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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am a freshman at the University of Washington, and fall quarter has not yet started so I have not taken any classes.

But there are many courses offered every quarter.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have receive many emails about crime, robbery, and assault from the University of Washington It does concern me because I have late night classes and I worry about my safety.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Even though I am not a part of a sorority or fraternity on campus, I know the Greek life is pretty big. The atmosphere is positive from what I have noticed and I don't see anything bad about the greek life. They seem to be a great community of students.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The University of Washington's athletics is one of the best I have ever seen. Even when I wasn't a student at this school, the fan support and school spirit was so positive and high. Not only that, but the team performance; ex: the UW football team is always outstanding. The University of Washington's athletic represents the school very well.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As I went to the freshman orientation, there were advisers, counselors, students, and professors available to help us with our questions and concerns about anything. They gave us information about where to go to for help and even provided phone numbers and emails in order for us to contact them .

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors at UW come in a wide diversity. With that, some are good while some are bad. It's hard to find an average professor when they are all different.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Since UW is the top school in Washington, having a degree here will be very helpful when looking for employment. However, getting a degree here is quite the challenge.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: A lot of campus crime happens on campus and the school says they have security to take measure but I hardly see it happen. I feel quite unsafe at night alone.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice and the buildings are well maintained and funded. However, the cost of dorming is highly expensive but the experience you get out of it is worthwhile.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not have a wide knowledge of greek life at school. However, from what I can see the Greek life students are sociable and somewhat friendly.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school's athletics department is well funded and plays a big part of the campus. Thousands of students attend the football games and the school carries a deep passionate husky pride.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: A lot of opportunities are available for jobs, academic help, and clubs. With the amount of diversity available it makes having friends more unique and easy to approach.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: Too cliquey and girls can be really mean.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors vary a lot of the time. It's a beautiful campus and fun environment to be in. Some teachers are very passionate about their subjects and want students to succeed. TA's are also hit or miss as well, but they are more willing to help you compared to professors. If I could do it all over again, I'd have a better distribution of my classes to manage my grades better. My favorite experience is on campus work with one of the best staff members to work with.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: In the large introductory classes with 600-700 students sitting in one lecture hall, it depends mostly on the professor's style, whether you'd enjoy the class or not. However, a lot of non-STEM classes are as small as 40 and range to about 150, so it's easier to engage more personally with the professor. Because UW is run on a quarter system, it's easy to take the variety of courses offered at the school. Depending on what you want to study, your class styles and sizes will always vary at such a large research institution like this.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am not sure about the job prospects outside of Washington, but because UW is the best university in Washington, as rated by many people, I feel that it's not difficult to get a job after getting a degree from UW. The education of UW is valued highly by the companies and start-ups in the greater Seattle area, with many of the employers being UW alumni. UW's Career Center also gives great advice for resumes, interviews, cover letters, as well as help students connect with alumni to gain more experience and insight of the professional world even as students.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel that we receive those emails from the UWPD at least once or twice a week, whether it's a gunpoint theft or sexual assault, or an incident that should be noted. However, most of those incidents happen around campus where it's near the edge, meaning that outside people can come in more easily to those spots, and it also happens on the ave, which is the long street next to campus. All incidents mostly happen late at night or when the victim is alone.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in the newest dorm last year, so it was very nice to have the new facilities and everything. The cost was very pricey compared to the older dorms but I think it could be worth it for your first year of college, if that's the only year you're gonna dorm. The housing application is fairly easy, and if you get it done on time, you're guaranteed housing even if you are a freshman.

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4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not in Greek Life, but I have a few friends who are in sororities and fraternities whom I consider one of the most genuine, compassionate people. Also, a lot of sororities always put on philanthropic events that not only encourage social gatherings among students but also give to good causes through things like Sweets fundraising. Greek Life has its own community, which does not affect the social atmosphere of campus too much. But there are a lot of Greek students who are also involved in campus leadership, which could then bring in a more party vibe to those communities. Greek housing is available on the Greek road which is across the road from the main UW entrance.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Dawg Pack tickets-- which provide tickets for the Football and Men's basketball games get sold out in just a few days, and thousands of students fill up the stadium every game to cheer up the teams during home games. UW gears can be seen worn on students day to day, representing the abundant school spirit that exists on campus. The gyms are really large and well-equipped, so many students can work out and exercise, as well as enjoy intramural sports on their own will.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My favorite experiences are being able to take numerous classes in a year through the quarter system, and the large student government and its entities that cater to a variety of interests among a body of 40,000 students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I have been nothing but happy with my overall experience thus far. My professors and classes have all been top notch and informative as well as interesting and fun. Class size varies greatly but I enjoy the different atmospheres in each class. There are a ton of different classes to choose from and I have never not found anything interesting to take.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Career prospects are amazing at UW. A large percentage of graduates from my program had guaranteed jobs before they even graduated. Along with a great career center, there are many job fairs with potential employers lining up to recruit talent from UW. Alumni are great and many have come into classes to talk about how their UW education has been instrumental in their success after graduation.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Due to the size of UW, we have our own police department. Because of this, I have never felt unsafe or in danger due to the fact that they are constantly patrolling campus day and night. We also have the option to have a police officer walk us across campus at night if we feel uncomfortable. While campus itself is safe, Greek row and surrounding areas are not always safe, but we are alerted through email if anything happens that involves the police. I would say considering its placement in the middle of a large city, UW is reasonably safe.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for two years. While I originally applied for the new dorms on west campus, I was placed in the older dorms on north campus. However, I grew to love north campus due to its character and great proximity to classes. I loved all of my roommates and the RAs were awesome. They enforced the rules within reason but were not prudes. The cost was less than an off campus housing solution so that was good, but value could be somewhat better. Social life was great and there were always people hanging out in the lounges and common areas. Choosing housing was the most stressful part because you never knew what you were going to get.

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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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