Location
Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is so much diversity at the school, and you will meet all kinds of people from different religions, ethnic backgrounds, economic backgrounds, etc.

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: very close to the seattle downtown. UW has one of the most beautiful campus in the nation. it's very safe, you can do many sports. people are nice and has diverse backgrounds.

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: in Summer, UW and seattle has the best weather in the world! in winter, it can have some rain, but it doesn't have that much. it's endurable.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: it's very safe. Sometimes thefts may steal your stuff, but I barely heard of people dying. there is a lot of police officers too.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I was a pre-dental student. University of Washington has one of the strongest medical school in the nation. So undergrad also has very strong biology programs. And recently, our campus are making a lot of new building with new technologies. So if you want to go to medical school or dental school, yeah you'd better join our school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I didn't have any Greek life before. but I know they do a lot of drinkings. If they can manage their life from partying and drinking, they can enjoy their campus life.

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Register FAFSA, if you qualify you can easily get financial aid.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: closer to the campus, it's true that it's more expensive. However, commuting 1 hour from your house to campus would waste your energy to study. I really recommend people to commute very close to the campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Our campus is very strict because underage trying to drink and drugs are restricted. But if you don't violate the law, it's fine. Also reaching out to people for the religious purposes are banned. We can't sell the foods unless we have permission from the city of Seattle.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Honestly, guys and girls look closer to geeks. Many students' interest is studying, so their dress is pretty casual. but students drink a lot. A lot of students are indifferent to other students. We only tend to concentrate on ourselves.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Some of the students may gather and take drugs in their dorm, but also a lot of students don't take drugs. So in conclusion, I and my friends didn't take drugs, but if any students want to take it, it's really easy to take drugs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Difficult workload in my experiences, but not impossible. Some teachers are "lame", but others are very cool to work with. Get classes you are interested in and it is a lot more fun all around.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a lot of food options on campus, but not very many for people with food allergies such as me.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are one of the best things about University of Washington. The fan support is phenomenal, and as there is so much Husky pride everyone always goes to the games. The IMA is a very nice facility, and there are always opportunities to join an intramural or club team.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The only challenge with getting into a major is the competition between other students. You need to complete some prerequisite courses and have a certain GPA in those courses and write a short essay.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers around campus, and even when my laptop was broken around finals week I was always able to get a computer to work on in a quiet environment. It is nicer to have your own computer because then you can work wherever you want and don't have to go to a library for personal use, but you can survive without a laptop. Printing is not that big of a hassle, you just need money on your UW husky ID. It costs 20 cents and you need your husky id to print things. There is always wireless access for UWnet ID users, but the network sometimes crashes around registration times at 6 am in the morning, so good luck with registration!

4 College Freshman

Academics: It is a very good school and has very good professors. One of my professors was not very good though. He had a weird accent and constantly went on tangents for 10+ minutes when teaching students about complex topics like calculus.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The most important tip to receiving financial aid is to complete the FASFA on time. Second, it is important to stay on top of what aid you are receiving, which is easy to do through your myUW homepage/student finances. Make sure you complete all the steps necessary to receiving aid well in advance before tuition/house bills are due, like signing your master note online and so forth. It is very easy to get short term loans to help pay for unforeseen financial needs, but a 30$ fee is included.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are good, but the RA's arent always the best. They dont tell you all you need, so be carefull if you want to decorate!

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office is really helpfull with getting things done.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Seattle is only a 20ish minute bus ride away and offers a lot of different things to do. Northgate is a good place to shop and is about 15 minutes away. Freemont is also a fun place visit and is close to campus too!

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The bus system in King County is really helpfull. For the most part buses run on time and make getting downtown super easy!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, usually even when walking when it is dark, though if it is late, I would make a point to walk with a friend. Campus crime doesn't occur too much, but there is definitely more crime in the area then I am used to, although I come from a very small city. Just be smart, and you shouldn't have any problems!

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is a great city, with tons to do. The school's atmosphere is overwhelming at times, and it can be hard to find a community to belong to, if you want one that is. Aside from that, there are a lot of great things about UW- tons of interesting people, numerous clubs to join, and a cool college town vibe to top it off.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are plenty of options for libraries on campus, and the buildings are very beautifully built. The sports facilities are exceptional as well. It has a very diverse campus, and you can definitely find a group of people that you click with. The academic programs are strong, most of the classes are challenging and thought provoking. Overall, it is a school that provides many opportunities and varieties.

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Emily Sugiyama
Hometown
Seattle, WA
Major
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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