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5 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Tell us about your college experience.

College was a good fit but I was not on campus any extra time, just for the classes. I have two kids and live 40 minutes away so I was not a part of the night life at the college.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

Yes, I loved the program I did. I enjoy learning about nature which is what my program did. I'm currently working on my masters so I can be a middle school science teacher.

What advice can you offer other students?

Pick a topic that interests you, you'll find a way to make a living after college. It's important to do what you enjoy.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011

Tell us about your college experience.

I really had a good college experience. I made a lot of good friends and had a lot of fun. I did feel I went to a school that was too large for me because I felt like I was often forgotten in classes and it was hard to form relationships with the teachers and other students.

Would you get the same degree if you could start over?

I enjoyed psychology a lot and the classes, however it is very difficult finding a job with a vague degree as such. Looking back now I feel like I should have picked a more appliable degree such as accounting or computer science. I feel as though my degree didn't really help jump-start me into finding a career and now I am still searching for one.

What advice can you offer other students?

I would tell them that they should choose a school size that fits for them. I went to a huge university and although I enjoyed my experience I think I would have learned more and had a better experience at a smaller college expecially since I came from a small high school. I also would tell them to choose a major that can possibly be more appklicable in the work force as well as something they enjoy learning.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2009

The interesting thing about my college experience was that I majored in a relatively small department (30 students) in an otherwise very large college (40,000+ students). There was something for everyone -- if I wanted to try something new like taking up fencing, there's a club for that. But there was also plenty of space to be alone or take up individual endeavors and also plenty of opportunities to develop really close friendships with the same small group of people if I wanted. Other plus to going to an in-state school was that tuition was very affordable. One of the other colleges I applied to was 3x or 4x more expensive and in the end I decided that going to a school 3 times more expensive would not get me 3 times the education, however prestigious the name of the school was. At my job now one of my coworkers is from that other college -- so we both graduated and got the same level job but I graduated with zero student loans. The other benefit of going to a small department is that the department offered scholarships and there were only so many of us that were applying. One scholarship was enough to pay for tuition. I would definitely choose the same degree. It's something that I was interested in so I was motivated to do well in school. The department was small so I got to know my classmates and teachers pretty well. My major was also diverse enough, learning about a wide variety of topics, that I could apply myself to a large range of different industries for a career. However, because my major was so interdisplinary, it was also a lot of competition for jobs since my job prospects intersected with all the other engineer groups too. It didn't help that in 2009 the economy was down, either. But loved my experience with my major at my particular school and would do it again. Don't go to college with zero idea with what you may be interested in doing as a career. Make it something that you really like to do and can imagine doing daily for years at a time. That's not to say that you have to be 100% sure when you enter college, but it really helps to think at least some amount about your future. For one, what you want to do with your life may impact which college you want to go to since every school has strengths and weaknesses. Learn about the prospective colleges as much as you can and really think about where you want to apply. Only apply to colleges that you are willing to go to... there's no point in applying to a school that's too expensive, too far/close to home, way below your standards, or doesn't offer the types of studies that you're interested in. If you apply to a school you have no intention to go to and then get in, especially if it's too expensive, that's a lot of pressure to put yourself under to decide what to do. I learned that from experience and I don't want you to have to go through that. Once you get to college, if you're not sure what you want, take the introductory classes of the department and see how you feel. And talk to the advisers and the students that are already there. A great fit is extremely important. You're going to be spending years of your life there. The big pressure for a lot of students now is going into debt to get a degree. Make sure it's a degree that you want to put to good use, something that you really do intend to use as a career or will use in some way to get to where you want. And that it's something that you actually think will pay for your debts in the long run. My husband had a creative writing degree not because he aspired to spend his life as a writer (or not as a full-time job) but because he wanted a degree that related to when he applied to graduate school to be a librarian, his ultimate goal. He had student loans from all that schooling but he also put himself in a position to get a library job which allowed him to pay the debt off within 3 years.

