Seattle, WA
University of Washington-Seattle Campus


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Recent Reviews

David
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Washington is a fantastic school that excels in the STEM field. There are so many interesting classes to ta...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Washington is a fantastic school that excels in the STEM field. There are so many interesting classes to take and opportunities abound for whatever interests. The school is quite large and it can be quite a culture shock. I'd recommend finding a group that you can easily connect and try to maintain a strong relationship with that group.

Michelle
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The University of Washington has a gorgeous campus- there is a section full of cherry blossoms that blooms every year and it ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Washington has a gorgeous campus- there is a section full of cherry blossoms that blooms every year and it is very photogenic! But even without cherry blossoms, the UW campus is photogenic anytime! It is considered an public Ivy-league so the classes are quite hard- on top of that, students are very competitive. It is 40% Asian (most are international students). There are restaurants within walking distance on the Ave (what we call the street where all the restaurants are located), but it is quite a walk depending on which restaurants you go to ( Starbucks is really close, but the bubble tea stores are located a bit further down the road. There is a Pho store if you are willing to walk a bit further and I heart there is a really nice Lebanese store). The professors, TAs, and community are pretty nice. Students don't talk to other students unless they know them and it is overcast a lot of the time so it can feel gloomy sometimes. The perk is you focus more on studying though! Speaking of which, the campus has beautiful (ancient-looking) libraries to study in and occassionally have free stuff in the Quad. They also have nice student benefits- free unlimited bus rides and access to the IMA (the gym), which is the part I enjoy the most. All in all, I am happy I chose to go to the UW!

Skyler
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It is a very large school with many opportunities. The professors are willing to help but you must make an active effort to s...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a very large school with many opportunities. The professors are willing to help but you must make an active effort to speak to them. There are many study resources available that can help you if you are struggling in any classes. Additionally, the many libraries are useful.

Thejas
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The University of Washington has worldwide prestige and influence only a handful of public and private universities can match...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Washington has worldwide prestige and influence only a handful of public and private universities can match. To borrow verified information from another poster: U.S. News Best Global Universities: 3rd U.S. public, 14th in world; Shanghai Ranking: 4th U.S. public, 15th in the world; Times Higher Education Ranking: 4th U.S. public, 19th in North America, 26th in the world; Ranking Web (Webometrics Ranking): 3rd U.S. public, 7th in the world; National Taiwan University Ranking: 1st U.S. public, 5th in the world.

Talon
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Campus is beautiful, the people are nice, facilities are close and easily accessible, work are easy to find all around the ci...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Campus is beautiful, the people are nice, facilities are close and easily accessible, work are easy to find all around the city if not within the campus, students are always involved in some kind of activity, professors and advisors alike are usually available and are always out there to help students.

Hannah
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I was very hesitant coming to UW, because it was such a big campus with such a prominent reputation. I feared that it would b...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I was very hesitant coming to UW, because it was such a big campus with such a prominent reputation. I feared that it would be overwhelming and easy to get lost in. In reality, UW has plenty of resources that make it easy for someone to find their community. There are so many opportunities for involvement on campus, that you'll be sure to find a group that works for you. While it is a big school, UW has so much to offer. There are so many interesting classes to take and ways to get involved in research, extracurricular activities, and so much more. I love attending UW and I wouldn't trade my Husky experience for the world.

