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

Facilities: The facilities are very useful and helpful. We have this place called the HUB it's a great place to hangout, play games and eat some good food. We also have the hour huge athletic center called the IMA, it is a very good place to workout and it was every workout equipment you can think of. There is also a rock climbing wall, a huge swimming pool, basketball courts, tennis courts etc. The libraries are huge, my personal favorite is the Suzallo library it's very convenient, i like to study in the very quite area called the "Harry Potter Room." There are also endless campus activities, i'm sure finding one would not be a problem. The clubs are endless, you can even form your own club if you have four other students with you.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing is all based on your preference, and what living arrangements are most comfortable for you.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I have not actually eaten at all or most of the restaurants but the ones I've eaten at were very good. I would definitely recommend to try something new every time. I am not brave enough.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave has a vast variety of different foods including Thai, Indian, burgers, Chipotle, Subway, lots of bubble tea options, etc. Whatever food you are in the mood for, you can probably find it on the Ave. The lower part near the dorms has a lot of healthy, reasonably priced, high quality food. Farther down the Ave, you can find some good, cheap Mexican food or Jack In the Box, if you have a craving for some grease. Whatever you are in the mood for, you can likely find it on the Ave right off campus, within a college student's budget.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is a lot to do on campus and on the Ave. Then if you are not happy with those choices then with a short bus ride you can get to down town Seattle where there are a lot of things to do.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am living in Elm and find it really nice. I have two room mates so space is a little cramped but we have our own bathroom so it is really nice. We don't have to share bathrooms.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many different types of people. Different religions and ethnicities.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are a lot of buses going around campus and also off. There usually arrive every 10min on campus and off campus its around 20 minutes. There is also a lot of bike pathways for cyclist. I bike to school everyday and it only takes me about 5 minutes to get to class. There are a lot of bike racks everywhere on campus. Bikes don't usually get stolen on campus and if your worried you can rent a bike storage from the school.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It is right next to the Ave which has over 15 different restaurants and bars. The only bad part is the school is located in a city area and there is some crime here and there. Most of the incidents are off campus.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I give the campus computers this grade because its quick and easy to use. The printing is available almost 24/7 at the library. The wireless in the buildings are great and useful if your lost and need to find your location using the web. The computers are in good condition and come with most software and programs needed for school such as Microsoft office. There are also Mac desktops that are good for editing videos or music.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation to the UW is fine and buses come both in and are right off of campus. However, the parking lots are extremely expensive. If you park under Red Square it costs $15.00 during the day and if you park in E1 it costs $6.00 and is a bit of a walk up to campus. Parking nearby campus on the Ave is hard to find and often you still have to pay. Plus it's easy to get parking tickets on the Ave.

4 College Junior

Majors: My major was not competitive with minimum requirements. The most important criteria for admission into Political Science is doing well in the introductory classes. This can be achieved by making use of your TA's office hours and there is a great writing center for the Political Science department that can help you at all stages of the writing process.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: For a commuter, I do not get peer pressured into doing drugs nor have I seen anyone using drugs. However, I have friends who say that they were offered some and they were in dorms.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I like that University of Washington students get a U-Pass for transportation. I also like that I have a bus straight from the transit center to University of Washington. However, it does get really crowded on the buses and the buses does not run very often. Only starting from 12:44 and ends around 6:44. So I can't stay on campus for very long. Overall, I like how I am given this opportunity to attend school in one hour in one bus ride and for not much of a cost.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I only heard from friends that parking is good but a bit expensive

4 College Freshman

Parking: Its expensive but convenient if necessary to drive.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation system at UW is convenient and it is free once you are a student at the University of Washington.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe when I am walking through campus.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's usually raining every day. Sunny days are typically rare from winter to spring.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The dining food can be a hit or a miss. There is a lot of variety of food from Thai food to American food so there's always something to fit your preference. The typical price for a meal/entree varies in the $4-7 range. Sometimes the portion are really small. Having the lowest dining meal plan is enough to eat 3 meals a day for 5 days. If you get bored of the food, another option is the restaurants up at the ave.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Although there are many places to eat on campus, there are also lot's of options close to campus. The cost is fair. There are places such as the Wallingford neighborhood and U Village which are both about 10 minute bus rides from campus. Often times, places will accept your Husky ID card to give you discounts. Also, campus usually hands out student survival guides that has coupons to these off campus locations.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I feel like there are all different types of guys and girls at the University of Washington. You will find your athletics and artists if that's what you are looking for. There is a range of people who are really into their looks and those who are really studious. UW is very diverse in people type.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The University of Washington - Seattle, so far have been fairly helpful with helping those to find financial aid when in need. Some tips I would just say is fill out your FAFSA no time.

Also, the financial aide office is pretty packed in the beginning of the quarter so I suggest people plan ahead.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I believe all of our programs and facilities are really good. I wished I had more time to be apart of a lot of things.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: I feel like there is a lot of school spirit on campus. Especially during football season. I believe that's our biggest sport. I believe we're also known for rowing too, but I never had a chance to see a game. If I were to compete in one of our schools sports, rowing is one I wished I would've done.

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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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