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5 College Freshman

Technology: There are multiple computerlabs throughout campus, and the wifi offered is very reliable.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I lost a lot of money in grants because of my father's income when my parents aren't supporting me financially; so that has been a really tough struggle.

5 College Freshman

Academics: The University of Washington I believe is the most prestigious university in the northwest.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Lately, the weather has been really nice and sunny, and it hasn't rained as often as it usually does in Seattle.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I like my dorm. The people here are very friendly.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I interact with lots of new types of people everyday

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: What I've had so far has been good. Haven't explored much, though.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Not really sure because I have not been out of my dorm too much.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The transportation around campus is highly convenient, especially for the majority of students who do not own a vehicle. There are various bus and shuttle stops all around campus and they remain free for all students who possess a Husky Card. Long-distance transportation is also fairly convenient because the bus picks up and drops off people on campus, which makes taking trips downtown very easy!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are situated between two parts of campus, which are West Campus and North Campus. The best options are the west campus dorms as they are new, more spacious and are closer to campus markets and other amenities. Although the north campus options aren't the best, the school still strives to make them into comfortable and enjoyable living places for students. The social atmosphere for both sides of campus are lively and friendly as there are students from all over the world who come together.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: UW is comprised of a very diverse population of students who are very accepting of each other. Different ethnic groups form clubs and organizations for others of the same background in order to promote unity and allow international students to feel comfortable. We also have an Ethnic Cultural Center which organizes various ethnic events such as dances, which are open to all students to experience.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Campus is fairly strict when it comes to issues such as drinking and noise violations in dorms. The RAs take their job seriously and make sure to constructively be helpful while telling students to lower the noise level. We also have "quiet hours" which start at certain times in order to allow students to be able to study or sleep.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Walking around campus during the daytime feels fairly safe, however one tends to feel uneasy walking alone at night due to the fact that we are on a public campus that anybody can technically walk within. Yet, the school does provide services such as NightRide and NightWalk, which escort students across campus during late night hours.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's darn cheap and very convenient (regardless of the time of day or night), but can be...sketchy.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I didn't qualify for need-based financial aid, but I got a scholarship through the Honors College that waived two years of in-state tuition.

3 College Junior

Academics: The economics program isn't all that great, though it's in the top 50 of graduate programs in the field. However, the advisors are almost entirely useless and almost hostile, and most professors are more interested in research than teaching. It's also quite difficult to get through all of the red tape in the department. Overall, though, the classes are pretty good.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The involvement of sports, especially football and basketball, are very important at the University of Washington. Students support each other and wear their husky gear with pride not only on game days, but throughout the whole year.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The Ave is a great place to get food if you're sick of on-campus food. It's super convenient for those who live in West Campus, since it's a skip and a walk down the street. For those in North Campus, it's a bit of a walk, but nothing too far.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: When attending UW, you'll be automatically charged with the public transportation access so you may as well use it since you paid for it! All in all, very convenient and affordable as a current student.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: UW prides itself as an institution that is accepting of whatever a student identifies as be it in regards to ethnic/race, economic background, political beliefs (though most of student body probably identifies as "liberal" or "democrat"), religion (many many MANY Christian and Catholic fellowships to choose from), and sexual orientation. Diversity in terms of religion isn't high-mainly Christian and Catholic groups but I have seen one Muslim group and Jewish group.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: There's a decent size shopping mall (Safeway and QFC too!) roughly 10 minutes away from campus (via walking). Transportation for downtown Seattle is at its finest-roughly a 15-20 minute ride. The restaurants right outside campus are pretty good in terms of deliciousness and price. Most popular restaurants are Thai, Greek, and Vietnamese.

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4 College Junior

Technology: WiFi everywhere on campus-EXCEPT for in some of the residence halls. It's kind of annoying but if you bring your own router or ethernet cord, you'll be fine.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: For an out-of-state student, it was hard to adjust to living so far away from home but the people I've been fortunate to meet and the adventures I've undergone have made Seattle my second home. It took me about a year to fully be on board with going to school here (I considered transferring during the first year) but after I put in more effort to make my experience great (took initiative to see a therapist for seasonal depression)-my perspective changed and I eventually fell in love with UW. Now, whenever I fly back home to California, I feel like I've left a piece of myself in Seattle. Also, my light box during winter quarter is my best friend.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Libraries are in abundance and they're all quality! Quality AND quantity means studying through the night isn't so bad.

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4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The beauty of the campus is unmatchable. I'm never not awed at how beautiful my school is. Everywhere you look there are tall trees and the Quad with the cherry blossoms during Spring should be one of the seven wonders. It's absolutely stunning. Not only is the scenery awesome, but the people who are affiliated with the university are also equally great-a lot of the people I've come in contact take their learning seriously and are passionate about the subjects they're interested in. It's a great environment to be surrounded in.

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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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