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4 College Senior

Academics: Many academic areas to chose from. Professors are helpful if you make an effort to reach out to them. Many great study abroad programs.

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3 College Senior

Academics: A little weak. Could be more challenging and a little less broad.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Everyone is studying hard all of the time. Lots of busy bees!

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pretty awesome, plenty of people who care about computer science for more than just for jobs.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 37th
    Best Course Variety
  • 39th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 395th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 448th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 741st
    Smartest Professors

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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At UW, it's difficult to predict whether a student will shine or burn when exposed to the collegiate academic spotlight. Thanks to the size of the University, students have an expansive selection of courses and professors each quarter, and an equally impressive breadth and depth of ripe resources. And, also, because of the size of the University, the quality of classes and the teaching styles of professors range widely. Some teachers boast of rave student reviews, and others stay too preoccupied with research, tenure, or recognition to show passion in the classroom. Because so many professors call UW home, it's impossible to predict how impressed or disappointed a student will be in his or her classes and with his or her teachers.

And because so many students call UW home, professors don't usually cater to stragglers-most often, a student sinking in an intro-level class won't get help unless he or she asks. Intro-level classes are the universal initial hurdles of the race. Some find the academic isolation kind of cozy, a veritable security blanket from the ever-looming threat of participation, while others feel lost at sea in the vastness of the lecture hall. However, class size shrinks with time, and eventually, upperclassmen-level courses recall the intimacy of high school. In addition, attending a large research University has perks for independently motivated students. Super-sized academia doesn't have to intimidate-plenty of UW kids ask questions, go to office hours, and make friends with professors. A motivated, proactive learner can always find his or her own niche in which to flourish.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 48%
  • 50 or More Students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Forest Resources
  • Nursing
  • Ocean and Fishery Sciences
  • Public Health and Community Medicine
  • Reserve Officers Training Corps Programs
  • Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Foundations of Education: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • The Quad on a nice day
  • Odegaard, Allen, or Suzzalo-specifically, the Suzzalo Reading Room.
Tips to Succeed
  • Be realistic about your schedule. If you party until 4 a.m., don't register for an 8:30 a.m. class.
  • Become self-motivated. Don't wait for something to happen-make it happen yourself.
  • Do the homework.
  • Do the reading.
  • Enjoy your stay here because it goes really fast, and having a real job isn't half as nice as life in college.
  • Get involved: Find a club, a student organization, or an intramural sports team. There's too much going on on campus to miss out.
  • Go to class (it gets harder in college).
  • Go to professors' office hours. Nobody else does.
  • If you want to live in the dorms (especially freshman year), return your housing assignment as soon as possible. Competition for housing at UW is fierce, and it's better to be timely.
  • Registration is at 6 a.m., which is painful, but it's worse to sleep in and not get the classes that you need. Wake up, get your classes, and go back to sleep.
  • Use your freshman year (and sophomore, too) to shop around for classes you like. Don't be afraid to take a class that doesn't coincide with your major. It might turn into your minor, or it may allow you to realize what you definitely don't like, which can be very helpful.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 24% Bill Gates
  • 18% Bruce Lee
  • 11% Henry Suzzalo
  • 9% Kenneth "Kenny G" Gorelick - pop-jazz musician
  • 8% Beverly Cleary - author of children's books
  • 7% Isaiah Thomas
  • 7% Nate robinson
  • 5% Dale Chihuly
  • 5% Ray Lewis
  • 3% Ryan Lewis
  • 1% David Horsey - Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist
  • 1% Patrick Duffy - actor, producer, director
  • 0% David Guterson - award-winning author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 146 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 147 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.


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