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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: i think on campus is pretty safe, however, the surrounding area is less so.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is considered very valuable to employers.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I personally haven't noticed much about greek life, though i've heard good things about some of the sororities.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Football and basketball team is followed by almost everyone around the state, even people who've never attended or had family attend the UW. I always hear great things about the IMA and they have a good selection of classes there (like yoga and self-defense). There are also tons of other sports and clubs to get into like badminton, rowing, etc.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really like the fact that it's such a huge university and in the city. Lots of great instructors, beautiful campus. However, on-campus housing is extremely expensive and is cheaper to just rent an apartment nearby with a roommate.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors have been great. They are extremely knowledgeable. Being a big school some lectures can get overwhelmingly large. Professors are willing to help you in any way they can but when being in a big class it can be difficult to get them to notice you.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Being a big name, people often have some sort of connection with the school.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletic facilities are great. The stadium is huge and makes watching the games a better experience. The main gym is large and is open to all students.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really like the campus. There is a lot of opportunities and amazing individuals. However being in such a big campus it is easy to feel lost and can be overwhelming.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Their is a high variability in the quality of the professors. I used RateMyProfessor.com a lot to make sure I don't end up with a bad professor, because the teacher can make or break a course. The workload is generally predictable, with STEM courses being by far the most time-consuming.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Because of our school's national ranking and proximity to the business hub that is the Seattle area, many employers such as Boeing look specifically at UW graduates for employment. This gives UW graduates an advantage over other college grads for local jobs.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school campus feels very safe, but the areas just off campus are usually very sketchy, especially north of campus and on the Ave. During the night, the UW campus becomes the only safe place around, as all the surrounding areas are generally unsafe.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The west campus dorms have some of the best college dorms I have seen. The rooms are relatively large, come with some good furniture, and have a private bathroom. The north campus dorms aren't as nice, and they use the more traditional approach of community bathrooms and smaller rooms.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have never been interested in Greek life, so it has had almost no impact on my time at UW. I don't know that much the Greek life in this campus and how it compares to other colleges.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I have never been that interested in watching sports, but many of the people around me actively attend sporting events. The school has multiple gyms, fields, and tracks for varsity athletes and regular people to use. The IMA is massive and has anything an average person could want in a gym.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This school is normally very enjoyable and reasonable, but becomes very stressful when midterms and finals are near. In comparison to other schools, UW offers a large variety of clubs and social groups that allows everyone to find their place.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: This is the 4th campus I've been able to call mine. It's the only one that didn't seem extremely sketchy at night which is strange because there is so much more foliage on and around the campus. They keep it very well lit, open, safe, patrolled, and populated enough, so that assault is not a big problem. I think most of the assault goes on at local bars, and house parties.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I'm really happy I chose this school. It has all the feelings of a school on the east coast in a place like New England. Not as prestigious as Harvard or Yale, but it still has that same feeling you'd get on campus at one of those. I'm really impressed with the amount of work that goes into making the school appear to be like that.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing falls in line with Seattle's housing in general. Extremely expensive, overcrowded and not fit for the geographic location. They are building tons of micro units which are tiny. (150-200sq ft) The don't have kitchens so for the money they are asking for, it's really a bad value. However further out from campus there are nicer areas with better options for living although they are still part of Seattle's ever rising rent rates.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: As someone who is a little too old to join a fraternity, I haven't paid too much attention to greek life, and I don't notice too much of it in class, but the fraternity houses are all along the front side of the campus and look to be busy and in good spirits. In a way I wish I was younger so I could join one of them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The school has a vary large area for various fields, courts, and gyms, as well as a massive stadium. It's all accessible from the new lightrail station so it makes it easy for parents, and friends, and fans, to easily come watch the students play. I love the amount of tennis courts they have as well and they're in more than one spot.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love how it looks and feels like an Ivy League school with many of the qualities while still being a diverse, and affordable state school!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: UW is a great school, if you don't mind large class sizes. You can get a lot out of an education here if you put in the effort to learn and experience all there is to offer. Once you get past the large weed-out classes, class size drops, but everything still is of a large city university.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The UW police keep everything reasonably safe. I've never been afraid walking on campus. I don't know how safe they keep dorms or parties, but I would assume it is much of the same.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in one of the oldest dorms on campus, so my experiences might be a little different than others, but overall the experience was fine. The food was varied and tasted reasonably good, if a little overpriced, but it didn't get boring. The resident advisor staff was a lot of fun to work with, and the cleaning staff were nice. The rooms were a little small, but that's just a college dorm requirement.

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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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