Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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Reviews 2846 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Are There Is You Want Them – Greek life is not a huge part of the average student's life unless they make it. You need to seek out the Greeks in order to get involved with them, but many of the members are involved in various clubs and they make their presence know at the annual "club fair" sort of event. You don't need to go to frat parties, but you can if you want to, though it is more difficult for guys to get into the parties unless they are affiliated with the frat.

2 College Junior

Weather: Rainy and Cloudy – It's Washington, so it is rainy and/or cloudy for at least 9 months out of the year. Summer 2011 didn't start until the first week of August, and ended not 6 weeks later. If you are solar powered, this is not the state for you unless you are in Eastern Washington.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: From what I have heard UW has amazing Greek Life. My friends are in it and they are inviting me to parties and meeting plenty of new people.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Personally, since i am commuting I do not have the option to enjoy night life. But from what I have gone to, I would think that there are so many people everywhere I go the scene is just mind blowing. I went to the dawg daze trip to Fred Meyer, shopping in the middle of the night, saving plenty of money. I quite honestly enjoyed it.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security on Campus – The University of Washington Seattle Campus has its own police officers. Instead of calling 911, it would be better to call the UW police because the 911 call would be transferred to UW police. There is an emailing system where, if you sign up there are updates on what dangers, and what someone should be aware of walking around on campus. For example, the other day there was a failed attempt at mugging, and the UW poilice sent out an email so we know to watch out for that corner.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: WARNING: All the Parties Are in the Frats – If you don't want to go greek but you need parties and drinking then UW is not the school for you. I personally love parties and especially house parties but they are all in the frats. I don't know too much about the bars and clubs cause I'm not 21 but the ones near UW don't seem that amazing.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is a HUGE part of UW. It controls the social scene and the only big parties are in the greek system. If greek life is something that you want to be a part of in college UW is your school.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Kinda Strict – Dorms suck for drinking. RA's check rooms and make sure there is no fun. The campus police don't seem to crazy. I haven't heard of anyone getting a MIP or anything.

3 College Student

Facilities: Have only visited the Hospital. Cannot really give a review.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Reasonable Security – The campus police are resonable and understanding. They only want to keep everyone safe, and want to help those who need it. They will, for the most part, overlook people who are being smart and go after those who are obviously not thinking and doing harm.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: The Ave and Capitol Hill – These two areas are the most popular for those who are over 21. Freshmen tend to go to Frat parties around campus, but they quickly grow tired of the same old party and look for houses around the greek system.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: A Variety of Groups – Seattle has a mix of cliques, with a high number of hipsters roaming next to international students. However, everyone is very welcoming of different groups. There is a much higher population of women over men on campus and around the Seattle area.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It Is Not Bad – A few streets over is University way with a wide variety of eating places. There are some that you can find for a great discount, while others can be expensive. You can get coupons in the student guide from the bookstore though to help with a lot of the price

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: It Is Ok – A lot of the food places on campus serve the same thing or something similar every day and the food that does get changed up you could see every week or every other week. The value can be expensive sometimes, as for the quality depends on the food. The best place to eat is probably at Macmahon Hall since the Hub is closed for remodeling.

4 College Freshman

Computers: from what i've seen so far the computers at the university seem fine. there are multiple computers available for students (macs and pcs) which seem to be functioning fine. there is wireless access throughout the whole campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Honestly,I know next to nothing about UW sports. I don't follow any sports.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid experience is quite tedious and long. If there is any advice I would give it would be to get it done out of the way as soon as possible. Right when I found out I got into the UW I went to the financial aid office and started my paper work. The earlier you fill out your papers and get done the more money you get.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at my school are an extremely big deal. I love then very much because it is a time when everyone gets together and bonds, no matter what race. Everyone at my school has extreme pride and at first I didn't have to much pride but it was other students that introduce themselves to me and took me to games at change my view on my lacking school pride. The spirit and leadership at the university of Washington is absolutely amazing!

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers at my school are wonderful. There are an abundance of computers everywhere which I love and it is very convenient because I never need to carry around my laptop or buy a PC. I come from a single mother house hold and my mother can't even afford a home computer so I am thankful my school has many computers. My school has a variety of different brands as well. They have PC's and Mac's which I love!!!
The Internet connect is very good and fast. The computers always automatically save your work before you even click the button. There are also my computer labs for group studies as well as quite study labs.

College Junior

Transportation: Buses Are Best – Since the student ID doubles as a bus pass, and the bus pass fee is now required, there is no reason not to use it. Parking can be atrocious in the area (and expensive!), and there are dozens of buses that run close to or onto campus from several different areas in and around the city. On campus transportation is also nice.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Tons of School Spirit! Every friday, the entire school dresses in purple as a show of school unity! there are many opportunities to be a spectator or to play in a team!

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Research Facilites – The University of Washington is a research school so most all of the professors are also researching innovations in their subject while teaching you.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is really gloomy and overcast most of the time with lots of rain, but the upside to that is that it forces you to study more. When the weather is nice, the campus is absolutely beautiful.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Easiest – Public transportation is really good in Seattle and UW. They have buses running all the time, and if you're on campus alone late at night we have the van that you can call and it'll take you anywhere on campus and even all areas within a mile away from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining halls at UW are mediocre. They're not terribly bad, but they're not the best either. I do like that our school tries to be eco-friendly by having compostable eating utensils, plates and such. However, the food can vary between good and not so good. What I also dislike is our dining plan and that we must pick one, though I suppose most colleges have them.


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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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