Location: Seattle, WA
Size: 29,754 undergraduate students
Percent Women: 52%
Tuition (one year): $23,227 (in state) or $44,346 (out of state) including room and board.
Most Popular Majors: Social sciences, Biological or Biomedical Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Visual and Performing Arts.
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 55% admitted
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, vist UW's website at https://admit.washington.edu/Admission
Why Choose University of Washington?
"University of Washington's location was one of the main reasons I chose to attend. Being a socialite and accustomed to a fast-paced environment, I wanted to be in the hustle and bustle of a busy city. UW offers that but also has a typical college campus- feel to it with the old-historical buildings, beautiful landscape, ivy on brick and picturesque cherry blossom quad. It's the best of both worlds."
"UW is well known for the many science programs and research opportunities. I want to be a doctor, so with all of the science classes and the UW Med Center right there, I could really see myself grow here."
"It's an all around great school! It's well known for it's top academic performance as well as the many majors offered. Plus I loved the fact that there was Greek Life!"
"I chose UW mainly because it was my cheapest option, and I wanted to stay in Seattle because I had grown up there. It is a really great school, and I always saw myself going there."
"UW is well-known as a great school, but I think I fell in love with it when I came to campus for a visit. The cherry blossoms were out and the whole campus was just gorgeous! I loved that it was so close to downtown Seattle too. There's just so much to do here!"
"Being a large campus and in the heart of Seattle, it has so many resources and opportunities: internships, jobs, research and alumni networking."
"I love that there's always events relating to different cultures and a lot of RSOs that are cultural based! It's really fun getting to know people through them."
"There's something for everyone! Greek life, dorms, or housing options as well as clubs directed toward academia, politics, hobbies, post-graduation plans and career paths are available to the whole student body."
"I really appreciate the academics here. There's so many different majors to choose from and so many helpful faculty to network with. You really get the full college experience when it comes to opportunity."
"I like that there's a lot of different types of people here and that we are all a little weird. We are like the less hibster version of Portland. Everyone just seems to find their niche."
"UW is known as a research institution. As a result, some of the professors aren't the best lecturers and they don't understand how to engage his/her students well."
"The worst part are the class sizes. Sometimes, they're so big!"
"Registration can be difficult sometimes. You don't always get into the class you want at the time you want it. There are resources available, like text notifications of when a class opens up, but you have to be quick enough to snag the open spot before anyone else!"
"Parking around UW can be really tough! There's parking passes you can buy to park in the lot, but they're pretty expensive."
"Living in a city comes with some of the negative parts of the city. The police work hard to keep everyone safe and campus is safe, but sometimes there are muggings or break ins in the area surrounding to be aware of."
New Collegiate on Campus
"First year life on campus is really easy. UW does a good job of integrating students and getting them involved."
"There's an activities fair at the beginning of the year where most campus clubs table to get freshmen involved. There's so many clubs to choose from!"
"Being a freshman here is a lot of fun! The first week, before school starts, there's really great activities all over campus that anyone can be a part of! At the end of that week there's a concert too!"
"Most freshmen live in campus dorms or in the Greek system and both set up lots of ways of staying entertained and meeting people."
"I think the campus as a whole is really friendly toward freshmen and understanding that, at first, college life can be a little overwhelming. There's a lot of support!"
All About Academics
"I'd say the most popular majors are Business, Communications, Biology and Engineering. Some majors have an application process while others are open majors."
"Classes in high demand can be challenging to get into, but most people are still able to complete a degree in four years."
"There's a huge amount of interesting classes to choose from! If you don't meet the prerequistites, you can email the professor for an add code to join a course, so there's a lot of options for exploring different topics."
"Academics are challenging. There is no such thing as "coasting" unless you're in a major that is not very demanding of one's time. However, since it's such a hard college to get into (average High School GPA of freshman approx. 3.7) the caliber and environment of the education is very rewarding in knowing that students are competing with the best."
"I'd reccommend planning out your courses ahead of time. UW Advising is great and really helpful, but they can get swamped during registration periods."
"Class work can be rigorous, but there's a lot of opportunities and resources available for help, like office hours. You've got to stay on top of things, but when you do, it's well worth it!"
Learn from the Best
"Anthony Gill is really popular in the Political Science Department, and he teaches quite a few classes. He's been voted the best class on campus!"
"Some classes have professors that lead field trips (a lot of them being Biology classes), but they're really cool because they allow a lot of hands-on work! Some are overnight too and are really great ways to meet people!"
"Faculty vary a lot in terms of silliness or seriousness in class. It depends a lot on the department. I've heard Engineering professors tend to be more strict whereas Ethnic Studies classes have chill professors."
"When it gets nice out, some professors will take class outside! Of course, this doesn't happen too often as a lot doesn't get done..."
"Dr. Wenderoth is an amazing teacher. She is tough and expects a lot from each student, but I learned more than just Biology in the class I took with her. She taught us a lot about networking too! She has students attend Biology Networking night which is actually really helpful in terms of getting prepared for post-graduation."
Interests & Involvement
"I'd say there's something for everyone. I've been involved in clubs for volunteer service, theater, and academic purposes, but there are many others too."
"On the University website there's a section listing all of the possible clubs to join. That's a good way to find out about them. Or, at the activities fair at the beginning of the year! There, tons of clubs are lined up in tables and people can visit the tables that interest them."
"There are plenty of RSO (registered student organizations), on-campus clubs, and or IMA sport teams to be involved with, and the residence halls make an effort to engage its residents. I'm a member of the Greek Community, and Panhellenic Association and the Interfraternity Council make a strong effort to create philanthropic activities for all chapters and support social activities for its members, too."
