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Seattle, WA
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26,228
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Average
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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.

1 College Junior

Parking: It is an insult that people have to pay parking in order to go to school. If you are a visitor it is understandable, but being a student and having to pay for parking is CRAZY. The parking lots are very far away from where you wanna go. The rates are INSANE. To find a place to park is almost a nightmare.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Seattle is a very diverse city, therefore is University of Washington. You will find a little bit of everything and a vast majority of Asian people and Indian people. You will also find a lot of Muslim people.

4 College Junior

Computers: People Are Loud at the Computer Labs – I like the computer labs at UW. They offer an ample variety of software that are very useful for students. The only thing that I don't like is when people get loud and disrespectful. One can be loud, but yelling is not good.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Strong Sciences and Engineering – I really liked the Microbiology major at UW. The program was the right size so that we could know our advisers well and large enough to be able to have many interesting courses available to the students

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly Asian and White – most of the students are either white or asian. there is a lot of Korean language heard around the campus during passing time. There are also plenty of cultural clubs at UW so each ethnic group can find their niche here

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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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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