Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2846 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are plenty of computers at bigger libraries, but when you just want to go to a nearby library, it tends to get crowded. Printing is easy at the libraries, but I wish they would provide more computers that are hooked to the printers so multiple people can print at a time.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Computers are great here. There are macs and pcs, so you can choose according to preference. The internet speed is quite fast in my opinion. Printing does cost money. I just print stuff at home. A personal computer and printer at the dorms could be more handy.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Seattle is pretty fun and a beautiful place. There are lots of places to eat, but it might get slightly sketchy at night. Just make sure you go out with one more person.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good around UW. They have a reliable bus system as well as a night-ride that picks up students around campus after hours.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of options that are well priced for college students. There is a wide range of food groups from Thai and Vietnamese to your average burger.

3 College Senior

Majors: There are SO many majors through a variety of different colleges on campus. I am very impressed with the selection of majors and minors also.

2 College Senior

Parking: Any on site parking is very expensive, and everything else is a bit of a walk.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great food and shopping on the Ave and at University Village. Few museums. Easy short bus ride to downtown Seattle, which is full of culture, shopping, food and drink, and of course beautiful puget sound.

4 College Senior

Diversity: It's pretty diverse. I don't know what else to say.

3 College Senior

Computers: The computers are great and wifi is available, it's just a matter of finding an open computer in a convenient location during finals week.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: I've seen marijuana in use on campus. The next day there was a message sent campus wide regarding drug consumption.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Too many teenager or people without proper work comes

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are lots of different dorms at UW. I think they give the best of all words, yet they are still expensive. Elm, Alder, and Poplar are the newest and most expensive of all. In my opinion, it is really not worth it to live in one of these. Yes, they may be nicer and larger, but a dorms a dorm. You will be living in a cramped space with roomates, it's bound to be tough.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are some very well-dressed people here. Many pretty girls, and quite a few good looking guys. A lot of the good looking guys are in frats and are ostracized from anyone outside of Greek Life.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many options in the U-District, however prices skyrocket the closer you get to campus. They know students are willing to pay a lot to stay close to school -- and they definitely take advantage of it.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was able to get a lot of "financial aid," and at first was stoked when I saw the amount I had received. Then I realized that the only type of aid I was offered was loans. Talking around with friends, it seems as if the financial aid given is just random.


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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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