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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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Hard to meet, many already in relationships, antisocial

5 College Senior

Majors: I'm in a fee-based graduate program so it is specifically targeted for my career.

College Senior

Scholarships: Difficult at best. I enrolled in a Fee-Based program and the office didn't seem to know how to help me get aid.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Tons of buses, zipcars, and shuttles everywhere. Pretty hard to not find some type of transportation. Also easy to use public transportation with the U-PASS.

5 College Junior

Computers: There are tons of places with computers and printers. All you need is money on your husky card.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: UDistrict is pretty sketchy, but the overall campus is beautiful. There are tons of places to eat at.

4 College Junior

Academics: I'm a Biology-Physiology major and I love the classes. It is really interesting with a good workload.

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4 College Junior

Academics: There are a ton of different majors a undergraduate can take part in.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug scene isn't all that big but it depends on who you are friends with.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The financial aid office has been very helpful with any questions thwt I have had

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is nice for the first year or two. But, they are pretty strict and you will shortly feel that you do not have "your own space". Unless you are a single - which could cost you tons. Campus housing is a fun way to meet new people if you are new to the community. It also gives you a great sense of security.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Hall Health confuses me and is expensive togo alot

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Its really easy to go incognito and not talk to anyone for days...

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There's crazy initiations and its not very diverse

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Fall is an average quarter. Winter is cold, wet, and rainy all the time. Spring is the best quarter! Perfect weather with the occasional and campus is gorgeous.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Generally campus itself is safe although at night I still would advise walking with at least one other person. The area around campus (U District) can be a little intimidating even during the day sometimes. Once every two weeks there is usually an attempted mugging or some minor assault. Exercise caution at night.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is kind of a pain and can be costly. If you live near campus then I recommend public transportation to get around. It's pretty dependable and readily available.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The University of Washington is an amazing school with fantastic academic opportunities. Some of our programs are top-rated and you can be working with world famous professors. Although big lectures can be overwhelming, you just need to make connections with people and be very dedicated to your studies. You are at a place with endless opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't receive as much financial aid as I wanted, but I am at a big state school which doesn't usually give out as many scholarships. But the financial aid office was easy to work with. Making appointments was easy and helpful.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments and house options in the U-District. But they can be very expensive. Yet, if you look hard enough and find a place to split with roommates you can find a place.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It depend on where you are living. In the dorms they can be pretty strict about drinking and partying. You will get warnings if you are caught. If you rack up enough warnings you will lose your housing. But on Greek Row partying is tolerated pretty fairly.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The nursing program at the University of Washington is the best nursing program in the country. The classes are great and I am learning a lot. The only problem is that it is a very hard program with overly difficult classes.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transit system is exceptional. Sometimes, the buses can be late but the drivers are reasonable. In UW, we use our student IDs to board buses because as students, we pay a fee granting our access to the bus transit. It's just a swipe away to get to places in and out of campus faster! I give it a B for buses.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: As expected from our place in the Northwest, it rains a lot. But frequently, we've been receiving unexpected weather. Sometimes, it's almost like hurricane weather, but most of the time, there's actually clear sunny days! Take advantage of the weather, because you won't get a better college experience more than studying (or sleeping) at the Quad.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: UW is an extremely diverse school with a large percent of the student body consisting of international or out of state students. There are countless clubs supporting religions and ethnic groups that are heavily supported by the university.


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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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