Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2575 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Student

Weather: Being in Seattle, there is a lot of rain which often defers students from going out.

4 College Student

Academics: Professors give a lot of effort in teaching students.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: While I am yet to officially enter the program, my major is not competitive, an the requirements are not particularly stringent. I simply have to take a certain number of prerequisites, and then speak with my advisor in order to enter the program. I would recommend that someone who is interested starts with a language as soon as they enter college, as it is an aspect of your major requirements.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is great, however the U Distict is not the safest/coolest neighborhood in town. I wish that this school had more of a "college town" feel than it does.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The campus police are great about alcohol. Understand that college students drink and are there to make sure no one gets hurt, not to necessarily get anyone in trouble

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is great if you go greek or are over 21 but undergrads often have to find their own fun if they're not affiliated with a frat or upperclassmen dominated club. Downtown Seattle has plenty of options but the downside is it's at least a fifteen minute bus ride and the buses get some sketchy characters as the night goes on.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It rains here a lot but that is just Seattle and mostly in the winter and part of spring. I like the sun and i like the snow but only a little of the two. but mostly depends on what you like. I don't like the rain that much.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Registration is really difficult but help from my adviser made it possible. The professors are pretty decent and they know what they are talking about. There is a whole lot of homework depending on the classes you take, for example if you are in calculus or chemistry, Aleks and Webassign gives a lot of problems.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It cost way too much to park here. Also the parking off campus is free but they fill up really fast so its hard to get a spot close to campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: There has been lots of criminal incidents such as armed robberies but lately i haven't herd of any because of the increase in officer patrols. The parties are usually good. Transportation is also good.

4 College Junior

Facilities: UW is different from other schools in that it encourages undergraduate students to participate in research with professors. From the start of your college career you can start actually working in your major with leading professors, getting hands on experience.

5 College Junior

Facilities: UW's campus is amazing! It has a new HUB filled with different food choices,a bookstore, lot's of clubs, a bowling alley and more! UW also has a great fitness center called the IMA, that is filled with every type of exercise equipment you could want.There are multiple libraries on campus that are great for studying, hidden gardens for when you just want to relax, and there are always exciting events going on all around campus!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The atmosphere in the dining halls are unique and great! The largest complaint come from people paying more for what they believe is the actual worth for the meals. Not all the meals are bad, it's best to try as much different options. With all the costs of dining in general, it may be wise to consider getting a small meal plan to see how much you know you might pay for and even eat.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big issue within the campus and it is well enforced. However smoking is prevalent outside dormitories and Greek row is notorious for their inventories of alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: beautiful facilities. older buildings have older style classrooms and modern buildings have awesome technology.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: normal campus food. suzallo library and by george cafe are great

4 College Freshman

Facilities: beautiful! lots of resources available for every different student.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The city bus is efficient and reliable. There is even a night ride system for kids who feel unsafe walking in the U District.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I give it a B- because I appreciate the diversity of majors at UW and how there are many advisers that will help you get graduate and get in the major. However, it's still pretty competitive and difficult for some majors. Have backups.

2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because UW is located in the city there's a good constant flow of police alert of robberies.

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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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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