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

Athletics: Sports Are Great – UW sports are some of the top teams in the nation. With the newly approved renovations, our athletic facilities will also be among the most state of the art as well. The city of Seattle is also a huge sports oriented town, with folks showing up in force, even if the product on the field is not that great. Sporting events are an important part of the culture here, and just about everyone participates in some kind of athletic activity or is physically active.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: People Are Cool – Most people are pretty laid back, although there is a tangible activist atmosphere that's part of the Northwest culture. From a male perspective, the girls are pretty good looking; they probably represent the average to above average distribution of attractive girls, especially since most are athletic or lead active lifestyles.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Dudes Must Pay – House parties are frequent, but most are held on Greek Row. Guys usually have to pay a small fee to get in, but girls are always free. Not too many during the week, but there are some good ones Thursday through Saturday.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – There are many various Asian restaurants on University or the Ave as students have lovingly dubbed it. It is easy to get decent pho and thai food primarily.
Unfortunately if you do not like Asian cuisine there isn't much else for you in this area. They have a Mexican place or two and some sandwich places. However, as the university is located in Seattle, other high quality cuisine is a bus ride or two away! You should be able to find something good.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors are very helpful and knowledgeable. I have never had a problem speaking with them about subjects related to class or even career paths. They always make time. Many have a lot of experience within the field of art history and are happy to share all they know if you only ask!
The major is pretty heavy on reading but nothing you can't manage. There are also various writing assignments. If you have trouble writing you will have honed your writing skills by the time you graduate! The study stresses visual analytical skills.

4 College Junior

Facilities: School of Business – Foster school of Business is an excellent school were i have learned a lot. It's very competitive and challenges me which I enjoy. They have many clubs and events weekly to keep students interacted and ability to network.

4 College Junior

Transportation: The public transportation is excellent. the lynnwood area has buses running every time in and out of UW. They are never late

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The dance program has amazing nurturing and supoortive teachers, and the peers I made there are awesome.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Lots of Asian Students – The campus has a lot of clubs, such as Chinese, Phillipino, Korean, Japanese. There's asian themed festivals going on every now and them on Red Square. But altogether UW is very diverse, it has a decent amount of each race represented.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: There's plenty of police officers on and around campus. There's email and text updates on crimes and happenings. If you have to walk at night you can have a police officer escort you.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The UW used to have some pretty good scholarships, particularly for minorities. I'm not quite sure what they have available now. Since the state has cut the school budget by over 30 %, I expect school funded scholarships will be a lot harder to procure in the future.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The UW is fairly average when it comes to strictness. Underage drinking, cheating, and plagiarism seem to be dealt in appropriate ways.

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Great City Activities – The University of Washington is located in the heart of Seattle. "The Ave", as we call it, is a street right next to campus that has lots of restaurants to choose from. If you love Pho, vegetarian options, or Tai food, the Ave is great for you! There's also a shopping center called "University Village" nearby, which features lots of great restaurants, luxury shopping stores, and even frozen yogurt!

Furthermore, downtown is only a few minutes away. My friends and I love going to the Seattle Center or eating at the Spaghetti Factory near the waterfront.

And, of course, this is Seattle. If you love coffee, you'll have a lots and lots of coffee shops to choose from!

But Beware! Housing around the university is expensive! It can be more than $2000 a month for a two bedroom apartment. Studios tend to be pretty expensive too ($650-1500). My two roommates and I cut costs by sharing a one bedroom apartment. I pay about $400 a month.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: The people at the office entirely do not care about people at all. I tried to get financial aid for several months, and the whole process was counter intuitive, and I was unable to get help.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Generally Pretty Good – I especially love the IMA at UW. It's a great gym, and the fee for it, which is included in tuition, is very reasonable. There is a pool, plenty of machines, and all kinds of fun classes to take.

I also love the libraries, because there is a library for any possible thing you might need one for. Suzzalo is quiet and studious, Odegaard is busy and good for group projects, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: So Many of Them – There are so many students at UW that there's bound to be someone your type. People in the Greek system tend to be the most attractive.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Loans Only – UW is planning to eliminate work study due to state budget cuts, meaning the only aid you'll be offered is loans. Not a big help.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: UW is surrounded by some good shopping and restaurants. Most people don't go too far off campus because you really don't need to - everything you might need is on the Ave or at the Village, both right next to campus. If you want to venture downtown, the bus system is pretty easy to manage and is generally pretty quick.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Keeps You Informed – Whenever my financial aid needed to be altered, I received an email telling me to check my account. Everything was able to be completed online on myUW.com. The whole process was very smooth and easy to understand.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Campus Resources – Teacher's and TAs are available during convenient office hours and are always willing to help. Academic advisers are also very friendly and helpful and most classes offer tutors or review/CLUE sessions in Mary Gates Hall.

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College Junior

Scholarships: Never Applied – I have never applied for financial aid because my parents have always been able to help me pay for college. However, my mom lost her job unexpectedly, so I need help paying for college

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Sleepover Every Night – I live with 5 other females in a townhouse off of campus. I love it. It is like having a sleepover every night. These ladies are some of my best friends here at the University of Washington. The price is comparable to what it would be living in dorms, except i have my own room, only share a bathroom with 2 other girls, have a kitchen and huge fridge. i just love it!

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4 College Junior

Computers: Computer Labs – We have many computer labs here at the University of Washington. There are both MACs and PCs. Computer labs are available through out the University of Washington Campus, in many different buildings. There is also free Wi-Fi available throughout the campus, in classrooms, dining halls and in the libraries

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – The campus is extremely diverse with a group for everyone.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Better to Take Bus – Parking space are limitted. It is better to use community transit.

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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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