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4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are many restaurants on "The Ave" which is right next to campus so it's easy to access.

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4 College Student

Administration: As long as you have a friendly RA while staying in the dorms you should be more than ok.

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4 College Student

Weather: I love cold weather and light rain so Seattle is perfect!

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Student

Health & Safety: There are many on-campus amenities if students need them. I always feel completely safe when on or around campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of Asian restaurants with variations of the same food, but all of them are pretty delicious!

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The RA's are too strict about ANY violation of ANYTHING. I am aware they need to enforce the rules, but it is to an extent where we have no freedom and have to follow the rules to a T.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school prides itself on being diverse, which can be both a good and a bad thing. The immense diversity provides a learning barrier for many students.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I chose to live in one of the older dorms on campus because I could not afford the new dorms on the west side of campus. The old dorms are fairly dirty and old. There was a bed bug infection at a few points during the year and the water on my floor from the water fountain is a murky white color. Most people who I have talked to in my dorm agree that there is a bias about caring for the students housed in the newer dorms rather than the older ones.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: While I decided not to rush Greek Life my freshmen year, most of my friends who go to the University of Washington did decide to. What I have heard about it consists of both good and bad, but they all really enjoy the friends they have made and the parties that they go to.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: The school has a hard time focusing on the individual student. Sometimes it feels as though professors are only there to do research and teaching is a tedious chore, but other professors are fully invested in teaching and the learning of their students. The social life is fairly active and there are numerous activities to do off campus. The fact that such a large university is in a city makes the University of Washington as unique as it is.

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4 College Junior

Academics: They challenge me and the work is manageable.

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4 College Junior

Administration: It is not as bad as other schools for sure.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Only athletes in the big sports like basketball, football and track get the most attention on campus.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Party Scene: It is active enough to feel safe enough to walk around. I do not believe it is as lively as other schools. The weather throws off peoples moods.

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5 College Senior

Technology: I'm very impressed with the availability of computers on campus. I like that Odegaard has plenty of computers open.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I initially applied for the day program as a Sociology major but got a letter admitting me into the night program as a Social Sciences major. At first I was confused and upset but then once I talked to an advisor and got all the information on the night program, I was put at ease. The night program fits my needs better than the day program would have and I'm happy that my new major is more broad and that there's a wider variety of classes I can take.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I enjoy my program because there's a wide variety of classes I can take. I can take communications, sociology, psychology, anthropology, ethnic/cultural studies and more.

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2 College Senior

Weather: Rain is the biggest downer of this area. The only pleasant months are May-September on campus.

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3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't interact with the greek life because I don't live on campus and I'm a night student.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There's something for any appetite.

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4 College Senior

Local Area: Seattle has everything and anything you can think of. There's something for everyone!

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: UW is located in a heavily populated area and Seattle is not exclusively a college town so there's a lot of potential for crime which makes me a bit uneasy.

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1 College Senior

Transportation: I live 50 minutes away from campus and no one in my program lives near me. Public transit would take hours each day, each way. The only convenient option for me is to drive myself.

3 College Freshman

Weather: tooooo much rain, but there are days where its really beautiful and im able to enjoy the scenery

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: basically just had to fill out my FAFSA and i recieved enough financial aid

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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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