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

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5 College Junior

Academics: Environmental Health Major – I have not started core classes for the major. Therefore, I cannot answer questions about workload or curriculum. I can however say that since the UW Environmental Health Undergraduate program is rather small, students are able to get to know their fellow students and the faculty. One would be able to get help easily. You're not just a number like in larger majors. Also, a requirement for the major is a summer internship. The internship will most definitely help one get the much-needed, hands-on experiences that will benefit us as we move into the workforce.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Greek Life – This University is the only one on the west coast that has all sororities members live in the same house all four years of their college career. This is a great tool to meet new people if greek life is something you are considering.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Rains a Lot – It rains a lot in Seattle. It sucks because you have to get all wet when you go to class. It's good for doing school work because you want to be inside anyways.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Although pricy, there was a lot of variety for dining in the Hub.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Graduate Advising – The guidance I got for graduate school prepared me for their program only. I had to take supplementary courses at other universities before becoming fully eligible for other graduate programs of the same subject.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Reminders About Deadlines – UW was good about communicating with students via email to remind them about important deadlines. I was well informed (but not overwhelmed) with messages in my inbox letting me know when to have Financial Aid applications completed so I wouldn't run into any unnecessary inconveniences.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Intended Major: Psychology – I'm not officially in my major yet, but UW's application process and information regarding admission into various majors is very clear/organized. There are many great web and physical resources to understand the process involved. Thanks to these resources, I feel comfortable understanding the requirements and expectations of applicants hoping for admission into the Psych major.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Best Experience – University of Washington is my by far the best experience of my life so far. I enjoy my sorority and social scene more than anything! Academics are also very important and everyone in my sorority and my friends are very encouraging of such because we're all there for an education, but it definitely doesn't hurt to have great friends and fun times. I feel very comfortable, I do well in school and enjoy my social life.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Parking at the University of Washington is either not very safe for your car or very expensive. Parking for free is usually parallel and it's not out of the ordinary if your car gets hit, damaged or even broken into. Paying for parking lots on and off campus is ridiculously expensive per month and it takes quite a toll on college students funds especially considering the price of tuition, housing, and books.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Interesting Classes/Professors – I'm currently attending the University of Washington and my first year of college I really appreciated how well-prepared and interesting the professors made their classes. I enjoyed attending classes and learning the material was made easy because of the numerous examples and participation of the class in general. All my professors go out of their way to make classes intriguing to students to attend and pay attention; overall, very interesting and informational.

3 College Senior

Academics: Economics degree opens a wide range of jobs in the future, basically the department/program teaches skills that we learn, especially analytically, and quantitative which would be helpful in the real world.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is horrendous. Its difficult to find and very expensive. Forget the car and take public transportation. You can get almost anywhere with King Country Metro public transportation. I used it all the time.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes and Registration – First, the registration process for adding, dropping or changing your schedule is super easy with the online MyUW account. I love the variety of classes one can take. Even though I am a mathematics major, I've taken classes in biology, chemistry, mechanical engineering, nutrition, geography, dance, economics, classics, and more. There are so many options for what classes a student can enroll in. Unfortunately, sometimes only students signed up for the major can take a particular class, but if you ask for permission and if there is room you can still take the class.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Good Job – University of Washington very strict about drugs in their residents. Any hint of drugs or alcohol in the room, the person can get a fine and have to take a special drug class as a consequence. RA at Land Hall know what they are doing.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Don't Hang Out Here – Greek guys are cool only in school. They are known to throw parties and kick out all the guys so they can have all the girls to themselves.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: When you are on the UW campus, remember that you are on a campus full of brilliant and diverse body of students. The university it self cares about their students. I did four programs related to business provided by the University of Washington before I even entered college. I appreciate everything about the University of Washington because everyone that knows sees my potential within the business field.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Although in an urban area, I feel safe. There are always emails to let students know what has been going on around campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Find some good roommates and move out to an apartment, because its cheaper than dorming for sure.

4 College Junior

Academics: The advisors are very friendly and the professors are interested in helping students learn.

3 College Senior

Weather: Seattle Lives up to Its Reputation – If you don't mind overcast days and rain, then Seattle is a perfect fit. The temperatures are never too cold or too hot and the summers are incredibly beautiful. However, if you crave the sun then Seattle might not be the best fit for you.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The UW has a good mix of Asian(-Americans) and Caucasians from various backgrounds, but far less Hispanics and African Americans. Since the UW is a state school, which facilitates state residence in attending university, I think that the diversity is on par with the population in western Washington and/or the West coast in general.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Go Huskies – We are known for the Husky Football team. The school is always hoping with student activities, learning opportunities, and community services.

4 College Senior

Computers: I never have problems connecting to wi-fi on campus. If I don't want to take my computer, I know that I can go to the library or learning center to use a campus computer with no problem. Computers are user friendly and there is always staff around to help troubleshoot any glitches.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Nice Campus – I go to the Tacoma Campus...It is very clean and well kept. There are security guards patroling to ensure everyone's safety. I just don't like the traffic or the pedestrian crosswalks, because they are right on a steep hill. Cars fly through there. Not alot of parking.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Process Should Be a Little Being Shorter – The scholarship is really great and meaniful. Always go to the scholarship office to ask for scholarship information.


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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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