Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Student

Nightlife: I don't drink and I don't like to go to parties, so I can't really say.

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4 College Student

Campus Strictness: With a campus this size, they need to be strict with noise etc.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: I don't spend much time off campus when I need to eat because housing includes a dining account that I need to spend. There are a lot of asian places to eat at.

2 College Student

Scholarships: Financial aid in this country just generally sucks. Middle class students get absolutely nothing because they think your parents are rich enough to pay for it. My dad works A LOT of overtime just so I can make my tuition payments. I haven't had any luck with scholarships at all because of the qualifications.

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4 College Student

Facilities: I don't pay attention to campus life much. I'm not interested in that. There are 800 clubs on campus and if you want to get involved, it's relatively easy.

4 College Student

Majors: Never had an internship, so I wouldn't know. From what I hear there are a lot of opportunities

4 College Student

Majors: I'm going for Psychology. It's one of the bigger majors, and they mostly consider the grades you get in your pre-req classes. I'm not in the program right now because of difficulties transferring over to the college, but it seems like you get in if you do good with the pre-reqs.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Not interested in greek life.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: The price for campus housing is probably the only thing I have an issue with. They make us pay way too much.

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4 College Student

Athletics: I don't pay attention to sports because I don't find it important, but I still support anything from my college. A lot of people like the teams.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Access to programs that promote safety and health seem abundant. Health services is less helpful than going to a doctor though.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I haven't really been affected with anything so I don't know.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There's a lot of apartments near by, especially on the Ave. They're a little farther up the street from the main campus but it's alright. And it's cheaper than campus housing.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: My experience kind of applies specifically to me but... I had a sibling who was in college my first year so we got a lot of finanacial aid. But because there's only me now, I don't have any.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: Never been to a party so I don't know. But I heard that UW is not a big party school compared to other schools.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UW has a lot of diversity. There are people of all race, religions, and sexual orientation. WA is a pretty liberal state so not much diversity in political affiliation.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are big lecture classrooms and small classrooms. There are hard classes and easy classes. It varies just like other schools.

College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I don't know. I still haven't figured what I want to do so I haven't gone to professors or counselors about job/internship possibilities.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: UW has a little different application process than other schools. For example, you have to apply through their website, not commonapps. And interestingly, you don't need to send in your transcripts.

College Sophomore

Majors: I'm not in a major yet so I'm not in any programs/departments.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The actual classes, curriculum, and teaching styles are amazing, but the registration process at the University of Washington is absolutely horrible. If you don't register within the first 30 seconds you are likely to no get the classes you want. As far as professors, it's a little hit or miss but the majority of the professors are excellent.

College Sophomore

Academics: I am not in my major yet so I can't answer that question.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: My campus is extremely segregated between students living in the dorms and students living in the Greek community. I personally live in the Greek community, but am ashamed of the reputation it has created for itself on campus. So to answer the question, there is a very mixed description of the guys and girls at my school. In the Greek system, the sutdents are generally more attractive and their interests tend to steer more towards illegal or immature activities, whereas most other students on campus stick to their studies and exploring the city. The Greek students are more social, yet much more shallow than other students and tend to abuse many relationships they have.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Great variety of houses and everyone is very friendly and accepting. Highly recommend going through recruitment/rushing!

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Without a car, it's pretty inconvenient to get around, but the ave and uvill basically has almost everything you need.

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Emily Sugiyama
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
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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