Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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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.

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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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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