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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The application process was very challenging.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a lot of services available for those seeking counseling or other health services. Residence Halls have swipe and key access to help ensure safety. UW is well lit at night. Police are present and easy to reach in an emergency.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Though class sizes are often big, the professor is usually very accommodating and ready to work for students' success. Variety of courses is good and are usually beneficial and informative.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are a lot of UW alumni and networking can be easy if you are outgoing and active. Employers are respectful and willing to work around schedules.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing application process is a hassle sometimes, but a good experience and atmosphere generally.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: To be completely honest, I am not in the greek-life and don't know much about it. However, I do have some friends who are a part of it and most seem to enjoy it and find a strong sense of community and network.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The University of Washington is an amazing school with a great atmosphere. Professors are knowledgeable in their fields and will often work to ensure student success. Though it is known as a research institute and is heavily STEM focused, there is a large variety of majors and minors for students exploring different passions and identities. Events are happening all over the place and there is never a dull moment, especially since it is located in the midst of a bustling city. UW also strives to cross borders and accept people of different backgrounds. The campus is a safe environment where people can feel free to be who they are without fear of judgement. Though classes can be difficult, I would still choose UW if I could do it all over again.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Sometimes, I am intimidated by an occasional UW alert message about an incident, but I am not all too worried considering the great amount of safety resources on campus that anyone has access to, which buffers against paranoia to the point which I feel safe and secure anytime I am on campus.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a huge variety of courses to take, allowing room for so much exploration. Large classes ensure getting into that class and most, if not all, of them have quiz sections that help make these large classes seem much smaller. There are also various small classes that allow for much interactivity with professors. And of course, all classes have office hours. Many professors seem like experts in their field and know what they are talking about. No professor I know is terribly bad, but once every quarter on average, there is a professor who's personality or enthusiasm on the subject stands out and makes the class as a whole a lot more enjoyable and engaging.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I spent a good amount of time at the career center during Autumn Quarter, attending workshops to prepare myself. It gave me a really positive impression on the quality of the career center's services. Furthermore, considering the size of this campus, there are just so many ways to network if you get involved, and that leads to a lot of job and internship opportunities.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The University of Washington holds a vast expanse of resources and opportunities that help make the most out of the college experience. When I first was applying to several colleges, I was unsure of which one I would want to attend the most. Now, I believe this would easily be the top pick if I were to rank all of the colleges I applied to.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: they throw great parties but also do great community services. I see sororities as well as fraternities do a lot community service.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The teams that usually perform very good nationally are: women's basketball, men's soccer, and men's football. The fans usually pack the stadium and the student/school spirit is fantastic.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The number of extracurricular activities that one can participate in is a lot. From being part of a cultural club to going skiing with fellow students in the winter.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel safe on campus

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Professors are great and the diversity of classes is fantastic.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: A degree from UW is well regarded.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The newest dorms are far from campus

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are lots of options in greek life and they give greek students advantages over non-greeks.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics get a lot of support from people in the Seattle area

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: UW is a great school full of many opportunities but I would've chosen a different major if I could do it over again.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus, but some of my friends feel uncomfortable walking alone.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some professors are unenthusiastic. Some are extremely engaging. Make sure you know which you are getting.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are many career events and services on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My apartment does not particularly have a sociable atmosphere.

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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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