Cole
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It's hard to stay neutral when I had such a terrible experience at UW, but it does have its merits and I'll try to lay them o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's hard to stay neutral when I had such a terrible experience at UW, but it does have its merits and I'll try to lay them out as best I can. I've since transferred to the University of Oregon, which is nearly the polar opposite of UW, so if you're looking to go to school in the Northwest, here's my evaluation of what I consider a UW student to be. If you are: 1) A Washington resident and/or 2) EXTREMELY talented and confident in a particular STEM or Business field Then UW is definitely worth consideration. Residents will get great value for what they pay no matter what, and if science has always been your calling, UW is a land of opportunity for you to work hard and earn your place in one of the country's top programs. If this doesn't describe you, however, I'd suggest that you steer completely clear of this one. Don't let the beautiful campus or the ranking bear any weight in your decision. What they fail to tell you is that the reason they are ranked so highly is because their best programs are RIDICULOUSLY competitive, so most students don't even get to major in what they want. This puts a serious hamper on the social atmosphere of Freshman and Sophomore year. For one thing, everyone is studying night and day to get into their desired program, and secondly, the Greek System almost completely dominates the party scene and has an overall bad reputation with the rest of the school. There are a few house parties where I met most of my friends, but they're ridiculously hard to find and require a vast amount of social confidence in order to get an in. Beyond this, the staff was by-and-large very rude and unhelpful, and treated students like it was their sole responsibility to do everything for themselves. I was legitimately YELLED AT by a counselor once for seeking some general guidance, as if this wasn't his one and only job. Availability of help outside of class was completely hit or miss, and I once spent a whole day storming around campus unable to find ANY help with my economics class. Not a single person in the entire Economics department would take three seconds out of their day to lend a hand. My friends who are still there started hearing back from their respective programs this summer, and many have become severely depressed that all their hard work didn't pay off. The competitive nature of the top programs also lowers the quality of other programs, for example, rejects from the engineering school will often spill over into chemistry or some other general science. When you consider the sheer number of engineering rejects that there are, it becomes easy to see how chaotic and disorganized some of these departments have become. Getting involved in non-academic related extracurriculars is also very difficult. For one thing, the interface is completely outdated and disorganized, and never really made it clear where to go in order to find these clubs. Also, I believe that the competitive nature of the school and the overall capitalistic nature of Seattle has created a sense of cliquishness and social hierarchy among the students that was just discouraging and unrewarding to deal with. People were very uninterested in meeting new friends, and it took me a long and upsetting few quarters before I met anyone who wanted to do anything besides study. Last but not least, the weather truly is everything that you've heard it is. I personally don't mind it, and it's roughly the same at UO, but it can have SEVERE effects on people who aren't used to it. I'd suggest you look into Seasonal Affective Disorder before even considering coming to this part of the country. That's about all I have to say, and I wish you the best in making your college decision. If you're a friendly, outgoing individual who is looking for a quality interdisciplinary education focused on far more than just sheer academic rigor, I'll hopefully see you at UO!

Will
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Competitive, gloomy, stressful, yet joyful, full of opportunity, and filled with academically driven students, the University...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Competitive, gloomy, stressful, yet joyful, full of opportunity, and filled with academically driven students, the University of Washington-Seattle offers it all. Academically it's one of the best in the country, and it shows from the moment you step on campus. The libraries are constantly packed, stress is etched on every student's face, and signing up for prerequisite classes feels like a war-zone. Through this hardship students are able to create real relationships with each other and with professors as the common bond of acquiring mastery over a difficult subject can create unbreakable bonds. The University of Washington is also no stranger to fun. Greek system parties, athletic events, tailgates, adventures throughout Washington and Canada (when time allows) can come together to create an unforgettable time during your short college years. The school isn't afraid to talk politics, to protest what they disagree with, and to let opinions be heard. All in all, the University of Washington can be an amazing college experience, but if you aren't willing to take out loans or shell out a lot of money (Seattle is expensive), or to give it your all academically, then you might not be the best fit.

Emily
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The campus itself is beautiful. Large, brick buildings, interesting architecture, and a quad full of cherry blossom trees, wh...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The campus itself is beautiful. Large, brick buildings, interesting architecture, and a quad full of cherry blossom trees, which are spectacular in the spring. Everyone seems accepting and friendly, and the professors are willing to take the time to see you in office hours, and with some, outside of them as well.

monica
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The University of Washington is a huge famous and its really hard when first starting school to get involved because there is...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The University of Washington is a huge famous and its really hard when first starting school to get involved because there is so much going on. Honestly it's a little overwhelming at first but if you get involved with different things on campus and find ways to make the campus feel smaller its really great. The classes are challenging but some classes are very big, so if you like to have a one on one with your professors its probably not the best learning environment for you. UW is a great school, but you have to be accountable for yourself. You aren't going to enjoy it if you don't force yourself to get involved on and off campus.

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