University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (93)
The University of Washington overall is a great school with an amazing college life experience. There are endless opportunities for success in academics, student life, and career planning. It's a beautiful campus to be on, especially during the spring with the full bloom of the Cherry Blossom trees. The courses at UW can range from 25 to over 300 students in the class and professors seem to be more focused on their personal research than teaching. Majors are also very competitive at the university and the university sets very high expectations for students compared to other schools. Now that I have finally graduated I don't really feel like my degree will lead me to a promising career. It's been difficult finding jobs in Seattle's competitive market. But UW is really great for those pursuing degrees in engineering, science, information technology, business, and medicine.
I loved attending UW. I did not think I would like going to such a large university, but I found it to be fairly easy to meet people by getting involved in small groups, through classes, and living with other students. I found that the Psychology advisers were not particularly great at helping me find the best practical fit for a career, or advising me on how to decide what career path to take specifically. But overall, I would wholeheartedly recommend going there.
What a great place to get an education. Most of the professors are very accommodating to meet with students for questions or advising. I always felt like my education was important to them. UW Seattle is surrounded by such diverse medical community and getting an internship to study an area of interest is not difficult. Not to mention how gorgeous the campus is, especially the Quad during spring. It's a regular occurrence to see couples getting their engagement pictures taken.
I felt like a number, classes were huge and I didn't feel like any of the professors cared about me as a student but rather selling their latest text book. The worst experience was career advising during my undergraduate experience and as an alumni. I would hope that this issue is addressed for future students.
The University of Washington prepared me to be the best graduate school candidate I could be. The vast majority of my professors were excellent and truly cared about student learning. Despite the large class sizes, I always felt supported. The coursework was challenging but interesting and I feel very prepared to take on a graduate school workload. My classes and extracurriculars gave me the opportunity to develop skills in research, networking, writing, and critical thinking. Along with the academic programs, the student organizations and study abroad opportunities available are fantastic and allow each person to find their niche. I loved this school - go dawgs!
I studied Neurobiology at the University of Washington Seattle from 2012 to 2016. I was a student-athlete on the track & field team as well as served as secretary for the Minority Association of Pre Health Students club. From my experiences, I would highly recommend the University of Washington to all prospective students. I give the University of the Washington 5/5 stars for quality of instruction. The reason being that most (95%) of my instructors had well organized class agendas and made their expectations very clear. But most importantly, most (95%) of my instructors actually cared about their students. Instructors would make time during their instruction to address questions students had even if it took time away from class. Instructors were extremely available for out-of-class communications; many even provided their cell phone number. Also, most instructors held comprehensive review sessions that accommodated the majority of the classes availability. These types of instructors really make the University of Washington's quality of instruction shine. Lastly, the University of Washington requires that at the end of each quarter students have the opportunity to anonymously review the quality of the class and the instructor. Online you can find a Class Catalog, which displays an average of these reviews. In this way you can see which classes have the highest quality of instruction; I chose all of my classes using this tool so I may have a different perspective on quality of instruction compared to other students. The rigor of curriculum was 5/5 stars for me. I took chemistry, biology, physics, and math classes before getting in the Neurobiology department. The rigor of science classes at the University of Washington runs high as the UW takes pride in being a world leader in STEM research. All of my classes, except for maybe Intro to Chemistry, pushed my thinking. Each year at the UW, I found that this push elicited growth as my GPA improved each year. Unlike high school, studying was no longer just an option, it became a life style. Although the material was hard, it was interesting to me, so the work paid off. I gave the University of Washington 2/5 stars for diversity. As a student of color, I found that I was often one of few or the only student of color in my classes. However, the University of Washington does provide services to minority students through the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. Through OMA&D I had tutoring opportunities open to first generation students and minority students, which was critical for my success my first few years. I also had scholarships opportunities through OMA&D as well as participated in a summer program for pre health students called SMDEP. The UW also has many clubs on campus for minority students and holds events on campus such as the talk I attended my fourth year where we discussed the movement Black Lives Matter. Although I give the UW low rankings for diversity, recently President Anna President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in with the challenge that students, faculty, and staff take personal responsibility for addressing biases and improving our university culture. This indicates the Universities awareness and shows promise for some improvements in the future. I ranked Campus safety 4/5 stars. The campus has emergency phones scattered around campus, that will directly link you to police in case of emergency. They also have a program called Night Ride where students can use their Husky Card to take shuttles from various locations on campus to their apartments or dorms. I have used Night Ride a few times and was impressed to learn that you can get dropped off quite a far distance from campus. It runs from 8 pm to 1:30 am, which is great for students studying late on campus but don't feel safe walking home at night. I did not give UW the 5th star because I would have liked to see a larger campus security present, especially at night. I gave Earning Potential, Prepared for Career, Networking Opportunities, Satisfaction with Degree, and Career Advising all 5/5 stars. With my Neurobiology degree from the UW, I had confidence regarding my competitiveness as an applicant when applying to graduate schools. My professors within the department, specifically my professor for Neurobiology Systems, and my advisor all acted as mentors in helping me to decide my career path. They asked me questions that really provoked my thinking, such as simply asking me why I was interested in certain fields which really cleared some things up for me. This same professor helped me to get into contact with a student in the graduate school I was interested in. This student ended up letting me come to a few of her classes. My advisor helped me to get into a few research programs, one at Harborview and the other at a UW neighborhood clinic. Now, I was recently accepted to the Physical Therapy Doctorate program at the University of Washington. The experiences and opportunities the UW provided me as an undergrad were an integral part to my success and I am so happy to continue my education at this institution. If you get the opportunity to join the UW family, be sure to take it! It will be an experience to treasure!
The University of Washington is a beautiful and excellent school, but is not for everyone. The level of rigor and the large size can make it seem overwhelming to many people. If you enjoy a challenge, are willing to make yourself a community of learners and friends, and do not require individual attention from your instructors very often, it is a great school for you.
I had a great experience at UW. The campus is beautiful, and there is a huge amount of classes and fields to choose from. Although most classes were very challenging, I got the sense that I was actually learning usable knowledge and that my instruction was high-quality. Definitely more of a studious feel compared to other state schools I've visited/attended.
The University of Washington and the Foster School of Business are exemplary. Makes me wish I still lived in Seattle area to visit the campus frequently. The Alumni association keeps me connected although I did two later degrees at other institutions. I have a Masters from City University and a doctorate from Capella University. Living and working situations prevented me from continuing at UofW. It is still the best, most community involved university I am aware of.
The Speech and Hearing sciences degree at the University of Washington is aggressively growing and as a graduate program, UW stands at #3, nationwide. Unlike many BA degrees, the SPHSC undergraduate studies is supplied and equipped to prepare you for clinic first term of graduate school. The speech building is side by side to the clinic and just a few blocks down, we have the UW medical building and UW Autism Center which provides a wide spectrum of opportunities. I think if you map out your undergrad, UW is a resourceful facility with incredibly qualified staff.