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 College Freshman

Diversity: There are various groups of people in terms of religion, economics, politics, and sexual orientation. However, one-third (probably slightly more than that) are students of Asian ethnicity. So it's kind of diverse, but a fair chunk of them are Asians.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's lots to do around here, especially if you bus to nearby downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market. Great food, great people. Only thing that detracts is that every so often, you come across a place that's kinda sketchy.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Are available at almost all the libraries and in a lot of building study rooms. They are all pretty nice and clean. Printing can be a bit pricey but print stations are also very easily accesable.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm a sociology major, a senior. It's a GREAT program - especially the summer classes because they're always taught by grad students and you get a bit of insight into their research and they're always more interested in the subject than the tenured professors.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They are too focused and it's hard to talk about anything outside of school.

2 College Junior

Academics: registration was a little bit of a pain in my opinion, my last university it was a lot simpler. I hear the work load is a lot more at university of washington but the university has more prestige

5 College Junior

Academics: I am yet to start my program at UW but at ASU it was a good curriculum and I expect UW to be the same or better due to the reputation it has as a University

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I have not started yet so I am still unsure about a lot of the policies

4 College Junior

Computers: Everything is in good shape and updated. The wifi is decent it connects me as needed. Everything works which is what I need.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life at the University of Washington is vast and continually growing Each chapter provides for a unique college experience with activities in service, socials and academia.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The rain is Seattle is a bummer but the occasional nice sunny days truly make up for the dreary and cloudy days you often deal with.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Washington offers a wide variety of programs, classes and majors to fulfill almost anyone's interests. General Education requirements are always easy to fill with fun and unique classes that cover a variety of categories from dinosaurs to volcanoes, Psychology of Sex and Murder!

3 College Freshman

Academics: A Psychology Major for Bachelor of Arts is fun, exciting, challenging and extremely rewarding. You learn much about the field of Psychology while at the University of Washington. This major opens many career paths or even the ability to move onto Graduate school.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The University of Washington is located in Seattle, so all your standard Seattle fare can be found nearby. There's Pike Place Market, art museums such as the Chihuly Garden and Glass, and Seattle is big on sports so you could always catch a Seahawks, Mariners or Sounders game.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: There are numerous buses around UW that go across the campus and into downtown Seattle. Your tuition also includes an ORCA pass, so your student ID also serves as a bus and train pass so you don't have to pay for public transportation.

3 College Freshman

Weather: If you love the rain, the University of Washington in Seattle is definitely where you should go. I for one do not really mind the colder weather in the winter, but it does get much warmer around the spring and summertime.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The Guys: A variety from metrosexuals, to granola's, to athletic, to intelectuals, to greenies. The Girls, from well dressed and made up to all natural and earthy.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I would say this campus is more diverse, as it is a comuter campus, people bus or drive to school. There are multiple races represented, including a large Asian population from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, etc. People are very accepting and welcoming to everyone.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Bothell is a smaller town but has charm and personality. There are lots of parks, especially a connection to The Burke-Gilman bike trial that goes from Woodinville all the way into Gasworks Park in the Lake Union area of Seattle. Downtown Bothell has a variety or restaurants, from a noodle place, to a sandwich place, to 2 American Home Cooking Restaurants. A few coffee places to obtain your jolt of java or tea if you like that. Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood is only a 20 minute drive away to the north and Northgate Mall in Northgate, is only a 20 minute drive away to the south. Great shopping both malls! Cascadia Community College is right next door to UWB, friendly students, green campus. Museums in Bellevue as well as Seattle. Bus line right down main street and goes right thru middle of campus.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I commute from Lynnwood to Seattle everyday. The cost of the bus pass UW gives us only cost less than $80 per quarter, which if you really calculate is an extremely good deal, especially considering I use the bus twice a day, everyday, and the cost per ride can be from $3-4. The bus routes are also very convenient for commuters. There are busses from many park and rides that goes directly into UW campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: University of Washington has a great athletic center. I enjoy going to what we call the IMA (gym) and working out as a stress reliever. I love how they provide entertainment (tv) for us to watch while we work out. The libraries are great too! There are many libraries around campus that are good to go to grab a quick bite, or to check out a book, or if you need a place to study. The libraries have quiet areas and areas that are moderately loud that fits the preferences of each individual student.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I am hoping to major in computer science. I find this school's computer science program great! The staff for the introductory classes so far have been amazing! They teach with great passion and care for the students which makes the students want to learn the subject. The workload can be very heavy because it is like learning a new language and a new way of thinking about computers. This school also takes care of their students. It connects them with many internship and job opportunities. One way they do this is to host career fairs where students and people form many different companies can meet.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Many people know know what the University of Washington is known for. They are held high in their computer science program, medical program, engineering, and many more. One of the main reason I decided to come to the University of Washington was because of how good their computer science program is. This school has a wide variety of classes their students can choose from. Students can take practically anything they want to study, from art, to dance, to language, to computers, etc. Along the side of lectures, there are also classes called quiz sections that consist of a smaller class size. This gives students the opportunity to get more involved in the course and have a better chance of understanding the material, which is always a plus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are UW police all around campus--they regularly patrol the dorms and drive around campus. The UW has its own police force in addition to Seattle Police, so when violent crime happens, it's dealt with immediately.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: This is Seattle, every night I hear sirens. Bad things happen and that's just a fact of living in a big city. However as long as you don't wander around at night by yourself, always travel with a buddy, and don't wave your items in the air for thieves to take you will be fine. Nothing has happened to me since I've been in UW and that's because I take precautions and don't put myself in bad situations.


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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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