Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2827 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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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.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: About half of the student population seems to be international asian students who tend to keep to themselves. The rest of the student population is a mix among outgoing partiers to more reserved, studious types of people. It's guaranteed that you're bound to find SOMEONE to be friends with.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining is typical college food. There are almost always places close by to eat but not very much variety. The meals are also kind of expensive, but the portions are pretty decently sized.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I dont see people buy any drugs or walk around being drugged up, but I am sure that it happens. I see a lot of people smoking in restricted areas that dont allow it. Other than that, it is doing well!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It was just alright I guess. They did give my financial aid on time which is a few days before the quarter starts. It took a while for my extra financial aid to come in when I told FA that I was not living at home, but that I was living on campus. I am just happy that financial aid helps though. Finish financial aid asap! and do not forget about it.......

1 College Junior

Parking: So fines around the area are very expensive, around 55 dollars depending on the ticket. Parking in the the parking garage costs 15 a day? Parking on the street is 4 dollars an hour with limit of 2 hours, but the streets are always fullllll. The permit is probably the most ridiculous at about 400 dollars a quarter. There wouldnt be too big of a need for a car because we are mandatory to pay for a upass which gives us bus privileges. Seattle area with a car costs a lot

5 College Freshman

Academics: I love my school. Right not I am a Pre-Med student, but I am planning to major in sociology. That is the one good thing about my school. There are so many opportunities that you can take whichever path you want to achieve your goals. So far, my experience has been amazing. The professors here are amazing and really passionate. The workload is as hard as you make it. If you work hard, you should have no problem succeeding. However, you do have to keep in mind that the UW runs on quarter instead of semesters, so you will go through course material quite quickly. As long as you are organized and diligent, it's very possible to succeed.

College Freshman

Greek Life: I wouldn't know personally about the Greek life, but from my friends who are in the greek life, they love it. It's a great way to make friends and feel more at home. It also depends on the sorority or fraternity you decide to join. Some are known for parties and getting crazy, but there are some more chill ones as well.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's not bad. If you are old enough you can go out and explore the city. There are tons of pretty cool bars and clubs. You can also go to Greek parties and there are also club organized parties as well.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is an amazing variety of restaurants located along "the Ave" (University Way NE). With the UW campus being just a block away, students are able to grab a bite with friends during breaks and have plenty of time to make it to their next classes.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is extremely expensive! I am paying a lot more for my housing than I should be, considering the shoddy apartment, small spaces, and proximity to school.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of the "type" of students that attend UW, including the international students, those involved in greek life, and so on.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: There are busses that go anywhere one might need to go, and you automatically get a bus pass with UW. The bus stops are really close and busses come frequently. So public transport is great, :)

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It is difficult to get scholarships for the University of Washington's MEDEX Northwest program, there are 4 different sites and 1 in another state, searching for different scholarships that cover both states has been difficult.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many varieties on the Ave or at U-Village. Both are within walking distance so it doesn't take long to get to your destination. Every single food place is worth going to over and over just because of how savory and delicious it is; you just can't get enough!! I heard that one time a person ate at U-Terriyaki for lunch and dinner for a month!!

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is decent. The only time when it is really bothersome is when it is raining or snowing (which doesn't happen often). When it rains it gets really slippery when walking to some places. Other than that I think the weather is fine.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm white, and a minority. There's diversity here.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am living off campus. There are plenty of options when it comes to cost, proximity, roommates. The trick is finding where off campus housing is located, and your best chance is to simply go to the campus area and look around. I am in a house with 9 other guys (it's a big house) about a mile off campus, and I'm paying about 450 for utilities, which is much better than average. Expect around 600. Seattle transportation is great, so getting places is easy. Roommates are a gamble, my roommates are all really good, but I looked at other places who had sketchy roommates, to say the least. Parking sucks, but you deal with it. There's always a place to park. The biggest downfalls are the landlords, but again, that's a gamble. I'm not sure who my landlord is... yet I pay him/her. As for safety, as long as you are inside by 11:00 or 12:00, you're good, but occasionally I hear of someone who was walking out at 3:00 at night get robbed. Apartments are pretty much the same story.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at the University of Washington are as good on the inside as they are on the outside. There are plently of places to study, like Suzallo library, or the Henry Art gallery, just to name a few. There are plenty of places to eat, on and off campus, museums, hang out spots. It really is fantastic.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: The University of Washington has a ton of beneits, all of which make it an outstanding school. UW is a leading school in academics, research in a number of different areas, and, being located nearby many world renouned corporations, offers excellent opportunities to transfer learning into experience. On top of that, there are many opportunities to meet and make friends with other people, through clubs that anyone can create or join, or campus-wide events. The campus is stunning, Seattle is stunning, and the people are friendly. All of which, the academics, work experience, and a breathtaking campus, make UW a choice school.


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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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