Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2555 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Many Asians! Lots of nerds but there are hot girls and most guys are of athletic build.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: NEW DORMS ARE THE BEST! The new dorms are bigger and there is more room. More technology and new restaurant and fitness center on the West Campus.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Pretty Good – There are barely any students to take in drugs. Kids do drink, especially the Greeks at their parties. Many kids smoke marijuana though which is a problem.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Don't Really Dominate – There are a lot of Asians at UW and UW is a tough school so many kids are studying or doing homework. There are many Greeks who party a lot. But don't get me wrong. They do have to maintain a GPA and do well in classes. They are viewed ( to non-Greeks) as kids who party a lot and drink a lot and are in easy classes. They have their own housing on campus on the north side.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes Too Big – Good academic material but the classes are way too big. The TAs are often useless. a lot of the quality of your classroom experience totally depends on the subject you are studying.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing Sucks – On campus housing is quite terrible. They did build a few new dorms which are better, but most of the time the RAs are really strict and grumpy about life and the dorms are pretty dead most of the time since there is a really powerful greek system.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Rainy Most of the Year – Seattle is rainy for most of the year, which can be really annoying. Rain boots are a must, since the campus has some depressions that turn into lakes on rainy days. It's good to make sure your shoes have traction because the bricks in Red Square get really, really slippery. Don't use an umbrella unless it's a monsoon outside because it's really easy to hit people with them, they track water into classrooms, and they can be annoying to store in rooms that are tightly packed. It's also a good indicator that you're not from Seattle if you have one.
Sometimes during late November it will snow, and if enough sticks (like over three inches), everything shuts down and school is canceled. This is nice but it can backfire if you end up having to take your autumn finals the next quarter, since who wants to study over break?

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Seattle Is Rainy, but the Attractions Are Good – There are a lot of things to do in Seattle, and since UW students are required to have a $70 bus pass it's a good idea to spend that money exploring the city. Pike Place Market is exciting and has good food, although it can be crowded on sunny days. The Pacific Science Center is always interesting and fairly cheap, and so is Woodland Park Zoo. Gas Works Park is about a 20-minute walk on the Burke-Gilman trail from the UW campus and is really nice in the summer.

4 College Junior

Majors: Lab Assistant in Neuroscience – I worked as a lab assistant in the Harborview Research and Training program where I helped research neurosyphilis. This was a really beneficial experience because I learned a lot about lab protocol, experimental procedures, solution preparation, and general lab-keeping tasks that will be very helpful in getting future research jobs. I also got to work with some great people who will provide excellent recommendations and connections.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Science Courses Can Be a GPA-Killer – Even though I love science, especially biology, I don't receive very high grades in general science courses. Most of the people in those classes are on the pre-med or pre-dentistry track and have a lot more background in the subjects (i.e. previous classes during high school, Running Start, community college) that give them an advantage. Since I want to go to grad school, my GPA is pretty important, so I have to stock my schedule with humanities courses to increase my grades, even though I have no interest in those subjects. There seems to be a difficulty-disparity between science and humanities/social science courses that gives an unfair disadvantage to science students wishing to attend graduate schools, so perhaps it would have been better to go into a psychology major instead of bio.

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3 College Junior

Majors: Easy and Non-Competitive – The biology major at UW requires only a 2.0 in the biology series, so it is not difficult to get into the program. You just have to meet with a biology adviser and declare the major.

4 College Junior

Majors: Tough Courses, Good Instructors – I'm a biology major with a focus on physiology and so far my education has been consistent and comprehensive. Although the classes can be tough and the curve is high, I still find most of the courses to be extremely useful learning experiences. The professors are very knowledgeable in their fields and are personable and approachable, even in large classes.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I come from a middle class family and could really use aid to pay the UW tuition but only got 20000 in loans no scholarships

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Endless Opportunities – UW has a wide variety of classes majors and clubs to explore as well as a large study abroad program. There are always things to do and new people to meet.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Love It – I think to enjoy college life in the big city. UW is the best place to experience college life in the country.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fun Place for College Life – I think UW provide very diverse activities and diverse ethnicity of people also makes people living in Seattle much interesting.

3 College Junior

Weather: Rains During Winter Quarter – I think there is lots of rains during winter quarter, however, you get used to it since it is not raining that hard. It is pretty much a shower.

4 College Junior

Parking: I think there is lots of space to park, however, if there is an event that is held in the campus, it is really hard to find a space to park.

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: It's really quite safe here even though it is a big city. I come from an area that is crime ridden and violent, and UW and the surrounding areas are rarely involved in anything major or horrific. There are incidents of course, but they are not daily.
Walk with a friend at night if you are concerned about safety. Lock your doors to avoid petty theft. Close your windows when you leave for the day if you are on the ground floor to avoid theft. If you have a car, you're more likely to get a parking ticket than get the car broken into.

3 College Senior

Diversity: University of Washington strives for a diverse student body. It is, however, still primarily white and middle to upper class. The good news is the campus/student body is so huge that there are many different opportunities to join groups related to one's identity.

4 College Junior

Diversity: It's Better Than Good – When you're outside, you can see alot of Asians. But when your in class, the diversity level starts to even out.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Food Review by Samlpe Review – OK But Repetitive
The places around campus are good. I guess you get kind of tired of eating at dining halls, but when you need something to eat between classes, you can't complain. UW dining hall food is not all that bad, it just gets old sometimes. I suggest not buying a huge meal plan after freshman year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The Sociology Department is incredible. The faculty make an effort to get to know its students. The advising team is more helpful than words can express; the staff are in constant contact with those who aspite to learn, providing internship opportunities, job offers, workshops, lectures, etc. The advisors from the Sociology Department exist to better the learning environment for its students and truly care about each and every student excelling. It was an honor to be apart of this department and I would recommend to anyone entering the University of Washington.

4 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is truly unforgettable. The memories, the friends, the philanthropies, the experiences, all of which contributed to making my college career incredible. Greek life is a huge contributor to the social atmosphere at the University of Washington because greeks constitutes a major part of the student population. That doesn't mean that non-greeks are deemed unsociable, rather greeks dominate in numbers. Greek housing is impeccable as the houses are grandiose and pristine. The living corridors are impeccable and any student looking to attend the University of Washington should consider going greek because of the opportunity greek life enables one to have.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Respected Officials – Police officers on our campus acted in a fashion that was widely accepted. It was as if their duty was to assist as rather than persecute. At times police officers are marked with shame and quickly stigmatized, however this was not the case at the University of Washington because those who patrolled the campus were respected.


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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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