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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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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food on campus is great and there are so many options available. HOWEVER, the food and meal plans are ludicrously expensive.

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1 College Freshman

Scholarships: UW gives very little financial aid for in state.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: It's in Seattle, so it rains quite a lot.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: It is important for someone to have their own laptop, especially during finals week. Computer labs get crowded fast and their is a fee for printing.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: While public transportation is free, it is somewhat of a challenge to utilize bus schedules effectively.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: While most Greeks aren't snobby, they are still bunched together in their little cliques, making it somewhat difficult for non-Greeks to befriend others.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I haven't really decided what my major will be. This school does, however, offer a wide variety of majors and classes to get your feet wet.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: As I stated earlier, this school offers a wide variety of majors. The professors are very helpful and there are plenty of libraries and facilities that offer a quiet place to study or help to those who request it.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports and intramural activities are a large part of campus life, and just about anyone wanting to join an activity can usually find one. My one gripe is that finding information about them can be challenging.

3 College Freshman

Parking: The parking spaces are usually very difficult to find and more often than not, the parking's "toll booths" are rarely open, so people can drive in and out as they please.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is fantastic. The people are friendly, the scenery is amazing, and it is nearly impossible to be bored on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There are tons of activities for students on campus, with nearby stores, recreational activities, and restaurants just a walk away.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The campus is very strict towards underage drinking and substance use, but will offer help when necessary. The security guards go above and beyond making sure that our campus is safe for all students.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I believe the most important criteria for getting into this school is your grades, the personal statement, and also your involvement in high school extracurricular activities.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I haven't had the opportunity to have an internship and I probably won't apply for one until later in my college career when I have more time and have learned to manage that time better.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: This campus has amazing architecture and each building has its own character and appearance.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I haven't really had the opportunity to meet lots of people, but the people I have met are very unique individuals.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: This school has a variety of different students and backgrounds.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing, while slightly more expensive, allows students to have their own showers, water, electricity, and their own dining area. However, parking can be challenging, as there are a lot of students but not a lot of parking spaces readily available.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is relatively safe, we are situated in a city environment, so you are going to have some wrong doing. The campus police to a good job alerting students a faculty about various criminal instances via email, and let people know about safe and unsafe areas. You do have to be more causes here and use a buddy system. I do feel they need to knuckle down and be more effective id eliminating these threats. I think the sororities and fraternities systems need to be better protected and and security alarms within the housing facilities. This seems as kind of a know brannier to me, so hopefully that will take effect soon, and greatly cut down on the robberies.

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5 College Junior

Majors: My field of study is in the School of Art's Photomedia program.  After visiting the School of Art and exploring the various fields of study, the Photomedia program reflects several of my personal aspirations.  The moment I walked the halls and viewed the student’s work, it was inspirational. Starting and developing my own Graphics and Photography business taught me the importance of originality and creativity.  The Photomedia program recognizes the importance of being a unique creative thinker, and is why it’s so intriguing. These characteristics can only enhance my skills further, by teaching me the best ways to use them.  It is here, I hope to find the mold that can shape my future career as an entrepreneur in the art world.  
The Photomedia program is also contributing to the knowledge and skills I need for a variety of different career opportunities in an ever changing world of visual art.  I didn't choose art as much as it has chosen me.  I'm an artist at heart, and need to be inspired when I work.  UW is special to me; not only does it have a very prestigious art program, it is also full of culture and social surroundings that create a positive and encouraging atmosphere. This is what I was born to do, my calling and most of all, my passion. My career path upon completion excites me the most, simply because the sky is the limit.   I can't wait to experience all the different opportunities, through field study, and student intern programs.  Having the opportunity to attend such a prestigious University, in one of the most diverse and opportunistic cities in America has been very rewarding. The UW provides great career opportunities because of its immense involvement with so many of these local, successful, and exciting businesses and corporations. The program here is perfect because if fits me in all of these ways that further mold the individual I want to become.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I think there are several opportunities to acquire an internship here. Especially though my major, there are plenty of graphic, and photography jobs that need filling more marketing purposes that it would be fairly easy to acquire and internship. I have not yet applied for one, but do plan to after my first year. I really wanted not to over load myself and first get use to campus life. It is a new environment that is quite different form the rule lifestyle I'm used to. However i have managed to be involved in several other organizations an clubs both now an before i came here. I promoted Youth Activity Involvement by creating advertisements, posters and information sheets for kids events around the community. At Olympic College I set high academic goals, and was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I am inspired to help others who face similar challenges, and at times I have become that needed advocate for fellow students and youth. Now I am looking forward to being involved as a skiing instructor for kids though Husky winter sports this coming quarter. I am also part of a fraternity dedicated to service and social event for the needs and concerns of the community.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing is ok. I live just on the outskirts of the main campus, and was able to become ideally located. It can be difficult for many, it is not an easy thing to find, but you can find a good place to be. In some respects i feel very luck to have found such an ideal location, so i might rate my experience hight than other s because of that. I have head of some kids who wish they where closer, but just because of availability it they have to wait. It is a very popular school and that is defiantly a contributing factor to find ing a good place to live. The majority of the location closer to campus, are well ket and the landlord are productive in make you rental experience a positive one. coast can be gripping, and you have to delegate how you spend you money a bit more conservatively if you want to live close to campus with more freedom out side of the dorms. in the long run though if you do it right it can be well worth it.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: It is quite diverse here on campus, and I have yet to run across anyone who is been prejudice in any way. Being myself of Hispanic heritage, I feel very convertible around my peers and professors. We are a diverse group of people who respect the nationalities, sexual orientations, and religious beliefs of others. I feel we are probably one of the more overall accepting campuses in the country. I would say wit would be nice to expand some of the other nationalities a little but more, it seems like out asian population is a bit over powering, but all in all it is a good mix of people.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: The on campus dining is just as convenient if not more than off campus. Our main dinning hall the HUB is very versatile, having a number of dinning options all located in the same area. There is Italian, asian, mexican, a few organic and vegetarian, and plenty of available seating areas. Pricing is a little high, but there are other areas on campus besides the HUB as well, located in several other halls with lower prices. The By Gorge Café is a great place to get a good espresso or a healthy sandwich. There are also taco trucks on red square the serve a nice fast meal on the go. I often go to the little café located in the Art Building since is is convenient and just as good as your top of the line Starbucks.

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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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