The most popular student activities that take place at the University of Washington would have to be the football games during the fall and also the Dawg Daze events that happen at the beginning of the academic year. I say this because the football games are huge and it is a chance to come together with friends and also meet new friends and watch the Huskies win some PAC12 football! The Dawg Daze events are awesome and have a variety of activities to do! It is a week long celebration of coming to UW and there is a small carnival with the live Husky Band and also a live band that the university provides for the students. As well as the carnival there are tons of little games to play and also just a chance to get to know all the new Husky faces that are joining the Husky family. There are a tremendous amount of "groups" around the campus, ranging from ethnic groups to just your typical math group. No matter what there really isn't a true "popular" group and there certainly is not a popularity contest that goes on. If you like a group or club, then try it out and join it, if not then move on with your day.
I tried to get involved with a bunch of different clubs and they were all terrible.
Business students often do not have classes on Fridays, hence "thirsty Thursdays". If you do happen to have classes on Fridays then you are cut off from a large chunk of the partying experience.
The dating scene is awful..
Athletic events are super popular at my school. Especially the football games. I am in a fraternity and i can tell that a large majority of the greek system attends the football games.
The best part about UW has to be the huge amount of diversity on campus. It is impossible to generalize all the students here. It is common to see Monks walking through Red Square, Christians handing out flyers for church events, and Mormons stopping people for a quick chat. Professors have German accents, Japanese, Russian, and Chinese too. The person sitting on one side of you might be wearing a hijab while the next person is wearing yoga pants or a dress suit. The vast majority of students are younger twenties but it isn’t surprising to have someone in there forties of fifties in a class either. Seattle and the UW combined harbors a very accepting and open-minded mentality that allows people of all different backgrounds to intermingle. Regardless, there are still tons of student groups on campus to help connect people from similar backgrounds and interest too so no one feels marginalized or isolated. Most people on campus tend to lean towards the left side of the political spectrum but the student government is incredibly democratic- it is hard to tell whether you are in Washington D.C or at the student senate- so everyone’s voices are heard. No one should feel left out at UW. If you do feel alone, you simply need help finding people you connect with in the sea of diversity on campus.
The most popular student activities and groups on campus are football games, zombies and inter mural sports. Everyone I know on campus attend football games and the only people I can think of that I do not see at games very often are international students. Second, Zombies has been a very popular activity on campus and is where students chase each other around campus with nerf guns and orange bandanas on attempting to turn each other into "zombies". I do not personally know anyone who plays this game but is very popular amongst students in dorms. Third, IMA sports such as basketball, football and soccer are very popular on campus and there are many different leagues and athletic abilities that play these sports during their respective seasons.
The most popular nights to hangout and drink with students are Tuesdays and Thursdays, and oftentimes you would find students getting late night food on the ave on the nights anytime from midnight to 4am. The weekends are a little more dull because there are so many local students that go home for the weekend to see their families, get home cooked meals and get their laundry done.
If students are looking for somewhere to party, the party scene in the fraternities and sororities is very prevalent and fun, where as in the dorms, there doesn't seem to be as much of a demand for partying/drinking.
The number 1 most popular group on campus is the Greek community. The UW has a very old and traditional Greek System that attracts a huge amount of the undergraduate student body. I was part of a fraternity for a couple of years, and it was the best way I found to make the UW feel a little bit more like my home. The Fraternities and Sororities are heart of the University's school pride and are way over represented at almost all the games and school festivals. They also have the highest average GPA of any community on campus.
If you aren't part of the G.S. there are plenty of other options for student activities and groups. Some other popular ones are, intramural sports at the GIANT recreations center, clubs, and on campus religious organizations. If your just looking for a place to go out at night, there are more bars and restaurants next to campus than any other place in Seattle. If your not in to the party scene there's plenty of options, from movies to bubble tea.
You've got the more traditional fraternities and sororities naturally, along with academic-oriented clubs revolving around specific departments of study. But there are also organizations for just about anything. At our initial student orientation, we were told there was a club which revolved around eating peanut butter and jelly. There are also clubs for ethnic groups, for comic book lovers, for religious folks, and for performers of every variety. One last thing: Only at the University of Washington do you see just as much passion for the football games as for campus-wide games of Humans Vs. Zombies.
The great thing about the University of Washington is that there isn't a single dominate student activity or group that hold the title as "most popular". There is literally something for anyone and everyone to do and be apart of. Whether that is by being involved in the student government, writing for the student newspaper, taking part in school sports, creating or joining a unique student club, organizing a student rally, or just being a observer. There is endless possibilities for a student to take part in.
