University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (70)
I enjoyed it. Good teachers, flexible class times. I plan on going back there for my BSN.
UW is a great school, lots of opportunities to meet new people and make connections, but I feel like the work load for students in Biology is so high that you don't really get a chance to take advantage of those opportunities. You learn a lot, but if you don't make the right connections, then your degree won't really get you a job on it's own. It really is all about who you know when looking for employment.
It was hard to navigate if you aren't sure what you want to do or are slightly out of the box, but there are a lot of options once you figure it out. Great campus, a lot of good professors and programs. The informatics program was really good training for my field.
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.
My program was insightful and my degree very helpful. I think that just like with any other program or degree it is what you make it. You have to be willing to work hard and figure out what it is you want to do and how to use your degree to get you there.
While it is helpful to have a degree, I see much more demand and better jobs from the ivy league schools. The top employers in the Seattle area do not give preference graduates of local schools.
It is good to get a degree that helps you get a job. However, it appears that most Seattle area employers value ivy league degrees more. If I had to do it again I'd try to get into Harvard, Yale, or even Stanford on the west coast.
After my junior year at Western Washington University, I took a 13 year hiatus. After deciding on a career path, I needed to complete my BA to get into the K-8 teaching program at the U of W. Therefore, since I had more political science credits than any other, I took the most convenient route and earned a Political Science major. In the first month of teaching, I couldn't see myself doing that for 30 years, so I started investing in real estate. My wife and I took out a home equity loan, and in one month, we bought 3 rental houses. After many years of working two jobs, taking many risks, and raising two very strong and independent daughters, who are putting themselves through college - one, earning her PhD, the other earning her BA while serving in the Air Force. I would say that my wife and I are living quite comfortably, and our income and net worth keep increasing, even now that we are both 60 years old. I am entrepreneurial, so I look for opportunities to advance our family's situation. Teaching was something I could do while managing our rental properties, or vice versa. I think all students should keep their awareness attuned to the many options that life will present them. Take smart risks and don't be afraid to make some mistakes along the way. I advise young people not to confuse caution with timidity. Caution is a necessary factor when taking risks. In summary, I found the UW Political Science department to be okay. However, the education department was sorely lacking at that time.
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.