Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2555 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Pretty standard Greek life for a public university.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains lot here and when the weather is good for a little bit, expect a rain storm afterward. But once you get a good umbrella and learn how to dress so you are always prepared for some rain, it is easy to handle.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm at UW, the Seattle campus. It is a very exciting campus, especially for the education major and minor. There are many programs and classes that you can take to get a hands on feel for if the education field is for you. That includes all grade levels.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of ethnic choices (like Thai food), which can sometimes be shady in cleanliness on the University Avenue. I think that most of the food is affordable and delicious, although I only eat out once a week because I am on a meal plan. My favorites are Trader Joe's, Chipotle, and Pagliacci's Pizza.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The one of the application essays for the UW when I applied was about diversity because they consider having high diversity at this school very important. They want everyone to feel comfortable to have a positive learning experience. I think they have definitely achieved this with the level of diversity that is present here, in all areas: ethnic/racial diversity, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation. The only thing I have noticed is that there is more in-state Washington students than out of state. But that's better for getting to know the state and campus better.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: College is a time for students to explore their comfort zones and try new things. The police does a good job of making sure that students do not go overboard and come to parties (in the greek system) if they are called for complaints like noise. They also allow students to be able to have fun, within their own constraints, teaching them how to be independent and make decisions that are going to benefit their future. Students at the University of Washington came here to study so that will be their main focus. The police allows students to explore adulthood in a safe environment while punishing those who are abusing that privilege.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Greek System has great housing. Close to campus and all together so you have tons of people to walk with to and from class.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't have to be involved and not super big, depends no who you are with

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The new dorms are super nice kind of like staying in a hotel.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation generally very convenient and affordable due to mandatory UPASS for which you pay quarterly. Having a car is nice, but inconvenient due to limited parking and cost of parking on campus. Local buses run frequently throughout the day, commuter bus routes operate relatively frequently during school hours.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer labs generally available, good wireless connections in most classrooms and throughout campus, older dorms still have ethernet connections which are inconvenient.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of housing nearby, but often overpriced due to location.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall is the closest place to get food when you get out of your room, the food it okay when you really need it, but I would prefer the Ave.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Work load is a bit heavy if you're goign a differnt route.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Few places serve fresh food- usually the deli. Otherwise, it tastes very processed and plasticy.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: IMA = best gym
Tons of clubs & sports
beautiful libraries, just a little crowded
love the hub and cafe areas as an alternative

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: OMAD Center for minorities and adversity students
Math Study Center
**The Instructional Center** = best tutoring available by far!
Academic Advisors keep in touch about programs, workshops, scholarships, etc.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Seattle is high crime but UW offers a lot of services to make you feel safe, like Husky Night Walk/Night Ride, the blue towers for emergencies, etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Overall the places around campus are good, however like most things in Seattle they are a bit spendy (if you want quality food). The dining halls and almost everywhere where food is served around campus is really good! However, for a cost efficient way of eating I would recommend just buying ingredients and making it yourself.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is a little bit confusing at first, however once they explain how to do it, it makes much more sense. They also explain what classes you need to take for your intended majors. As long as you don't take 2 work-intensive courses in the same quarter, the workload is not too bad.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an amazing amount of financial aid and was much more than I thought I would receive. The process of obtaining was very simple, especially after I asked about how to get it set up in their financial aid office.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I adore Seattle! The atmosphere is very urban and there are so many things to do here! The UDistrict is 15 minutes away from downtown and is in a good central location to the other neighborhoods of Seattle. It's not in the safest part of Seattle, so be forewarned! You don't want to be out alone past 9

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you are planning on parking on the campus (ie not in the big parking lot on the outskirts of campus) it can be pretty hectic. But the large E1 parking lot always has spots available if you are willing to walk a little ways.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I thoroughly enjoy living on campus. The campus is large so dorming has made it very convenient to get to my classes. If I wake up late and have 15 minutes till class I can generally make it. All of the different dorms have their good and bad qualities, but I have yet to talk to someone who absolutely hated their dorm because of the layout. Some floors can be loud and friendly, while others are dead silent. It really all depends on your floormates. Some of the dorms (McCarty, McMahon, Hagget, and Terry) have dinning places in the lower floors of the building which is very convenient. I live in McCarty and like it alot. The rooms are decently size so that even though I am in a triple I don't feel cramped or like we're squished in here. Ian's Domain is an internet cafe in the basement of my dorm. It has lots of computers, printers, and a large screen tv with gaming equipment that can be rented. Ian's is also open till 1am and since the study rooms are on the same floor, it's a nice place to grab a late night snack. The main lobby of McCarty also has a ping pong table, and a pool table that are free to play. Overall I enjoy living on campus

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a lot of opportunities on campus, clubs you can join, places to just hang out, the HUB and IMA. Of course there are sporting events, lectures, dawg days and so much more. When it's nice outside people like to just sit in the quad or on the grass and hangout. Dawg days are a campus tradition that lasts a week, just before school starts. There are a lot of cafes on campus. I recommended joining a club and getting involved.


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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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