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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a ton of different people who go here and everyone is pretty accepting.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Technology: I have my own laptop and printer which makes things easier for me, but I know there are tons of printers on campus along with computer labs so I don't think it would be a problem not having a laptop.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A lot of the dorms are really social and close to class. Some buildings are older but still very nice.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Since marijuana is legal, many students partake in that, but other than that I've had limited encounters with drug use.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Administration: Sometimes police are not strict on some occasions and then really strict on others. It depends on who you are dealing with.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There's a ton going on. As an underage student, I spend most of the time at Frat and Greek events, which happen all the time.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not had much experience with off campus housing, but I know we have services to help.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Transportation: Getting around is super easy. We have access to the bus system, which picks up and drops off all around campus, which is super convenient.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: A lot of people are concerned with grades, which makes it hard to meet people. Most of the relationships and hooking up happens at Greek events and Frat parties.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never had a problem with security on campus, but I'm paranoid. It may have been how I was raised, but being in a big city campus does come with safety issues. I think the campus police would come if needed, but they're not there all the time.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Area: Overall, the atmosphere is pretty great. Most people are friendly and there is tons to do on and off campus.

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5 College Senior

Scholarships: They will do their absolute best to get you the most aid you can get / need. It's hard if you're 24/under because you have to take into account your parents' income regardless of whether you're financially dependent or not (that's country-wide though; not just UW) so a lot of students have to get loans coming in but at least they have subsidized (no interest accruing until your 6 month grace period ends) loans! After you turn 24 you are considered "independent" regardless of whether your parents are paying your way through school and you're MUCH more likely to be considered for Pell, LEAP, etc grants. I actually get more than I need in grants (no need for loans!) because I'm 26, have next to zero income, and am on state need programs. So every quarter I get an extra $1500 to help pay off credit and such. Financial aid got me that. One quarter I got a $1000 deposit in my account in a quarter I wasn't TAKING ANY CLASSES (I was in the hospital) and once I got on the phone with financial aid it turned out it was an undispursed grant from fall quarter that they were dispursing winter quarter. No complaints there. I'd have never known about it had they not noticed the discrepancy.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Administration: The only things they are extremely strict on is underage drinking and parking violations (seriously - if you park outside of your 'zone' or 3 minutes past your time you WILL get a ticket), but student protests and demonstrations are pretty much par for the course at UW and to be expected - they're very popular and the right to share your views is demonstrably strong on campus. We have people comparing Obama to Hitler, and we have the Socialist Alternative demonstration on the other side of Red Square. All sorts of stuff. Noise they'll pay attention to to a point, especially in the quieter dorms (They have 'quiet floors,' 'sober floors,' etc).

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I'd rather live in the dorms if it weren't for having a cat I refuse to be separated from. I live on the eastside (the term for the east side of Lake Washington as opposed to the West side (which it is not called) which is pretty much all Seattle) a bit north because prices are better for rent and the apts are nicer and safer but it takes a while to get to campus (20 minute drive in no traffic, but then you have to pay for parking and street parking is max of 2 hrs and can add up - on-campus parking you can buy a quarterly permit that is insanely expensive especially since you can't opt out of the bus permit anymore and if you don't have one it's $15 (with rebate if under 4 hr stay) and it adds up in a hurry! Also annoying about parking on campus is if you get a permit, it's for every weekday which isn't particularly useful if you're a part time student. Better to bus.

But back to apts; near campus you're going to find small housing, often with roommates, many times shabby, sometimes in not very safe neighbourhoods but at the centre of EVERYTHING. And buses in the U district, downtown, international district, capitol hill, montlake, fremont, and wallingford (all veeery close to campus - within a 15-20 min bus ride at the MOST and no transfers) are fast, come frequently, often at all hours. There's tons to do in all those places, and they all have their own "neighbourhood pride."

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Local Area: Seattle is FANTASTIC. I've lived in CA and IN and I can't imagine living anywhere other than the PNW (Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, etc). Wonderful weather (it seriously does NOT rain every day - it's April and it's 80 degrees out right now!), tons and tons of public fairs/parades/music festivals/shows just tons of stuff to do for every kind of person.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Very strict policy, but it happens on greek row particularly. Parts of the U district simply aren't safe after dark (W of 15th and N of 50th really) because of homeless, loitering, gangs, drugs, etc. but the campus itself is really great; I've never seen anyone high or drunk on campus / in classes.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Technology: TONS of computers on campus; they're adding new labs all the time and there's free wifi all over campus and ethernet hubs in the dorm rooms.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Building tons of new dorms atm. Lots of apt like dorms

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Majors: Sociology - terrific. SO many classes to choose from

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4 College Senior

Majors: LOTS of internships, wide variety of classes

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: THE AVE! Everything is on the Ave which makes it easier and safer for students who live in the U-district. There's always a lot of places in our coupon books and weekly specials/deals.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: There's a wide range of different majors to choose from which makes it interesting for classes. All majors are diverse.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Everything is close by and if not the bus runs everywhere, having a husky card makes it a lot easier.

1 person found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Weather: Seattle is always raining and often times very cold due to the wind, which makes it difficult to be outside most of the year. However in the spring and summer it is extremely beautiful.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Everyone knows the rules. You play it safe or get caught. As adults people are able to make their own decisions. However the alcohol and drugs are not visible or noticeable at all. If it's done, it's done wisely.

1 person found this useful Report
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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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