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I think that the UW can be too large if you don't participate in any groups. IMA teams, clubs, classes, and the greek system ...
I think that the UW can be too large if you don't participate in any groups. IMA teams, clubs, classes, and the greek system make a huge campus seem much smaller than it really is. These are great ways to get to know people, but because UW is such a big school, there are always new people and opportunities. Also, when I say that I go to UW people think of the Husky pride and most people see the U as a great academic school.
I don't think anyone would feel out of place at UW because it is such a big school and there are so many diverse groups and activities. Students here are pretty laid-back in how they act and are accepting of others opinions. A good sign of how laid back people are is that you don't see people getting dressed up for class or really trying to impress people too much. Its about school and thats it. If someone is dressed up a lot there is usually another reason, like a career fair or a meeting.
I love UW. My parents, aunts, and uncles all came here. At first this made me kind of shy away when I was choosing schools, but now I realize that this is the place I belong. It has the great college experience, great academics, Division I sports, and for me a great greek system.
There is a stereotype that all UW students fit the Pacific Northwest mold and carry their Nalgenes while wearing their Northfaces.
The stereotypes fit some groups and some people, but the UW is such a diverse school that the stereotypes can't apply to everyone.
The most popular activities on campus are either greek life or IMA teams. Sports and intramural activities are pretty important on campus. The greek system here is pretty big and fairly diverse if you take the time to look at all the different houses. There are a lot of frats and sororities, and they are all different from each other. However, the majority of students aren't in the greek system. For me the greek system is where I have met my closest friends and have reconnected with friends from when I was younger. Its great to have the support system of people like you instead of being randomly assigned a roommate in the dorms.
The class sizes range drastically on campus, but you know how big they are when you choose them. The higher the level within a department, the smaller the classes get. Smaller classes tend to be more discussion based, but some lecture professors try to encourage discussion as well. I have never felt that a class was taught in the wrong environment, some classes don't need as much discussion and there is nothing wrong with that. I think that students study a fair amount. People are pretty good at balancing their time between school, work, and social activities. Students are very competitive, especially since you have to apply to most majors and a lot of classes are graded on a curve.
I couldn't have asked for more in a college. The campus is amazing and never gets old. The walks to class are a bit long, but...
I couldn't have asked for more in a college. The campus is amazing and never gets old. The walks to class are a bit long, but walking keeps off those freshman 15 and the scenary is just breathtaking. From the detailed architecture to the view of Lake Washington the location could not be better. Students are always involved and there are endless amounts of activites for student recreation and entertainment.
I would like to think so. UW students are very competative in the class room in all areas of study so each individual has to work really hard to earn good grades.
For the most part the teaching staff is outstanding and genuinely care about the students. Classes are hard and competative, but keep students thinking and really make them earn their education
Washington students have a pretty good rep when it comes to acadamic standards. It seems to be considered where all the top students that remain in state head.
I love the size of UW. One thing I would change is the ability to get into classes. Since UW is so big, classes are some time...
I love the size of UW. One thing I would change is the ability to get into classes. Since UW is so big, classes are some times difficult to get into, but besides that the size is good unless you want to be able to speak in classes. As a fresman lots of my classes are 500 students and they are not discussion based but lecture based. I really enjoy this because it allows me to learn it my own way and not be forced to speak. Also with classes this big we have quiz sectiosn which are discussion/review classes that are based off the class which only have 30 or so students. These sections are really helpful. Also the best part about the size of UW is taht there are so many people to meet. You dont know everyone or everything about one person, and there are so many chances to meet people. There is a ton of school pride especially during football season.
I do not think so. I guess in some ways they are true because a north face is good attire for the weather here, but I would not say that we are tree huggers.
They are tree huggers who walk around in north faces, berkanstocks and have nalgenes.
University of Washington is a big school. This is a boon and a blessing, depending on the student. For me, it is a blessing...
University of Washington is a big school. This is a boon and a blessing, depending on the student. For me, it is a blessing. It gives me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of people and try new activities, while also allowing me to find like-minded people who share my interests. It is possible to find your niche at this school. One way is to choose smaller classes or a major in a small department. I am earning a double degree - one in a popular major (Economics) and one in a small major (Scandinavian Studies). The Economics major is great because there are always activities like lectures from visiting professors and pizza lunches. I always see new faces in my classes. The Scandinavian Studies major is great because there are intimate gatherings at professors' houses and the advisor knows my name. For a while, my Norwegian class would meet on Fridays at a student's house to watch Norwegian movies. That was fun! One complaint is that the school is not very collegial- many students are commuters, so it can be hard to meet up for group projects. One great thing about the school is that it is very casual. I have seen students in their pajamas at the library late at night.
I'll come right out and say it. Most of Washington's students are liberal or left-leaning. Seattle as a whole tends to be fairly liberal. However, the Republican Student club does have a presence on campus (if only for their controversial practice of selling "affirmative action" cookies and other shenanigans). There are also excellent resources for minority students - including a center and library devoted to LGBT students and their allies.
The school is big, so there aren't many stereotypes about Washington students.
