Seattle, WA
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Reviews 2789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: It is such a large school, it is very easy to get lost and confused often about what is going on. The athletics are very clicky.

4 College Senior

Majors: I'm a sociology major, and have been really impressed with how organized it is. The soc department is really organized and always have free time for you to meet with an adviser. There is a class that allows you to do two internships - one in the education system, and one in a different field that tends to change from quarter to quarter. I did an internship at a women's homeless shelter which is very relevant to my field for graduate school (I want to be a social worker for homeless people). I learned so much.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: I've had a pretty good experience with the financial aid office; just don't go right before a quarter starts or ends lol. Loooong lines then.

4 College Senior

Majors: I'm a sociology major and VERY happy where I am. I've taken every single soc class UW offers. That I'm aware of anyway. Occasionally they throw something in that hasn't been offered in a while, or they get a new teacher.

The really cool thing is when you take summer quarter - tenured professors usually take the summer off so it's taught by grad students. Who tend to be much more interested in their subjects and the classes are much smaller. And you might get something really off-the-wall and unexpected. I have very little experience with other majors other than astronomy (I've taken a lot of that -- FUN especially with Professor Laws -- I've taken 4 classes with him at 2 different schools! UW has a planetarium). You have gen ed requirements of course, so you get a wide variety of classes to choose from.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is VERY good right around the school and downtown, but once you leave that area it's much harder. I live in Bothell and it takes 3 buses to get to school. But it's about an hour, which is not the end of the world. The problem is if I get stuck there at night (like wind ensemble rehearsals) and there are less buses going to the eastside. But if you're living close to the school you're good to go. Also, they have a night bus that drops you off at specific points around the school to save you from worrying about being mugged or worse. It's been known to happen, sadly.

4 College Senior

Majors: Overall, very good. I've only had one internship, in the sociology dept. It was great, though unpaid. I got a fairly easy A in it though. We only met for class one time per week. UW is particularly well known for its CS and Engineering programs (my dad got a PhD in Electrical Engineering at UW).

UW helps you in your program to find internship; especially once you've declared. They have offices specifically for it. And an office to help undergrads find jobs in their fields, even while they're working on their degree. Their disability office is TERRIFIC.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my Speech and Hearing Sciences major was not complicated but it is competitive. The difficulties will be that of entering a grad program. The most important criterion is GPA and prior courses and an essay explaining why you would want to be in this major. It is better to know why you want to be in the major and know that it is very hard work and high standards.

5 College Junior

Academics: We are one of the top universities in the nation. My major is very small compared to most majors at the university. We have our own department which is filled with educators that are in research or practice in the field. The course load becomes difficult as you further progress. Only negative is the distant opportunities to observe in a variety of aspects in the field. The academics are challenging but worth it.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is a predominance of ethnic cuisine around the area, but there is something for all tastes.

College Junior

Scholarships: I am not able to receive any financial aid from the University of Washington.

College Junior

Campus Housing: Although I live on campus I do not live in dorms. I tried applying for housing, but i was a transfer student. Dorms went to freshman status and students that had already received admissions letter earlier in the year. I would have liked to experience dorm life but did not receive the opportunity.

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3 College Student

Transportation: Public transportation is good around University of Washington. They have buses and other transportation.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks often have a bad reputation among the rest of the school, but then again the greek students had a stuck-up reputation often. Their parties can be an annoyance, but for the most part they don't bother the other people in the school. Overall, a student who wants to be part of the Greek system will enjoy depending on what they make of it.
UW is such a big school that Greeks and non-Greeks don't have to interact if they don't want to. Furthermore, there are so many types of Greeks such as academic frats, party frats/sorority, and dry frat/sorority.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most of the cheaper dorms are dark and rather run-down so it could be a bad experience. The more expensive dorms are nice because they were recently made, but still there are many more cons to dorming. The dorms can be loud, cramped, and rather public. Honestly most people end up with at least one bad dorm mate or cluster mate, which is another con. Finally you are forced to purchase a meal plan, so this is often seen are unfair.
The only pros really are that you can make friends quickly and you are close to campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of choices as well as distance wise sometimes it can be closer than the dorms. The choices are fairly safe for the most part, however recently there have been more incidences of burglaries. The cost is also rather high unless you room with others so that can be a pain. Furthermore, free parking does exist, but the one-ways and the parking enforcement make driving/parking around UW very cumbersome. Most people would say that living off-campus has much more freedom, is much cheaper, and just more convenient in general. Some other cons would be that most of the off-campus housing is far from the school and it is harder to meet new people.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus is alright. I'm a freshman and I got put in a triple even though I applied for housing on the first day the application opened. Living on campus has its benefits though, like being able to wake up later and walking to class.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I just got into the Environmental Health major at the UW and it feels so good. My program is unique in the sense that it is in the school of public health and has different class requirements than other majors. I just got in so I'm not so sure of the workload yet, but I do know that they require a 400 hour internship.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Lots and lots of work to do, but lots of places on campus to study and get work done.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Class sizes are really big until you get into your major classes. Overall people are really nice and there are a lot of people willing to help you to be successful.

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4 College Senior

Majors: The Electrical Engineering major provides a variety of internship or co-op opportunities with companies such as Microsoft, Intel, and etc. There are also lots of research opportunities in various engineering areas. The program involves hands-on experience and theory learning, too.

2 College Senior

Weather: It is often rainy and sometimes snowy. This is usually fine, but sometimes the school still refuses to close classes even though there are accidents happening on a snow day.

3 College Senior

Academics: This is generally good in terms of resources such as libraries, industrial learning opportunities, research opportunities, lab equipment, and etc. The traditional learning method is only performed so-so here. Still, it is acceptable. However, the little access to the resources in comparison with the number of students, some instructors' poor efficiency or even hindrance in learning, and other non-academic affairs that affect academics lower the quality of the academics environment.

3 College Senior

Parking: It's alright, except the timing on parking has a 2 hour limit.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: The interests of the guys and girls on campus vary widely as well as their dress style. One thing for sure is that I see a lot of broken relationships which is a sad thing.

4 College Student

Majors: I had a research internship over the summer of this year and it was a fixed amount of pay. The amount was a very good amount of money, not enough to cover a year of college though. The work environment was very welcoming. I typically started at about 8:30AM and went to about 4:30-5:00pm. The lab I worked in wasn't too demanding; there was a lot of waiting and reading to do. Overall it was a fun experience and very educational. I don't see myself having any problems finding internships later though. It's really just a matter of looking for them.


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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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