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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There is always something going on. I always hear about different things going on at least three out of seven days a week. Being that its a big school there is something for everyone to have doing.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not the most smooth thing there is deal with, but I feel like that is true for anything involving acquiring free money from an institution. Being out of state I am only eligible for loan aid, and don't qualify for scholarships through UW.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is nothing to be super excited about, but it is never gross or anything like that. They have a pretty solid variety of things to choose from, and a few places that are above average that use the husky card.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms really aren't bad, but there are a couple of things that make them okay. To start I am in an older dorm, so I cant speak for all of them. I would just describe the dorm I am in as your average dorm room. Hall style with mixed mens and womens floors. The RA on our floor is really cool and relaxed.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Super close or 1 bus away. Cheap, safe, great

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is literally EVERYTHING on the Ave

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Guys have to pay but free alcohol

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The process wasn't hard but I didn't get much

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are so many options but everything is expensive

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's really convenient but expensive

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Seems to be a lot of options for off campus housing. Prices can be a bit high, but the freedom is wonderful.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of options on The Ave and close neighborhoods. You can have something new every time you go out! Prices range, but there's always a cheap option. Great way to escape on campus dining.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Super relaxed with most everything. You have a lot of independence and the school isn't very strict.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It can be fun. The best parties happen off of greek row

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Very unclear when it comes to financial aid. Have to figure out most things on your own.

Apply for as much scholarships as possible, have a plan, understand your financial situation.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Very expensive, mostly unhealthy. I really like how you can use your dining card at the District Market though.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love the social aspect of on campus dorms. A lot of great study areas.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Although a greater responsibility, off-campus housing provides you with a new home away from you.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The AVE has little to no student discounts. You can't expect students to use their dining plan 24/7, because food would get repetitive. Also, those who are commuting, off-campus, or Greek system should be allowed discounts and convenience as well.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Many students are free to their own will. Most students are smart enough to understand good and bad actions, therefore strictness is not needed as heavily.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial statements are difficult to read and I was not told that I was given my $3000 scholarship with my left over financial aid, therefore, it was not effectively used.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Greek Row throws parties on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which definitely help students get through the long week.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Depending on where you go, it's edible.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: North campus dorms are significantly cheaper, some with a food court and close access to buildings on campus.

West campus is surrounded by newly renovated buildings and somewhat far from buildings on campus.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You get what you pay for. Lots of discount places to live but they aren't going to be the most glorious digs in the world. Solid options are available relatively close though.

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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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