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

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – The ave is a great place to find ethnic food. There tends to be plenty of japanese, korean thai and american food options. As we explore further up the Ave we will find Indian food and other great ethnic foods.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great, Diverse, Cheap – I already answered this question....? Great variety, cheap, walking distance from the campus. Check out Thai Toms, Flowers, Trabant.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Everywhere You Look There's a Unique Person – The University of Washington attracts people from all over. There are many different languages all around you, many different cultures and beliefs. It's also the Pacific Northwest, which is very diverse and accepting when it comes to other cultures and beliefs. There is a place for everyone here.

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4 College Junior

Campus Dining: I Brown Bag It. I'm one of those poor students that don't eat out a lot, but when I do, I enjoy the places I find. There is something for everyone-except Mexican. As someone that grew up in California and New Mexico, I have not found a decent Mexican place in the North West yet.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – The Ave right next to campus is a great place to find unique restaurants and bars that would appeal to the undergraduate crowd.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Terrible Ras – the RAs in the dorm are terrible. there are some good ones but in general, they have a stuck up attitude and are way too strict on their policies.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pretty Good – Beautiful Campus itself, but the dorms are atrocious. The HUB has just been remodeled and the gothic architecture of the buildings is inspiring. Its just the dorms that drop it down to a B rating. The dorms are the worst things I've ever seen.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Variety Is Amazing – There are a lot of majors that are offered at the UW. I am on my way on becoming a Biology Physiology major. I enjoy this program a lot. The UW is one of the most funded when it comes to research so that opens up a lot of opportunities.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – The Ave is a few blocks full of various stores and a magnitude of food places. It is right next to campus so it is very accessible. There are a lot of cuisines and styles to choose from and the costs are pretty reasonable. I love the Ave!

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Study Options! The study abroad program is very popular and most students decide to study abroad at least once. The registration is very stressful. It's based on your credit standings and registration is at 5:55 AM not 6:00 AM. The workload is decent. Just try to balance your schedule when you're picking your classes.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Opportunities! Most of the professors at UW are involved in research so you can easily find a research opportunity. Also, I am an intended Biology Physiology major the classes are very challenging especially because of the size of classes and the fact that UW operates on the quarter system.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: All of the dorms are great for everyone! great for socializing and for studying at the same time. there's a bunch new dorms and they're renovating the older buildings.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: parking is usually very accessible and and easy to find but they are pretty expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Rains Nearly Everyday – While there are a few days of sunshine, the majority of the weather is if not rainy, at least cloudy. Even in spring quarter, there is way more rain than shine. It can be depressing, unless you're used to it. After a while, you get used to it. I also found Seattle surprisingly humid (I'm from California).

3 College Junior

Weather: Some Rain/Wind/Cloudiness, in General - Moderate – Very moderate climate, at least compared to what I'm used to (Minnesota). It snows probably no more than 1 week of the year and classes are cancelled for that a lot (which is also really nice compared to Minnesota). It does rain a decent amount, but not nearly as much as it is touted outside of Seattle... I actually get much more annoyed by the wind than the rain.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe on campus, a good number of crimes happen but those are almost all off campus (usually on "the ave" or somewhere nearby). There are plenty of options for escorts though to avoid that.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Stevens Court - Decent Dorm, Poor Roommate Matchup – My first group of roommates were terrible - after I moved it was decent.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: RA's Pretty Strict – The RA's are pretty strict in the dorms; in terms of the fact if you come home noticeably drunk they're gonna write you up. Three strike policy, and I think you have to take an alcohol class if caught

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – There's a ton of places to eat in the University District, mainly along the "Ave" which has everything from Pho to Chipotle. The ave is just a block from campus, so really convenient. University Village (mall) is also less than a fifteen minute walk away and that has even more restaurants like Blue C Sushi or Sonrisa if you're looking for something a bit nicer.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Good for D1 – Sports are huge at Washington, tailgates are a ton of fun and everyone goes to support our school... a ton of school spirit

3 College Junior

Facilities: Business School SO NICE – Paccar Hall was just remodeled and is so nice! The eating area, library, and classrooms are out of this world. Awesome place to study!

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2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys Are Boring – The guys I have met at UW are all pretty boring. They are either really rude and think they are super cool. Or they are hippy granolas... either way not my type. But I do know a lot of people who are in happy relationships--it's just usually the guys in relationships are the good ones!

3 College Junior

Parking: I rent a spot off campus for $70 a month. I double park with someone which can be annoying but honestly for how often I use my car, it is totally worth it. Street parking is a real hassle, especially after 7pm. I would recommend getting a spot if you will use your car late at night.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus Living – Participation in the Greek System at UW is very prevalent. It is a popular way for students to meet new people and become involved in an organization. At UW freshman live in the fraternities or sororities their freshman year (as opposed to living in the dorms) this provides a unique experience for the freshman. I would recommend for those who are socially inclined to try the Greek System. I have never lived in the residence halls but have heard mixed reviews. I think most students live in residence halls their first year and then rent houses or apartments off campus.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: Just Ok – It got a bit messy after my scholarships ran out, but the financial aid counselors are really helpful in working things out.

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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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