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 Sophomore

Transportation: Excellent, Buses Are Very Easy to See – Good metro, very mobile. They come to get you wherever you are

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not Abnormal – The traces of the scene are only noticed at the designated smoking areas around campus. Cigarettes are the only regular drug activity.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hipster Town – Seattle youth are noticeably in style at UW. People are interesting, concerned about social causes, and engaged in the unique culture that is Seattle.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life tends to stay around Greek Row. All students appreciate their dedication and drive to raise money for great causes.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Just your average scene. Lots of beer pong, lots of fun. NBD.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: All facilities at the University of Washington are accessible. The IMA (Intramural Activities Building) is up to date with the most effective workout gear, a six-lane pool with a diving tank, an inside track, and several outdoor and indoor sports fields. Almost all buildings host a sort of convenient store and coffee is never far from where you are.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall great experience at UW so far. I would recommend the Greek system for males, but females should try the dormitories to meet people, or even live off campus and attend Greek events. The classes fill up quickly sometimes, and planning is key, but there are amazing professors and classed offered here for everyones interests.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The plagiarism policy is highly followed. The UW police force isn't too strict about underage drinking, just don't advertise it or take drinks outside, because you will get caught.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The University of Washington is in a central location with convenient shopping locations, grocery stores, restaurants, and nightlife. There are farmers markets every Saturday, and many concerts and other activities on campus frequently. The campus itself is safe, but the surrounding area can become sketchy. The Greek community is nice if you are a male, but females don't need to be active members to participate. The IMA (workout facility) and surrounding fields are opportunity for many athletic endeavors. The off-campus housing is somewhat pricey, but the low cost of the school itself makes it worth it. Overall I would give UW an A-, a great score, especially for those coming from in state that pay less than $10,000 a year!

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – Extremely near to campus is University Avenue, colloquially known as "The Ave". There are many, many options to choose from here, all of them reasonably priced and most of them delicious.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Cafe Dining – The University of Washington dining system is based on many smaller cafes around campus. With the Husky Union Building under renovation for the next few years, the formerly centralized cafeteria has evolved into a fleet of food trucks around campus, which is both very convenient as well as more diverse in selection.

4 College Senior

Academics: Program Choice and Helpful Faculty – I am attending the University of Washington for two reasons, the first being the Honors Program and the second being the nationally ranked Computer Science and Engineering Department. While both of these are excellent academically, the professors and the advisors have been extremely helpful in helping me with organizing my schedule and understanding concepts.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Finacial Aid – I have not used it but have friends who have and its kind of a pain but they end up with money so I guess it balances out

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers are computers, nothing spectacular. They genuinely work fine and have all the basic programs

3 College Freshman

Weather: Rains a Lot – Overall, we don't have much extreme weather. Expect lots of rain though. Everyone complains about the rain, but generally we actually get less rain than most places around the country; it just drizzles and is grey a lot. It doesn't frequently go below freezing and it rarely gets above 90 in the summer.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Alcohol More Likely – Drugs are fairly limited in scope and popularity from what I can tell. Drinking is much more popular, but still mostly restricted to greek row rather than the overall student population. I lived in the dorms for a while and never ran across anyone drinking excessively or doing drugs.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Very Expensive – Parking is very expensive. It is around 300 dollars a quarter, and there isn't a lot of it. The cops troll for parking tickets every day.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It's not very strict. The police don't seem to care about underage drinking, though they do tend to care about drug use. They generally don't break up greek parties.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: If you're not in the greek life, it's not going to be fun for you. Greek students are viewed in a very negative life by non-Greeks. You know it's Greek week when half of the people in your 8:30 class are drunks. There is a very greek vs. non-greek mentality.

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.


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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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