Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2766 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rainy during winter quarter, but autumn and spring are fantastic.. I love the spring weather in Tacoma.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: The cost for a permit is outrageous. There is some free parking but it is hit or miss on whether or not you will find a spot. Most people use the parking garage that is about a mile away and ride the train to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Little to no drug activity, though homeless people are seen smoking weed on campus

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The university computers are slow because people just look up porn on the library computers. The wireless access is very nice, which is why I exclusivley use my laptop.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of guys on campus all with different personalities which means plenty of options. Many are in relationships though.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It is safe if you are smart about it. If you are going on campus late at night or going to the ave, be sure to have a large group with you and always have some pepper spray or something!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I don't really use the computer labs but they are all around and easily accessible!

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Udub is placed perfectly in a rural area but close enough to the city to where we can bus about 20 minutes to Seattle. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and the surrounding areas as well. There is always so much to do! The downside is that it is extremely expensive..

3 College Senior

Weather: it can be very rainy in Washington so sometimes a challenge going from one building to the other but does 't affect my campus life that much


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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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