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

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Diversity: With over forty thousand students (not including faculty), there is a diverse population of students. Acceptance rates come from all over the nation, but much acceptance comes from China. This explains the huge amount of Chinese international students walking all over campus. There is no challenge for ethnic/racial diversity whatsoever. I believe that many of these students come from different economic backgrounds with different political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientations. There are many clubs on campus that cater to everyone on campus.

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4 College Junior

Computers: On campus, there are plenty of computers to use at the libraries. Printing is paid by cents, and so many students find it inexpensive to print homework assignments on campus. There is always Wi-Fi wherever I go on campus, and so the wireless access is very reliable. When computer labs are full (in which they usually are), it is recommended to have a laptop or bring a laptop if students already have one in order to free up computers for students who do not own laptops.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: I think that in terms of public transportation, there are plenty of options to reach to almost any destination students prefer. Most people prefer to walk, others ride their bikes to school. Since my school's campus is pretty big, having a bike is essential to get from one building to another building on the other side of campus. The cost for a bus pass is mandatory even if some students hardly use it which may be of inconvenience to those who do not use public transportation. Since many people live in areas pretty far, there is definitely a need for buses that go long-distance, and the UW offers it!

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: If students fill out the FAFSA, it should not be a problem obtaining financial aid, especially for those who have low income. I was offered a full tuition every year at my school, and so I did not have to pay a penny for my education (except for books). There are plenty of financial aid and scholarship options for students seeking to study abroad or paying for the rest of their tuition.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: On campus, I always hear about some kind of robbery, whether it is out on the Ave or near the apartments where students live in by the campus. At night, especially when students are walking by themselves, it makes them more susceptible to robbery. One security measure that I have not used yet is walking with a security guard. At night time, students can call a campus security guard to escort them to places on campus. This is a great way for those who cannot walk with someone, but they need to get somewhere at night safely. Since I am a commuter, I am off campus around the times when robberies and confrontations occur, so I generally feel safe whenever I am on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: Since the University of Washington main campus is located in Seattle, plenty of rain and cold is expected on campus. Every day, even if the weather anchors say it will not rain, I always have an umbrella in my backpack in the case of unexpected downpour if rain. During the fall and winter, the weather is usually cloudy as well, which affects the mood of many students. This does not only apply to me, but when the weather is cloudy and gloomy, the whole campus is dressed in dark colors. I think that if Seattle had more sunnier weathers, many students would look more awake and happier, but then many would not attend class because it is beautiful outside.

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2 College Junior

Parking: I do not drive to school much, so I do not necessarily know from experience the parking situation at my school. However, I have heard from several of my friends who drive their cars to school have a difficult time with parking. Unless they have a paid permit, it is difficult to find parking. In addition, it is very expensive to park their car in the garages, unless they have two other buddies to carpool with them. The problem with this is not everyone will go to and leave campus at the same time, and so carpooling would be tough. Parking spaces fill up fast since there are over forty thousand students on campus every day.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: My overall experience at the University of Washington has been an okay experience. For a couple of years, I was not sure what I wanted to study, and my advisers informed me on some things that were misleading when it came to completing some prerequisites for a certain degree I had intended to pursue. Besides this, one of my favorite experiences at the UW was meeting all kinds of people from my classes and my work place on campus. My school is unique in that some of our lectures are HUGE (400+ people in one class!). If I could do college all over, I would have still chosen UW because this school provides me with so many resources and help that facilitates all areas of study.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: At the University of Washington, there are many off-campus dining options to choose from. There are all kinds of cuisine, including but not limited to Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Thai, and Indian cuisine. The costs for the food are generally inexpensive, and are conveniently located a few blocks from campus. On special days such as the anniversary of the University of Washington, many of these restaurants include student discounts if they wear purple.

1 person found this useful Report
College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship before, but I do plan to have one. I believe that it is one of the best ways to gain experience in the field that interests me, and it would be very appealing to future employers on a resume. I am not concerned about finding an internship as my intended major includes an internship as a requirement for degree completion.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Being in the city of Tacoma provides good off-campus restaurant options.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Diversity: My friends are accepting and open regarding diversity.

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington is in Tacoma and near the water with views of Mount Rainier.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: This school is average regarding guys and girls.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People are reasonable regarding drug use.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am glad to be with the University of Washington. The school has a good reputation.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academics: I am impressed with my first year at University of Washington. I have had good lectures from professors and i have been able to keep up with the academic demands while working two jobs.









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3 College Freshman

Academics: The professors, as mentioned above, provide good lectures and curriculum.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I did not have an internship but I plan on having one during my Graduate school.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: The economy is my big concern. Will I be able to get a good job when I graduate? Statistics show that School Psychologists will be in demand. My goal is to become a School Psychologist.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Computers: I have my own apple computer.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Athletics: I am a husky fan but the main athletic facility is at the Seattle campus of the University of Washington.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Transportation: I park off campus and take public transportation to school. Parking and the public transportation are free so it is great.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Weather: I've lived in Washington all my life so I am used to the weather and it does not affect my college experience.

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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