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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: the school has it's own police department and there phones placed strategically around campus for emergencies. You can call them at anytime as well if you do not feel safe where you are and they will come to your position

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's hard. You will definitely be challenged and you might fail, but there are great resources available and the office hours are very convenient

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A CSE degree will get you anywhere from here. not sure about anything else though. companies are always trying to recruit from this school.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: If you're on west campus, it's amazing. Brand-new buildings with learning communities and a market, gym, and dining hall close by. It's very convenient and there are plenty of places to study around. There are also a lot of events that are thrown in the halls that are a lot of fun

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1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a really bad reputation for greek row here. There were a lot of problems with guys taking advantage of girls (rape and such). Housing on the other hand is great and not all of them are bad, some are very academic and never throw parties

5 College Freshman

Athletics: It's pretty easy to get into the spirit at our school, Husky games are amazing and the apple cup is "where it's at!". The IMA is a serious gym that has everything, even a rockwall

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's been a roller-coaster of experiences at my college. I had a rough time transitioning from my home state to Washington. To the point where I had to seek help from the mental health clinic at our school, but I've gotten past it and I love UW. I just wish that the school had made it easier to make the adjustment to college. I felt like I was very alone for a long time and the school didn't really care about me, but I honestly couldn't see myself going anywhere else.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Thanks to my major, I've found a community in which I've belonged and has helped me in my academics as well as personal life.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I don't feel extremely safe on campus but there are fairly regular patrols that run around so it's ok.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors of some large gen ed courses just do not care about you. That being said, once in a major the professors are very engaged for your sake.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UW alumni are everywhere and it's easy to connect with them due to lots of opportunity.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorm room construction just started on a nearby dorm and my dorm is now not the 24 hours quiet hours building.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: It's just like any Greek system. It has good and bad points.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The IMA is a good place to go for working out and the sports teams usually have fair attendance.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UW is a good school, but the isolationist atmosphere is hard to break.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The school and program are ranked highly, but I'm not sure why. My undergraduate institution was much better. The professors are more focused on research than teaching. The campus is well-kept, but the atmosphere is isolating.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never been afraid for my life while on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The courses this year have been very informative and the professors really feel like they understand the material they teach. The classes being divided into sections also helps to improve understanding with more one-on-one interaction.

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would imagine that a degree from the right course in this school, carries a lot of weight, though even if it didn't, the thorough teaching at the school is more than enough to carry you to a desired job.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I currently live in North Campus, so the buildings are much older. Many of the amenities available in the West Campus buildings such as air conditioning, wifi, and carpet-flooring are absent, and many things are in disrepair. The community however has been great and I've been able to get along very well with other people in my dorm.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: On Friday nights when I'm coming home from hanging out with friends, I can usually see at least one or two groups of guys or girls on their way back from a Frat party, and are hubbled over on the side of the pathway trying to keep the alcohol down.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school campus seems to have a deep obsession with sports and athletics. I live pretty close to the athletics facilities, so I can almost always hear whenever there's a game going on from the shouting and cheering of fellow students who are on their way home, and pass by the dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The program is very open, and it is refreshing to be able to pick my own schedule and pursue my own interests. It is also nice to be taught by people you feel are competent in there field of study and can reliably answer questions that you have on the material. The campus is also made up of a very diverse group of various ethnic groups and cultures, which is a refreshing change from my hometown in the conservative, predominantly white eastern Washington.

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel relatively safe walking around. The only time I don't is walking home alone in the dark

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I've enjoyed most of these courses that I've taken and the professors are very friendly and helpful.

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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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