't stress enough how important this program is to the students who use it. For me personally, a career in the marine transportation industry wouldn't be possible without WUE. "
— Riley, Washington resident, Class of 2015, California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
"I've always known I wanted to study marine biology, but that's difficult in my land-locked home state. Thus, I began looking at schools on the West Coast and fell in love with Western Washington University. The WUE program allowed me to turn down full-ride scholarships from local universities and study what I was passionate about in the Pacific Northwest, without burdening my parents too much. Without WUE, I'd most likely be pursuing a major that didn't hold my interest and waiting for graduate school. At Western, I have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through engaging labs, study in a university-owned marine center, and even go on study abroad trips to learn about tropical marine biology in Mexico!"
— Kaitlyn, Utah resident, Class of 2014, Western Washington University, Creative writing and Marine Biology
"I have been a professional boat captain for seven years. I am paying for school myself, without help or assistance from outside sources. I never imagined being able to afford to go back to school until I heard of the WUE program. I wanted to attend California Maritime Academy for several years and thanks to WUE, it became reality. With the degree and license I will receive, I'll be able to secure the job of my dreams. I never could have done it without the immense help and support of WICHE. Thank you so much. "
— Brian, Hawai'i resident, Class of 2016, California Maritime Academy, Marine Transportation
"Being from Alaska, I've been around boat and the water my whole life. I looked into Cal Maritime for maritime studies, and didn't think my family could afford it until we found out about the WUE scholarship. It was the deciding factor in making my education at Cal Maritime possible. Thanks to WUE, I'll get to fulfill my dream of working on the water anywhere in the world."
— Sanford, Alaska resident, Class of 2016, California Maritime Academy, Maritime Studies
"The WUE program has provided an affordable option for my college studies. My options for majors were limited since my home state has only one university, so studying out-of-state was the best solution for me. WUE has allowed me to attend an excellent school and pursue a field of study that interests me, and graduate with less debt."
— Ashley, Wyoming resident, Class of 2013, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Metallurgical Engineering