Everyone really enjoys football and athletics here and there is a big Greek row life here as well. It's nice that UW is in Seattle so if you want to do fun activities that don't involve drinking you have a lot of options! There is a lot of beautiful scenery and downtown and Bellevue are close by so you can do a lot of exploring. It's really easy to meet friends in class and in quiz sections. The easiest way to meet people is in the dorms.
Clubs, ranging from sports to ethnic/cultural to clubs involving different academic fields. Exploring the area, parks, downtown. Coffee shops. The Ave. Parties, bars.
and with that in mind, the potential for nightlife is literally endless. Again, it's all about how much of an effort you make.
Dorm life varies from a wild party to completely anti-social and it all depends on you and your willingness to interact.
Meeting people in classrooms takes quite a bit of effort, but meeting people randomly on campus is a near impossibility.
Many of my closest friends I met through other friends. We would join clubs together and expand our circle of friends through each other.
If you can afford tickets to the Husky games, I recommend you go, because they are always wild, even when we lose. There is a fantastic Drama program and student tickets are cheap. Just keep your eyes and ears open, but college life is wild and spontaneous, you just have to be ready for it.
As a freshman at the University of Washington, I decided to live in the "Engineering Community." This is simply two floors in one of the dorm buildings that is reserved for students who wish to pursue a degree in any engineering discipline. I maintain that this was the best decision I could have made in my first year here. I met some of my very best friends on the floor I lived on. The wonderful part about this specialization is that we all share similar interests and all took similar entry level math and science classes. There was a great potential for study groups in some of the classes that are most difficult for entering engineering students. Another community such as this exists for Arts majors. I think it is a brilliant idea and would highly recommend it to any student wishing to pursue a degree in this area.
Depends what the individual is most interested in. A large portion of our school has great interest in healthcare. Thus, MAPS (Minority Association Of Pre-Health Students) is a popular club that many students join.
Outside of activities, students hang out on the Ave and grab a bite to eat. We've got an awesome school gym (IMA), with indoor basketball courts, gym, weights area, swimming pool, indoor track, badminton courts, and a lot more. That's where I go all the time!
Since the UW is located right in Seattle and close to other neighboring cities, many students commute outside the campus area to do things. The school also has a vibrant University District where many activities can be sought out. UW students are very proud of their sports teams and any games or competitions are heavily attended by all. There is also a large Greek system but it doesn't matter if you are in one or not. The dorms are pretty populated and could get loud and since I like my personal space, I am living in an off-campus apartment this year. But I am living with the roommate I had in the dorms and she is now one of my best friends so the dorms can be a positive experience and I recommend that a student live in one for a least a year.
I never dormed so I can't share my experiences with that, but my friends seem to have enjoyed it, although they did all get apartments for the second year. The greek system is big - thousands of students are part of that community and although not for everyone, it's a great opportunity to get to know people and have fun. I met my closest friends in my FIG (freshman interest group) and when I studied abroad - both things I HIGHLY recommend doing. Studying abroad is huge here - there are lots of scholarships and it truly helps shape who you are as a person.
UW is a huge school, make no mistake. However, there are so many ways to get connected, you'll soon find yourself surprised at how many times you say to yourself, "what a small world!". The most important thing I can tell you is this: get involved RIGHT AWAY. Every year, thousands of freshman come in, petrified of having no friends. This is when everyone is the most open to trying new things and talking to new people. I am not the most outgoing person around, but I made sure to try branching out right away.
I involved myself in as many activities as my sanity would allow. I talked to other students in my classes, found an on-campus job, joined a youth group, hung out with people on my floor, played sports at the IMA, etc. You'll meet friends who will then introduce you to their friends. Soon, you'll start to build some friendships that will last more than just freshman year. Also, try doing different things. Grab a few friends and take the bus into Seattle or Bellevue. It's a fantastic city with tons of things to do. Go to a Mariners game, watch a movie at Lincoln Square, hit up some coffee shops in Queen Anne.
But before you graduate, GO TO A FOOTBALL GAME!!! This is an opportunity that you won't have ever again: to sit in the student section. It is so exciting, that even if you don't like football very much, you'll enjoy the experience (just bring other people to sit with).
There are so many different clubs and organizations on campus, that it's really hard to pinpoint which clubs dominate campus. In terms of sports teams, the football and basketball teams are defiantly the most prominent. The basketball and football games are very well attended and it's actually really hard to get basketball tickets because they are in such high demand. However the crew team at UW is also extremely good. In terms of organizations, ASUW (Associated Students of the University of Washington) is very prominent because they are the voice of the students.
