Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 2575 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UW medicine is the best in the state.

2 people found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't go to wild parties.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: If you join a club or a group you can make friends easily.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Transportation: We're in the middle of a city, so there are buses.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They're only really strict about noise violations and drinking/drug use.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus police are always out an about and you see them driving around all the time but they are not over bearing at all. They offer great services like night walk and night ride and try to make you feel that you are safe. However there are a lot of criminal activities like robbery and theft, but students are alerted via text message or email and it is very detailed. Although we are never actually notified if the criminal incident has been apprehended or not we are just warned about it.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Since there are so many people that go to UW there is obviously a lot of aid to be given out--to students that deserve it of course. UW does this thing where it gives you a lot of aid your incoming freshmen year which is a big excitement and you feel like you don't have to really worry to much about paying for school and keep your academics up. However, unless you contribute to the campus in some way or do something really amazing and get 4.0's all year the aid given out the following years is slim to none. It is very frustrating because even tho sometimes you get good grades but not necessarily the Deans List and show up everyday to class while others slack off that is not rewarded whatsoever.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is Seattle so it is mostly over cast and gray skies for most of the school year, but when it is sunny and warm Seattle becomes one of the most beautiful places in the entire United States. They don't just call it the Emerald city for nothing because even though it rains most of the time, when the sun shines everything is green and vibrant and everyone is a lot happier! Sometimes the weather can get to you, however it usually doesn't get freezing cold and we rarely get snow, but the lack of Vitamin D can really affect how you look at things and life. But when spring hits Seattle is one fun place to be with the cherry blossoms and sunshine it is absolutely beautiful.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is really either hit or miss when it comes to off campus living. I had some trouble last year finding availability for living situations. I know that prices do vary but when it all comes down to it the more people that you have in a house or apartment the lesser the cost is going to be. Seattle has a very high housing cost which affects a lot of students on whether or not choosing to dorm again is a good idea. Parking can be a real hassle unless you live in a complex that offers parking in a located area but other than that it is really who is lucky enough to find a place to park. However, there are zones where you can apply for a parking permit that allows to to park where ever you want in a specific zone. Finding housing can be aided by joining a UW housing group through Facebook where people share and ask about available housing.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: UW is pretty highly known for its diversity but to be completely honest there is becoming an overtaking from the amount of international students that enroll. To be perfectly honest you can't go into a class without at least 20 asian, or asian/americans attending. The fact of the matter is that it is actually extremely hard to get into a group unless you are already associated with one. Most of the international students hang out with each other, as well with other races, the only time you really get "diversity" is in the dorms. There are groups on campus that are big in the religious part and they pretty much accept anyone but you really have to be down with what they think and believe. It's also really divided even state-wise meaning there are not that many people who come over from the Eastern Washington side of the state, most are from California or around the Seattle area. There are also major clubs that are affiliated with political beliefs however most of them are Liberal.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife is non-stop it is continuously going every night it just depends on location. Greek Row obviously has the week parties but during the weekend it's either dorm parties, or whatever you can muster up and find for yourself. Sometimes it is only a need to know to find parties but other than that if you want to drink and meet people Greek Row is where you'll find it. There is a good bar scene that happen on the Ave, but other than that you'll have to go to Capital Hill to hit the various amounts of clubs/bars that are out there, but transportation is easy to find out there using the bus system.

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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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

2 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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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

1 person 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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