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Reviews 3052 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really like to live on campus because it's good time for socializing with other students. I can get to know more people.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Award winning health clinics. Safety is really iffy. It's not Detriot, but there are a lot of people off campus that are shady. Every once and awhile there is a rape. The school is really trying hard to minimize it though.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of Asian food places around here but there is so many different types of food in the area. You name it and it's here.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Overall as long as you don't cause any trouble, or are smart about where you go if you want to drink, there will be no problems, though if you do drink you can't come back drunk, which is pretty stupid, so plan either to sneak in to the dorms or have a place to stay. Be safe and be smart.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are super hard if your a STEM major. You have to work super hard, but when you make friends and find your niche, school will become one of the best times of your life. Work hard , play hard.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Overall its pretty nice here..

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Size plays a huge roll here. There are many attractive guys and girls, but also many unattractive guys and girls

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is some rivalries between no greeks and greeks but for the most part everyone is chill.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Rowing is a big here. Football games are fun but we aren't very good. Our basketball team is okay.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Hard to find a cheap place... or a place at all really.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If your a guy, you need to either know people in the Frat/ Sorority , or have at least 4 girls per person to get into a party. Party scene is pretty much focused on Greek Row and the house parties in that area.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: It's pretty good with what they serve, but they don't switch it up to much. Needs more variety. You will get tired of the food,

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are known not to give that much aid. If your in state is super cheap. Out of state people have to pay 48,000 dollars a year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It has competitive rates for housing. West Campus housing is brand new( most buildings are 3-4 years old). Renovating North campus. Your forced to have a dining plan though if you live on campus. Food isn't rotated enough on west campus, so go to north for better food.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: Sexual assaults exists but the issue has been brought to attention more lately. The police departments in the area are very supportive regarding safety measures and always holds the student's safety first before law procedures. I feel somewhat safe on campus, however the break-ins around off-campus housings is uncanny.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a wide range. Those in Greek are typically better looking, more social, and dress better. However, they tend to be unable to maintain relationships yet thrive academically. There are outgoing and well rounded individuals outside of Greek, but harder to find. Best way to find them is through social clubs or business school.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and basketball season is the best per usual. Though less attention are given to racket sports and the less known ones. School spirit is very high, especially when it comes to our competition schools.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is what a student really makes of it. It is a great way to emerge in a social setting coming to college and an excellent way to make friends, however the social pressure in the community is overpowering. Greeks and non-Greeks don't typically get along as a community, but individually make great friends. Greek life on campus have recently brought attention to many issues revolving diversity, racism, sexism, sexual assault, and hazing. Because Greeks live on a separate location off campus, they tend to be seen as a large clique. The houses are beautiful, and first year students are invited to live in the chapter houses as they accept their bids.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Personally not too familiar with the process, but finding houses with affordable prices is quite difficult. There is also a range of time where pre-leasing starts, however that date is not typically well known. Safety off campus is questionable, but many housing will provide some sort of security measure. Parking is difficult unless a parking pass/spot is purchased.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Greek row holds the best parties, but that being said they are a different social group themselves. They are typically welcoming to those who are not a part of the Greek community. The party scene has a positive and negative impact on student experience. Those who utilize it in moderation thrive, but those who abuse it tend to suffer academically.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Some of the best rated restaurants are located on the Ave, which is within five minute walking distance from campus. However during dinner time waiting times can get long. Best places to check out is Thaigeroom for Thai food, Sharetea for bubble tea, and Aladdin or Sharwma King for gyros.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: There is definitely a social gap between students here, especially when it comes to those in Greek life and those who aren't. Alcohol use seem to be very normal here, however there are a wide range of students on campus so it is not impossible to find a group of friends with similar values. That being said, the large amount of students attending the university also makes it difficult to meet people in classes or regular settings.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I've visited other campuses, and UW definitely offers better campus food than most. The food at Orin cafe is excellent and Cultivate offers a great atmosphere for hangouts or dates. Using meal plan on coffee and vending machines are probably the most convenient given the number of cafes on campus and vending machines are available nearly in every building.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The FAFSA process is very long, and there are a lot of back and forth document sending. However the office of Financial Aid is very cooperative during meetings and offers excellent service. Due to the high demand, however, the availability of grants are very limited.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Residence halls are very close to campus. Each building have a committee that organizes social activities for residents to attend, which was especially beneficial to incoming Freshman entering college. Amenities are great, they're typically included with the rent rate. Housing process can be stressful due to the high demand, however there are plenty of other options such as Greek Community residence and off-campus housing. The cost range quite a bit depending on the location and type of room with studio and singles typically being the most expensive.

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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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