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4 College Freshman

Local Area: There is always something to do in Seattle, no matter the time of day. It's a relatively safe city, and the University of Washington has their own police force as well, which is particularly helpful.

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3 College Junior

Local Area: We are less than five miles from downtown Seattle where you can find just about anything if you're bored with your current atmosphere.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Although there are a few things I don't like about the school, there are many things I do. Such as the view of Mt. Rainier through Red Square or the Cherry Blossom trees in spring. It's a beautiful campus and every once in a while, you will meet some pretty cool people in your classes.

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2 College Junior

Parking: There just isn't enough parking on the streets for anyone to use! The street parking is outrageous with the per hour fee being $4.00!
If you're lucky, you might find one about 10 blocks away for FREE.

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3 College Junior

Academics: I'm a Communications major, so most people consider it a joke.
There are many internships available though!

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4 College Junior

Academics: In general, the academics are superb. It is actually what my school is known for. The classes are tough, but certainly worth it.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: I'm not really into the whole bar scene, so I wouldn't know.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Generally most males are jocks and wear the exact same outfit: basketball shorts, white long socks with black sports sandals, and a sweatshirt.
Females usually wear some sort of yoga leggings and a North-Face jacket with tall boots (rain boots, leather boots, etc.)

Most of the people I see at my school are of Asian descent or are extremely stuck up (sometimes both).
Very few who attend this school are actually there to learn.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: We just had our new Husky stadium rebuilt and it has made a big improvement in overall school spirit.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The school is in the center of a busy part in Seattle and many non-students roam about the campus. I've personally never seen any sort of security presence around campus.

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3 College Junior

Administration: In my opinion, the Greek System at my school could get away with anything. There's constantly underage drinking, loud parties, and worse things going on and the school fails to set strict guidelines to keep it functioning properly.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I mostly like my school because of the great professors we have here and the many research opportunities available.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really like the school so far. The people are all friendly and the professors are very helpful.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Theres lots of food options all over campus. I think they do a pretty good job of offering a variety of ethnic foods and meeting diet restriction needs. There arent many late night options on campus but if you go on a short walk off campus to the "Ave", theres restaurants as far as the eye can see.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: My moms English isn't very good so its really frustrating going through the financial aid process with her. I did get some financial aid but I also took out two government loans. Being on your own for the first time and already being in debt is pretty stressful. I try not to stress about it because I figure almost everyone is going the same thing as me.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I don't go to as many parties as my friends from other schools go to which makes me feel like I'm missing out but at the same time, I'm going to a prestigious school and not necessarily a party school so it'll be a good thing in the long run. Being a research university, I know the name carries a lot of weight and will hopefully help me reach my career goals. Theres tons of resources available to students, you just have to be proactive and seek out what you need. I highly recommend joining a FIG (Freshman Interest Group) as a freshman. Its an option when you register for your first quarter of classes that signs you up for a cluster of classes with about 20 other freshman based on your academic interests. One of the FIG classes teaches freshman about all the resources available to them and is a nice way to make you feel less lost and have some familiar faces in your classes.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have only been here for a quarter but from what I can tell, the people that do party, primarily drink alcohol. I have not met many stoners. None of my three roommates smoke weed and they barely drink. I have not heard of any stories of enforcement but drug and alcohol visibility is also not very high. I don't think that there is much peer pressure because people tend to hang out with people with the same preferences. Whatever your lifestyle, you are pretty much free to continue or explore as long as you're smart about it.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I was born and raised in Seattle so maybe I'm a little biased but I absolutely love Seattle. Its a great place for young people. Its easy to live sustainably since almost everything you need is a walkable distance away. (or a bus ride). Transportation for students is awesome since a bus pass is mandatory and included in your tuition. Its not as rainy as people say. Though it gets pretty cold in the winter, the warm spring and summer and breathtaking landscape year round make up for it. I love being surrounded by mountains, water and trees everyday.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Theres parties at the Greek houses and houses surrounding campus regularly. Its a big school so sometimes its hard to find the party scene that suits you best but I'm sure whatever you're looking for is out there. Theres tons of bars and places to see live music all over seattle. Finding something to do on a weekend isn't hard to do! Transportation from campus to downtown is super easy since theres multiple busses that go downtown.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its tough for car owners in the area if you don't want to pay for parking (when you do find parking). Everything you need is a walkable distance away in the schools surrounding neighborhoods. Theres tons of student housing in the surrounding areas but probably on the more expensive side for the quality of housing.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: UW invests in it's athletic teams and this commitment shows.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The cost of living in Seattle is high, and most student housing isn't that nice unless you're willing to pay a lot.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Seattle is rainy! But you never know, you may come to love it!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Drug Safety: It's a big school and with the greek system, there's a fair amount of partying. If you want it, it's there. If not, it shouldn't bother you.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Technology: UW is a very tech-friendly and forward school. Computers are everywhere and internet is easy to use. However, it's nice to have your own personal laptop.

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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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