Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2837 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive. And small apartments. And the U district is NOT the best neighbourhood I'll give you that. I'd say you're better off living on campus; but actually ON campus not the "on campus but off campus just owned by the school" where a lot of the new ones are. They're VERY nice though. I've never lived in non-student housing in the U district but it's not very safe, especially for females, especially after dark. If you're in groups you're probably ok but yeah it's not a very safe area. If you're very aware of your surroundings you'll probably be ok but a LOT of people live pretty far from campus (I live in Bothell for example, which is on the other side of Lake Washington but well worth it. Plus like I mentioned - things close to the Downtown Seattle proper or near the school is SMALL and EXPENSIVE.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: West campus is almost brand new and looks it. You get your own bathroom to share with your roommate, with a shower. They have themed floors you can choose, like an honors floor and a freshman floor. HFS was able to guarantee housing to everyone who applied within the first two weeks this year, which was impressive.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on my campus. We have a large number of international students and students from all types of backgrounds.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are a pretty big deal, especially football and basketball. We just got a new football stadium, which looks like it will be amazing, and it's close to campus. Other sports don't get quite as much attention but are still impressive. The crew team is literally one of the best in the world and it's fun to watch their races. School spirit is big!
Gym facilities are very large and there's a variety of classes to take. There's other facilities too like a climbing wall and a bowling alley.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process is very easy and I have enjoyed all of my professors thus far

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is very difficult to get scholarships unless they are athletic scholarships or obscure academic ones.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I just recently got in to the Psychology major at my school, and I enjoy it.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So good! The Ave is filled with restaurants that are cheap and fun. Basically any kind of food can be found on or near campus, from hamburgers (Dick's!) and pizza (Pagliacci!) to pretty much any ethnicity you can think of (Thai, teriyaki, pho, Mexican, and more.) And of course there's frozen yogurt and lots of coffee. Cafe Solstice is good, and of course there's Starbucks. There's a great nearby farmer's market on Saturdays. For brunch, I like Portage Bay Cafe. Nearby UVillage also has some nice restaurants, like Boom Noodle.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are definitely people from all walks of life. Diversity is quite accepted here and there are many resources. It's a big city setting, so people are aware of the many backgrounds people can come from. There are quite a few international students. Also, UW just added a diversity requirement to the general education requirements.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's a big school so there's certainly a lot of variety. Athletes, engineers, frat guys and sorority girls, politically involved, poets, whatever you're into. Many people don't just fit into a stereotype, you'll find people who have contrasting interests. There isn't a super preppy vibe, generally people are laid back.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses are free for students (well, it's included in tuition), which is awesome. There's plenty of bus stops along the Ave. If you need a bus at night, there's a special one that can take you around campus.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus but from what I've heard I would recommend living on campus or in a sorority or fraternity at least your first year. Most people live in dorms. Living in an apartment or with your parents kind of removes you from student activities, although it's totally possible to be involved. UW is definitely not a commuter school though.

4 College Freshman

Weather: People give Seattle weather a bad rap, but as a life-long resident I can say that it's actually perfect. Don't be scared off by ideas of rain. It rarely pours, usually it's just a light sprinkle, which is why real Seattleites don't carry around umbrellas. Sure it's overcast, but I find it much less dreary than constant snow. (Of course, there are mountains close at hand if you're into that.) Winters are mild enough for a windbreaker and sweatshirt or relatively light jacket. The summer/spring/fall is beautiful and warm but never TOO hot.

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: At a big school there is a lot of variety so it's hard to say.

5 College Freshman

Academics: They have some amazing professors here, definitely some of the top in their field. Freshman seminars are a good way to meet some when you are first starting.The Honors program is particularly good and has small class sizes with some of the best professors. Honors also has some particularly interesting classes and a unique interdisciplinary emphasis, kind of like a small liberal arts college within a large university.
There are definitely resources for tutoring and help with papers and such, like CLUE.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is the perfect college city and UW is located perfectly within it. There is everything you could want close at hand on the Ave or nearby UVillage. If you are looking for more, the greater Seattle area can certainly provide it, from a great music scene, to beautiful natural surroundings, to many internship opportunities in a variety of fields. If you want a city school but also a homey college setting, you will feel at home. Seattle loves UW and everyone feels a connection to the school. Public transportation could be better in Seattle but generally everything is accessible.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for any scholarships - just sent in my application like everyone else - and was surprised to receive a fantastic scholarship that ultimately made me choose UW. Originally it was not my first choice but the scholarship made me reconsider. I did not expect a public university to be so generous. You never know when you could be surprised! They also had a fun scholarship reception which helped me decide.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: The housing for Greek life are amazing. The buildings look so sophisticated, the sororities being better than the fraternities. The people in the Greek system interact mainly with each other but they are open to other people. Some of the philanthropy they participate in is really fun.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off campus at UW is tricky. There is no parking at your houses and parking on campus is too expensive. The houses are older and can get very cold and drafty in the winter. There have been some robberies lately but nothing out of the ordinary.

5 College Senior

Academics: I am in the Public Health major at UW and it is wonderful. The advisors really take the time to get to know you as an individual and work with you to complete your degree in the best way. The major also provides a lot of lectures and guest speakers which keeps us up to date with what is currently happening in our field.

4 College Senior

Academics: The academics at UW can be very challenging. There are some majors that are not as hard as others but if you take a medical route, you are in for a lot more work. UW really prepares you for future schooling and the classes challenge you while still keeping you passionate about your work.

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.


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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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