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3 College Sophomore

Weather: I think the weather is awesome, but I also love the rain. I think it makes the university what it is because it brings all the students together in a weird way. Teachers can make funny jokes about the clouds or rain and make the whole class laugh.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I never really understood why some people were so into their college that they went to, but I can say that after having attended University of Washington I do. The school is great, the campus is beautiful, and there are always lots of fun activities going on. The sports are all really fun to watch and there is great school spirit! I feel that the University of Washington is a well-rounded school with something for everyone!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is pretty great! I decided to stay in the dorms another year because it makes everything so easy! You're right on campus so getting to class only takes a few minutes. I also like that I feel very safe in the dorms. All the dorms are locked so you don't have to worry a lot.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Seattle is a very fun and interesting place! Especially if you enjoy cities, but want one that is more laid back. The people tend to be pretty relaxed and are into hiking/outdoors/health.

1 person found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: If you want to park at the dorms, it's really only on the weekends and coming/leaving for a holiday that you will have a hard time.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus dining is reliable and convenient. There are always healthy options with the campus grocery stores and various salad bars. The service is always great as the employees are always kind and approachable. The only bothersome thing is the price. I feel like most things are pricy.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Majors: Even though I came to early orientation in August, I didn't get into some of the classes I wanted; I got into a FIG group and that has been helpful. Keep your grades up for acceptance into this college and have good study habits if you get in!

11 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Local Area: Love the atmosphere here. Plenty of social opportunities, shopping, cultural diversity and events. Excellent sports program. Unreal student involvement with this campus and school spirit us like no other! Go Huskies!!!!!

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Technology: Better to just bring your own

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Scholarships: We had a change in our financial situation and tried to get extra financial aid to no avail. Hope that more is offered with the following years.

6 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Plenty of variety and good range of hours availability

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Transportation: There are buses and night shuttle on campus

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is extremely convenient at UW. There are many restaurants on the Ave and the University Village. Many of the places offer small discounts for students involved in certain clubs such as JSA or CSA, but eating out everyday is very expensive but for the most part it is nice to have the option to go out every once in a while.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not associated with the Greek Life at the University of Washington but for the most part they keep to themselves and are not destructive or bothersome in any way.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The University of Washington is great about diversity. It recognizes that it was just last century that there was much discrimination against non Whites and the UW is education people and doing everything it can to provide a tolerant and accepting campus. There are ethnic student organizations, classes to study the history of Asian American (as an example), and it is clear that discrimination is not tolerated when it comes to race or religion or sexual orientation.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was initially offered VERY little financial aid and too much was expected of my parents to pay. But with long talks we were able to get them to lend us more money so that I could get an education at a university.

4 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Girls are stuck up and guys act immature.

7 people found this useful Report
2 College Senior

Weather: I hate the rain in Seattle. It's almost always gloomy if it's not raining. Most people think this is great because they just stay in the library and study since it's s****y outside; however for me, It makes me depressed - I've officially diagnosed myself with SAD ( Seasonal Affect Disorder)

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Senior

Drug Safety: the drug scene at the University of Washington is very minimal.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Local Area: In Seattle the atmosphere is laid-back. The people in the area accept that there are a large amount of college students, and many of the local dining options welcome the students. There are many events that go on too. Music is a large commodity in Seattle, and there are many concerts either on campus or relatively close to it. Sports are also a big deal; football is one of the major ones. The school encourages school spirit and have merchandise around campus.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life on campus is very into partying, though that tends to be a thing all around campus. They have a lot of events, and have tents set up in Red Square a lot. They are not pushy though, and do not act as if the are superior to others just because they are in the Greek life.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food tends to be more expensive on campus, but they do try to make food available all around campus. In Red Square, there are dinning carts, and there are some larger eating areas where they serve different types of food.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of options for off-campus dining. The Ave. has many different types of food, so it is sure to have something for everyone. There are also places around campus that are considered off-campus. The only downfall is that, since it is in the city, the food is somewhat expensive, though you can find places that fit a college student's budget.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Getting around Seattle using public transportation is great because you can use it to get anywhere in king county. We pay for transportation in our tuition but is very useful to ride to all of the popular spots all over Seattle!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food tastes good, but it is not happy to see that there is no student discount even if you have student card. Also, dining hall closes so early.

13 people 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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