Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2575 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: THE AVE! Everything is on the Ave which makes it easier and safer for students who live in the U-district. There's always a lot of places in our coupon books and weekly specials/deals.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: There's a wide range of different majors to choose from which makes it interesting for classes. All majors are diverse.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything is close by and if not the bus runs everywhere, having a husky card makes it a lot easier.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Seattle is always raining and often times very cold due to the wind, which makes it difficult to be outside most of the year. However in the spring and summer it is extremely beautiful.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone knows the rules. You play it safe or get caught. As adults people are able to make their own decisions. However the alcohol and drugs are not visible or noticeable at all. If it's done, it's done wisely.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, but my friends always complain about the cost of rent and sometimes their place does not look pleasant.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Because UW is located in the city there are many different venues to attend. Greek row, Lake city, down town, North or South of Seattle all have activities/venues for the nightlife.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I don't qualify for Financial aid, however when I apply for Pell grants the financial aid office at my school is very difficult to meet with but always an easy and stress free process once seen. The lines at the office are extremely long.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is fairly great. There's a lot of amenities offered to students such as food options, gyms, classes are very close whether you're on West or North campus, HFS is quick to respond with housing questions, and the buses run everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is handy. You can usually get to where you need to go once you get the hang of it, but don't count on easily getting a bus back to campus past 9. They come, but not often. Once it hits midnight, you have to call a taxi.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived on campus my first year and enjoyed it. I lived in McCarty and the rooms are substantially bigger than anything you find on North Campus. Obviously, the west campus dorms are much newer and nicer than north campus, but I really did like living in McCarty

College Freshman

Majors: I am not yet into my major.

2 College Freshman

Majors: UW is super competitive. I started out thinking I was going to do engineering, but the competition was so stiff I had to re-think my major. The intro calc and chem classes are DEFINITELY weed out courses. I'm now a pre-business major and am doing much better in my classes, mostly because the classes are better suited to my skill set, but I sometimes think that if I were at any other school I'd be an engineering major right now.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have not had any problems with financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Parties are really only on Greek row. If you're into that I hear they're fun.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You see UW police cars around all the time, but there aren't a lot of "blue phones" and pathways to/from dorms aren't extremely well lit. There are enough people though that I feel relatively safe, but you can't help but get a little squeemish when the "crime incident" emails get sent out. I wouldn't walk off-campus alone at night though.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave has a ton of options that are usually relatively priced as well. The only downside to the Ave is it is a lot of Asian cuisine and not much else. The good thing is all the neighborhoods of Seattle are just a bus ride away!

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: No better or worse than other schools I've heard about.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I came to UW from the Midwest, so the weather is definitely different from what I'm used to. People here think anything below 60 is cold and anything above 75 is hot. I don't understand why people think the rain is really annoying. Yes it rains often, but it is usually just drizzle. You never get big down-pours.

When it's sunny, the weather is absolutely gorgeous.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have found an apartment off campus, but it wasn't easy. We happened to find the perfect place for us in a good price range, but it took a lot of searching. There are a lot of options, but you have to keep an open mind about places outside of the ones that emphasize that they are "a great apartment for students"...that usually means they are small, dirty, and overpriced.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't know what the drugs are like here.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's basically half Caucasians and half international students from China/Korea/Japan.

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not in the Greek system.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: I like the Seattle area and the atmosphere.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are good, but lots of the classes are really big.

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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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