Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Acceptence Is Paramount – As Seattle was recently rated one of the nation's most educated cities, this exposure to other ideas and cultures creates an environment exceptionally conducive to acceptance.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: A Range of Dining Experiences – If you're looking for an excellent quick, cheap, and greasy burger with the best mystery sauce you've ever tasted, visit Orange King just off University Ave. In the mood for some Thai food? You can't go wrong with Thai Tom in the northern u-district area. A little pricier but worth it. Looking for something in the middle? Try great pub fare at Big Time Brewery right on the Ave.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm happy with my program but I think I would be more careful to balance it with things outside of the science realm such as music or art. Although I can see myself in the field, I am not ready to commit as readily as my peers are and want to explore other options of living before truly settling down. I don't have any concerns about finding a job in the field.

5 College Junior

Academics: Bioengineering is a very competitive major as each cohort is only about 40-50 students a year. However, although it's competitive to get in, there is mutual camaraderie between the students to help everyone get the best grades possible which is not always the case in pre-med/engineering fields. I have made some of my best friends in my program, which will turn to be good networking in the future. The counselors are really helpful and the teachers genuinely want you to do well.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Seattle Living at Its Finest – The U-district, where the University of Washington is nestled at, is vibrant and its own little community in Seattle. Along the "Ave", which is where the majority of restaurant, stores, and bars are located at, is constantly bustling with students. However, when the bubble gets tiresome, it is quick and easy to get to Downtown through the bus to see the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, and other awesome Seattle city attractions. Because of the diversity and many neighborhoods in Seattle, you can never find yourself bored on a Saturday night

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Competive Interesting Stipend – In my major we are required to have an internship and the the adviser for environmental h health said its quite competitive to get one. I do believe commitment is the key for success in this major has to with the way you understand what you are doing.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Balance Challenging Interactive Communication – UW is quite competive when doing registration I woke up 6AM and still didn't get the class I wanted like the general chemistry or biology those are popular class. But recently there are one proffessor who taught those due to buget cut less proffessor so we do have competition. Curriculum wise I think its great but someitme i feel like the curriculum rush to much ands skipping things that i feel important. The workload is more than a high school i spend most of my time understanding the concept and doing post lab which for me take the longest

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The best thing about the school is it has lots of nice architecture every building i gone through has this unique sculpture like the ancient time. Almost everyday there are activities that club do in red square. Cultural event do happen like the one for the Hawaiian day where i see lots of dancers. Safety wise I feel safe but not really sure about night time. Shopping is excellent like the u ville, the ave, they also got whole food market, trader joes, lots of cultural food,. The local attitude toward students hmm.... I think its positive feeling people greet me and are happy.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Latin American Studies/Pre-Med – Latin American Studies: I enjoy the classes and the material but so far I have been mostly focused on my pre-reqs for medical school. From what I can see, there are good study abroad programs for students interested in Latin American Studies- or other ethnic studies.

Pre-med: The classes are extremely competitive because the grading is based on a curve. Most of the classes are weed-out so I always put in most of my effort into the core pre-requisites for pre-med.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Atmosphere Is Just About Right – The University of Washington is located in Seattle, Washington. There are many things to do if you are into nature and outdoors activities. The campus is beautiful, especially in the spring and summer. The UW is only 15 minutes away from downtown Seattle, where there are many more activities. I personally think that there is a lack of representation from minority groups such as Latinos, African-Americans, Natives, etc. because the vast majority of the students are Caucasian or Asian. There is not much of a nightlife around the U-district if you are under 21, besides greek and house parties.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Not That Difficult – The process of getting into my Speech Pathology Program was not that difficult. All I had to do was take the required classes that went along with my major. You have to declare your major your junior year.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Great Both Academically and Socially – I came to the University of Washington because they have a great program for Speech and Hearing Science which is what I want to study. Also the University of Washington has a great teacher/ student relationship with all professors always glad to help a student. The University has opportunities for everything imaginable from sports to study abroad programs.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The university of washington is a city within a city. Downtown Seattle is only 15 minutes away, where there are attractions such as the Aquarium, restaurants, the pier. Within the University there are restaurants, theaters, a football stadium, basketball court, and other sport and recreational activities.

4 College Senior

Majors: Prepare to Study – Finance is a very demanding major, and you will have to put in the time and effort to get the grades. Every professor has a different way of teaching and grading, so figure out how they want things done and you will do well in the class. Don't fall behind in classes and always read ahead, because in accounting and finance you will find recruiters looking at grades more than say, marketing or operations management.

5 College Senior

Academics: Being a Business Student – As a business student at the University of Washington, I am confident in my ability to impress potential employers with my resume and credentials because of the high quality of education that the Foster School of Business provides. My workload is constant with most of my professors having worked in their field for several years before teaching, and even then continuing to conduct research in their field. I am continually impressed by the knowledge demonstrated by my professors, and I have to admit that I love the new business building too!

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do! Seattle offers a ton of recreational activities, whether its going to one of the many lake or ocean shores for the day, seeing Van Gogh at the Seattle Art Museum, or getting fresh seafood on the waterfront in downtown. The people are friendly and the summers are beautiful, I love Seattle!

4 College Junior

Majors: The sciences at UW are pretty good, with a lot of variety and breadth within the major requirements. I have not yet completed many upper division courses but so far it has been quite satisfactory. My career goals are to attend medical school and I don't think that I will have that much trouble getting a job even if I don't get into med school.

4 College Junior

Academics: I chose UW because of the excellence in the science field and great reputation as a research institution. The coursework is difficult, as expected but will be worth it when I get a degree.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Seattle Attractions – There are plenty of things to do on and off campus. Examples include Pike place market, going to sporting games at Safeco or Century link park and many other attractions. There are also plenty of outdoorsy places to go, seeing as it is the pacific northwest.

3 College Junior

Majors: I Want an Internship – I want one, but they are very hard to come by in the science fields

5 College Junior

Academics: While one of the smallest schools on campus, this does not detract from the community or the quality of the education and the amount of opportunities presented.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Life in a Metropolis – Life in Seattle is pretty sweet, there are always so many things to do and see. 15 mins from downtown and 2 from a lake, what is not to love about a place this great?

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Major Differences – There are a ton of different majors at UW and some are very competitive and require a lot of hard work to get into. Those would include many of the pre-med/biology and engineering majors. There are also a good chunk of majors that are open and require only one meeting and signing of a paper.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: TA's Save the Day – This is a very prestigious school and all the professors are top notch. Many are conducting breakthrough experiments while others are the know it all of their subject. Some are better at research than teaching, but that's where the TA's come in handy. They are almost always available and help out a ton.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: One Exciting City – There is always something to do in Seattle. It's a big city that runs at a fast pace downtown, and slows down in the smaller neighborhoods. It includes the big city feel with tons of events but has lots of parks and quiet areas to relax.


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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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