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

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Don't expect a lot of financial aid, you won't get much. The music scholarships are usually under $1000 if you win them at all. Merit based ones are few and at a school this large you really have to be fantastic to get them.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Crowded All the Time – There are plenty of computers and printing locations on campus, but at a school this large, it's usually crowded. And wifi is extremely spotty; I learn to never count on university wifi.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everything Is Fantastic – There are all sorts of club and intramural sports, not to mention our varisty teams. Being at a Division 1 school is amazing, and the Dawg pack is pumped for every game.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I Hope You Like Asians – Most of the girls here are Asian. So, if your into that, then your in a good spot. Other than that there is a decent percentage of hotties.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The Spanih program is unique because no matter weather your planning to major or minor there is alot of work that needs to be done within the program. For example if you're plannng on minoring there are tons of intensive high classes that you have to take that you would have to take if you were majoring. The workload is pretty intense because its something that reflects your work of art. If you want to be fluent you need to do the regular work plus work on your own time because it's all in your own hands. I haven't yet experience the internship opportunites however, we have great study abroad options for Spanish that will get you to where you want to be. For example you can go to any hispanic speaking country that you want and gain all the experience there is to gain.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: More Conservative Than the Rest of Seattle – i expected the school to reflect the city a little more. ethnic diversity is high but everyone still looks the same. the business school is extremely corporate and doesnt teach about small business. gender differences are more pronounced than the rest of the city. small transgendered community. but still better in most aspects than most other schools.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: the uw hates it when you smoke on campus. they ticket you and are very good at catching you.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Far Below Seattle Health Standards – you walk around most dining area on campus and look at students plates and you will see greasy pizza, french fries, and cheesy pasta with buttery garlic bread. the salad bars have wilted lettuce, dried carrots, with mostly cream based dressings. organic options are nonexistent in most eateries. vegan options are few and far between and nothing that one could live off of. the one exception is the small cafe inside the newly renovated business school that offers a variety of premade organic options from local restaurants and the cafe itself makes two options a day one meat based and one vegan both healthy and organic.

5 College Senior

Drug Safety: Get What You Seek – A lot of people smoke weed on occasion but every other drug is used pretty sporadically or only in certain circles...

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: A Huge Variety – You can find all sorts of arrangements, from the crappy 350 per month basement dingy rooms to the 700 nice fancy rooms. Apts, studios, you name it.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Full of Variety but Very Very Cliquey – The school is literally packed with resources. Clubs, inter-mural teams, libraries, computer labs, people from all over the world. It's amazing in that sense. It's amazing if you take advantage of it and have a group.

The downside of the UW is that it's too big...you walk by thousands of people everyday, almost no one says hi to eachother, there's tons of exclusive groups everywhere that couldn't get into if you wanted, it's very big, busy, and impersonal.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Around but Not in Your Face. There is probably a lot of variety of houses just not in your face and obnoxious. There are a couple of good groups.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Okay – Not really that supported, encouraged by clubs and underclassmen but not essential to student life and especially for upperclassmen. We have a nice variety of sports and acedemics are more essential.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Undergrad Dorms – Very costly, and very far from campus. Aged and tight spacious.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Usually during class hours the computers are difficult to nab because so many people use them. They are fairly new and able to handle anything you need to use them for, however.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Crime Is Minimal – I always feel safe on campus. It's really pretty and sprawling, but safety is never too far away.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is fairly well-regulated, though the cost for a permit is a little high. You really don't need a car at UW.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Awesome Music Scene – Seattle is ripe with life after dark! There are dozens of music venues relatively close to the school, where you can get a taste for the local music scene. Quite a few venues are 21+ but the majority are all-ages. The bar scene can be quite exciting, too; but house parties and small hangouts are really fun, and cheap.

5 College Junior

Facilities: More Opportunities Than You Could Ask for – Nowhere in the state can you find as many student oriented opportunities for advancing education and learning experience.

3 College Junior

Transportation: The UW area has busses running all over all the time. There is always going to be a bus that can take you wherever you want to go. Also, there is late night bussing called Night Ride in case you are at the library late and dont want to have to walk home alone at night.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The University of Washington contains a vast number of different races as well as culturally different people. There are thousands of on-campus groups which emphasize certain cultures or lifestyles. Everyone will be able to find a niche of people to feel close with without any difficulty. There are also a large number of programs which are created to help support certain racial or cultural groups on campus.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I would rate the looks of the students as average, if anything there are better looking girls and average guys. And this is coming from a girls perspective. Most students dress casual for class often wearing raincoats, as it usually is with Seattle weather.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave – There are plenty of options for food near the UW campus, most located on University Way nicknamed "The Ave." There is a plethora of Asian restaurants, Pho, and frozen yogurt. But there is also a wide selection of burger joints, South American and Mexican food, falafel, and gyros. Most are moderately priced for students, they are good for a weekend dining experience.

4 College Junior

Facilities: How It Looks to Students – The University of Washington, Seattle Campus, is a large campus with many open spaces for being in the middle of a city. It has modern buildings alongside classic architecture and most facilities are in top condition. There are many libraries available with spaces for individual and group student study.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It's Average. Don't expect a parade of beauties here. A lot of the girls are very stuck up from my experience. But hey, there are also a lot of pretty average looking semi-decent women. But, it does rain most of the year, so expect the North Face jackets, rain boots, and headbands that stretch those ladies' foreheads into drive in movie theatre screens. The men on the other hand, pretty much the same. The the athletes, the regular hipster guys and gals, and what have you. It's pretty diverse, but overall, I'd say, eh. It's average.


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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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