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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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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Dream Project, Pipeline, Carlson Center – My school has many programs available to students who want to make an impact on future college students. I am able to gain many different social and community experiences which also embraces diversity and not only looks great on my resume, but helps shapes the type of person and career aspirations I want to follow.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Stereotypical Seattle – Everyone knows it rains in Seattle, but honestly, I think it's too the student's advantage. It helps keep you inside studying and when the good weather does come around (and it will), it's that much more satisfying. However, the campus is large enough that having to walk in the rain without proper attire can be quite annoying. Especially when it's windy.
If you are prone to depression though, the matte gray that is common for the sky in the winter can be bothersome. Just something to keep in mind.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment and Houses and Roommates - Oh My! U-District is the land of cheap food and college housing. It takes some good research and perhaps some connections to score a good off-campus housing situation at UW. Talking to peers yields valuable information. There are so many houses and apartments to choose from, but finding them could prove a tedious process since the information is not exactly consolidated - but definitely worth it. Landlords aren't an issue unless you make them one, or if you are unfortunate and get stuck with an unsavory one. Price depends on quality and number of rooms. Lowest can get down to $300-400/month and highest could be $900+/mo. Parking also gets expensive, but look into getting a permit from the city to park on the street - less expensive option.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On-campus pricing has gone up in recent years, especially for the newest dorms. The meal planning is not flexible, which makes it hard to tailor to your diet or needs but is a necessity for the university. UW is currently remodeling all dorms over the next several years and they should look fantastic. The social atmosphere is probably the best take-away from living in the dorms - you make many friends through studying and events that enhances the college experience nicely. Highly recommend for first year students. North campus dorms are the easiest commute, but south campus has better digs.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Seattle Metro – The metro system is really comprehensive around UW, no need to own your own car as the pass to ride the light rail and buses is included in tuition, and all you need to do is scan your husky card.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very unlikely to get aid if you are an in-state student, tuition seen as "cheap" for us, that's right relative to international and out-of-state students, but you still have to pay for housing so funding can be difficult.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Not the greatest food in the world, fairly priced for the quality. UW dining hall food is all right, gets old after several quarters here. You get a lot more food than you think even with the lowest meal plan, don't go overboard.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Intramural Activities Building – Incredible array of fitness equipment including an indoor track, swimming pool, 5 separate gyms for basketball/other sports.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Seattle and UW is really great about transportation! There is regular, clean, and safe bus system through the city, students get a pass for cheap and we can use them whenever we want, just swipe your ID! Also, under the same pass we can use the light rail (getting us to the airport for free). The availability of alternate transportation is also great, taxis don't take long to get to you and the airport shuttle services are comfortable and cheap!

4 College Freshman

Academics: I know that it is stressful to not know what you want to do, I have been going through that lately. I have a few ideas on what I would like to do and the university really allows me to try different things and all the intro classes that I have tried help me accomplish my pre-reqs. I am a Freshmen going into my third quarter and I have most of my general education done. Isn't that great?

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Mostly Hidden – The rain usually makes it so girls wear Columbia or Northface jackets that cover them up, head included. Sororities seem to be where the hotties are at, but I'm sure there are plenty elsewhere, you just don't know where they are. UW is pretty secluded unless you are in the Greek system, and it is hard to just strike up a conversation with someone attractive if you are just walking past them to class. Overall, I have seen some good looking people but not too many in my classes.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Variety – The Ave has loads of variety when it comes to food. A lot of the Japanese teriyaki places are actually run by Korean people who are mediocre at making Japanese dishes. Some places are good, but if you go into a teriyaki place, order Korean food! That is their forte. Other than that, there are good pizza places, thai restaurants, mediterranean, and all other sorts. My personal favorites are Mr. Lu's and Hawaiian BBQ. Super good.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: If you know what you want to do, I'm sure UW can offer it to you. There are a ton of majors to pursue, but in my case, I had trouble deciding upon all of them. So, if you have a pretty good idea of what you want to be or what you want to study, UW will provide the rest.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I personally have not run into any problems regarding safety, but there are numerous incidents that occur near campus. For example, the UWPD sends e-mails once in a while notifying the students when a crime occurs on or near campus. Some are pretty funny (hipsters grabbing boobs on the street) and some are serious (theft at gun-point). I haven't seen any of these things happen and UWPD usually keeps a good eye on things (sometimes annoying when their power high makes them take out their stress on college kids). Overall, pretty safe.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Huge Classes – As an underclassman, you are pretty much forced to take huge classes that amount to 200 kids or more (sometimes over 700). Those classes are particularly hard to get motivated in because you are really just a face in a crowd. Help is offered outside of class, though, which still doesn't motivate many students. You have to be good at managing your own classes and credits because there are only a few advisors for the thousands of kids here. I personally have had the issue of bouncing around different majors and still not being able to narrow it down to one. Advisors can be helpful, so I've heard, but the one I talked to was absolutely horrible. I guess you have to pick a time that isn't near the end of their work hours, because man they will treat you badly.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Beautiful Campus, Wonderful Students – I'm a theatre student, so I can mostly speak for the drama department (undergrad). It has been wonderful. You have opportunities to work with professionals from the notable Seattle theatre scene, and sometimes to work with the grad students on productions. In general, the UW campus is physically very beautiful, and the student population is generally very welcoming.

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3 College Senior

Transportation: Buses Are Great; Parking Is Awful – It's easy to navigate the bus system, or to walk. Everyone I know is happy with buses. There are a couple of late-night safety options. But parking on campus is SUPER expensive-I don't recommend it.

4 College Senior

Computers: There's computers in all the major buildings and small or large labs in all the major libraries. Sometimes they're slightly slow or have glitches, but I've never had a big problem with them. It is unfortunate that printing is 12 cents a page, but again, not too big a deal. Wireless is strong.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Too Big – I don't really know much about Greek life ... but I do know that many commute to school so inevitably Greeks don't become that big. I guess it is just about right - if you want to participate you can have fun while you are not left alone if not.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Continuously Under Construction – The campus at UW is big so there are various facilities - from modern to antique buildings, computer labs, and gym. But it seems as if part of campus are always under construction because right now the HUB and east side of campus are off limits.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drug Is Barely Noticeable – Only rarely would you see or smell pot near campus. This school is so big that nobody really pressures you to do it with them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus offers students the chance to truly branch off from the somewhat noisy dorms and begin living independently. However, some places are more costly than others which college students can not really afford. In terms of safety, there are areas which are safer than others but usually the safer areas are farther from campus. There are many options for off campus housing, but to choose the right one, students are required to view and compare many places.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining in terms of quality and cost is actually better than on campus. One can purchase a large bowl of pho noodle soup is cheaper than a sandwich in the convenience stores around campus. However, convenience is more leaning towards on campus dining choices which are on campus and thus easier for students going to or coming back from classes to get a quick bite to eat.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There are many dining options in forms of mostly cafes all around campus. The food quality is decent and sometimes even very delicious, however the pricing of the foods are a bit costly, especially for college students. The best places to eat would be the food cars on red square such as the hawaiian bbq car kalua pig, and the hot dog car. There are again places to purchase snacks such as the suzzallo library cafe and by george.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: If you live in Seattle, you know how diverse the city is, and this reflects at UW. The student population have a mix of everything and there are also lots of clubs for ever interests and ethnic groups.

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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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