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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 Junior

Academics: University of Washington is relatively under the radar but offers an amazing education. High quality professors, excellent research, a beautiful campus, energetic sports/sports fans, great location, and lots of activities - social, professional and otherwise.

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3 College Senior

Weather: This was difficult to grade. Seattle is typically thought of as rainy and gloomy all the time. That really isn't the case. Yes, it gets quite a few showers, but that's basically it. It'll rain randomly throughout the day, but it is sunny just as often. Summers are the best time of the year, with only occasional rain and hot, sunny days.

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2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Stupidly expensive. Every location offers the same basic assortment of food with few unique items. The quality does not match the price points. The only other options are eating on the Ave, but even that can be expensive. Even then, if you live on campus, you are REQUIRED to have a meal plan. Say goodbye to over $1,000 every quarter to overpriced crap.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: University of Washington is known for its diversity.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: As with most schools college students would likely drink. Drinking is much more a popular activity.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process was quite smooth. I just filled out the necessary forms and the financial aid department took care of the rest. If anything were to be missing or lost they would contact me as soon as possible and the situation would be handled.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I'm not really sure about the strictness. All I know is that we have our own police department within Seattle.

5 College Junior

Diversity: University of Washington most definitely prides themselves on their ethnic diversity. There are so many different kinds of people from different backgrounds... there is a lot to learn from these groups of people.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: In a big city, it's important to have good security officers present, especially at night. I am able to get someone to walk with me if I absolutely need to stay late at the library.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: At the University of Washington there isn't much of a drug scene. However that does vary with who you associate with. Mostly people just smoke. The school enforces it's policy very well

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have not felt unsafe on campus even at night. But there are crimes that happen near campus that might cause you to be careful. The police respond almost immediately if something were to happen.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The older dorms have a really good social atmosphere because of how many people are in the dorms. The newer dorms across campus like Poplar and Elm are more like apartment dorms but they have really good amenities although the price may cost a little more.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Personally have not seen much strictness on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs are usally crowded, but wifi is very reliable.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Public transit carries you north, south, east, and west from UW.

3 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are all connected. But, there really isn't that many computers available to students in the library as it is a small campus. There are many computers along with printers located in every building available to students. The library also lets students borrow laptops so they can do their work and whatever they need it for.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I came to the University of Washington Tacoma mainly because of the amount of people in the classroom. The main reason though, is that a student can get face to face and ask questions and get help from the professors. The professors can actually answer most questions in class because the classrooms are small and it ranges to about 30 or more students. As a student I feel as if I have a huge advantage because of this. The registration process was very easy and comprehensible. Almost everything can be done online and it is very easy to do so. The work load is everything you would expect from college. There's a lot but you just need to know how to manage your time. The university also offers a few skills workshops in the summer. Also, there is a place call the Teaching Learning Center and you can go there whenever you need help writing a paper of improving your writing skill. One of the things I like a lot is the resources available to students. There is a wide range through a connected library service that connects to all UW campuses and many others and even international to get the book you want as fast as you want.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The university is located in the middle of downtown Tacoma, WA. It is an urban area with tall buildings and and overall very nice campus. I like the placement of the university as it is in the heart of downtown. There is always something to do. The school is also very close to the ocean and has a wide variety of museums surrounding it. I really enjoy the environment as it is a very nice campus.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The classrooms are small so it makes it easy for questions to be answered.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Everyone is so friendly and joyful around campus and that seems to permeate into the local community as well. Local businesses are warm and welcoming. You can feel that pride the community has to be part of such an outstanding school.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bothell is a small town and there are not many people there who are visiting. I like the small town feeling because you can connect with the people in town.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The Greek system definitely has a lot of drugs that many people can be influenced by peer pressure. Outside of the Greek system, you can occasionally see people smoking off campus. But it all depends on who you hang out with. This school is competitive so people tend to give in for study drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The atmosphere is definitely scenic with views of the surrounding water, water fountain, and Mt. Rainier. The ave on campus is a little dangerous to walk at nights since there are a lot of homeless people there. Students are generally friendly and with our huge diversity of the student body, we are very accepting of others.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The Hub which is a new building where the cafeteria is located is a bit lacking in selection. There are about 6 different types of food and a small convenience store that is pricey. Scattered around the campus are a good number of small cafes and one actual restaurant that is a new addition to the campus. I am looking forward to eating off campus where there are a ton of small restaurants with good prices on food during happy hour.

College Senior

Greek Life: I myself am not interested in Greek life, nor do i plan to attend any parties, but i do like some of the events that they help throw on campus. One in particular is a huge 10 day event before school starts the fall semester. There will be multiple activities that will be going on in order to welcome new students and celebrate the beginning of the school year with some husky spirit.

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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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