"I feel like there are clubs and activities for whatever your interest, and students really get involved. There's always something going on on-campus. It's also fairly easy to start your own, but there's a process you must go through. There's an activites office in the HUB where you can go to find out more information."
"The most popular clubs are probably ones that pertain to majors or post-career plans. They can be really helpful for prepartion for applying to graduate schools and such."
"We are a Pac-12 school so there's definitely several large sports teams. It's a big event for a lot of students to go out and watch them, especially during football season!"
"Everyone goes to the Husky football games! There's so much excitement and energy- basically bleed purple and gold! It's a must-have UW experience."
"There's a lot of different sports teams represented at UW. There's also intermural sports at the IMA that people can be a part of too! So, there's a lot of ways to stay active."
"The football culture here is huge, but even if you don't attend the games, it's still fun to be a part of the Husky spirit! The band comes around on some Fridays before Saturday games and they get people excited with an awesome performance."
"I think the Husky spirit and sports culture is pretty universal here. Everyone I know has gone to at least one game at some point in their college experience."
"I'd say it's pretty good being a woman on the UW campus! There are lots of opportunities and clubs that women can join!"
"There's a whole department dedicated to gender studies (the GWIS department), so I feel like women are well respected on campus."
"Women wear whatever they want! I see all sorts of attire from cute dresses and skirts, to laid back leggings and sweatshirts. Generally, everyone is just wearing raincoats in the winter though!"
"I don't ever seen any discrimination on campus. I think women are represented well here."
"I see a lot of women promoting feminism in a positive light on campus, and a lot of people sharing that view in equality."
Food & Drink
"There's a good range of dining options on campus as well as near campus (on the ave). You can get pretty much anything from little snack foods, to Indian food, to Subway, to salads, to burgers and more!"
"I eat on the ave mostly because I don't live in the dorms, but it's pretty cheap and quick food with a lot of variety in choice. There's also the little food trucks on campus which are super convienent!"
"I have only experienced the dining halls of McMahon, and it's quite delicious. However, after a month of it, the food can become quite repetitive, and really unhealthy. There are always options on the Ave, which includes an array of different cuisines.
"I'm in a Greek house and have my meals provided by a staff which is great and pretty healthy! However, access to a kitchen is pretty difficult."
"Most food on campus is super overpriced but if you have a dorm meal plan it's totally doable and convenient. I recommend Thai veggie wraps and stealing drip coffee from the poorly placed brew pots."
"Being a commuter student who has never lived in the dorms, I haven't eaten very much food on-campus. However, UW is conveniently placed near tons of different restaurants for whatever your budget. If you're cheap like me, there's also a Safeway a few blocks down University Way."
"There's always some sort of activity planned by ASUW - Dawg Daze in the fall, movies in the quad during spring quarter, free move screenings and speakers on-campus. However, these events aren't necessarily publicized well, so students have to take the initiative and seek opportunities. In terms of the party scene, UW does has large 'frat party' scene also."
"We have a Greek community on campus and it's fairly active and open to all students. With that, there's parties and mixers, but as a member of the Greek community, I've never felt pressure to go, or if I do, I never feel pressured to drink."
"I really enjoy laying out in the quad when it gets nice out. Everyone becomes really active on campus when the sun comes out. You often see people playing frisbee or sun-bathing."
"I don't go to that many UW parties, but it seems as though there are quite a few each weekend. There is also tons of pretty places to explore or hang out around campus. I don't think you will have a hard time finding something to do during down time throughout the day, or on weekends. There's also a bar scene on the ave that's close enough to walk to."
"I think it's pretty easy to branch out and meet new people at parties! People are generally pretty friendly and there are a lot of people who don't drink."
"Partying is definately a scene around UW, but people do other things as well! There's a lot of close by parks for activities or places to explore in the areas surrounding UW."
"It's really up to the person to decide whether they want to live in the dorms, off-campus housing, or the Greek system. I do know that the majority live in the residence halls their freshmen year and then move into nearby housing/apartments across the street from where the Greek chapters are: it's very common and most find people find this living more rewarding than on-campus housing."
"Dorms are fun and exciting freshman year but after that its off to a nearby apartment complex or (party) house for most students. Commuting from other seattle neighborhoods is also not uncommon."
"You can pick a roommate if you want, if not you are randomly assigned. The dorms are pretty safe too! There's key pads and such."
"Depending on people in the dorm (some are quiet, some are friendly), it can be a great place to meet people! A lot of dorms hold activities for bonding such as movies nights."
"The dorms are located in pretty convienent areas around campus. They also range in expense and quality. Dorms like Hagget and McMahon are cheaper, but not as nice, while dorms like Poplar and Lander are really nice, but also expensive."
"UW is just north of Seattle, and Seattle is an amazing city! It's only like a 20 minute bus ride to downtown Seattle where there's Westlake, International District, Pike Place and so many other great places to visit!"
"The U-district area is like a city in itself. There are many restaurants, shops and unique boutiques to explore."
"The major nightlife is in Seattle, of course, specifically in the Capitol Hill area. The U-district itself has many bars and small clubs within walking distance though. They have great happy hours and karaoke sometimes!"
"There's lots of different neightborhoods close by to explore, and a very active transportation system runs right through the Ave so it's pretty easy to get anywhere."
"When the weather is nice, the Seattle area is beautiful and great for outdoor activities! There's hikes only a 40 minute drive away, or lakes within ten minutes, or pretty parks like Greenlake that are super close!"
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