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

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Bikes, Bikes, and More Bikes – There are plenty of transportation options at the university. Many people use bikes to get around campus and to nearby areas of Seattle. If you are planning on going farther the public bus system will get you where you need to go.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Quite Diverse – Coming from a relatively non-diverse town I would have to say that the University is a very diverse place. It is home to many different nationalities and religions.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: If you don't have a car, there are plenty of buses to go down town and elsewhere. There are even secured night rides for those who don't feel safe walking back at night

4 College Freshman

Academics: It's great to be at a top university in the nation. They have a lot of majors. The faculties are there to help you whenever you need it; you just have to go out and ask for help. The workload is heavy due to the quarter system that goes by really fast. That is why you need help and advise from the faculty.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Much of an Issue – Drinking is big in greek life or if you choose to be involved in that scene, same with drugs. Smoking is the most popular, and again it's you're choice.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Great Sports – There are a ton of intramural sports offered through the IMA and of course club and varsity teams. Being in shape is a priority among students.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: typical college campus, meaning it's not necessarily scary at night but don't walk alone. There are night rides and night walk services which is helpful to people walking from the library at late hours alone.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Update Your Citizenship With SSA – Because I became a citizen when I was 8, the Department of Education and the Social Security Administration did not have updated information on my citizenship status. I had to go into a local office and generate proof of citizenship before my financial aid process could be finalized, so that was not an ideal situation, but I got it done and things have been smooth sailing ever since.

Apart from my experience with SSA, I have had no trouble at all with the financial aid process at UW. The staff at the Office of Financial Aid are very friendly and knowledgable, and give great advice.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Variety in Neighborhoods Nearby – The nightlife near and around campus is fairly relaxed, unless you're going to a frat party or some other type of house party. There aren't really many places to go dancing in the University District, but as a student you receive a free pass for public transportation, and are within 20 minutes of any night clubs downtown, or in Capitol Hill. Having said that, there are still really good bars near and around the University District, and a handful of great music venues for underage nightlife as well.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Seattle weather is tons of rain and more rain. This weather could possibly bring you down or lift you up in however you take it. It can be extremely sunny one day and raining hard the next.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great place to study, hang out with friends, work on projects, stay overnight if necessary, good hours, good study rooms, and bathrooms available on every floor.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are WAY too many broken computers and most of the time it takes a while to find an open working computer. However, the quality of the computers are really good and you can get most of your work done in the environment.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Student Mix. Seattle is not as racially diverse as my home city but they have plenty to offer. Different clubs, interests, and nationalities mix and intermingle fluidly. The boys are cute and are very fit.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are conveniently located near campus and are within walking distance. Freshmen usually inhabit the quartes but the new buildings are hoping to attract upperclassmen and are providing new shops and updated decor.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – There are a plethora of great places to eat in the surrounding blocks and neighborhoods around UW. There are different types of cuisines and snack places as well. They definitely cater to a wide array of student palates and needs no matter what time of day.

5 College Senior

Parking: The parking on campus is ridiculous. With a parking spot costing over 250 dollars and being somewhat off main campus it's not worth the cost. The Upass is now mandatory so use that instead!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Options – UW provides lots of options off campus that are run by the university themselves to provide the best rates and service. They also provide convenience of quiet hours and safety in many of the apartments around the area. Some cons though is they can be quite the walk and the prices can be steep.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The University of Washington is a community in it's own. Within a 2 mile radius you will find grocery stores, stores, parks, hospitals, outdoor things, clubs, and tons of museums. It's a wonderful place and will keep you busy for an entire weekend if you choose to visit. Not only that, but the campus itself is beautiful and has an extreme historical overview.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Diversity Widely Accepted – At the University of Washington, you are accepted by the general student body no matter what your beliefs, values, or religious views are. I've met people from all walks of life, and they all have contributed greatly to my education. It's a bonus to be able to learn outside of the classroom. I'm proud to go to a school that's so accepting of all kinds of people.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience at the University of Washington has been glorious! My first year was filled with fun but challenging classes, meeting interesting and diverse people, and participating in activities that further enriched my education experience such as attending school plays, getting involved with clubs, and going on student-led trips. I was scared about going out of state, but now I am confident about my decision. I fully recommend it!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Bring the Party, but Not All the Time – The Greek scene is fairly large at the University of Washington, but it in no way "dominates" the social side of the school. If you want to participate in the Greek community, you can, and if you don't, you don't have to. Frat parties are fun, but aren't the only source for it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Fun for Freshmen, Afterwards... Get Shopping – For your Freshman year, the UW's dining halls are a very fun, affordable place to eat. Indeed, there is a fair variety of food and plenty of mini-marts on campus, but once you've had a year of eating on campus, you'll be ready to buy a smaller food plan and spend the rest of your money on the excellent food available off-campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Finally Finally Like Get the Attention I Need – In general, I have been blown away by the professors, curriculum, and available classes at the University of Washington. I have never been ignored by a professor, have gotten my questions answered in a timely manner, and have received assistance when I asked for it. Professors and TA's alike are interested in the topics listed in the syllabus, and have never ceased to go into detail for a better sense of understanding on the student's end. Class discussion and involvement are greatly encouraged, and are a huge part of why I love attending class.

5 College Junior

Academics: Jackson School of International Studies – It is a great school for International Studies with many different opportunities and great professors who are specialized in their fields. I just got into the program so I haven't taken all of the required courses yet, but I am excited to do so and know that the TAs, advising and professors are there and willing to help.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are excellent, as well the curriculum and special study areas. Registration is frustrating sometimes, because a lot of the time I was forced to have classes that I didn't want, but this happens at every school. There are a lot of places on campus that offer help. Help for example like getting help with papers, tests, finding jobs, internships, studying abroad and a plethora of other things. Among these many things, UW is noted for a lot of its academic majors.


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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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