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

Overall Experience: The experience and classes I've had are great and I appreciate them a lot. The atmosphere of the school is really nice and I love being in Seattle. However, the cost of tuition and the little financial aid makes me rethink my education there because of the debt I will graduate with.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are a lot of students in the Greek System and you will run into many in classes. You can attend the parties even of you are not a part of the Greek life.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team is great and it is really fun to attend games.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Freshman

Scholarships: As a freshman, middle-class, out of state student, I applied for financial aid but received none. I was only given a few student loans through the school which meant i had to take out other private loans to pay for the rest of the tuition. They say there are more opportunities for scholarship as you get further into your education, but that may take awhile.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen live off-campus. It seems to be easily available and reasonable. Most are close to campus. It is nice to live off-campus where there is more freedom are are not locked into a dining plan.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is decent. Coming to Seattle there is the connotation that it will rain every day, but that is false. It rains every once in a while but not every day. However, it is usually cloudy and overcast. This just makes you appreciate the days when it's sunny even more.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There a lot of options for on-campus dining, but they are not always the best. They will fill you up but may not always be very tasty.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system is great. Students are provided with an orca card that allows easy public transportation. It can be taken to just about anywhere a student may need while at school.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: I love living in a city, it lets you have opportunities you would not have otherwise and there are always things to do on the weekends.

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3 College Student

Campus Strictness: It is strict about the things that matter such as drinking and drug use, but not when it comes to noise violation which can be very annoying.

1 person found this useful Report
College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus but i know people who live off campus and they said sometimes it is more expensive than living on campus and can be more dangerous at night depending on where you live.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Student

Scholarships: I did not receive financial aid from my school, you have to have a very low amount of income in order to get any or you have to play a sport.

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3 College Student

Computers: There are a lot of computers available in our libraries however not enough for all of the people who need them.

1 person found this useful Report
College Student

Majors: I plan on having an internship and i am kind of concerned because it is very competitive normally to find a good internship that is close to school.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Student

Majors: I want to become a doctor, so i do not have concerns with finding a job. However, the math and chemistry teachers at UW are horrible so it is a challenge.

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3 College Student

Transportation: On a main avenue near our school there are many buses. So you can get any where in seattle from that avenue, but the buses normally do not come on time. Otherwise you walk everywhere.

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3 College Student

Facilities: We are right next to a college shopping and restaurant street and also within walking distance of an outdoor mall and grocery store. There are also options for studying abroad and many different languages are offered.

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4 College Student

Facilities: The workout center is very very nice. It is always super clean and it is massive so you never have to wait for machines.

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3 College Student

Overall Experience: Out of all of my options within my state, UW was the best ranked school. Although so far every single one of my teachers has been absolutely horrible, so the academic part has not been a good experience thus far. Also registering is a nightmare and they have too many of unnecessary classes available and way too little necessary courses such as math.

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3 College Student

Athletics: I think that people focus too much on football and it is difficult to become part of an intramural sport.

3 College Student

Greek Life: People seem nice who are part of greek life and they do not treat you differently even if you are not part of it.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Student

Drug Safety: You do not feel pressured to do any drugs or drink alcohol and you can never visibly see any other students doing it.

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3 College Student

Campus Dining: It is not in my building so it is annoying when it is raining to have to walk over to eat. Also, the eating times are kind of limited and everything is extremely over priced.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. It is easier to get to your classes and you are easily involved with other students.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students at my school typically dress in comfortable clothes to class. Some wear sweats, others wear shorts, and many of the girls wear leggings. Since my school is huge, guys and girls have many different interests which explains the diversity of fields on campus. It can be easy and difficult forming relationships with guys and girls on campus. It is easy in that everyone seems to be looking for a new relationship with other people, which makes communication less awkward. It is difficult in that if students do not get other students' contact information, it is hard to find them again in the swarm of students running to classes every day on campus.

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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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