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Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I found the transportation system around UW to be pretty fantastic because it was a free U-pass included in my tuition and I could go on any bus service that took me anywhere. There are stops all over, on and very near campus that range from going downtown to basically anywhere in Seattle. There is even a service called "Night Ride" that has various location pick ups on campus that take you directly to where you live off campus, it runs all three quarters and is completely free for anyone who is at a campus pick up location. It is great when you work late and don't want to walk home--it drops you off right in front of your house. There are many bus lines that run on and near campus and is only a short walk from where ever you live.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The only drugs and alcohol usage I have seen or known about is directly related to Greek Row and the Greek system. It is very heavily populated with people on Thursday nights. The most common drug that most of the Greek's use is Adderal and it is popularly known that if you want to get it you just ask them. Sometimes in infiltrates the non-greeks but that is usually because they are mutual friends with something in the system.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: For my major which is Cinema Studies, the curriculum is great. The advisors and professors associated with it are very well educated in their field of study, and are more than willing to help a student who needs extra help or work around their school hours. As for the job/internship opportunities I am constantly getting emails about related work and job opportunities in my area and even some abroad. The classes offered are varied and specialized which makes signing up for classes an open experience so you can get a feel of what is to be expected in the 3 quarters of the school year.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a range from mac to PC's in the labs and libraries where students can choose a preference. They are also widespread through campus so if one lab is full you may get a better opportunity in another one, moreover they are in the major buildings so they are not hard to find. The speed of the network is fantastic you never have to wait for loading on anything, (although perhaps a bit on registration day). Overall the quality of the computers on campus is great.

1 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fun-sucking RAs, expensive housing, and after over two quarters I don't even know everyone on my floor. The cluster system sucks.

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2 College Freshman

Academics: This rating applies specifically to registration. There are so many students that you frequently cannot immediately (or ever) get into the classes you need. It is discouraging and frustrating.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Majors: I love the Foster School of Business and feel confident about my ability to get a job after graduation.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Majors: I got an email in the spring of my senior year of high school and was directly admitted to the Foster School through their Freshman Direct program.

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: I am very confused by this topic. I live in Washington, where marijuana is hypothetically legal, and I NEVER see any students smoking.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: I personally have a Resident Advisor that is very intrusive on students' activities. I have been chastised for laughing "too loudly" in a private room outside quiet hours.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safety on campus is fine. it's around campus that can be sometimes sketchy late at night but nothing major.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: In such a big school there is a lot of diversity yet somehow it still feels like the majority of people are from washington or asia.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: Every library has plenty of computers to use. Printing costs are relatively low and the network is very strong and reliable all throughout campus and can even sometimes be caught on the Ave.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Seattle can't get their transportation systems to actually connect. It seems that every new elected official decides to make yet another distinctly different system that does not connect to other forms easily, this leads to funding shortages and people avoiding public transit

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The homeless around campus are creepy and can sometimes be agressive, there have been a few random acts of violence just off campus but nothing more than you might expect in a city

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus regulations are there to keep things ruinning smoothly and the public servants are not bad, just don't park on campus

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's Seattle folks it's goint to rain at time so just keep that rain coat handy ... and a good hat

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You may want to take a few minutes of commute over living inthe U-District to find a better price and better parking

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: I'm not much of a gym rat, and I don't follow sports so if you do good for you

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Things are always changing on "The Ave" so if there's a spot you like best don't count on it always being there

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3 College Freshman

Computers: bring along your little laptop and you are set, but don't rely on a free computer

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: It's public transit and budget cuts make things crowed esspeiccially when it rains and the bike commuters are getting on

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: A couple of nice pubs are around, but you should get out to Greenwood for less crowded, friendlier enviroments

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Be active, look for them and keep applying

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Transportation: Buses will get you anywhere you need to go

2 people found this useful Report
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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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