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3 out of 5
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2004

I went to UW Seattle and am happy with my decision. The school provides a lot of depth in terms of course offerings and degree options. I shifted majors several times before settling on a double in Business and Japanese. Overall, the professors and TAs were great, but instruction does suffer at the more general-level classes. Also, I didn't start hitting small class sizes until my 3rd year. My classes ranged from 200 students to as low as a dozen. My coursework was challenging, but enjoyable. I felt I learned a lot and have been able to put some of it to use in multiple work settings. I even did a study abroad program for a year, which I felt was very life-changing (it also helped me meet my wife!). UW is also a good school for once you're outside of the classroom. I met many friends, joined several student clubs, and even cheered on the Huskies at different sporting events; the school has a beautiful campus and it's located in an interesting part of the city. Overall, I think any college experience depends on how the student uses the resources at their disposal, and UW has plenty of resources. Utilize them, and you'll be rewarded with great college memories.

4 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2011

You can really get the traditional college experience here. Tons of people, vibrant area, huge beautiful campus, plenty to do. You have a lot of independence, and can really make this experience what you want. You can do the minimum amount of work and party your brains out if that's what you like, or you can dig your heels in and end up doing a heart transplant or building part of a NASA satellite or something. People work at a high level here and there's a lot of competition, but it's also an opportunity-rich place with a lot to offer people who play their cards right. At the end of the day, the result of your time at UW is really up to you. If you have a solid plan and a good work ethic, you will be successful. If you aren't sure what you're doing and lack a sense of direction, you may end up with a well-respected degree but not much in terms of relevant career prospects. My biggest piece of advice: if you're in a non-research track, you need to get experience outside the classroom while you're in school. Usually that means an internship. You just can't be competitive in the job market anymore if you don't have experience, regardless of the degree.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 1993

Liberal arts degrees are a hard-sell these days, but I value mine. It opened my eyes to things I never would have learned on my own - new ways of thinking and understanding. Learning an entirely different system of meaning and a different culture helped me directly (by preparing me to react in different ways to that culture when immersed in it after graduation) and indirectly, by giving me a toolset I've used in my primary profession (marketing).

A liberal arts degree alone, however, has to be complemented with resourcefulness and the ability to learn practical skills in the real world.

I had wonderful professors, the most influential of whom is still teaching in the program. I was in the honors program and had great support from the advising team throughout my time in school. I didn't use financial aid or job placement, so can't comment on either.

5 out of 5
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2011

While I enjoyed my time at University of Washington, I have struggled to get a job post graduation with a history degree. While I'm not surprised by this, it is depressing after how much money I spent on my degree.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Laboratory Technician
Graduation Year: 2014

I returned to the University of Washington this Fall to attend the Medical Technology program. I earned my first bachelor's in 2003. I returned to school to expand my knowledge and opportunity of my career path. So far, my experience in this program had been great. The professors and laboratory instructors really want the students to succeed. They make sure the material presented is understandable and if any one is having any difficulty they make time to meet the student.

They have made some changes to the curriculum in response to the previous students' concerns, which I feel overall has helped the incoming students. They also started a new mentorship program, where we are connected with medical technologist currently working in hospitals and clinics.

Speaking for my program I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in laboratory medicine.

Financial Aid is not particularly helpful if you are earning a degree past a first bachelor's. Thus, I'd advise applying for as many scholarships and grants as possible.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Software Engineering
Graduation Year: 2011

I received my Bachelors degree in Computer Science from UofW Tacoma last year, the professors and instructors were almost always top-notch and I always felt engaged in the material.

Financial aid was readily accessible, advisors were always ready to help with figuring out what classes I needed, and the professors all loved more in-depth conversations when relevant and/or they had extra time.

Overall I highly recommend this school and the CSS program in particular, you won't be sorry!

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2013

The University of Washington is truly an amazing university. The professors and student services work really hard to help students succeed in any way that they can. I took evening degree courses on campus and some online courses at home, but I still felt like I was a part of the university. I also received the same exceptional student services and level of care as students who were in day programs, (including the same professors who teach during the day). I highly recommend the University of Washington!

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