University of Washington is a research institution. Many of the professors are researches first, and teachers second. Many classes are taught by graduate students. Graduate student teachers don't have experience, but I have also taken some of my favorite classes with them because they are so excited about sharing their knowledge. If you want to do research, this is a great school, and you can easily find a mentor. The academic requirements are basic, and no science is required. I satisfied all of my "natural world" requirements by taking math. One of my favorite classes at the UW has been Psychobiology of Women. The professor was animated and hilarious- who knew that learning about hormones and the reproductive system could be so much fun? In addition, we had smaller class sections where we discussed controversial topics like genetic engineering and egg donation. We also have some interesting majors, like Comparative History of Ideas, which I hear is very challenging. You can even minor in Disability Studies or another more specific topic. One of the benefits of such a large university is the breadth of course offerings and concentrations. The UW's department quality varies quite a lot. If you want to major in computer science, we have one of the best student bodies and faculties in the country! We also have one of the ONLY Scandinavian Studies departments in the country. In addition, you can take virtually any language you can think of. The school offers Latvian, Norwegian, and Tagalog, just to name a few. There is a language requirement, and you have to take up to level 103 (third quarter, or one year). You can bypass this requirement by taking a test, but why not take the opportunity to learn a new language? I took Norwegian to learn more about my ancestry, and now I've studied in Norway twice and am receiving a degree in Scandinavian Studies. In addition, there are lots of opportunities to study abroad. We have Exploration Seminars, which are 3-4 week long programs abroad that focus on a specific issue. These are great for students who are hesitant to take "time off" from their regular course schedule and want to try something new.
I am a commuter who grew up in Seattle, so most of my friends tend to be students I have known for my whole life. However, there are often events on campus (and I am always trying to get my friends to go!). There are a lot of house parties around the University District, since many students rent rooms in large houses. There is a lot of underage drinking at these parties. I stopped going to them once I turned 21, and now I usually go to concerts and bars in Capitol Hill with my friends.
I like the ability to do whatever I want. There is so much that you can do on the campus if you find out about it. I think ...
I like the ability to do whatever I want. There is so much that you can do on the campus if you find out about it. I think that the most important thing that I would change is I would want some help navigating the cmapus. It could be as simple as advertising, but I want someone through the university to come and help me figure stuff out. the size is a little large, but mostly good. I
Washington is a very welcoming student body. However, it is predominantly caucasian and asian liberals. Any other group might feel out of place initially, but would eventually be ok because people here are very friendly. in addition, a lot of people clique up with high school buddies because they are afraid, or simply don't want to meet new people. This means you have to make the effort. Also conservatives may feel out of place here, so if you are conservative, don't talk politics.
Somewhat. There is an overwhelming liberal presence on campus, but there are conservatives too. There is a large proportion of techies and hippies on the campus but there are students who are neither as well. Ya, last one is true, washington students drink a lot of coffee.
My professors know my name, but that is only because I raise my hand a lot. I have regular classes with over 100 people some with over 400 which means I am one of a crowd. I think that despite their size, the classes are good. I am learning a lot and it is much better than high school because there is very little busy work.
The social scene mostly takes place on greek row. Students who want to party go there from the dorms and the students who live there party as well. People party pretty much every weekend. the clubs i am involved with aren't very social. I don't think we do that much stuff.
Washington Students are very liberal. Washington students are either techies or hippies. Washington students drink a lot of coffee.
As mentioned above, UW is having some problems realizing its own size. For students who can succeed on a large campus, UW is...
As mentioned above, UW is having some problems realizing its own size. For students who can succeed on a large campus, UW is ideal. There are tons of ways to get involved, and Seattle is a great city to live in. Granted, Seattle is not a college town, I have to admit that. But, with 40,000 students, the U District itself is a great place for college students, with the Ave, U Village (higher end shopping), and a vibrant Greek system, there is always something going on. Compared to peer universities, I would say we have slightly lesser school pride, with good turnout to classics such as Homecoming, football games, and other major college events. UW seems to suffer from a certain amount of student apathy, when students become jaded by the immensity of the campus, and are less likely to join clubs, or really get involved with anything.
All I will say is, big campuses bring with them a lot of awesome opportunities, and if there isn't an RSO (registered student organization) to your liking, it is easy to create one, and ASUW is very supportive of students who want to create a club. One thing I love about UW is the diversity. I have friends from every walk of life, and everyone seems to get along regardless of socioeconomic status, or anything of that matter. We are a very political campus, unfortunately I must admit we lean rather left.
To an extent, yes. You will not get the same experience at UW as you would at a small school, say a tenth of the size. Yes, there can be drawbacks to being on a large campus, and yes for some students it is not a right fit. However, for the students that can handle the stresses of a large campus, being apart of a 40,000 person community opens up opportunities that would be impossible at a small school.
Academics at the University of Washington are top notch. Students are for the most part dedicated to their academics, and many of our programs are nationally ranked. Many of the intro classes can get up to 700 students, and although this is a huge drawback according to some students, I personally think this is not as bad of a situation as people make it out to be. Ultimately, I have only taken a few huge lecture classes, and I always felt that the professor/tas were available whenever I needed help. I think because UW was gaining a reputation as being a large school, they are very sensitive to large class issues.
Being the largest University in the Pacific Northwest, UW gets a reputation for being too large and many prospective students tell me we are just "too big" for them. Many people worry that they will get lost on the campus, and never find their social niche. With 40,000+ students, the University of Washington is a huge campus, and is situated in a fairly urban area of Seattle, so the community surrounding UW has its share of big cities pains.
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