University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (93)
Introductory classes were very large, and it often felt like swimming upstream. However, there was an excellent support community once you knew how to find it, and the professors were always excellent.
In my opinion, UW was the perfect college experience. I was challenged & inspired academically, met fabulous & unique people & learned valuable lessons about myself. Plus, it has thriving sports programs, a gorgeous campus & is in the heart of the city! The large size might not be for everyone but I loved it. I felt there was always a new friend to make or a new opportunity to explore.
The University of Washington had a wonderful School of Communications that allowed me to channel my interest in design, advertising, copy writing, marketing and art direction into an exciting career. Today I own my own business and make a great living, and I owe a ton of my success to the program, ideas, work ethic and instruction I received at the UW. Campus life is rich and diverse, and it's truly one of the most beautiful settings in the country as well. I would recommend this school to likeminded students. The only drawback to my education was that I felt the school did not do enough to help grads get placed out in the community after graduation (portfolio prep, internships, etc.). This certainly may have changed over the years, as the workforce has grown more competitive. It was a while back when I attended.
The program was very well designed and interesting. I thought that an online degree program would be really difficult to manage but they program kept it stimulating and easy to use. The hardest part was working and doing the service learning hours. It is a challenging program to manage if you are working full-time and not in a child care profession.
This specialized masters program was extremely helpful in getting a great promotion at my job. In addition, since the MS program allowed me to choose a course of study, I was able to focus on my areas of interest while still earning the credits needed. My program was tailored to me. I was offered a teaching assistant position to help offset the cost of tuition.
I loved the UW campus. It is beautiful. The greenery, fountains, architecture and amazing. The education, however, was spotty. I had some really great instructors and some absentee instructors who were much more interested in their own careers and research than teaching students. Some of my classes had several hundred students in them and were taught by T.A.s from other countries with significant pronunciation issues. Overall it was a good experience, but not great. I'm glad I did the first two years at a community college where the focus is clearly on teaching and learning and the classes are much smaller.
Professors encouraged me to take classes in other disciplines, including the School of Business and School of Social Work. Class size was small and other students in the program were outstanding. My study of Organizational Communication continues to help me in my role today as a leader of a non-profit.
My degree was in Psychology(Bachelor of Arts).First I went to Shoreline community college(because my grades weren't good enough to go directly to University of Washington from high school)....but then I got my two year Associate of Arts degree from Shoreline CC. So I am grateful for Community Colleges(because I improved my acceptance eligibility to UW that way)... because from Shoreline CC I applied and was accepted to University of Washington, transferring from Shoreline CC
The acoustics program was only 1-2 years old when I started. It was a mix of sciences and music. The science departments disliked the program as they thought it was a liberal arts degree. The music department disliked the program as they thought it was just another cold and heartless science program. Hopefully this has changed in the past 30 years. In general, the UW has been a bit snobbish with little need to change or be flexible. I believe this attitude is a strong negative mark on an otherwise fine school.
UW is a great school overall. Due to it's large size, some people feel lost or feel like class sizes are too large, but I enjoy the benefits of going to a large school such as a wide variety of course options and many opportunities offered to students such as study abroad trips and internships. I have had a positive experience overall at the University of Washington.