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2 College Freshman

Athletics: The teams at this school that are good do not get enough support (such as the soccer teams), and the teams that are not very good (such as the football team) get the most support, which does not make much sense.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I am a freshman, and do not have a lot of friends that live in off-campus housing, so I do not know much about it.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I do not think the local food in the area is good. Besides the metropolitan market, I do not think there are very many healthy options around the school, unless you go to downtown Tacoma. The food is not of very high quality and it is very unhealthy food, such as Mexican and taco restaurants, bad asian food, and unhealthy breakfast foods.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have not been on other campuses as a college student, so I would not know how our security compares to that of other colleges, but so far I think that the idea is to keep the campus safe, but still to allow students to have fun. I think that having all the fraternities dry should not be a policy in place, but I think it does serve a purpose.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a decent amount of money from the school, but would like to have received more, as the school is still very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene is not much more extreme than the party scene back in high school. I do think Greek Life helps and makes the parties more fun, but it's not too crazy, which is a good thing. I do think the party scene has a positive impact on the student's experience, as many people meet others and connect with others on a more "real" level, as when people are at parties they often take down their "wall" and are their true selves. On the other hand, I feel that since this school is so small, situations during the week from weekend encounters could become uncomfortable.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are not enough food options. There needs to be a greater variety of simple food options, such as daily soups. In addition, certain stations, such as the Asian food bar, do not have good food even compared to the other stations.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Cleanliness could be better, as well as the furniture, but overall spaciousness and structure is fair.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are two areas with dining and shopping within walking distance: Proctor and 6th Ave. There are supermarkets, pizza, burrito places, coffee shops. People tend to go off campus only if they have a car even though it is technically walkable.

4 College Freshman

Majors: As an art major, I have so far been really happy with the classes here. Definitely some added expense for materials though.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Currently still live on campus (there is a two year requirement for living on campus), but most Juniors and Seniors live within a mile of campus in the surrounding houses. I don't know about cost, availability, etc, but it is the norm to live close, but not on campus later in college.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are great career services and an alumni network if you take advantage of it. The school puts on Career fairs where nearby companies come by for students to talk to about applying. Many people do internships over summers. You do have to make an effort though.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very small class sizes, even intro sciences aren't too big and they split into small lab sizes (professors know every students name). Professors notice if you don't go to class, and people tend to have very close relationships with their professors. I definitely find the courses challenging and engaging.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The athletic facilities need to be renovated and are the next thing to be renovated on campus. There is a lot of school spirit- people are happy to be at UPS and to be a Logger- but less spirit for sports teams. People do attend football games, but it isn't a huge deal. People definitely come here to go to school first and be an athlete second. It's D3 athletics, I think it is whatever you make it.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene certainly isn't crazy and if you're looking for a party scene, this isn't the school for you. Even so, there are many off-campus open parties that are walkable from campus. Usually there is at least something going on on any given Friday or Saturday night. First semester Freshmen aren't allowed in Frat parties.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It'll be tough, no doubt. But, the proffs are really helpful.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security is pretty slow at coming to help, but they are all very kind.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: People love the students! We get discounts /everywhere/, and it is awesome.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: They don't give a lot of aid. The largest scholarship they give (after the 4 full rides) is less than half of the full tuition. So, lots and lots of scholarships. They do a lot better at giving you scholarships for your sophmore year.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I personally do not like our health centre on campus - I've had quite a few bad experiences there. Sexual assault isn't taken too seriously on campus. We have seminars and events focused on sexual assault but I have heard that the actual reporting on or acting on sexual assault charges on campus is not good at all. There is no follow through and there is no punishment for the people who sexually assault.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid office is pretty great! The officers are always willing to talk about your financial situation and try to work things out. They let you know when new grants and money comes up that they can offer to you. They work very hard to make sure that you know what is going on with your money and that everything is getting paid on time. The only issue I have ever had with the financial aid office was when I studied abroad. Everything got messed up and it was a horrible experience but that has been the only poor experience that I've had!

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many houses close to campus that house university students every year! It's usually very easy to find other students or friends to room with and houses are opening up every year as the seniors leave. There isn't really a system to it. The university has a page on their website dedicated to a bunch of the houses that will be opening up at the end of year - those ones tend to go fast, but generally house owners have more than one house that they are renting out. All you have to do is call and ask! Many of the renters are flexible and willing to work out meeting times and dates. Many of them will also do house showings!

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived in an on-campus dorm during my freshman year. It was actually very spacious and there was more than enough room for my roommate and I. I was surprised that we got so much space! We were lucky and our floor that we were on had just updated their bathrooms so all of our stuff was nice and clean. The hall was cleaned regularly so it stayed clean throughout the entire year. For my second year, I lived in a sorority house. The rooms in the Greek houses are much smaller than what you will get in a dorm usually. The house was also cleaned on a regular basis so it stayed generally clean throughout the year. I do think that the university could pay a little more money to update some of the rooms, dorms and houses.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: As a member of Greek society myself, I know quite a bit on this subject. The facilities [the Greek houses] are run-down and old. Most of them aren't properly cared for and need a lot of work. It is difficult to get the work done however, because the houses are owned by the university. If members want things fixed, they have to go through the university and get an approval for everything that they want to do. There are also many non-greek members of campus who disagree with some of the Greek practices. A major issue in the last couple of years has been focused around the LGBT community and sex identification. As far as I know, there is some work being done to fix this but I have yet to see any real follow through. It's been a disappointing experience so far and if you are looking for a real Greek life experience, I don't think you'll find it here.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic facilities could be a lot better than they are right now. There is an expansion plan for our facilities but it certainly will not be done before I graduate. The biggest issue that I have with the facilities is that they aren't large enough to hold both the varsity athletes and the average Joe's! It's very hard to get anything done during a gym visit when there are so many people crammed into three or four small rooms.

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There are days when it will be raining and you will have piles of homework and a to-do list the length of shopping receipt, and you will ask yourself how you got tricked into attending this school. But then there will be moments when you will have a completely unique experience that will make up for all the dreary days put together. You may find yourself on Orcas Island with the sailing team or shaking your hips during the school-wide luau or snowshoeing on Mount Ranier or watching street performers at Pike Place or volunteering at Project Homeless Connect. You may find yourself talking to a local entrepreneur or handpicking blueberries or riding the ferry to the Tipi camp on Vashon Island, and that is when you will know that you made the right choice.

Sometimes students wonder what it would be like to attend a larger state school, but the community that comes with a smaller population is irreplaceable. Because one interacts with their fellow classmates in all walks of life, from the classroom to the dance studio or football field, an intimacy results that would otherwise be less likely at a larger school. Such intimacy is promoted through the classroom as well, with class sizes ranging from 8 (in the upper levels) to 30 (at the largest). With this comes a great opportunity for networking. This may also help explain the overall respect and friendliness students have toward one another, realizing that fellow peers may have a shared interest or important contact. On a similar note, what is starkly different from high school is the lack of hierarchies and drama. Students respect one another and are friendly regardless of any characteristic differences. There aren’t really popular groups, as students tend to have a wide variety of friends rather than a small clique of friends.

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