Seattle, WA
Tuition (in-state)
$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2813 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel very safe on campus, well lit, little crime

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Depends on Who You Are/Background – You can get a decent amount of aid if you have the right background, but overall not much aid is available outside of student loans.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Pricey, but Tasty – Lots of options, some value at certain locations, but overall expensive. Food is great quality most of the time.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Most Professors/T.A.'S Are Very Helpful – It depends on the teacher/t.a that you have, but most of them are very helpful and their are a lot of resources available for help with your studies.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Tasty, but pricey – There are a decent amount of options and food that caters to a variety of taste-buds. You can buy from tactfully located food trucks or one of the dining halls in the dorms. The food can be delicious but it will cost you a lot depending on where and what you buy.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Little More Help Needed – There are some decent websited or Scholarship links on the website, but they are not very diverse in nature. They all pretty much apply to the same group of people. I suggest in-perso appointments with financial aid advisors.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Urban Seattle – Everything is in walking distance of the university. U Village is right down the hill to the NE and to the W you have the Ave, with every possible shop you need. Seattle is a very outdoorsy town, with a lot of oppurtunites to go out and be active.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Accessable but Limited – Our school has amazing computers all around campus, excelling more in the libraries. Although it's quite hard to get a good computer during rush hours, other than that we have an overall amazing technology based school with loads of high tech technology.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Mainly Student Loans – My mom helps me fill out the FAFSA form. But once it comes to the distribution and questions, I have to settle that on my own. The financial aid office is always helpful. Of course, I do not get the aid/grants that I wish I could/would get. I get a lot of student loans. Whether or not it is grants or loans given, the University of Washington has always offered me enough to attend school full-time and pay for my apartment.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I Would Not Be the One to Ask – Although I have recently turned 21, I have not been out to surrounding bar or clubs. I usually just attend my friends' house parties which are fun because I hangout with my friends. But in terms of prior years, I would go to the frats with my friends. It was a fun experience but I have not been to the frats this year at all.

5 College Junior

Athletics: We Bleed Purple and Gold – I believe that the student involvement comes along with the fan support and the school spirit. Before attending the University of Washington I always enjoyed watching sports with my dad. But once at the University of Washington I became more involved, buying Dawg Pack tickets for football season and buying basketball tickets for individual games. I even attended a couple of baseball games as well. I think that the University of Washington helps create a stronger community if you go to sporting events because we are all eager to support our Huskies.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – the ave has all kinds of food that you will like, students get discounts at many places, if you like wings make sure to check out wing central. if you are asian, there is plenty of asian food as well

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Not Bad – safety is generally good. if you are drunk and on the streets past midnight, u may get robbed, but other than that if you have half a brain there will be no issues whatsoever

4 College Freshman

Facilities: they are very good, ima is nice, the athletic facilities are great, libraries are nice, the campus is very beautiful and has a great atmosphere

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Go Off Campus to Party – Most of the parties happen off campus. No one really parties in the dorms-everything is in the Greek system. Not too many parties on Friday nights since this is a commuter campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Beautiful Campus – One of the most beautiful campuses I've ever been to. The IMA was recently renovated and has several dance studios, more gyms than I can count, rollerskating on Friday nights, a lap pool, a climbing wall, indoor running track, bicycle studio, etc., etc.

The HUB is currently being renovated and will be open next fall.

Some of the libraries are a little dated-a lot of buildings were built in the '60s.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: As an out of state student attending the University of Washington, financial aid is a nightmare. The university does not give any sort of aid to out of state students, not even academic merit scholarships for incoming freshman. Because it is a state school, the university claims to reserve all of its aid for in state students, leaving out of state students with no choice but to take out loans or apply for a plethora of very competitive privet scholarships. The best advice I can give to any out of state students trying to afford to attend this school is to apply for privet scholarships early and apply for a lot of them. The university is very stingy about its financial aid.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: At the University of Washington, all students are required to by a quarterly bus pass. This bus pass guarantees travel anywhere in Seattle on the Seattle bus system. Although inconvenient that the bus system is mandatory, the bus pass is definitely a very convenient thing to have. For students, riding the bus is a much safer and cheaper alternative to owning their own car. The bus pass also covers transportation on the light rail which is a train system that runs on sky rails. Overall the transportation system here at the University of Washington is excellent.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: As a freshman at the University of Washington, my first quarter here was definitely a great learning experience. However, living on campus was definitely not the best option I could have chosen. I live in the all freshman dorm known as Lander. Although very convenient and social, it also has many negative aspects. If you are one to go to bed early, good luck getting past the noisy people who are still up at 2am in the morning being loud. The bathrooms are unfortunately disgusting. The toilets of the girl's restroom are many times flooded or not flushed. The showers are littered with hair and often times do not even give sufficient hot water. The rooms are mainly triples and are tiny when you live with two other people. The dining on campus is definitely not one of the best either. The cafeteria under my dorm does not serve very tasty food although they claim it to be healthy for you (although I don't see how pizza and hamburgers could possibly be healthy). All around campus you could find junk food, fast food, and just plain unhealthy eating habits. Living on campus is definitely convenient because the dorms are very close to your classes and you live with your friends. The cost is some what high for a cramped up little dorm room but the convenience makes the cost worth it. Although the dorm and dining at the University of Washington isn't the best, the university as a whole is truly exceptional.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Honors Chemistry Is Awesome! Some people usually say Honors class are tough and the class itself is a lot of more competitive. It is true but I enjoy being in my Honors General Chemistry class because our class size is a lot smaller than the general chemistry class (60 students, instead of 600). Even though the materials are harder, I learned a lot of stuff in that class. I made a lot more friends in that class than in the general big class. We often help each other, even late at night. I love the study environment in the class as well. I would rather be the dumbest person in class and learn everything from everyone than be the smartest person in class and are always bored.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – There's a lot of room for accepting everyone on campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of Asians – UW is very accepting of everyone. There are a LOT of Asians on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Expensive – Lots of options, but not many that are high quality. Everything is expensive.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Not the Best Rent Prices – The cost of living is quite high in the Seattle area but that is to be expected in bigger cities. Best to find a place in the summer before school starts.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Great Place to Live – University of Washington, located in Seattle, is a great place to live and go to school. There's so much to do for any interest. The weather is perfect. Love it to death!


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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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