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Reviews 3596 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking is kind of a pain and can be costly. If you live near campus then I recommend public transportation to get around. It's pretty dependable and readily available.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The University of Washington is an amazing school with fantastic academic opportunities. Some of our programs are top-rated and you can be working with world famous professors. Although big lectures can be overwhelming, you just need to make connections with people and be very dedicated to your studies. You are at a place with endless opportunities.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't receive as much financial aid as I wanted, but I am at a big state school which doesn't usually give out as many scholarships. But the financial aid office was easy to work with. Making appointments was easy and helpful.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many apartments and house options in the U-District. But they can be very expensive. Yet, if you look hard enough and find a place to split with roommates you can find a place.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It depend on where you are living. In the dorms they can be pretty strict about drinking and partying. You will get warnings if you are caught. If you rack up enough warnings you will lose your housing. But on Greek Row partying is tolerated pretty fairly.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The nursing program at the University of Washington is the best nursing program in the country. The classes are great and I am learning a lot. The only problem is that it is a very hard program with overly difficult classes.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The transit system is exceptional. Sometimes, the buses can be late but the drivers are reasonable. In UW, we use our student IDs to board buses because as students, we pay a fee granting our access to the bus transit. It's just a swipe away to get to places in and out of campus faster! I give it a B for buses.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: As expected from our place in the Northwest, it rains a lot. But frequently, we've been receiving unexpected weather. Sometimes, it's almost like hurricane weather, but most of the time, there's actually clear sunny days! Take advantage of the weather, because you won't get a better college experience more than studying (or sleeping) at the Quad.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: UW is an extremely diverse school with a large percent of the student body consisting of international or out of state students. There are countless clubs supporting religions and ethnic groups that are heavily supported by the university.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: There are computer labs, print stations, and tech support everywhere on campus, and the wifi is amazing all over the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The struggle with financial aid is not really attributed to the university. UW is a public school so there is very low financial aid for the university at large. That being said, it is quite easy to get financial aid if you are in a special major.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The bus systems are great, with many stops in and around campuses, it is very easy to get to popular places without transferring. Plus public transportation fees are included at a flat rate in one's tuition so paying for transportation is never a hassle. Parking on campus is expensive, but there are many free places for street parking.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There can be many issues around campus (mostly robberies), but the university is outstanding at providing resources such as free shuttles or nightwalk programs to keep students safe. Students are completely safe when they utilize the programs provided for safety.

3 College Freshman

Technology: The computers are very nice, there are some libraries and some other places on campus that use the mac desktops. They are rarely crowded, because most of the students on campus have their own personal laptops.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm an undergrad planning to apply for the school of Nursing, and although there is a lot of work involved in the prerequisites it's not too bad. All the classes for Nursing are mostly science classes, and as long as you pay attention and make sure you understand the material it shouldn't be that hard. The instructors are very nice and they are there to help you, you just have to do your part and approach them for help.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There are a lot of parking spaces available, but it cost's too much money a year. It costs about $15 to park each day, that could amount to a lot of money for the entire year or quarter. It's recommended to take community transit. But there is some free parking around campus on the weekends.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: We are very safe and have not had any crime committed on campus

4 College Student

Campus Housing: There are a lot of options: freshman dorms, integrated dorms, sororities and fraternities, nearby student apartments, and unaffiliated apartments, condos, and houses.

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4 College Student

Local Area: Whether you're looking for something on campus, on the Ave, or in downtown, there is always something to do. I love to workout at the IMA, get froyo at Yogurtland, go shopping and see movies at Northgate mall, and go to the Seattle Aquarium. The only downside is that a lot of people go home on the weekends if they don't already have plans with their friends.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does not dominate the campus, there are some parties. But it's mostly drinking. I haven't been to enough greek events to know all that goes on.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus is ok. I personally believe there should be more options and variety, but it's not so bad. There are stores around and on campus, and also really good restaurants that serve really good food!

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3 College Student

Greek Life: I'm not the most scholarly student in my high school because I'm trying to support myself, because I am moving out this summer to live on my own. It's not easy, but I still manage to have a decent grade and still able to balance out work, school, and social life.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: It is such a large school, it is very easy to get lost and confused often about what is going on. The athletics are very clicky.

4 College Senior

Majors: I'm a sociology major, and have been really impressed with how organized it is. The soc department is really organized and always have free time for you to meet with an adviser. There is a class that allows you to do two internships - one in the education system, and one in a different field that tends to change from quarter to quarter. I did an internship at a women's homeless shelter which is very relevant to my field for graduate school (I want to be a social worker for homeless people). I learned so much.

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3 College Senior

Scholarships: I've had a pretty good experience with the financial aid office; just don't go right before a quarter starts or ends lol. Loooong lines then.


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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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