Glen Cove, NY
Webb Institute


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Recent Reviews

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

For me, I think the school is a great size with only 81 students overall. We act like one giant family and we are always arou...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

For me, I think the school is a great size with only 81 students overall. We act like one giant family and we are always around to help each other out. the school is very open on regulations and we are all bound to the Honor Code which is taken extremely seriously here. We are governed by the Student Organization who is responsible for managing the student body and ensuring everyone's comfort. With such an active SO, we have few restrictions and the school is very safe. The faculty treat us like adults and their presence is felt around the school. The Dean himself teaches a course and all of the professors are very professional and experienced yet they are also very personable and available for help. It is common to hear that something is "normal...for Webb" which pays homage to the fact that we truly are a one of a kind school with a one of a kind student body. With such a small school it is easy to know everyone and out in the professional world, everyone knows who you are. There is support for students and graduates from hundreds of former students, Webbies, they are called, past professors and many organizations recognize the school's stature. There is a lot of school spirit no matter where you are, from in class to sports to Winter work.

Michael
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Webb is a small place; there’s no question about it. With only 85 students, there is family atmosphere. Sometimes people may ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Webb is a small place; there’s no question about it. With only 85 students, there is family atmosphere. Sometimes people may argue, like any family, but in the end, everyone gets along as great friends. All students take classes in the same building, which contributes to the unity. Because the school is so small, there is a lot of school pride. At sporting events, Webbies come out to support their teams with full force. The annual play is a whole school event with everyone participating in some fashion.

Describe the students at your school.

Webb generally consists of white males. This is most likely due to very narrow study and the field of engineering as a whole. Women consist of small population at Webb, and currently there is also a small minority of Asians. Students are from across America varying from places such as the Pacific Northwest to the Midwest and the South. A majority of students however are from the Northeast region. Student interaction is the basis of Webb. With such a small student body, everyone knows everyone, unlike much larger colleges where it may be lucky to see someone you know on any given day.

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The Honor Code at Webb is what makes the school function as it does. Students cannot lie, cheat, or steal. It’s as simple as this. The Honor Code system allows students more freedom as they know their fellow Webbies also live by the same code and that everyone can be trusted in not breaking this code.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The stereotypes are very accurate as laziness could lead to failing. Although Webbies tend to procrastinate sometimes, they will pull all-nighters to finish assignments to the best of their abilities. Webbies do not take “oh, that’s good enough” for an answer and make sure that work is completed correctly. Without this strive for perfection, ships would be much more poorly designed.

What are the academics like at your school?

The workload is as rigorous as the curriculum. This statement sums up the Webb expectations in academics. Students typically take 6-7 courses a semester, that are all mandatory and every student must pass each course with a minimum of 70. Oftentimes, Webbies may work 18 hour days, 5 hours in class with the remaining hours for homework and projects. All nighters are definitely not a rarity. Though procrastination is sometimes at fault, the workload makes Webbies disciplined, which contributes to the stereotype of hardworking. Webbies are well trained for any challenges in the future because of the curriculum as well as the workload.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Webbies play as hard as they study, which is saying something. Emphasizing the size of Webb once again, all students are welcome to participate in anything they would like. Intercollegiate sports at Webb include soccer, sailing, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and tennis. Despite such a small picking, Webbies are very competitive with victory in their eyes playing against schools like Cooper Union and Culinary Institute. Clubs are also available to those who are not athletically inclined, such as WOOFS, which is a choral group. In regards to parties, since Webb is much too small for fraternities and such, the Student Organization handles all arrangements for parties, with many different themes.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Webb students are extremely hardworking perfectionists, who try to still have some fun during the rigorous semester.

Dylan
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Webb is the other people around. Almost everyone is relaxed and laid back, despite the stresses placed ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best thing about Webb is the other people around. Almost everyone is relaxed and laid back, despite the stresses placed upon us. The school is also magnificent, and I personally love the Steinway piano in the reception hall. The hard work involved, the rigor of the curriculum, and the reputation that Webb holds insures a lucrative future in any area the graduate intends to pursue. The school is honored in the industry of naval architecture and marine engineering, and without a doubt deserves its reputation as the single best college for naval architecture and marine engineering in the country.

Describe the students at your school.

The Webb student body is fairly homogenous, but that is because its subject matter is focused. While there are people from around the country (including landlocked states, such as New Mexico), the student body has a great deal of similarities. Everybody is incredibly driven to complete all their work and do as well as they can. They are also, as previously mentioned, relaxed. In terms of dress, it varies depending on the homework assignments of the previous night. Pajamas being worn to class are not unheard of, especially if their wearer had to spend the entire night awake to finish some project or lab. Otherwise, people dress casually in whatever manner they find appropriate, though a general attempt to show respect for the professors is observed.

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It is true, some people don’t always like to wear clothes, but that is a given.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The hardworking stereotype is without a doubt accurate, for there is no way to pass without hard work. The lazy do not survive long under the burdens of work. Procrastination does not apply to everyone, but most of the students tend to delay working until the night before. With such an intense workload, it seems ridiculous to put off doing work, but humans need to live sometime, and thus the daylight hours are saved for enjoyment, while the silence of the night is broken by the furious scribble of pencil on paper.

