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Reviews 3646 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Senior

Athletics: The football team is renowned around the whole state!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: While there are occasionally issues with health and safety on campus, UW makes a point to address these issues and work to make campus safer. Sexual assault is not very prevalent on campus. The main issues are robbery or armed assault on or near campus, usually between midnight and 5 AM. I feel, however, that the campus is safe and that the administrators work to keep it that way.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I think UW does an excellent job of preparing you for your future career. The resources available to you as a student are immeasurably valuable. From job and internship fairs, to the career counseling, UW really helps to get you on track to your dream job.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: From my experience, and the experiences of other I know, housing at UW is great. There are some halls that offer more, but you pay for them. The more affordable dorms are still good, though, and the atmosphere is nice.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I think the Greek Life at UW is okay. They community involvement is good, and I appreciate their volunteerism. However, I also think a major role is the parties that they throw, which aren't very important overall to the UW experience.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I think the sports programs are excellent at UW. I think that most students have school spirit and support the school's teams. I do not, however, feel that sports is a vital focus of any UW students.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: My University of Washington experience has been amazing and challenging. I feel it has broadened my horizons and allowed me to view problems, as well as the world, in a new way. The faculty and staff care about their students and strive to help you understand. My only complain would be that some teaching assistants are used in unhelpful ways, acting more as babysitters, and less as assistants of the actual professor.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not into the Greek life so I am not sure how the housing is. Most Greeks are view good.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The football stadium is one of the most epic in the country.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I believe UW is recognized and most students have Husky pride, which makes it a warm place to be. Although I have not been on campus, I am optimistic about next period.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have no idea. But people talk about job recruiting, studying abroad and that kind of stuff.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Based on other reviews, the campus seems safe. However, I have not experienced anything in particular that made me feel unsafe.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Well, I have only been in the university once and I am entering on Autumn 2016. So, I am going to be a freshman. I still do not know too much about the school, but I am worried about how I am going to pay and everything. My financial situation does not let me enjoy UW as I want.

Overall, I think it is a very nice and great school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Based on my first year at UW, the quality of the courses and professors are top notch. Students can trust that the professors are giving accurate and proficient materials to study. Although some may be more challenging than others, it's proof that UW only offers the best it can give to its students. TAs are a great resource for students, given that professors could have up to 700 students at a time. These graduate students offer great insight to the materials. TAs and professors both have office hours and constantly promote it, thus giving students the ability to get more help when needed. Class size varies from anywhere from 5 to up to 700 depending on the course. Although it is daunting to have a large class size, quiz section with your TA allows you to break down course materials with 20 or so other classmates within that course. Varying class size also has to do with the class course itself. There are a variety of courses at UW, such as studying dinosaurs to helping high school students with their college preparation to studying abroad in Italy. They're all very interactive and enriching. UW offers diverse courses to fit the diversity of its students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Throughout the year there are organizations and events that help with career networking and services. Each department has its own advisors that also help with individual students make sure they have a direction by graduation. Most degrees require some sort of internship in order to graduate, thus increasing the job prospects of UW. Also, having the university in Seattle increases access to employment recruiters so much more as it is a hub for big companies and various of job opportunities.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: From the beginning we were told about several campus phone numbers and locations connecting us to Campus security and other ways to make us feel safe. They gave us several tips on helping classmates who may have anxiety or have suicidal thoughts as well as giving us a student help hotline for situations like these. The institution is very proactive in handling the personal safety of its students. For example, every dorm is only accessible to students living in there. There's the Night Ride that drives at dark hours to pick up students throughout campus and will drop them off at nearby locations. There's also a similar one called Night Walk in which a security officer will actually escort the individual to anywhere as far as the Washington Building. UW is very apparent in wanting to help their students and also wanting them to be safe.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing experience honestly varies depending on one's dormitory. UW has two area of dorms - West and North campus. North consists of the older buildings, but have the more traditional style dorms with communal baths; however, the social experience on North is known to be better. West campus dorms have more modernized building with more accessible amenities, such as the restaurant Cultivate, Local Point (dining hall), District Market (groceries), Husky Grind (cafe) and Area 01 (arcade, study area). It is also the closest to the Ave where one could go down for more restaurants and stores. There are also various options for students such as living in a double, triple or even apartment style in Mercer, Stevens Court and McHahon's cluster setup. Although, you may not get the housing you want if you're a freshman, there's always a benefit to having one type of dorm over the others. The social atmosphere honestly various from building to building, but for the most part you'll have many opportunities to socialize given the proximity to campus and recreational buildings.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: From my experience, the rushing experience is very welcoming for all students. For the most part, everyone who rushes gets picked up by a house. There is a specific area by campus where the houses are, which are generally elegantly structured and maintained by the students and hired workers. The social atmosphere varies from house to house, but all houses are held up to high expectations when it comes to philanthropy and academics. Some non-Greeks view Greek students as cliquey, but simply they just have different viewpoints on their idea of socializing. However, hardly anyone is looked down upon for not joining or being a part of the Greek system.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: UW does a great job of promoting all varsity sports equally, which shows in the care for their facilities, medical attention and equipment. School spirit is selective as more people may attend certain sports more often than others, such as football games. There are even divides within the sports, for example, men's basketball seems more popular than the women's despite the women's being more successful in Pac-12. For the most part, when fans do attend, they show full support in chants, cheers and sporting purple and gold. Intramural sports gain just as much success, as any individual are encouraged to join. The overall environment in inclusive for both athletes and spectators.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The overall environment of UW is enriching and warm. Despite the competitiveness and vastness of the university, everyone can find a place here whether it's in the many clubs, campus events or sports. The campus itself supports the academics of its students greatly. You can find about any place on campus to study, whether that'd be on the Quad or in one of the many libraries and almost always find help from your professors and/or TAs. My school takes pride in its diversity of students, which I realized my first year living on campus. The students comes from places all around the country and globe, all pursuing careers that UW would give only the best support for. Students also take pride in their school, which is shown at sporting events and the various clubs and events. If I had to pick just one favorite experience, it would have to be the football games because it truly showcases our Husky spirit that resonates through our campus everyday.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Unique campus offering good experiences.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Is helping me pursue my career goals.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Resources are available. UW sends out emails if a crime occurs.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Variety of options, such as gender neutral dorming and substance free rooms. Dorms are easy to apply to and there are several different places to choose from.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was not pressured to join. Joining the Greek life seems a bit complicated on campus.

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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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