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Seattle, WA
Undergrads
26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Overall the places around campus are good, however like most things in Seattle they are a bit spendy (if you want quality food). The dining halls and almost everywhere where food is served around campus is really good! However, for a cost efficient way of eating I would recommend just buying ingredients and making it yourself.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The registration process is a little bit confusing at first, however once they explain how to do it, it makes much more sense. They also explain what classes you need to take for your intended majors. As long as you don't take 2 work-intensive courses in the same quarter, the workload is not too bad.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received an amazing amount of financial aid and was much more than I thought I would receive. The process of obtaining was very simple, especially after I asked about how to get it set up in their financial aid office.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I adore Seattle! The atmosphere is very urban and there are so many things to do here! The UDistrict is 15 minutes away from downtown and is in a good central location to the other neighborhoods of Seattle. It's not in the safest part of Seattle, so be forewarned! You don't want to be out alone past 9

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you are planning on parking on the campus (ie not in the big parking lot on the outskirts of campus) it can be pretty hectic. But the large E1 parking lot always has spots available if you are willing to walk a little ways.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I thoroughly enjoy living on campus. The campus is large so dorming has made it very convenient to get to my classes. If I wake up late and have 15 minutes till class I can generally make it. All of the different dorms have their good and bad qualities, but I have yet to talk to someone who absolutely hated their dorm because of the layout. Some floors can be loud and friendly, while others are dead silent. It really all depends on your floormates. Some of the dorms (McCarty, McMahon, Hagget, and Terry) have dinning places in the lower floors of the building which is very convenient. I live in McCarty and like it alot. The rooms are decently size so that even though I am in a triple I don't feel cramped or like we're squished in here. Ian's Domain is an internet cafe in the basement of my dorm. It has lots of computers, printers, and a large screen tv with gaming equipment that can be rented. Ian's is also open till 1am and since the study rooms are on the same floor, it's a nice place to grab a late night snack. The main lobby of McCarty also has a ping pong table, and a pool table that are free to play. Overall I enjoy living on campus

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are a lot of opportunities on campus, clubs you can join, places to just hang out, the HUB and IMA. Of course there are sporting events, lectures, dawg days and so much more. When it's nice outside people like to just sit in the quad or on the grass and hangout. Dawg days are a campus tradition that lasts a week, just before school starts. There are a lot of cafes on campus. I recommended joining a club and getting involved.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is huge, with a large diversity from ethnicity to religious belief. Everyone is very different, and people come from all over the place. You will find people like you and be able to find where you think you belong. With as many people as there are on campus, no one will stick out or feel alone here.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There is a large variety of ways to academic help around campus, from CLUE, to study centers, libraries, T.A's and professors. Getting in to classes can sometimes be difficult with the amount of students versus class openings.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They have multiple opportunities, but none seemed to apply to me directly. I get my financial aid from filing out my fafsa, which is just loans. However, it would be nice to have more well rounded scholarships offered here. I don't quite receive enough aid to pay for school.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I really like my major here at UW. Science courses are very demanding, but it's completely understandable. I have been pretty satisfied with my education, it would be nicer to not just feel like a face in the crowd in some of the huge lectures. However, going to office hours allows you to meet your professors.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-Campus Dining at UW is quite OK. There is a University District, or shortly the Ave, where you can find variety of good priced international cuisines, such as Vietnamese, Thai, Korean, Japanese, etc. There also is an option to walk about 15 minutes or take bus for two stops to the University Village, where you can find better restaurants and QFC.

3 College Senior

Parking: It's available but expensive. The public transportation is a much better option even if it takes longer to get to campus. The student cost for public transportation is very reasonable.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: You have to be very proactive about finding scholarships and asking for leads. If you are a traditional undergrad age there are more opportunities than if you are an older student. As far as general financial aid advice with UW - always ask if you can petition for more or discuss any special circumstances. Especially if you are self supporting and working while going to school full time. Do not assume that the initial offer is the best they can do without knowing your full financial situation.

3 College Senior

Computers: The entire campus is wireless if you have your own computer - some areas are very slow though. Libraries and labs with computers have good availability, though it is crowded during midterms and finals. Printing is available and somewhat reasonably priced.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The UW campus is incredibly safe during the day, however the areas around campus can be a bit sketchy at night.

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4 College Senior

Computers: The UW has great computer labs and remote desktop access for students to log onto school computers from their laptops at home!

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms at UW aren't anything great. They're mostly for freshman as most upperclassmen live off-campus. There's not much of a sense of community but they're located close to campus.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to UW because they have so many great programs. I've taken classes that range from big lectures to small, intimate settings and both have been positive experiences. Don't be afraid of the big size; it's always possible to make a big school feel smaller.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in the general college of Arts and Sciences, and I've been happy with my education so far. Classes are challenging but not impossible; earning good grades is equivalent to how much work you put into the class.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Oh god, do I love UW guys! There is such a variety of them here! And a lot of them are actually worth looking at. Since UW is situated in Seattle, expect to find a lot of cute hipster-looking boys in their bottoms-rolled-up jeans, nice leather boots, over-the-shoulder scarves, riding these retro bicycles. A lot of them are also extremely smart (unless you decide to talk to typical football guys).

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: there is a wide range of students as far as looks but most seem to be great students.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: It rains 24/7 here, so it's pretty predictable what the weather would be each day. Except during the summer and when it snows, there are rarely any sun. Temperatures are usually 35-45 F normally.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: University of Washington is all bout diversity, as the college application prompt is about being diverse and contributing to the community. Although there are a lot of out of state and international students, I feel like the majority of the accepted students are asians. There are probably less white people than I would have expected.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Our school is all about diversity. There are girls and boys from many countries, such as China, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hongkong, India, etc. There are also students from different states in the US, such as Kentucky, Texas, California, New Jersey, etc.

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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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