Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2852 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, but I do plan to have one as soon as possible.

1 College Freshman

Majors: Becoming a CSE major is very difficult and competitive. There are many prerequisites that prospective students must take and the courses are very challenging.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Seattle is a big city, so there is going to a lot of nightlife.

5 College Student

Majors: It's not hard at all to get into the Environmental Science program as it is open major.

4 College Junior

Computers: UW has a great wifi on campus. Once connected it is always available and they continually are upgrading it. I guess that is one of the perks in having one of the best Information Technology department.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I would have to say for being a large university in a major city UW has quite a diverse student body. Especially with foreign exchange students from all over including but not limited to Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Africa. Many graduate students come from all different types of colleges.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Its always gloomy, raining and cold. Not something I'm used too although people here love it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is so many options right on the Ave that are inexpensive and offer student discounts. The food is yummy and provides fun food and dining experiences!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is very diverse. The student population is huge, so there is almost every kind of person out there.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I do not feel restricted at all on campus. The UW is very good about allowing you to make your own decisions as long as you are not doing anything that may endanger yourself or others or make you a liability. As long as you conduct yourself like a responsible adult and are not stupid and/or belligerent, there are no issues.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love the University District in Seattle. It is a totally new lifestyle for me and I am glad to be living here. Students also have easy bus access to Downtown Seattle, which is so fun, because Seattle is a great city. At UW you are in the middle of everything. It creates for a great college big city experience.

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are lots of great facilities, and they keep redoing them, and adding to only make things better.

5 College Junior

Facilities: It has a great location and scenery. I love my department and find that if you become part of a department or school for your major it makes the campus feel a lot smaller and less over whelming. There keep improving the buildings and campus, and there are a ton of opportunities for student involvement.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The University District in Seattle has hundreds of houses that have been converted into group living situations. Its very easy to find a room for rent. There are also many apartment buildings within walking distance. The houses are all really old and many of them haven't been renovated since being converted. This means they really show their age but you can find ones that are still extremely comfortable and cozy with a lot of character. The downside is that rent is pretty high but all within walking distance of campus, or a bus stop that goes through campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: although many off-campus housing surround school, most of them are old and pricy.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great! Buses go anywhere in Seattle/Tacoma/Bellevue and it any bus from the Seattle area is free for students. At night, there is a night ride program where you call a number and they will pick you up and bring you home.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking here is terrible and expensive! Parking tickets are frequently given out even if your time has only been up for 5 minutes. I would recommend not bringing your car if you plan to stay on campus.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The classes are all very easy to understand while still being very educational. I have learned a lot since I have been here and I am very happy with the education system at the University. Our quiz sections definitely help to clarify any questions people might have from lecture and/or readings.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are parties on greek row almost every night and they never get busted. Cops have come however, when someone walks in the door, if they are under 21 they get a black mark on their hand so it looks like we are not allowing them to drink. Also there are signs up that say "no underage drinking" so, people rarely, if ever get caught. People have been caught drinking or smoking in the dorms but there are always warnings given before any real consequences.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but, I have not had the chance to tour any or live in any.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: With the UPASS that is automatically added to tuition, it is really easy to get around town and even from one end of campus to the other side. Buses are really easy to access and there is the NightRide, too, for safe transportation when it's dark.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Since every student is required to have a Husky card, you automatically get to ride the Metro and Sound Transit busses for free. The express services are nice.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The tuition for self-sustaining programs are very high. Yet having a small cohort has been enjoyable.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus most of the time. I do however have pepper spray with me when I go out at night. We are located in the middle of a major city and have to remember that our campus is not a sanctuary from the normal things that happen in a major city. But for the most part if you are with people and stay alert you are totally safe.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I am involved in Greek life on the University of Washington campus and couldn't imagine going to school there without it. With going to such a large school it is so hard to meet people and create real relationships. The greek community is just that a community of students that work hard at their education and grow together.

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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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