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

Local Atmosphere: Great Academic Enviornment – I am a senior at the University of Washington looking to obtain a degree in Political Science and Education. In college, I am a Student Ambassador for Outreach and Recruitment in the Office of Minority Affairs/Diversity, a member of Black Student Union, and President of the Alpha Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc, a historically African-American fraternity organization. I also volunteered on numerous political campaigns and mentored youth at the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. This summer I worked in Multicultural Student Services at Highline Community College.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Commuter School – UW has a focus on graduate level academics and the majority of students live off campus, so you can either tap into the "omg we are at COLLEGE!" party scene, or avoid it, depending on your preference. It is right in the city, so you have lots to do around you. I loved walking around campus, past beautiful old buildings (well, old for the west coast) and hearing different languages all around me.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Cultural Anthropology – Because cultural anthropology is really an approach for how to study humans, as opposed to a specific set of knowledge, you are able to mold your major to fit your interests.

Recent Alumnus

Majors: Anthropology Is an Open Major – All I had to do was declare it. Doesn't get easier than that!

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Cultural Anthropology – So no, my major isn't earning me big bucks, but you couldn't pay me anything to give up what I learned. I gained such a depth of understanding of how our societies function, and how that in turn shapes individual behavior. My ability to empathize and critically deconstruct were formed in the classes of this department. I'd like to continue taking the courses indefinitely.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: A+ for Upper Level Classes – I loved my upper level classes. My major was cultural anthropology and I wouldn't trade the knowledge I gained, critical thinking I developed and understanding for other humans and cultures for anything in the world.

I could've done without the 600 student intro science courses though. They were far more interested in "weeding you out" than helping you learn.

I loved the beautiful buildings, academic focus and sweet location.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Visibility at Night – It is not common. However, it is often reported from the police that drugs are secretly stored in dorms and that people using drugs are caught at night near the dorms.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Poor from the University but Better from the Departments – The university gives few scholarships. However, the individual colleges and departments in the university usually give a lot.

1 College Senior

Overall Experience: Money and Money – The school is large, and the administration is poor. This leads to the mix of many bad people with a few good ones. However, the bad downgrade the benefits contributed by the good. The learning experience in class sometimes suffers from this. Moreover, regardless of the real purposes, many of the school's policies seem to earn money instead of serving students and faculty and staff.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: No Strict to Catch but Strict to Punish – The school seldom enforces their policies strictly, so it is not easy for an offender to be caught. However, when caught, the punishment is severe.

Note that even if one does not offend anything, when the school doubts him or her, the chance of receiving an undeserved "punishment" is almost 100%.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Not Bad – The whether didnt bother me at all with my campus experience. Although it rains a lot, the nice and sunny days makes up for it.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Pretty Good – Everything at first seems like a paradise. But after a while, it starts to get old if you continue to go to the same place. I would advise to try out the food trucks or other dining halls just to change things up a bit.

4 College Senior

Transportation: If you live off campus, or are looking at housing off campus, do check the bus schedules before you sign a lease. Depending on which area you live in you'll either have regular bus service at most hours of the day, or you may be in an area where the bus stops anywhere from 7 to 9 p.m. Important things to keep in mind with late night studying on campus and commuting after that. Otherwise, the bus system in Seattle is pretty good all things considered. You can get to just about anywhere you need, though it can take a while sometimes.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Now That Gaming Is Banned During the Day, You Might Actually Get Work Done – Lots of computers around campus, and now that gaming is banned in the major computer areas during the day, you can actually find computers and get some work done.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Most of the Food Is Lame – Most of the food around campus in the dining halls is lame. All the asian-themed dishes seem to taste the same, while the "western" dishes usually lack any sort of quality to them.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You Get What You Pay for... Most of the Time. It used to be that if you wanted cheaper living accommodations, you could find them and the places would be somewhat acceptable. But nowadays, prices everyone are going up - including these low end apartment complexes. The middle range is now up in the higher price range and the high end apts are literally impossible to afford for the average full time student.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Crowded – Computer labs are often very crowded and one can usually find gamers at computers instead of people who actually need the computers. Having your own personal computer is preferred.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking on campus is as expected like in most universities especially when there are so many students. Parking is very compact and fills up quickly. To get a good parking spot, coming early is suggested and or taking the transportation system of Seattle which is more economical and efficient.

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5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Send It in, Wait, Accept – If you send everything end, they'll get back to you in a few months with your reward package. It's a simple process that should go smoothly.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Takes Effort in a Large School – Everything requires you to take initiative as there are so many students that those that are lazy get left alone. Workload is manageable, curriculum can be interesting, facilities are nice, and many internship opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is cheap and convenient. You do not need a car for daily use.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Huge cost. Not a whole lot of spaces. Pretty far from most classes. Not worth your time and money

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.

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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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