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Seattle, WA
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26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Average
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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It is what it is. Someone who wants to party all the time isn't going to like the rules of the campus housing, but if you are fine with their rules, then you will find many different options for living.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have an internship that I got through the career center on campus. It is a business internship and I am payed very competitively (15-20 dollars an hour). Internships pay/benefits very mainly on your major and your skills. What I mean is that someone searching for a business/tech/STEM internship in Seattle, is going to find a great job, pretty easily, but someone searching for something relating to sociology or politics, is going to have a more difficult time.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: The business school at UW is world class and is consistently ranked in the top 25 in the country, ahead of schools such as Georgetown, Vanderbilt and USC.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: UW has big, D1, PAC-12, sports teams. We have the best college football stadium in the nation. We also just got a brand new ballpark, and our basketball arena is nice.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UW is an amazing school and I cannot imagine going anywhere else. I am from the east coast, so Seattle is very different from what I was used too, but UW truly made me feel at home.

UW has it all. It is a large state school, which means it has big PAC-12 sports, lots of funding, national recognition, offers basically every major and is highly ranked in most of them, and tons of different students from very different backgrounds. It is also a city school, which means you learn practical city-living lessons, enjoy the cultural experiences Seattle provides and you get to live in a city where exciting things happen...like seriously Macklemore, Amazon.com and STARBUCKS are all here. Can you ask for anything more? Most importantly, UW has a spectacular campus, something which many city schools don't. UW is a major presence in the city of Seattle. If you are thinking about going here, I highly suggest you do, it truly is the best decision I ever made.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UW will get your foot in the door at all major Seattle Companies (Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Costco, Alaska Airline, Safeco Insurance, T-Mobile and Expedia to name a few).

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: UW has one of the best campuses in the world. It has been featured on many "Best Campus" lists, including the one published by Forbes Magazine. There is an amazing mixture of beautiful landscaping, historical neogothic style buildings and modern glass and brick ones (all of which are LEED certified).

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave next to campus has AMAZING food for cheap. It literally has everything.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is amazing. I am from the east coast, and hadn't been to Seattle before I visited UW, but needless to say, I love it. Seattle has its own unique culture, and is large enough to give you plenty to do and explore, but small enough that after a while you can feel like you have a decent grasp on the city. The scenery here is amazing. There's nothing like watching a sunset over Mt Rainier (seriously google "rainier vista"... it's on campus!!!!), and the beautiful greenery and lakes/bays/sounds everywhere never get old. Safety is like any other city: be smart. I do not personally know anyone who's been robbed or mugged, but occasionally I receive alerts about an incident. It's not something to worry about, but something to be aware of. Cost of living in Seattle is high, and definitely will feel high if you're not from a metropolitan area, but it's made up for by all that Seattle has to offer.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The great thing about a large school like UW and a large city like Seattle is that there truly is something for everyone. It sounds cliche, but there really is. If you want a big greek scene with frat parties and brother/sisterhood, you've got it. If you want to enjoy trendy bars and clubs, Seattle has plenty to offer. Or if you're more low key and just want to hang out, grab some food and maybe a movie, there are plenty of AMAZING (and cheap) restaurants close to campus on the Ave. Plus there's always something going on in Seattle. All major music tours come here since it's a big city, and many cool indie groups come too because of Seattle's music scene. The city of Seattle hosts many festivals throughout the year, and any sports fanatic will find plenty to do with the Seahawks, Mariners and Sounders (not to mention UW's sports teams).

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics seriously come first at the UW. Obviously there are some majors/classes that are easier than others, but people who plan on majoring in any STEM field, business or international studies should be prepared to work hard.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Foster school of Business at UW is world class. It is consistently ranked as a top 25 business school, oftentimes ranked ahead of schools like Georgetown, Vanderbilt and USC. It is a tough curriculum, and it is very difficult to get into as a major, but it is SO worth it. The facilities are mostly brand new and state of the art. Also, like any business school, connections are key, and Foster doesn't disappoint. You will be instantly connected to tons of people at Seattle companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Alaska Airline and Safeco Insurance, plus you will have plenty of connections at other large west coast companies like Google and Apple.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There are more scholarships available to in state students.

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.

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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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