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Reviews 2886 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: As long as you fill out your FAFSA as fast as you can you will really have no problem

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The Greek system supplies a great nightlife, and to top it off the Seattle nightlife is always an option.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: From Memos, to Costas the Ave alone has tons of dining options.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: UW has a great Greek system, informal rush for Guys is filled with some of the greatest times of your college experience, and the Greek community as a whole is very united, accepting, and have great parties. Tuesdays and Thursdays are big party days, but even the other days of the week are filled with party's, exchanges, and tons of philanthropies.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Nothing in Washington state, besides the Seahawks, is bigger than the UW Football team when it comes to sports, games and school spirit are unmatched.

5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The UW police aren't looking to get students in trouble for unnecessary things, and are mostly relaxed and understanding.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You're always bound to find people looking for roommates off campus, but with the new dorms, and prominent Greek system it's far more convenient to live on campus.

3 College Junior

Majors: I have yet to have an internship, but I plan on searching for one through the department that I'm majoring. They have a list of places to internship and are willing to help students make new partnerships as well. So far my advisor has been very helpful, so I expect good things. I have not internshiped, but I have volunteered 8 hours 5 days a week for a few months at a science museum and I have to say it was up to me to make it the best experience possible. I worked until my supervisor felt I was reliable and capable of any job she gave me. It felt great. This was not through the advice or help of UW though. As far as I know, not many internships are paid but do require commitment. Getting paid would be a concern of mine, because I would rather not continue in debt if I can have a paid job instead.

4 College Junior

Majors: My major is non-competetive and normal. My advisor can provide ways of getting internships to go towards my degree and help narrow down my interests within my major. I have no tips I can think to provide.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I went to a swing dance one time, but that's about it. I'm not involved enough in night life to give a decent review, but it seems the nightlife here is quite fun and there seems to be alot to do and places to go. Seattle is a decent sized city, and downtown isn't so far away from campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I received the maximum amount of loans a Junior undergrad. can receive, but unfortunately it's still not enough so I've to rely on private loans as well. I cannot legally be an independent on the FASFA, and most of my parents income comes from my step-dad who happens to not be aiding me whatsoever. There is no help for that kind of situation. Other than that, the process of getting loans went smoothly. There aren't very many scholarships that are merit-based or that I may qualify for, not to mention the scholarships listed under my major are not worth all that much and some are for specifically study abroad.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I haven't faced an issue that would give me an opinion of whether or not the University of Washington is more strict in policy than any other institution, but I assume it's average.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I don't understand the Greek system, so any comment I make is not credible and would be bias. Other than that, I feel indifferent to Greek life and find myself uninterested.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Due to rising crime rates, especially in the Seattle area, I can't say that I'd feel safe to be alone at night or in certain areas. I also have to commute to campus (almost 2 hours) and I don't feel all that safe about it, but I have no choice. There are resources available to make students feel safe, such as being escorted anywhere on campus afterhours.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I found it difficult to receive merit based aid from UW, but I was able to be approved for loans. I will continue to pursue scholarship aid once I begin attending the school.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Security and Safety is incredibly important and there are many efforts in our campus community that strive to improve access to safety for more students every year.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Most of the off-campus dining is at The Ave. It's a colorful area and has diverse cuisines. Food is cheap and popular with local students. It's a great place to hang out with friends and unwind during classes. The downside is that it does get dangerous to traverse at night unless you are with company.

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek Community is highly involved in philanthropy efforts and are ever present in the Associate Student Body. I know many Greeks and they are quality people. However, stereotypes do exist and it's normally an effect of college expectations.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Seattle is just a short bus ride away so there is always something to do. There are dance studios, shopping malls, swing dances, parties, food, parks, and water activities nearby so the local atmosphere is great. Seattle can be sketchy at night though so it is HIGHLY recommended to have a buddy with you at all times.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave has every possible type of food for every single person, regardless of income and dietary needs, to enjoy.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Dining is very accessible, and you can chose whatever payment plan you want no matter what your grade is, but there isnt a ton of variety.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus so I can't really say much about off campus living.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The general population is very nice, but its hard to generalize because it's such a large community.

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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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