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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I absolutely love my campus. I love the quad, how beautiful it is especially when the cherry blossoms bloom in the spring. I swear my first year here I found new libraries like every week on campus. It's huge, but I love it, I love the variety of facilities and the little nooks and crannies you can find to study, and they have excellent newly renovated buildings too. It's truly amazing.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a lot of diversity at the University of Washington, which I love. There's students of all kinds of ethnicities, ages, and interests which keeps things fun and exciting.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: there are many buses that come to UW. There are at least 2 or more buses that you can take back home if you are a commuter and not dorming. The bus system here is amazing and you are required to get pay for your u-pass which is basically like a bus card you can use however many times you want. Transportation is very convenient. If you are not busing you can just park in the underground parking garage. carpooling gives you a discount.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I haven't run into much issues with the drug scene at university of washington. I have seen drinking and smoking more often then hard drugs. Students are pretty low key and haven't tried to pressure me at all. I mostly see drinking at dorms and frat houses, but not much on the general campus.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing around the university of washington can range greatly. There are many apartments, but there are also houses and rooms to rent. The rent isn't necessarily cheap, but you can find some decent deals. Luckily, seattle has some great public transit and cycling accomodation so living a little far from the university is no big deal. The university often has public post boards that inform students of places that are available for rent. There are some reall cool large old style houses that are great for lots of roommates.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Seattle is a great city with a very diverse atmosphere. Specifically, in the university district there are many attractions that appeal to students. There are a variety of restaurants with in walking distance that range from thai food, to italian, and even gourmet american. Additionally, the university districts offers lots of unique shopping from new, consigment, and thrift stores you are gauranteed to find what you need for an affordable price. Seattle also has many sporting events in close distance, such as soccer, football, baseball and many more. it is also known for its local theaters and venues that can range from well known acts to more independent shows. Its a great area with lots to offer for the curious mind.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of getting into my Mathematics Teacher Prep major was VERY easy. All that was required was getting through the Calculus series with a 2.5 average, and then scheduling a half hour appointment with a math advisor to fill out the one or two forms necessary. It was simple and easy.
I have not tried to get into other Majors, but the engineering, computer sciences and nursing programs are incredibly competitive and have more requirements.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is a wide variety of people on campus, although UW is often the place for the math and science person. It's really nice that the majority of people on campus take the time to "groom" themselves and look decent in public. Diversity is the key word, social circles most often include a wide variety of different people with different backgrounds.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is white or asian, with some other races visible on campus. Sometimes it feels difficult to be a Christian on campus though

4 College Freshman

Academics: The university of Washington has great academics, but it can sometimes depend on the professor, as some of them are not good at teaching. We are primarily a research institution, so some professors mainly focus on research, but there are good professors out there using rate my professor will help with this.

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2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is fairly expensive on campus, but free bus passes are included in tuition. Free off campus parking tends to be at least five blocks away from campus, while closer parking is pay parking.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Halls are decently good with some choices, but can become tiring over time as they begin to serve the same thing. There is a on campus restaurant which is really good but pricey, as well as many cafes in and around campus if you like to eat on the go.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The campus police or RA's can be strict, but it depends usually on the person whether or not they will just give you a warning or not.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The cabs and shuttles are expensive, but each student has a UPass included on their student ID which is basically a bus pass, so you can ride the public busses for free. They pick up on "The Ave" and there are locations near Greek Row and the dorms.

2 College Freshman

Campus Food: We do not get fresh fruit or really any produce because things are not in season and are expensive to ship to us. The places around campus are good though, like on "The Ave" but people get tired of visiting those because most places are Pho, Thai, or coffee shops.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are various groups of people in terms of religion, economics, politics, and sexual orientation. However, one-third (probably slightly more than that) are students of Asian ethnicity. So it's kind of diverse, but a fair chunk of them are Asians.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: There's lots to do around here, especially if you bus to nearby downtown Seattle and Pike Place Market. Great food, great people. Only thing that detracts is that every so often, you come across a place that's kinda sketchy.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Are available at almost all the libraries and in a lot of building study rooms. They are all pretty nice and clean. Printing can be a bit pricey but print stations are also very easily accesable.

4 College Senior

Academics: I'm a sociology major, a senior. It's a GREAT program - especially the summer classes because they're always taught by grad students and you get a bit of insight into their research and they're always more interested in the subject than the tenured professors.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: They are too focused and it's hard to talk about anything outside of school.

2 College Junior

Academics: registration was a little bit of a pain in my opinion, my last university it was a lot simpler. I hear the work load is a lot more at university of washington but the university has more prestige

5 College Junior

Academics: I am yet to start my program at UW but at ASU it was a good curriculum and I expect UW to be the same or better due to the reputation it has as a University

4 College Junior

Technology: Everything is in good shape and updated. The wifi is decent it connects me as needed. Everything works which is what I need.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek Life at the University of Washington is vast and continually growing Each chapter provides for a unique college experience with activities in service, socials and academia.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: The rain is Seattle is a bummer but the occasional nice sunny days truly make up for the dreary and cloudy days you often deal with.

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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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