Seattle, WA
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Reviews 2766 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Student

Nightlife: Bars are pretty packed on the weekdays pretty filled with greek kids but also a good number of those not part of greek life.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: Most of the good looking guys and girls are in the greek system.

3 College Student

Diversity: Pretty diverse, lots of international kids and commuters. Mostly Bellevue kids are part of the Greek System.

3 College Student

Health & Safety: Lots of crime, but also we live in a big city so it's expected that there will be crimes occurring weekly. However, our email and texting alert system works pretty efficiently.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Typical college girls and boys. Most are extremely smart and hardworking

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Save your time and go buy housing in apartments. Campus housing is only good your first year to meet people after that gets boring and annoying

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety on the ave and pretty reasonably priced.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: If you are not apart of Greek Life then you dont really think about them. Housing is separated off to their own section of housing

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: strictness is average dont do stupid stuff and they wont hammer down on you

3 College Senior

Athletics: people dont seem to care much about sports but still acknowledge that it is there

3 College Senior

Diversity: not diverse at all but people are accepting

3 College Senior

Facilities: really pretty buildings but once you get inside looks like trash

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: expensive but better than dorms

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: a lot to do if you have money

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I am not yet 21 so I don't know a lot about campus night life, but I have heard its a lot of fun, but only a few choices of bars to go to.

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: Every week things go down

3 College Junior

Majors: My major was non-competitive when I declared. Which means it was not very hard and there weren't a lot of challenges except for the fact that I had to get a 2.5 GPA in Biology 180. However, I think at this school getting into a major is difficult. The GPA requirements are usually pretty high, however I think the biggest problem is that a lot of teachers care more about upper level classes rather than general education requirements, which makes the classes you need to get into you major hard to do well in. Personally, I have a very hard time in large lecture classes. I do much better and more easily get the grades I need for my major in the summer because all the classes are about 20 people big!

4 College Junior

Majors: I like being a biology major. I get a lot of emails about opportunities in my field, and whether they interest me or not, its nice to feel involved in something smaller than the big school of UW. There are a ton of internship opportunities in my field, however I have not yet applied so I don't know how easy it is to get one. We are known for our science programs and that means our facilities are of the best in the nation. I am proud to be a physiology major here!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Expensive but a lot of options to choose from. Student discounts are non existent

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I come from a small rich, primarily white town. I am used to stuck-up people. Coming to UW, I love the diversity in guys and girls here. They are all, for the most part, very smart, so you can always have an intelligent conversation with them. Looks are a little worse than normal. Most people care more about school and their education over their appearance. Interests are very diverse! Some are artists, some are partiers, some are nerds, and others are jocks. There is truly a diverse group of guys and girls when it comes to interests. The way people dress is a little different. A lot of people dress hipster and thrift shopping is big here! Social life varies. Guys tend to party and play sports more than girls. Girls usually go shopping.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Varsity sports are one of my favorite parts of being a husky. This school has so much spirit its contagious! Sports are a huge part of college life here but it isn't the most important which I really admire. School is the biggest part and then when you're done studying, theres always some type of varsity sport to watch.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I am in the Greek System here and it has been great and it has been bad too. There are certain kinds of people you have to be to want to be greek. It definitely isn't for everyone, but if its for you, its amazing. It is a great social scene and you make a lot of friends, which makes the college transition easier. However studying is harder with all the distractions, and there are a lot of rules that take away a lot of the freedom you have when you go away from home.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I usually eat off campus, but when I did eat on campus the variety was good, however no matter how many options you have if the range of food doesn't change (which it doesn't) the food gets old. The quality is pretty good, though, considering how much is made in such a short amount of time. I think the prices are pretty good however it really depends on how much you eat too. There aren't too many options where you can use your meal plan, but it's really nice when you can go somewhere a little different, like a snack shack or something, and use your meal plan for that.


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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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