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Academics

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4 College Freshman

Academics: This school is known for it's variety of challenging courses and programs, but there are a number of easy, no-effort classes that someone can take to rack up their GPA and credits. This isn't a bad thing, however, because if these classes didn't exist, then science majors would likely have a GPA lower than 2.75, simply because there would be too many overly-difficult classes.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Being a communications major has been an enjoyable experience. I enjoy the coursework, and the people are friendly. While the workload is significantly different than that of a pre-med track, I busied myself with internships and volunteer work to help bolster and enhance my academic experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Faculty is generally good except for the teachers only interested in their research.

1 College Freshman

Academics: The computer science major is so good at this school that you spend your time stressing out constantly about missing one point on any assignment and worrying about not getting in and having your life ruined.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a lot of help offered; CLUE Sessions, Review sessions, and TAs help a lot when I struggle with studying. Office hours are usually offered when I have class, so I can't take advantage of those.

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At UW, it's difficult to predict whether a student will shine or burn when exposed to the collegiate academic spotlight. Thanks to the size of the University, students have an expansive selection of courses and professors each quarter, and an equally impressive breadth and depth of ripe resources. And, also, because of the size of the University, the quality of classes and the teaching styles of professors range widely. Some teachers boast of rave student reviews, and others stay too preoccupied with research, tenure, or recognition to show passion in the classroom. Because so many professors call UW home, it's impossible to predict how impressed or disappointed a student will be in his or her classes and with his or her teachers.

And because so many students call UW home, professors don't usually cater to stragglers-most often, a student sinking in an intro-level class won't get help unless he or she asks. Intro-level classes are the universal initial hurdles of the race. Some find the academic isolation kind of cozy, a veritable security blanket from the ever-looming threat of participation, while others feel lost at sea in the vastness of the lecture hall. However, class size shrinks with time, and eventually, upperclassmen-level courses recall the intimacy of high school. In addition, attending a large research University has perks for independently motivated students. Super-sized academia doesn't have to intimidate-plenty of UW kids ask questions, go to office hours, and make friends with professors. A motivated, proactive learner can always find his or her own niche in which to flourish.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,831
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
726
Total FT Faculty
3,551
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$94,574
Full-Time Retention Rate
93%
Part-Time Retention Rate
71%
Graduation Rate
81%
Programs/Majors Offered
169
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 48%
  • 50 or More Students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Architecture
  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Forest Resources
  • Nursing
  • Ocean and Fishery Sciences
  • Public Health and Community Medicine
  • Reserve Officers Training Corps Programs
  • Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 2%
  • Foundations of Education: 2%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Best Places to Study
  • The Quad on a nice day
  • Odegaard, Allen, or Suzzalo-specifically, the Suzzalo Reading Room.
Tips to Succeed
  • Be realistic about your schedule. If you party until 4 a.m., don't register for an 8:30 a.m. class.
  • Become self-motivated. Don't wait for something to happen-make it happen yourself.
  • Do the homework.
  • Do the reading.
  • Enjoy your stay here because it goes really fast, and having a real job isn't half as nice as life in college.
  • Get involved: Find a club, a student organization, or an intramural sports team. There's too much going on on campus to miss out.
  • Go to class (it gets harder in college).
  • Go to professors' office hours. Nobody else does.
  • If you want to live in the dorms (especially freshman year), return your housing assignment as soon as possible. Competition for housing at UW is fierce, and it's better to be timely.
  • Registration is at 6 a.m., which is painful, but it's worse to sleep in and not get the classes that you need. Wake up, get your classes, and go back to sleep.
  • Use your freshman year (and sophomore, too) to shop around for classes you like. Don't be afraid to take a class that doesn't coincide with your major. It might turn into your minor, or it may allow you to realize what you definitely don't like, which can be very helpful.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 41 responses

  • 25% Bill Gates
  • 17% Bruce Lee
  • 11% Henry Suzzalo
  • 8% Kenneth "Kenny G" Gorelick - pop-jazz musician
  • 7% Dale Chihuly
  • 6% Beverly Cleary - author of children's books
  • 5% Ray Lewis
  • 5% Isaiah Thomas
  • 5% Nate robinson
  • 3% David Horsey - Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist
  • 3% Patrick Duffy - actor, producer, director
  • 2% Ryan Lewis
  • 2% Hope Solo
  • 1% Tim Lincecum
  • 1% Rainn wilson
  • 1% Rainn Wilson
  • 0% David Guterson - award-winning author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 148 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 149 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 42 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 41 responses

  • 29% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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