What are the academics like at your school?

The class size is rather small so the professors are well acquainted with us, assuming the make an effort. Some professors do avoid addressing students in class, but anyone that ventures to the professors office will likely be greeted by name. My favorite class is statics, because the class is incredibly interactive. The labs are also a great opportunity to get hands-on experience and enjoyment. My single most enjoyable lab was “Applied Hydrodynamics”, which is a fancy way of saying “lets go sailing!” Students study often, but do homework much more often. Given that most other colleges have optional homework for study, one can conclude that Webb students study a great deal.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There are a great deal of clubs and organization that insure the Webb students have a multitude of means to enjoy themselves for whatever free time they can find. Being conveniently located near the Long Island Sound and in possession of a small fleet of sailing boats, the sailing team is quite popular. There is also a soccer team in the fall semester, basketball through the winter, tennis and volleyball in the spring, and various other sports such as Ultimate Frisbee and a variation of floor hockey. There are also organizations such as WOOFS (Webb Organization of Family Singers) which allows students to exercise their musical talent, as well as a very free form club system that allows for the organization of any activity the students exhibit interest in. As for the social life, the dating scene is rather poor, due to the short supply of females. Otherwise the activities are great, for the Student Organization works hard to throw parties (which often draw in females from other colleges) and keep things fun.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The typical Webb student is known to be extremely tenacious and hard working, though the procrastination of homework is a common practice.

Brent
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Webb is a specialized engineering school, one of three American institutions that offers an undergraduate degree in naval arc...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Webb is a specialized engineering school, one of three American institutions that offers an undergraduate degree in naval architecture (proper ship design). Webb is regarded as both the finest and the most selective of the three—and it is free. This reputation is well earned: young Webbies prove themselves immediately valuable in the workplace, and older Webbies either rise to high ranks or start their own firms. Many Webbies pursue graduate degrees; some enter civil or military service. Regardless of what Webbies do for a living, their alma mater gives them the tools and perspective to be a responsible, mature, and productive adult.

Describe the students at your school.

Students choose Webb for different reasons: some come for the boats; others choose Webb for the size or the charm; still others are swayed by Webb’s reputation for a superb education at an unbeatable cost. As with many engineering colleges in the United States, the majority of students is white and male. Students come to Webb from all over the U.S., though a significant minority of Webbies comes from within 200 miles of the school. Despite their homogeneity, Webbies readily accept those who are different; the student body is very much like a family. Since all students operate on scholarships, socioeconomic diversity exists but is irrelevant. Webbies tend to be indifferent to current events, in part because they have too much work to concern themselves with the news.

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Webb might seem like a rather easygoing place. It is, but with two important exceptions. All Webbies are bound by a sacrosanct moral code that prohibits lying, cheating, and stealing. Webbies take this vow very seriously, which creates an atmosphere of complete trust that is, in its own way, quite liberating. Webb’s alcohol policy is also very strict, and this is not liberating. If your vision of college includes nightly dorm parties and coasting through classes, then you should probably look elsewhere.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

On the whole, yes. Webbies are motivated, left-brained problem solvers. They are capable athletes, sometimes in less traditional sports. Their tastes can be eccentric. Most importantly, they are keen to help one another and total strangers alike.

What are the academics like at your school?

First and foremost, Webb is rigorous. Students must juggle seven challenging, fast-paced courses every semester. There are only four classrooms: one for each year of study. Students remain in their classrooms and the professors rotate. With class sizes around twenty, there is nowhere to hide. Webbies necessarily have very personal relationships with professors—and in fact each student is assigned one professor in particular as an advisor. All students are on a full-tuition scholarship; as such, there are strings attached. Attendance is controlled. Webb’s academic standards exceed most other colleges’ criteria—the minimum grade is 70—and failures must be promptly remediated. The curriculum is almost entirely fixed; difficult classes cannot be avoided. There is usually one laboratory-based course each term, where students get hands-on exposure to engineering concepts. All seniors must prepare a thesis: this might involve design, research, testing in the model tank, foreign travel, or the construction of scientific apparatus. Winter internships are integral to Webb’s curriculum: freshmen work in shipyards, sophomores crew on merchant ships, and juniors and seniors work in design firms. The library, parenthetically, is well appointed for a school of Webb’s size.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Webb is uniquely challenged: this college of 90 very busy students is located at the end of a suburban dead-end street. Webbies compensate with a high rate of participation in clubs and sports. A student group organizes on-campus parties and off-campus trips. The main building was once a mansion, so there are plenty of comfortable spaces for work and play. The waterfront campus is ideally suited to all kinds of outdoor activities, from soccer to fishing to tennis to basketball (there is a gym). Whatever cannot be brought to Webb is just a short train ride away in New York City, the cultural capital of America.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

People expect a Webby to be equally adept at calculus and Ultimate Frisbee, to be shy and independent, to be a good Samaritan, to be oblivious to authority, and to be fanatical about one or two unusual hobbies.

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  • Tuition & Fees
  • $47,400
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