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5 College Senior

Campus Quality: The dorms and buildings are newly building.

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5 College Senior

Drug Safety: You are never asked to do anything.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I feel good about UW. I am satisfied.

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5 College Senior

Academics: I have learned lots of things in UW.

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5 College Senior

Academics: The professors are well rounded and cares about the student even though its a big school.

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3 College Senior

Weather: You get used to the weather in Seattle. Sometimes it's better.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: There are ways to find scholarships, if you are not an international student.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: The classes are close and diversity of dorms are excellent.

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4 College Senior

Parking: I could easily find a place to park!

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5 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel secure and healthy. It's one of the nicest place for college.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Seattle is the best city, period. Beautiful, charming, plenty to do. Parks and shopping and restaurants galore. A booming city center with events year round (concerts, plays, sporting events, comic/anime conventions, museums, public parks, etc). Pike Place, the waterfront, and the Space Needle; what more can I say? There is never a boring day in Seattle. Don't be out after dark alone though. Safety has been an issue recently.

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: One bad thing about the UW, the food sucks. Here and there you'll order something good, but it's pretty bland. The best place to eat is in the student union building, because there are a bunch of different places to eat-even a Subway! But these places are only open from about 10am to 2pm, and only on weekdays. West Campus has the Eleven 01 Cafe, with really gross, generic food choices, or Cultivate, a new, restaurant style option that is pricey. North Campus has The 8, with pretty decent food choices. It's all expensive, though!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have a ton of libraries-most famous is Suzzallo, for the Harry Potter-esque reading room. We have the new student union building, and the lovely IMA (for sports and exercise). Dawg Daze is a week long event that opens the school year with plenty of opportunities to get involved and meet new people and explore the campus. Sporting events year round. Plenty of places outside on campus for studying, hanging out, goofing off, or, when it's sunny, napping.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The UW offers a multitude of different degrees for undergrads and graduates. We also have an amazing study abroad program, and a university exchange! We have a huge library, and a system in which you can ask for any book, and if our school doesn't have it, they will order it for you free (they have a book sharing/exchange program with other universities). It is very difficult not to be social, with the amount of clubs and activities and events that go on around campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: You have to apply to get into the English department, but I believe it's non competitive and everybody gets accepted. I cannot say the same for other majors, especially math/science/engineering majors. Requirements differ from department to department, but make sure you are taking classes that satisfy application/admission requirements, and make sure you are doing your best to keep your GPA high. Talk to advisers from your specific department and they should be able to give you tips and help you plan your classes accordingly!

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College Sophomore

Majors: I'm not in any program yet, and I've flopped around a lot trying to decide what I want to pursue. Luckily there are plenty of degrees to choose from at the University of Washington. I might be going towards English, and I definitely wish that this department could be funded better. But I understand that the UW is a research and STEM based university. I'm just hoping to have a job by the time I graduate, and I know a degree from the UW carries a lot of weight!

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The UW has always been my dream school... I like how large it is. I like getting lost among the students and the buildings on campus. Oh, and the campus is absolutely beautiful. Some people say that you're just a number at the UW, and that you can't get any help from professors or departments-wrong wrong wrong! Whenever I have an issue about academics, financial aid-anything!-it is always resolved very quickly by people in the corresponding office. The faculty at UW are friendly and helpful. As far as getting help from professors, you just need to ask the right kind of questions. We are a research based university. Have a discussion with your professor, don't just ask them about something you can find out yourself or should already know. Plus, there are plenty of TA's, tutors, and study sessions to help with studying! I love my school, and I'm so happy I got accepted.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: I've never done anything wrong, and have therefor never encountered the wrath of any kind of campus policy... it all seems pretty straightforward to me: no drugs on campus/in the dorms, don't do stupid illegal things (damaging property, stealing, violence, etc), and definitely never cheat or plagiarize (this stuff they take very, very, very seriously; anything to do with academics is usually pretty strict). Campus police seem to arrive relatively quickly and are helpful; there are also emergency phones at certain points around campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Everybody goes to "the Ave!" (University Way NE). There are tons of restaurants all up and down this street, and streets adjoining. From Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Indian, Mexican, American-something for everybody! Places are usually open pretty late, and you can eat anywhere for pretty much $8 or less. Fancier dining options are located just a bus ride away at University Village. Off campus dining is awesome, and there are plenty of discounts and deals to be found. Personal favorites: Aladdin Gyro, Which Wich, Costa's, Orange King, and Yummy Bites.

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College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I can't really give a rating... the UW is huge. There are roughly 40,000 students enrolled. All from different backgrounds (religious, ethnicity, etc). I can say that there is definitely somebody for everybody here. Rich, poor, attractive, athletic, artistic, smart, funny-anything. So there is no real way to describe how a 'typical' UW student looks or dresses or anything like that. We're so diverse!

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: As far as I know, we have some of the top rated teams as far as football, volleyball, and rowing go. Sports are important at the UW, as is fitness in general, and we have a wonderful exercise facility for students near Husky Stadium. There are also plenty of intramural sports to participate in!

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College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not a part of Greek life, and I don't go to parties. I've heard some bad things about what sororities/fraternities make people do in order to get in, and I don't really agree with the party lifestyle. I know I can't judge all of the Greek system based on a few stories, but I'm just not very qualified to speak about my school's system.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: If you're into the drug scene, I'm sure it's pretty obvious-Washington did just legalize marijuana... However if you don't do drugs, or drink, then you probably won't notice it too much. If you go to frat parties, or parties in general, there is definitely drinking. But there are clubs and dorms on campus that are specifically drug free/dry themed! I haven't noticed any peer pressure, and policy in the dorms is pretty strict-no alcohol in the dorms, unless you are of age, and even then there are an insane amount of rules about the type, how much, where it can be in the room, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: It would probably be a hassle to have a car on campus, unless you're commuting, or have a place to park. But the public transportation is very, very accessible. Buses everywhere, a train, and the light rail! If you want your own transportation, I would suggest getting a bike.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The University of Washington (Seattle campus) is incredibly diverse. Nationality, religious background, sexual orientation-you name it. Not only are the students diverse, but they are also very accepting. There are plenty of programs and clubs aimed at exploring a multitude of different cultures, and they are open to anybody! There is a great atmosphere of acceptance here.

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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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