The Greek Community on campus isn't super dominate on campus, only 10% of the student body is greek, but it's one of the organizations that I'm involved with and it's how I met all my friends. If a student goes greek, they live in the houses at the beginning of freshman year. Even though I didn't get a dorm experience, I have met my closest friends living in a house with 100 girls for 4 years. If I am bored and awake at 2am on a Tuesday night, I can always find someone else in my house that is awake.
Most of the parties happen on Tuesday-Thursday nights at UW. It's a weird concept to get used to, but Thursday nights are definitely the biggest for parties. Since there are football games on weekends or people go home/do homework, parties happen on weekdays. There are a lot of students who don't party too. Since the UW is located so close to downtown Seattle, there are so many different activities that one can do that doesn't involve drinking. The music scene is really big in Seattle, so there are a lot of concerts and music events one can attend. Hitting the Ave and trying new food is also a student favorite. There are so many different types of food to try - my goal is to try them all before I graduate!
Tons of student clubs, a good house party scene, a lot of events that won't interest you, gotta find people who go hiking so they'll take you!
The greek system is a disgrace. All these people do is drink and party, though they somehow maintain a very high grade point average (even though most of them major in underwater basket weaving, probably learning how to legally drive under the influence of alcohol and 'legalized' illegal drugs). And what can I do on a Saturday night that doesn't involve drinking? Well, when I do have classes, I would work on homework. When I don't, I would just work on my research.
lots to do
Greek Life: HUGE, if you're into that. I've definitely been to my fair share of frat parties.
Football: EVEN BIGGER, UW is an amazing school spirited community on game days.
Theater: I've gone to two plays and they were both amazing.
Music: I'm sorry to say I was only able to make it to one musical recital, a jazz concert in the spring, but I loved it nonetheless.
Although UW campus is a safe place to be, it IS located in Seattle, so it's not a good idea to roam around at night. However, in dorms, students do leave their doors open at times - but i do believe they lock their doors before they go to bed! i usually meet my friends during office hours or my new friends would introduce me to others. It's weird, but we all become really close friends really quickly. Somehow our personalities just all click instantly. I made a lot of friends during the past three quarters and it seems like we've all been friends since high school... it doesn't seem like we'd only met a few quarters ago! That's how close you'll become when you make friends here at UW. if i'm still awake at 2 am, it's because i'm still studying - another stereotypical story is you'll always stay up late to study. However, it's not always true, i stay up late because everyone knows i'm a hard worker who studies really hard. But if you don't have to stay up late...unless you're cramming for an exam the next morning. I don't go to much parties because the parties here are not really my kind of parties, however, i think there's parties every week. Most fraternities/sororities set up these parties.
There is a lot to do in Seattle. We usually go to bars and just socialize. Other than drinking my classmate and I usually take on sport activities (tennis, hiking, running, ect.).
There is always something to do regardless of the night of the week. Alcohol is not the only option campus even had an arcade and bowling if you don't want to go too far and there's always somewhere to find a live band or concert in the area.
There is a lot of school pride yes, and there are many activities to do on campus. Since I live OFF campus, it is hard to make many of the night ones.
lots of things always going on...great way to network
The football team is popular and most games sell out. However the basketball games sell out within minutes and tickets are very difficult to get a hold of. These are the most popular of the sports at Washington. I was involved in Water Polo which is a club sport not sponsored by the school. The cost of this sport is high, but those passionate about water polo find that it's worth the price. People leave their doors open in the dorms for the first part of the year until they meet their friends. I lived in on campus housing but they were student apartments. The doors opened up outside so leaving our doors open wasn't exactly an option. My close friends were met at church right up the street on the north end of campus. Since my dorm was at the south end, a group of us would get together to walk together since crime rates were increasing and we had to walk through some sketchy parts of town. This group along with some others we met on church retreats and through random connections became my best friends. We would do random things like walking all over town looking for firewood on a Saturday night only to find out that we couldn't use the fire pit outside the dorm without written permission and a resident adviser present. Many nights were spent playing cards and watching movies. Every Saturday night my roommate and I would make dinner from scratch for our weekly activity we called "Saturday Night Merriment" It was always nice to have fresh home-cooked food for a change. After dinner we'd play hearts and watch movies and if the weather was nice we'd walk to the park or bus somewhere exciting for another random adventure. A few "couples" formed within this same group of friends over the course of the year. When it comes to fraternities and sororities, they are a huge part of life on campus. There are 26 fraternities and 17 sororities if I remember correctly. You could find a party every night of the week if you had the right connections and if not you could probably walk around the Greek row area on a Thursday night and follow the noise to find one. Parties are not uncommon in that part of campus.
