Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2575 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Weather: People give Seattle weather a bad rap, but as a life-long resident I can say that it's actually perfect. Don't be scared off by ideas of rain. It rarely pours, usually it's just a light sprinkle, which is why real Seattleites don't carry around umbrellas. Sure it's overcast, but I find it much less dreary than constant snow. (Of course, there are mountains close at hand if you're into that.) Winters are mild enough for a windbreaker and sweatshirt or relatively light jacket. The summer/spring/fall is beautiful and warm but never TOO hot.

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: At a big school there is a lot of variety so it's hard to say.

5 College Freshman

Academics: They have some amazing professors here, definitely some of the top in their field. Freshman seminars are a good way to meet some when you are first starting.The Honors program is particularly good and has small class sizes with some of the best professors. Honors also has some particularly interesting classes and a unique interdisciplinary emphasis, kind of like a small liberal arts college within a large university.
There are definitely resources for tutoring and help with papers and such, like CLUE.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is the perfect college city and UW is located perfectly within it. There is everything you could want close at hand on the Ave or nearby UVillage. If you are looking for more, the greater Seattle area can certainly provide it, from a great music scene, to beautiful natural surroundings, to many internship opportunities in a variety of fields. If you want a city school but also a homey college setting, you will feel at home. Seattle loves UW and everyone feels a connection to the school. Public transportation could be better in Seattle but generally everything is accessible.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for any scholarships - just sent in my application like everyone else - and was surprised to receive a fantastic scholarship that ultimately made me choose UW. Originally it was not my first choice but the scholarship made me reconsider. I did not expect a public university to be so generous. You never know when you could be surprised! They also had a fun scholarship reception which helped me decide.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The housing for Greek life are amazing. The buildings look so sophisticated, the sororities being better than the fraternities. The people in the Greek system interact mainly with each other but they are open to other people. Some of the philanthropy they participate in is really fun.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus at UW is tricky. There is no parking at your houses and parking on campus is too expensive. The houses are older and can get very cold and drafty in the winter. There have been some robberies lately but nothing out of the ordinary.

5 College Senior

Academics: I am in the Public Health major at UW and it is wonderful. The advisors really take the time to get to know you as an individual and work with you to complete your degree in the best way. The major also provides a lot of lectures and guest speakers which keeps us up to date with what is currently happening in our field.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics at UW can be very challenging. There are some majors that are not as hard as others but if you take a medical route, you are in for a lot more work. UW really prepares you for future schooling and the classes challenge you while still keeping you passionate about your work.

5 College Senior

Facilities: UW's campus life is always lively. Walking through Red Square you could end up leaving a new member of a scholastic group or a Harry Potter club. Students have a great time at the IMA and with sports.

4 College Junior

Majors: I think each program has it's ups and downs. I started as an education major and enjoyed that group of people as well as my incredibly helpful advisors. Now I am an Eartj science major and I'm finding it much more challenging, but also incredibly rewarding.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: In a school this big, you're going to meet SOMEONE you like, even if you're the weirdest introvert on the planet. Seriously, we've got every kind of person.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: I did not receive any financial aid because my husband makes too much money. However, the financial aid process was pretty easy. I was offered a pretty good subsidized loan.

4 College Junior

Diversity: UW has many international students as well as students from the very ethnically diverse Seattle area. As with any higher education institute, the majority of the student body comes from at least middle class families, but there are a few of us who come from low income households.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never had a problem on campus. However, the University district can be dangerous at night.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave has a wide variety of different restaurants

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking underneath red square is fairly expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It rains quite often and is overcast a lot. When spring comes around, the weather is nice and everyone hangs outside.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Very diverse with nice people. It's pretty hard not to make a friend and network your way around campus.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: The UW is not messing around when it comes to billing. Expect to file a lot of paperwork and be charged as soon as possible for every little thing. It's difficult to make an appointment with the financial aid office, and when you go speak to them, they refer you back to the website.

2 College Junior

Majors: he process of getting into my graduate program major was relatively hard. I had to do a special application process when applying to the school.

College Junior

Majors: I have not yet started my program within the UW...

5 College Junior

Greek Life: Looks great for the Greeks from a non-Greek perspective. All of the Greek community looks well-dressed, fit, and are mostly in the Business School. Greek housing is opulent and they are responsible for the entire party scene of UW. People in frats/sororities at UW have good connections, especially within business and banking.

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4 College Junior

Majors: I did an unpaid internship that required travel of 20 miles, weekend and weekday commitment. The responsibilities included working with volunteers in the field, executives, and program staff. Concerns with finding internships, is that they are mostly unpaid, and without health insurance - working full time in addition to an internship and schoolwork is IMPOSSIBLE. Overall, it was rewarding and helped me earn recommendations for graduate school.

3 College Junior

Majors: The courses I took in Environmental Studies at UW were hit or miss. While I truly enjoyed and learned a lot through the courses in the College of Built Environments, the courses in Environmental History and Environmental Ethics were horrible! TAs were rude, treated students as if they were immature, and stuck to an unreasonably harsh grading rubric. The courses through the School of Marine Affairs were well done and comfortable. If I could go back and start over, I would skip the entire program and choose from the School of Marine Affairs or the College of Built Environments. My career goal is to become an urban planner working on a governmental level. My concerns with finding a job in the field have been realized: there aren't any.


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Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
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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