Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2827 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Again, because it's in Seattle, an urban city, there are a lot of crimes. There are police officers and you can get alerts if there was a crime on or near campus. But there's only one or two crimes ever quarter. There's also Husky Night Walk if you feel the need to have someone accompany you back to your dorm at night.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There's good ones and bad ones same as anywhere else in the world.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Because UW is in Seattle, an urban city. Sales tax is high.

But because it is in a diverse area, there's a lot of different cuisine available. You can always go to Pike Place market/downtown. Or even to the International district.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot places where you can get help in classes such as CLUE.

College Sophomore

Academics: I'm not in a major yet.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I personally think that Greek life can be exclusive. In classes, you'll see all the Greeks together. But in general, I don't think it's that big of a deal.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Because UW is in Seattle, a great port with many connections internationally, we have a diverse student body. It offers a lot of clubs and organizations that can appeal to almost all cultures and ethnicities.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: I like there is an library that's open 24/7. If you need a place to have an all-nighter to study, Odegaard is the place.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Im an entering freshman so I don't have a full experience of UW yet even if I have been there a number of times.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The prices of the dorms and apartments match each other. Busses run frequently and parking is somewhat accessible.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: UW is beginning to improve its dining facilities! There are an abundant amount of options to choose from. All cratering to diverse needs; vegetarians, meat lovers, pastas, etc. The market in Alder hall is impeccable!

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: No only have I been earning an incredible education, I'm learning the values of culture and interaction with a diverse community. I am getting the greatest experience.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing does tear you from the overall environment and makes it difficult to want to socialize.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave has many restaurants, almost anything you could think of. If you don't want to eat on campus, you have many options.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Living in the area there have been scary things that have happened, but safety and security can do a much better job, especially in hiring more staff to make students feel more safe.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There is a requirement for a meal plan for those in dorms and it is often difficult to even want to eat on campus since there are so many restaurants by the college.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is an abundance of Asian and White students on campus, I don't see very many other races, unless I go off campus in the city.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is awesome, so much to do. Downtown is about 15-20mins away. Student usually enjoy clubbing, Pikes Place Market, shopping downtown, and all the unique small shops/restaurants.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: This is a wonderful school as far as value, but to explore and meet new people it is honestly the best. Seattle makes it the perfect location.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: The houses are extremely beautiful and there are so many activities and advantages greek students get to enjoy.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes to you closer to classes, libraries to study, restaurants, etc. It gives you the full college experience and an all access pass to do all the activities on and off campus in the city.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Due to the high volume of student that receive financial aid, getting help of being able to talk to an advisor can be extremely difficult.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I am a guaranteed funds for my entire college career however with changes in tuition from year to year, finding funds for external expenses such books etc. has become increasingly difficult.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I'm not familiar with the Greek system at my school however their housing is impressive.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I do not have negative feedback towards health and safety on the campus however crime is somewhat frequent near and rarely on the campus which usually involves theft.


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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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