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

Overall Experience: The University of Washington is one of the top- tier schools in the state, the region, the country, and the world. There is a great balance of everything, ranging from academics, social activities, athletics, and potential careers.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greet life at the University of Washington is prevalent. Many students choose to participate in Greek life and there are parties that go on every week on Greek Row. I would say that most people don't belong in a fraternity or a sorority.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys and girls at school are pretty social. There are a lot of social events to attend, and there are always friendly people everywhere. Many people are into outdoor activities and dress very "hipster." I would say that there is a goo balance of ethnic and characteristic diversity at school.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The Husky football and basketball teams are one of the best in the country. The facilities that they perform on are also superb, as Husky Stadium has recently been renovated to accommodate more people, more noise, and more spirit! The athletic facilities for non athletes are amazing as well, as numerous students participate in intramural sports.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Just like many campuses around the country, food is a high commodity but is very overpriced. They know that students need easy access to food and colleges take advantage of that. a candy bar should not cost three dollars. Other than that, food is fairly good, there are restaurants on campus that operate later than others, and there are more than enough of a variety of food.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at school is rather expensive. Personally, I'm a commuter and I don't bring my car to school because of the parking costs. I would rather drive to the park and ride and ride the bus to school. But usually, there is no need for a car on campus because everything is basically walking distance.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: Student life at the University of Washington is excellent. There are an array of activities to participate in, whether clubs, intramural sports, or academic teams. Athletics is amazing, libraries are great as well, and campus has a plethora of events that are always in effect. Not to mention that the campus is absolutely beautiful.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys at UW are greek-godly attractive, I just haven't snagged one yet!

5 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a vehicle, nor a reason to park off campus.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I applied for financial aid, but did not receive any reprieve.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The Orca Pass is very comprehensive. I especially like being able to get to the airport for free!

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not personally had experience with off campus living.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are lots of different dining options in close proximity to campus. It is almost cheaper than campus dining!

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5 College Freshman

Weather: I experienced lots of comments about Seattle weather before my move. I love rain!

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4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is a pretty good underage nightlife on campus and Seattle, but sometimes it can be hard to find.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: The fact that even freshman greeks typically live off campus limits their interaction with many students. However, my interaction with greek students has been positive and they have great parties.

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is the perfect sized city for me. There is tons of activity, but not the overwhelming magnitude I experienced in Chicago and other major cities. Seattle is flawlessly bohemian.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The campus has an excellent mix of classic gothic architecture and modern buildings. Renovations make all buildings functional. The new IMA building is fabulous!

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I chose this university in part for its extreme diversity, and I haven't been disappointed. There are people from incredibly different backgrounds, but still a strong sense of community and acceptance.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I am part of AMA. It has been a great way to get a feel for the business world and meet new people.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: I have not had an internship, but I am involved with business clubs that are committed to helping students get the most of their education at UW.

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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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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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