Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2852 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: If you're middle class but still can't entirely afford to pay for school, it will be a struggle.

4 College Senior

Academics: Many academic areas to chose from. Professors are helpful if you make an effort to reach out to them. Many great study abroad programs.

3 College Senior

Academics: A little weak. Could be more challenging and a little less broad.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: Sometimes the classes are so big you're lost in it and you are just a number.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: UW makes it so easy for a student to find internships and jobs. The networking possibilities are endless, and being right in the heart of Seattle also is an advantage.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I don't know much about the dorms or other campus housing, but I live in a sorority and it is the best living option at UW if you are a social person and want to feel included in a community filled with young, successful, and personable people.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: I am not eligible for financial aid, because my parents make too much. This is something I think needs to be re-evaluated. Some students are paying for school themselves, and this is not taken into consideration. I am paying for school completely on my own without any help, therefore I am working two jobs and still struggling. Because of the way the financial aid is structured I am not eligible based off my parents income, instead of my own.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: The student body is very diverse.

2 College Senior

Nightlife: The nightlife around this school is not that great, usually we just cab to capital hill.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I would not rate this campus as being strict.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I needed to go to the doctor right away and they were able to get me in within two hours, and the quality of help was high.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I am in the business school and we only have one close by option if we are trying to get something quick. I think that it is not necessary to have many options like the hub though because we are close to the ave.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off-campus and it is very expensive.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options in this area are great if you are looking for fast food. I do think that they could offer more healthy options. When I am looking for a place to grab a good salad, i have a hard time.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Personally being in one I can say you have friends right away when coming to college. Chapters also make you have good grades otherwise you can't participate in social events. Sadly, there is a stigma that Non-Greeks don't like Greeks at all.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Washington prides themselves on accepting others and welcoming people from diverse cultures.

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3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are certain issues like cheating and plagiarism that many teachers are passionate about enforcing. As for drug use and alcohol, I've never witnesses a moment where a teacher confronts someone about it.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Seattle. There are so many places to explore and it's easy to get there. There are professional sports, like the SuperBowl Champ Seahawks, and the Mariners. As for safety, at night it's best to drive and avoid being by yourself.

5 College Junior

Majors: Being a design major, I couldn't envision a better place to be. I love and have a very personal relationship with all my professors. They even over you direct internships if you show hard work and interest.

College Junior

Majors: I have not received an invitation to work as an intern.

College Junior

Campus Housing: As a member of the Greek community I don't know what the dorms are like. I'm only rating off of what I have heard from fellow peers.

5 College Junior

Facilities: There are spaces for every type of person as well as how that person is feeling. There are quiet libraries, and then more energizing ones. The IMA has very good equipment and space for working out. The location is also great because there is a lot people can do in Seattle.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The University of Washington has amazing sports and a great fan base. Almost everyone goes and watches a sport.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel that responsible students take measure to protect their safety and close peers, although there are some who don't or get into sketchy situations and make bad choices and aren't safe.


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Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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Similar to the academic experience at the UW, the University is so huge that it's virtually impossible to predict what a student will think of the school. As the quotations attest, some people fall in love from day one and have to tear themselves away on graduation day, while others drag themselves through school as a chore and can't wait to get out into the post-college world, but it seems, like most things at this school, that it truly is what you make of it. Perhaps for a less socially-motivated person, UW isn't the ideal school. In a bigger environment, maybe it helps to be a little more outgoing-introduce yourself to people in class, meet some people at parties; you sort of have to put yourself out there in order to get anything back.

In all, if a student is determined to make his or her time at UW a positive social experience, it's definitely within the realm of possibilities to do so. There are so many groups to join, parties to go to, and people to meet that there's basically an endless list of social opportunities. There are always more people to meet, so if you don't want to get pigeonholed in a certain crowd, you can move on to a new one. At the same time, however, the size of the school can be daunting for more socially-intimidated students. Just as easy as it is to get out there and meet people, it's not too difficult to get holed up in a dorm room and end up being fairly antisocial. Overall, the key to having a good experience at UW is getting involved and experiencing as many things as possible. After it all adds up, you can allow UW to be a negative experience or you can craft it into your personal haven.

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