Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2789 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Facilities: UW's campus is amazing! It has a new HUB filled with different food choices,a bookstore, lot's of clubs, a bowling alley and more! UW also has a great fitness center called the IMA, that is filled with every type of exercise equipment you could want.There are multiple libraries on campus that are great for studying, hidden gardens for when you just want to relax, and there are always exciting events going on all around campus!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The atmosphere in the dining halls are unique and great! The largest complaint come from people paying more for what they believe is the actual worth for the meals. Not all the meals are bad, it's best to try as much different options. With all the costs of dining in general, it may be wise to consider getting a small meal plan to see how much you know you might pay for and even eat.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big issue within the campus and it is well enforced. However smoking is prevalent outside dormitories and Greek row is notorious for their inventories of alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: beautiful facilities. older buildings have older style classrooms and modern buildings have awesome technology.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: normal campus food. suzallo library and by george cafe are great

4 College Freshman

Facilities: beautiful! lots of resources available for every different student.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The city bus is efficient and reliable. There is even a night ride system for kids who feel unsafe walking in the U District.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I give it a B- because I appreciate the diversity of majors at UW and how there are many advisers that will help you get graduate and get in the major. However, it's still pretty competitive and difficult for some majors. Have backups.

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2 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Because UW is located in the city there's a good constant flow of police alert of robberies.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Pretty standard Greek life for a public university.

3 College Junior

Weather: It rains lot here and when the weather is good for a little bit, expect a rain storm afterward. But once you get a good umbrella and learn how to dress so you are always prepared for some rain, it is easy to handle.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm at UW, the Seattle campus. It is a very exciting campus, especially for the education major and minor. There are many programs and classes that you can take to get a hands on feel for if the education field is for you. That includes all grade levels.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of ethnic choices (like Thai food), which can sometimes be shady in cleanliness on the University Avenue. I think that most of the food is affordable and delicious, although I only eat out once a week because I am on a meal plan. My favorites are Trader Joe's, Chipotle, and Pagliacci's Pizza.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The one of the application essays for the UW when I applied was about diversity because they consider having high diversity at this school very important. They want everyone to feel comfortable to have a positive learning experience. I think they have definitely achieved this with the level of diversity that is present here, in all areas: ethnic/racial diversity, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation. The only thing I have noticed is that there is more in-state Washington students than out of state. But that's better for getting to know the state and campus better.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: College is a time for students to explore their comfort zones and try new things. The police does a good job of making sure that students do not go overboard and come to parties (in the greek system) if they are called for complaints like noise. They also allow students to be able to have fun, within their own constraints, teaching them how to be independent and make decisions that are going to benefit their future. Students at the University of Washington came here to study so that will be their main focus. The police allows students to explore adulthood in a safe environment while punishing those who are abusing that privilege.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Greek System has great housing. Close to campus and all together so you have tons of people to walk with to and from class.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Don't have to be involved and not super big, depends no who you are with

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The new dorms are super nice kind of like staying in a hotel.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation generally very convenient and affordable due to mandatory UPASS for which you pay quarterly. Having a car is nice, but inconvenient due to limited parking and cost of parking on campus. Local buses run frequently throughout the day, commuter bus routes operate relatively frequently during school hours.

4 College Senior

Computers: Computer labs generally available, good wireless connections in most classrooms and throughout campus, older dorms still have ethernet connections which are inconvenient.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of housing nearby, but often overpriced due to location.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining hall is the closest place to get food when you get out of your room, the food it okay when you really need it, but I would prefer the Ave.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Work load is a bit heavy if you're goign a differnt route.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Few places serve fresh food- usually the deli. Otherwise, it tastes very processed and plasticy.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: IMA = best gym
Tons of clubs & sports
beautiful libraries, just a little crowded
love the hub and cafe areas as an alternative


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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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