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

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good options to get food off campus. Depending on where you go, the food can be really good and still really cheap, like Dicks drive-in or it could be fairly expensive.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My tuition was paid for by financial aid and my housing was supposed to be paid for as well, but it got disbursed to parents, who gave me the money, and I was very stressed by it, but that does not happen to most people.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I'm not currently in the school of business because its is difficult to get into and most people don't get in their freshman year.

2 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Majors: I plan on interning at Boeing after my sophomore year for business because it is a payed internship and in my career field, but I'm only in my freshman year, so I may change my major before then.

1 person found this useful Report
College Freshman

Nightlife: I haven't been to any parties or clubs yet.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Weather: I'm from Washington, so I love the weather.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is overwhelming sometimes.

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College Freshman

Academics: I have not taken any classes in my major yet.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I usually am pleased with the food.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: I hate the parking here at the UW. I've already got four parking tickets and got towed twice this quarter alone. I refuse to pay 400 dollars per quarter to sit my car on a concrete rectangle. Parking enforcement can be a b****.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Besides annoying follow-up forms that took for too long to process, My financial aid package was superb.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not huge on sports but this campus is huge on showing their school spirit. There's purple and gold everywhere. People here love their sports

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Depending on where you look, the guys are pretty hot. The dorms have some more introverted males but on the whole most of the guys are super friendly, outgoing, smart, and attractive

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus has a huge variety on food. The dining halls may be limited to just snacks and small servings, but in the center of campus like Red Square, students will find many options to choose from. The value of food differs where you buy. Many complain that food is overpriced, but the food that we have on campus is mainly local and environmental friendly.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: UW is an old school, therefore older buildings. The dorms are getting better as the school renovates buildings every year and currently. It's nice to live in the newer dorms, that would be the best option, yet they cost more than the older ones. Each dorm/housing has a different living atmosphere, it really all depends. Most of the time living on campus requires students to have a dining plan, which many students have different opinions about that, but it's good if you like campus dining.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: UW is big on Greek life and there is a large student body. The school is aware that there are partying, but the school is pretty good with keeping it off the streets and making sure the area around UW is safe.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UW is located near the downtown Seattle area. Often there are many things to do, such as going to Pike place, taking a ride on the ferris wheel near the Pier, or going to Seattle Center where there are many events that take place. Seattle is a culturally diverse and free spirited city. Seattle is known for rainy weather and energetic Seahawks football fans. It is a beautiful city if one enjoys rainy weather, diversity, and the city life.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think there is a wide variety in all the students on campus. There are lots on international students as well as local students. I feel like there are people with all different beliefs on campus which is really awesome because you can learn something new every day.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I love the transportation system! With your husky card you can ride all the local busses for free and that's awesome! The busses all run really frequently and are on time.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I think the weather is awesome, but I also love the rain. I think it makes the university what it is because it brings all the students together in a weird way. Teachers can make funny jokes about the clouds or rain and make the whole class laugh.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I never really understood why some people were so into their college that they went to, but I can say that after having attended University of Washington I do. The school is great, the campus is beautiful, and there are always lots of fun activities going on. The sports are all really fun to watch and there is great school spirit! I feel that the University of Washington is a well-rounded school with something for everyone!

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is pretty great! I decided to stay in the dorms another year because it makes everything so easy! You're right on campus so getting to class only takes a few minutes. I also like that I feel very safe in the dorms. All the dorms are locked so you don't have to worry a lot.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is a very fun and interesting place! Especially if you enjoy cities, but want one that is more laid back. The people tend to be pretty relaxed and are into hiking/outdoors/health.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: If you want to park at the dorms, it's really only on the weekends and coming/leaving for a holiday that you will have a hard time.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are a lot of parties, especially on the weekends. I have only been to one, so I don't know much more than that.

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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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