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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I stayed in the single dorms and I loved it. While the socialization in the dorms was less active than that of two person dorms, I liked having my own space and being able to decorate it however I wanted and not worry about coming in late and waking anyone up.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The people involved in Greek life are nice enough to non-Greeks but the application process is difficult (especially for girls) and many people have cried over not getting accepted. I have not tried to apply but it seems like more trouble than it's worth.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It provides a lot of opportunities and the professors make class engaging and challenging. It's really large, making it hard for the professors to connect with every student, but they do their best to get feedback and help their students. I enjoy going to class!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love this school, it has room for improvement but it covers all the bases and does it well.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus is very safe, people are almost always out. Emergency posts are around campus in case of emergencies. Night ride is available so no need to walk home at night alone.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is expensive, but the value differs from which housing you choose. Food is almost everywhere on campus, the housing process is not too complicated.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not apart of greek life, some within the system are very friendly, others stick to their friends met in the greek system. The parties are big but not if you're non-greek, its harder to enjoy them without being a part of a fraternity or sorority.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: This school has a huge athletic facility for all students. It is multi-floored, has group classes and tons of equipment. It is often busy because so many students care about being active and fit. There is not a lot you won't find in our facilities

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My experience at my school has been overall very positive. I have had very good professors who care on a personal level and bring in guest speakers in order to enhance lectures. I love the networking and communication I have been taught so far.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Quality of courses and professors have--overall--been excellent so far. However, there is a lot of variety with class styles, and it can be difficult to adjust to different styles in order to do well. Class sizes vary extremely. Some are small, some are huge.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: A degree from this school is highly valued.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I generally feel quite safe, and there are services such as night walk and night ride so you can get accompanied or brought home safely. However, there are many reported incidents that make me worry a bit.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's nice, but somewhat expensive. There are organized events that you can go to if you want to meet new people.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: There is quite a lot of support!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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