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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The career prospects and the value of a degree from the University of Washington vary across the different majors, as at most universities. For example, a degree in Computer Science and Engineering or Business Administration is often considered more valuable than a degree in Art History or Social Work. However, UW's location in Seattle and the high quality faculty make for a great building block for all students to succeed, and there are plenty of opportunities for students in all majors to leverage their learning and create value for themselves.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at the University of Washington are considered to be at a very high caliber, comparable to that of an Ivy League school, due to great funding and prestige as a research institution. I have not been in classes too long, but not many, if any, of the professors seem to be inadequate at their jobs, although there of course are some professors who seem to not perform up to par with others. Within the business major specifically, it is a great community, and the Foster School of Business has some of the best facilities on campus. The successful business students are generally known for being very active on campus and sociable. This great network creates a multitude of opportunities to achieve one's goals academically, socially, and professionally.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off campus as a Freshman and enjoy it very much. Although the walk to some of parts of campus is a little bit longer than my friends' who are living in the dorms, I have a great space with my own kitchen, bathroom, washer and dryer, etc. Some of the places are a little pricey, as Seattle's University District is becoming increasingly desirable for more affluent students, business owners, and other people with larger budgets.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus strictness doesn't seem to affect many students on campus. I am not sure whether this is a good or bad thing. Generally I feel very safe no campus, even though we are located in a fairly populated urban area.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet had an internship, however I have talked to many students who have, as well as campus recruiters from great companies. Going to UW in Seattle, there is a plethora of opportunities for internships, especially as a business major. From the prominent Big 4 to Seattle's budding startup scene, plenty of companies are willing to bring in students from the University of Washington. My peers who have had internships have told me that there are a lot of great companies with different company cultures and. However, I have also heard that some companies give relatively lower compensation than others. I don't have many concerns about finding an internship as of now, since there are many programs and recruitment events on campus for students, especially people of color/minority students (I am Filipino-American). I plan on having one during this upcoming summer or the summer after my Sophomore year. For my career, I plan on eventually having my own company—my own fashion line. This will probably make my career track different from other students, but I think that an internship can be very valuable for any business student, especially with the abundance of opportunities and potential at the University of Washington.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: So far, I am very happy with what the UW athletic department offers. I regularly go to the IMA, even though I rarely went to the gym before college, because it is such a nice facility with high quality equipment and a diversity of activities available. Also, the students and staff are generally supportive of the sports teams, which is nice. This makes sporting events a lot of fun to attend with friends, and even form more bonds through watching sporting events. It's also awesome to see that a variety of sports like rowing, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastics perform and compete very well. Some of our teams are not as well off in our division as they used to be, but I am sure they will get better in the future.

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3 College Senior

Administration: Police officers are generally very lenient about underage drinking, which is nice because obviously it will continue to happen regardless of what action is taken, and there are much more serious safety issues to be focused on around UW (like armed assaults and robberies). The university is VERY strict on cheating though, so students often are given serious consequences for breaking university rules.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I love being in the biology program because most of the professors are awesome, and courses are incredibly challenging so you really learn a lot (especially how to study). Unfortunately due to UW being a huge school and to it being primarily a research university, a lot of my classes are 300-700 students, so there's little direct student-professor interactions. In addition to that, almost all of the science classes are set to VERY low averages- usually 2.5-2.8, which makes it very hard to do well and get good grades even if you do above average.

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5 College Senior

Greek Life: I'm in a sorority, and Greek life has been my favorite part of college. Yeah the party scene is pretty wild, but overall the Greek system at UW dominates campus life because it provides students with endless opportunities and connections.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of living in U-district is absolutely ridiculous. The cheapest rent I have ever paid is $700/month for living in a big house with 10 other people, which wasn't even that great of a place. Rent keeps increasing and now students pay almost 1600-1800/month for a studio.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Seattleites are very friendly overall. There are so many awesome places to go in Seattle that are only a bus ride away, so there's always something to do!

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Football games definitely show the biggest attendance, probably because it's so fun to tailgate and then go to watch the game. Other sports aren't as popular, but there are definitely always fans there to show support.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: It's always a little bit sketchy living in a big city where gun violence is such a big issue. We've had a few serious threats to campus after the UCSB shooting last year, but luckily the FBI came in and took care of the issue and arrested the people involved. Still, it's always a worry in the back of a lot of our minds, especially since UW is such a big school. However, UW has made some good changes to make students feel safer, such as increasing lighting on pathways and having a night ride shuttle available after dark so students can get driven from campus directly to their doors, which makes it a lot safer walking home from the library late at night.

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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's a wide variety of all sorts of cuisines, all less than a few blocks from campus. There's always something you can find to fit your budget and cravings!

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: Everything at the markets is great and you can use dining money for that but I have yet to find anything that actually tastes good in the dining halls.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It's a truly beautiful campus.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of diversity but there's a bit of segregation between caucasians and asians.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: The reason I don't give a high score for majors is because there is not a huge "exploration" factor in classes. If you are a engineering major you can not take more than two music classes unless you switch to a music major or minor which isn't always an option. I think it's important to explore lots of things and take classes you truly enjoy but since the UW is so big they cannot make all classes available to all majors.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's Seattle. There's concerts, restaurants, bars, museums, hiking, glass-blowing. There is so much going on. Sometimes I feel like I've run out of activities but it's still a great place to be and enjoy.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Depending on how far you're willing to go the food is amazing. This is Seattle and we have amazing diversity in restaurants. Right on the ave next to campus is mostly low cost and standard restaurants but just a 15-20 minute walk away from campus will get you to neighborhoods with amazing restaurants.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are a lot of ways to seek help and to feel safe. There is no reason to ever walk alone at night since we have UW Night Walk where someone will be sent to walk with you if you need to get anywhere on campus. We also have a bus that goes around the entire campus area at night that will drop you off right at your dorm.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: It's diverse here but you're either going to find caucasians or asians. The people are attractive and you can meet some really interesting people. Some people can be a bit vapid but there are some great and genuine people here that are so friendly and fun to be around.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are lots of parties but none that are really that great. I'm not a fan of being packed into a pitch black basement with bad alcohol, but if you get a chance to party off campus and away from greek row it's much better and a lot more fun.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Hansee Hall which is a dorm with only single rooms so I have a good amount of space in my dorm but a lot of my friends are in dorms that are either doubles or triples with very limited space. Most likely if you're in a dorm you'll be sharing a closet and will be yearning for some personal space. Living on campus does give you lots of opportunities to get involved and go to events all over campus for a bunch or different activities.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Teachers are very involved even in large classes. There are a lot of opportunities for study groups, tutoring, and advising. Classes that you really want to take can be hard to get into and it can be disappointing sometimes but that's part of being in a big school.

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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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