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

Guys & Girls: I'm a girl and looks wise there aren't many good looking guys at this school, but if you're looking for someone that you can have a good time with and meet people that can become life long friends this is a school to do that.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The University of Washington is a huge campus with an enormous population. Since it is a public institution, there are many non-students who wander on and around campus. This makes it a bit more unsafe at night for students when wandering around. The outskirts of campus are a bit more dangerous due to the amount of bars around and also the homeless population that lives near campus.

There has been an increase in campus crime such as stolen belongings so it's important to keep all belongings with you at all times and to keep iPhones in concealed places when outside.

UW police have two services at night to provide a safe way for students to return to their dorms. One is the university night ride service, which has scheduled routes around campus to take students around campus. The other service is night walk, which picks students up and provides door to door service within campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: There isn't a huge drug scene at the University of Washington but obviously there is still a scene as it's such a large school. On campus, the PD does well to enforce our rules of no drugs or alcohol on campus. Greek row however, has a high visibility of alcohol use.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: We aren't the best at major sports like football or basketball, but they have our respect

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are a lot of metro buses that stop near or on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very fast paced and their ratings vary a lot. Sometimes it was hard for me to learn the content due to the teacher's teaching style

5 College Junior

Majors: As an Honor Interdisciplinary Visual Artist, I am very satisfied with my degree. I am learning both art history and taking studio classes, both which are gradually expanding my knowledge of the art world as a whole. I would definitely do it again if given the option to venture elsewhere. My goal is to find a job in the art world as an art teacher, curator, or possible at a gallery or art organization. My school has been very helpful in helping me discover career opportunities as well as advice about classes to take, where to look for jobs and internships, and developing plans for after college.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Getting into my Interdisciplinary Visual Art Major was relatively easy. I didn't have to fill out a special application because it was a non-competitive major. I did, however, have a little more trouble applying for the honor's version of my degree. Applied twice before I was accepted. Ever since I have been taking studio art and art history classes based on the advice of my adviser every quarter.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation is really good. There's pretty much buses that go anywhere running almost all of the time. At night there's also a special Night Ride for students who are out late.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains pretty much year round except for summer. During the summer it can get pretty hot and sometimes pretty humid, but it's nothing compared to other places. During winter it doesn't usually snow that much.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: My school is located in the big city of Seattle, however I do not believe it fits the Seattle category. The convenience of being right next to a huge city is nice, our public transportation system is awesome, and super convenient. UW still has the "college town" feel, making all of the students feel at home and safe on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Although many of the clubs near campus are 21 and older, many of the parties are basically welcome to any UW students. Plus our school has night ride services to keep students safe, and you can even call a security escort from anywhere on campus. It make the night life even more exciting, knowing that you are on a safe campus.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: UDub's student life is AMAZING. This past year our student union building (HUB) was renovated, and now the HUB has become one of my favorite hangouts. Our school has something to offer every student in terms of social life, from Zombies vs. Humans, to our huge intramural activities building, I never imagined my school would have such diverse and fun social events.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is not unlike any other school. If you are a person who is clean or tidy, don't expect to like living in the dorms. I would never pass up the opportunity, however, as it is the ultimate social experience you may find on campus

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: truthfully, my college experience with campus control has been unfavorable but understandable. Many of the rules are meant to enforce good habits for the students but many officers take their jobs very seriously

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I believe that i read an article about the university of washington that states it is one of the top schools for foreign exchange students , and I would not give that statement a second thought. In every class I have had so far, I have had at least one foreign exchange student in it. The university holds a plethora of clubs that introduces its nation's culture via night markets, dances, balls. etc. It truly is a refreshing feeling to see all the diversity within such a small area.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am completing the prerequisites to qualify for the psychology program right now. I've taken the major classes and have taken a couple elective classes for this major and i believe that the university of Washington has a lot a choice in regards to psychology. Many of the elective classes interest me and sound very beneficial for my studies as a psychiatrist.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: The workload for UW is more than i thought it would be. However, the professors are excellent in their respective fields. Many of them are quite passionate and teach with a fervor that makes learning exhilarating. The campus size is also very large meaning a vast amount of diversity. the ability to interact and survive in such a competitive and social environment will give students the experience they need to thrive outside of college.

3 College Junior

Parking: The University of Washington Seattle Campus have several parking lots on each sides of campus and also street parking. The pricing encourages students to carpool and parking is free on Saturday afternoons and Sundays.

4 College Junior

Majors: I don't like how it is quite difficult to get into some majors because they are very competitive and the average GPA of the applicants that got in really discourage you. I understand that they only take the best of the best of some of them are just naturally very good at it... Some others try very hard and study very hard but don't get chosen and that just makes it very hard because then the students might have to change to another majors and have to take more years just to finish the pre-requisites for the new majors...

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love living on campus because there are many tutors and many programs to help you but some of them are quite late. I lived in McCarty and everyday, they would have tutors helping students in Physics, Math, Chemistry, and Writing. It is very convenient because I can just get help right in the dorm itself. Also, there are other places to get help on campus that last until 9 or 10pm. I feel more safe knowing that my dorm is close by after I get done with getting help on homework.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a plethora of majors at the UW. For extracurricular study, many research positions are available and it's also possible to get an internship with Seattle-based companies like Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: It can be dangerous to walk around campus at night, but risk can easily be minimized. Walk in a group or take advantage of the security services UW provides, like NightWalk or NightRide.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's plenty to in the city of Seattle. Next to campus is University Way, or "The Ave", with a variety of shops and restaurants. On the other side of campus is University Village shopping center. If neither one is enough, UW students can use student IDs as a bus pass to easily access downtown Seattle and other local areas.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Between a variety of dorms and new apartments, it can be easy to find good campus housing at UW. The only problem, especially for freshmen, is getting into the housing situation you choose. Most of the facilities are nice--the university has recently added several new residence halls each with its own distinct amenities.

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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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