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 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.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: I really like our athletic center. I believe its 3 floors. Theres an indoor track and swimming pool. They have rooms to play basketball, handball, weights, ect.. You can also rent out rooms to practice routines for dance classes and ect. I wished I had more time to use it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It rains often and there is too much overcast weather, which I feel has a great effect over my moods.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I do not feel unsafe at the University of Washington for the most part. The only times I have felt unsafe is while walking alone, but the campus police is always around.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The local weather is typically rainy and can have a negative impact on students.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: On the university ave, there is plenty of variety of food but too many restaurants around the genre of asian food. There needs to be more options of different food.

5 College Freshman

Weather: At the University of Washington, it rains way too much. I am not complaining about the rain, I adore the rain. I love the overcast weather.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife is for the students who are 21 or older because of the bars near campus on the university ave. There are 18+ nightclubs downtown Seattle. I would say nightclubs are the best deal for 18 years old.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking situation at my school isn't too bad. I heard it can be hard to find a parking spot without paying. But, most students pay for quarterly parking on campus which is expensive but not too shabby.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public transportation is great. You get a U-pass and a student, which has an orca card on it. This means you can ride any bus for free any time by tapping your pass. It is also super easy to get around, buses go out from the UW to pretty much everywhere.

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1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is very expensive and nearly impossible to find.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I don't drive but as I pass by parking spaces there are decent amount of parking spaces but that's usually when most classes are over. During morning hours, it's harder to find parking if you're trying to park close to your class building. There are lots of parking spots but they fill up fast and majoring of those who park are professors and employees because students mostly commute by bus. If you have evening class then there are lots of parking spots to choose from.


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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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