I am involved in the Greek system at UW, but only with my Sorority, I don't go to Fraternities. Many girls participate in both. Kids in the dorms also come to the Greek system to hang out. I met my closest friends in my House, and choir and church. Many UW social scenes come together for annual activities such as Homecoming. There are lots of great events and many people come together. Especially for the football games. Off- campus there is the U-Villiage (shopping center) with lots of great shops, and the Ave, with cofee and bubble tea. Downtown seattle is also just a bus ride away, so lots of students go there.
One of the most popular groups/organizations on campus are the Washington Greeks. I may only be saying this because I am greek myself but fraternities and sororities make up a significant portion of the student population here at UW. I am a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. I did informal rush and recently became a member. I lived in the Lander dorms for all of my freshman year. One my floor in particular, we were all very close to one another so our doors were left open the majority of the time, with the exception of finals week...even then the doors were usually open. Athletic events are pretty popular here. Football and basketball are definitely the most popular. The dating scene here is interesting. I have met many guys here. =) During the middle of fall quarter I was kind of involved with a guy from my dorm from San Diego, CA. Then during the first month of spring quarter I dated a different guy from San Diego, CA. (pretty ironic). Recently, I have been involved with a guy from Orange County, CA. It's usually not the hard to find a guy around UW. The Greek system definitely helps. Some people would argue with me however. I met my closest friends from my floor in the dorm (floor two!) and from various fraternities and sororities. Some events that happen each year are Race for the Cure which I am involved in, Greek Week which is a huge ordeal in the greek system, Dawg Daze happens for the incoming freshman, and many others. People party very often here. There is no doubt that UW is a party school, but unlike many party schools, the grades stay high. Fraternities and Sororities are a huge part of UW. They are quite important. Off campus you can go downtown or to the beach when it's nice out. I went to a couple concerts this year in the SoDo district downtown and in the general downtown area. They were alot of fun and gave me a better idea of what Seattle was like.
UW sporting events, especially Husky football, are huge social events on campus.
UW does have a Greek Community, made up of 3,000 students. Living in a sorority, I have made the majority of my friends through Greek events, though making friends in class is never difficult as UW students tend to be very open and willing to meet new people.
GREEK. GREEK. GREEK. It is huge at UW, 32 frats and 16 sororities not including ethnic inspired ones (asian, latino, etc.). I have no issues with the greek system in fact I would recommend it to anyone planning on attending UW, especially guys.
Usual college stuff. Same as anywhere. A little less partying unless you are on greek row than average. More cultural and intellectually broadening things to do. People are great in Seattle but you need a reason to start up a conversation, like a common group you belong to.
The dorms all have a different flavor to them, and like a lot of things in life, they are what you make them. They're going to tear down Mercer and build a lot of new halls soon, but I like Mercer. The locations not the greatest, but you can't beat Mercer's sense of community.
A lot of professors offer extra credit for attending guest lectures. If you have a friend in the class, it's a good way to hang out with a friend and get closer to that 4.0!
Going out and drinking all weekend stopped being cool after freshman year. The closer you are to graduation, the more you'll find yourself staying away from the bars on the Ave.
Campus is fairly fit. Taking the Burke-Gilman trail to Gasworks Park was a great running work out. The IMA (gym) is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!! Totally state of the art and a great place to hang out.
Being in the greek system isn't key to having a social life; I never joined. But lots of my friends did and they had really good experiences. All the same, I think most of them dreaded all the social requirements during their junior and senior years.
GO TO APPLE CUP AND HOMECOMING!!! Even though the Huskies usually lose football games, that doesn't dampen Husky pride during the Apple Cup and Homecoming.
most popular organizations are probably greek. but they get too much hype and are often racist and sexist.
Athletic events are very popular at UW, especially the football games. Everyone gets extremely involved and dress up and cheer. It's a lot of fun! There are a ton of guest speakers of all kinds so you can go see whoever strikes an interest in you. There was just one not too long ago about why America is so afraid of sex. I met my closest friends through classes and studying with one another. If I was awake at 2am on a Tuesday I would most likely be studying and that's what most people are doing. People party a lot just like any college but it's a very friendly environment. Frats and sororities aren't that important, you either belong to one or you don't but it's not too big of a deal. There are a lot of other things to do besides drink, a lot of stuff goes on on campus so you don't have to go out and drink to have a good time. A lot of kids hang out on the Ave.
JOIN THE GREEK SYSTEM. It's huge, and if you don't already have a close knit group of friends it is an excellent way to be part of a fun loving and closely networked community. Events between houses are frequent, and you'll meet a lot of girls (or guys if you're a girl).
