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5 College Freshman

Academics: All my professors so far have been engaging, passionate about their field, and highly competent. The curriculum is interesting. Registration is relatively easy and there are helpful tools for finding courses that meet requirements. The workload is good matches well with the course level. There are many places to study and lots of options for extra help outside of class.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Seattle is a very pleasant city. It is not too crowded but has all the conveniences of a major city. The public bus system is great and will get you wherever you need to go. There are a lot of nature areas the offset the feel of the city nicely. The locals are all very friendly towards college students. There are several great museums, the Space Needle, and Pike's Market to see.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There seems to be very little crime on campus and the small amount of crime around campus seems to be most prominent near the fraternities and sororities. The police send out notices when there has been a crime and everyone is given a safety presentation during orientation. I feel safe walking across the main parts of campus at night because they are well lit and there are generally other students around. There are services you can call to either walk or drive you places you need to go around campus at night.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great places to eat in Seattle. They can be expensive though and difficult to get to, and difficult to get a table. I don't think anywhere gives student discounts...

3 College Junior

Local Area: I think Seattle could be a fantastic place to live if you like cities. My life has been focused on rural living and I am much more comfortable in that environment. The cost of living is terrifying and traffic is always an issue. It's a pain to get around because parking is difficult and because of traffic a 15 min drive can take an hour. There are people everywhere and no open spaces.

4 College Junior

Majors: My application did not require a GRE which was very nice. The process was easy and streamlined.

4 College Junior

Majors: I took a huge risk by deciding to move here and enter the program. Most students are established Seattle residents so they have a lot more familiarity with the area, support from their jobs, and have a pre-existing social network. I am glad I entered the program and am confident that it will increase my hireability and make me more eligible for the jobs I want. I have no concerns about finding a job, there are so many opportunities here that it will be relatively quite easy.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: My program does not offer any financial support so all of my aid is in the form of loans. I will have a significant debt at the end of my program but I am counting on the quality of the education and network to make this pay off over the long run. The classes are very expensive, but I think they are worth it.

5 College Junior

Technology: I have only used campus computers for printing, but it is very convenient and easy. My program requires each student to have a laptop, and the wireless is very good.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Traffic is always an issue and parking is very difficult during the day around campus. Weekends are easy; Public transportation between (home as in where I came from before college?) isn't really applicable but public transport between where I live for school and school is available but not preferable for me.

5 College Junior

Weather: It's never that bad here, and has hardly been rainy at all. Seattle has a reputation for rain and grey skies but it's been a very dry winter so far.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of international students and lots of various backgrounds, so in class discussions we earn a lot from each other. I'd like to have more students with backgrounds similar to mine, so that I could learn strategy from their experiences. I have no shared interests with a lot of the students.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I was interested in off-campus housing as I am a graduate level student and have a lot of other things to do besides school. However, there was only one housing option for grad students which allowed pets, and this option was cost-prohibitive. I chose to find my own housing off-campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Haven't had much experience with either yet but so far the student health center has been very easy and accommodating. We receive emails fairly frequently about incidents on or around campus so walking alone at night isn't comfortable but I have had no problems.

5 College Junior

Academics: I am so happy with my program and classes so far. The professors are there to teach us and really care about the quality of their work, so that we as student get the most out of their classes. There is tons of support for job finding and career planning, and the network and opportunities here are seemingly endless.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Before college, I was not excited to live in a big city while attending school, but now that I'm here my perspective has changed. Campus life is an entire life of it's own, and yet if you want to go to the city it's only a 5-10 minute drive away. I love it here now.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The University of Washington is fairly lenient when it comes to parties on campus in the Greek System, however, if things do get carried away the cops and/or firefighters are always there to respond appropriately.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I love the Greek Life at the University of Washington. I'm an active of one of the fraternities on campus and have no regrets about joining. My house's GPA is greater than the All-Men's Average on campus, and the connections one makes through the Greek Life is amazing.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Even though the University of Washington may not be the best at every sport, we do compete at a very high level and it is reflected in our track record.

4 College Freshman

Majors: There is a variety of majors offered at the University of Washington, the only problem is that it's kind of confusing to figure out what you need to get done in order to fulfill one's major unless you go in and talk to a counselor.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm not in my major yet, I'm just taking prerequisite courses that really don't interest me so it's hard to enjoy it; however once I get into my major and start taking classes that interest me, I feel like it will become more enjoyable.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I know that there will be drugs on campus and I've seen them be used, however I've never felt threatened to use them, so it's never been a problem for me.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I've never had a problem with public transportation however I don't really need to use it since everything is right around campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave is a great place to go and get food, and I often go out to eat maybe once every one or two weeks.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center is a great place to go for treatment or if you have any questions to ask concerning one's health. Campus safety is present however living in Seattle you can never be too careful about gang violence and/or theft.

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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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