My friends in the dorms have become very introverted. Their lack of social skills post University will probably handicap them in the work force. Many people overlook the personal growth factor necessary for individuals during their college experience, and the way our dorms are set up now, your social skills will suffer a devastating blow.
The parties, the organizations, sports clubs, those are all things I involved myself in. I felt there was something for everyone here and I always had something to do. That's comforting and important to form a great community within the school.
Not aware of these activites/social life as I am Exec (evening student).
Activities are great; and if I were a bit younger I might have been really into them (I'm 24), but beyond freelancing for local papers, working, and keeping up my schoolwork, there is hardly time to eat or sleep. The Ave. seems to be the off-campus social hub, everyone congregates there. Apart from Greek row (where most of the sororities and fraternities are situated), this isn't a party school. We didn't get in here by being goofs, and most people are extremely ambitious. Plus, many students commute.
Some popular campus groups are ASUW, Young Democrats, the Fair Trade Coffee kids, and Rainydawg Radio... which I'm involved in. I joined a sorority after living in the dorms for a year and being a bit unsatisfied with its social life. The dorms are great to meet other people if you are in the right one! I have generally found that most of the south campus dorms are pretty social while the north campus ones aren't as much, but it really depends on your floor. I liked being in a sorority because it was easier to meet new people since the campus is so big, and I was having a harder time finding a niche. I met most of my good friends at UW through my sorority.
The Greek community is pretty prominent on campus, but if you weren't part of it and didn't know anything about it, you wouldn't notice it too much. People living north of campus tend to party a lot, but if it's not your scene you wouldn't be too bothered by it. There are plenty of things to do around the U-District, and so many buslines run by campus that it's easy to hop a bus and go find something to do downtown. UW has a bunch of fun clubs during the weekend like Ultimate Frisbee, Honors Croquet League, Qudditch League, and games of "Assassin", so there is plenty to become involved with.
Husky sports games are hugely popular on campus, especially during football season where everyone seems to go crazy about the Huskies!
Dawg Daze to welcome new students is tradition.
LOVE IT! There is so much to do. You can find a club for just about anything. There's also experimental college where you get to take random little classes for no credit. Like...dance classes, painting, cooking, sewing...you name it, UW probably has it!
I met my closest friends in the dorms freshmen year. So living in the dorms for at least one year is HIGHLY recommended! You meet so many cool people, and you eventually end up hanging out with them through out the remainder of your college experience. Like I mentioned above, there is so much to do. There is a bus that will take you anywhere in the city. You can go to the movies, shopping, rowing, to a park, down town...there are so many options!
Lot's of people are in Sororities and Fraternities. There are lots of clubs, and things to be a part of. I met my closest friends in the dorm I first moved into last year. It can be hard to meet people if you aren't ACTIVELY trying, but once you do, the people are incredible, and there is a lot of fun to be had.
I was part of an athletic team, which provided me with a number of fun experiences. They became a second family because we spent so much time with each other. Because of this I wasn't really able to participate in any other clubs or teams. The other people that I met on campus were through the dorm life, in classes, and were mainly friends of people on my team.
For the most part, I attended a number of athletic events, which were really fun. Because we have a number of good teams, it's fun to root for them and see them win. I occasionally went to frat parties. Many people go on a weekly basis. Although they are not my major preference as to having fun, I think they're important because it's a way for some people to interact with others that are similar to them. It gives those people a feeling that they belong somewhere at the school.
I have many options: my old dorm friends, track friends, Greek System social life, Architecture friends, Construction Management Friends, work friends, high school friends....there are too may things to do at once most of the time. I love that because with my two majors and internship i need to have organized social events and options to come home to and make myself have some fun. Or else i might go insane!
GREEK WEEK is our yearly main event. I am sure people have heard about it plenty.
People party a lot, but to my knowledge they all still get great grades and balance out there life well. I know i had to learn how to do that when i came to college right out of a small town. You have to be able to balance all these things to survive college.
There are tons of things to do without drinking....there are movie theaters, the University Ave for shopping and eating, The University Village...more shopping and eating, downtown is only a bus ride away with Seattle Center, Pike Place, Pioneer Square, Shopping & Business Districts and more. There are ferries to Bremerton and Bainbridge Island for day trips. There are many great parks on Lake Washington, you can rent boat from the university. There is Bellevue and Kirkland right across the lake....
I was in the greek system and the party scene is awesome, though not so out of control that it gets in the way of your studies. It rains a lot up here so we are creative.
The fraternities and sororities are fairly large at UW, but are secretly mocked by anyone not involved in one. They typically get a bad rap. Beyond that, the nightlife is great--the Ave is huge and there's something for everyone, from vegan to Earl's, everyone's favorite dive bar.
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