University of Washington - Tacoma Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (6)
Attending University of Washington-Tacoma (UW) was, hands down, one of the best experiences in my life. The school is more to me that a building where I learned facts; it is the place where my lust for knowledge and my unconditional love of learning were awakened. The most important part of any school is the teachers, and UWs professors are the finest anywhere. I had a diverse course load that included American history, modern philosophy, economics, and a wide array of political systems (and that's not even half of what UW offers), and every one of my professors was amazing! They would work with me after class and on breaks, they would guide me towards extra readings that would further my learning, and they were all passionate about their subject and job. They made me glad to be student under them. Further, the diversity of classes allows for almost any type of major, and the advising staff is extraordinarily helpful, meeting with me many times and giving detailed answers to every question. The courses are challenging and engaging, perfect for developing skills and knowledge one will need in a career. The campus is located in bustling downtown Tacoma, a blend of historic buildings and modern architecture, with stores and restaurants for busy students on all sides. I cannot say enough about UW-Tacoma; I would recommend this university to anyone. Go Huskies!
The University of Washington - Tacoma provides its students with an excellent education with the added benefit of a private school atmosphere where students can get to know their professors personally rather than being 1 out of 400 students; at the more affordable cost of public tuition prices. It's the best of both worlds and I would highly recommend this University. The law and policy bachelors program at UWT helped prepare me for my masters program in International Economic Law.
The Law and Policy program provided a comprehensive curriculum touching on various issues and subjects pertaining to the fields of policy and legislating. The faculty are quite helpful in that each seem to be approachable and frequently accessible. Feedback throughout the quarter was critical to grow and it was provided in each of my courses regularly. The content was challenging and modern. Both seminar format and regular lecture styles were implemented. The interdisciplinary approach is an angle that I felt critical towards comprehension and later recollection of the material post-graduation. Overall, I was satisfied with the degree.
I loved my college experience! The campus is located downtown Tacoma with easy access to public transportation (to basically anywhere). The campus is relatively new and still expanding. Class sizes are small, and the teachers were engaging. I would highly recommend this college! It would be easy to get a part-time job around campus. No car needed. There are plenty of fun places to hang out around campus - the Matress Factory or the UW YMCA. There are also several museums nearby, the water front, and lots of outdoor activities (parks, bike lanes/trails, hiking).
In general, UWT was a rewarding and accessible choice for me. They offered a variety of class schedules to fit my needs and many of the professors were more than willing to assist students to ensure they saw the maximum benefit from their courses. Some teachers however left a lot to be desired and would refuse to teach outside of their prepared slideshow and refused to slow down and explain concepts that many students didn’t understand. I ultimately abandoned my minor because the teachers within that program either took a more passive approach to teaching or didn’t put a high priority on the “one-on-one” small class size teaching style that the Tacoma campus advertised. Overall, I loved this campus and many of their professors, but I would definitely caution new students to review their professors online before taking certain courses.
I attended the University of Washington (Tacoma Campus) from 2006 to 2012, with the first 4 years being on campus and the last 2 via email communications. The program was the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences program for the Masters Degree. I was enrolled in school part time, electing to take night classes in order to accommodate work full time. The class room portion of the program was actually well done. The night classes were quite accommodating, and the professors knowledgeable and many going out of their way to meet with students one on one to ensure success. If there was a grip the teachers directed to us as students, was that our quality of writing was not graduate-level. This did lead to a few instances of sub par papers being composed by us and teachers spending more time to help us with our writing than with our learning. The IAS program however is severely flawed, and I unfortunately I had to experience it at its worst. The composing of thesis and forming a committee is not setup for practically. While the program is “interdisciplinary” and places focus on framing arguments, presenting research and your case, the professors are anything but. If your thesis doesn’t fit into the norm of what the professors are proficient in, they will close their door on you. So even though the program is interdisciplinary, the professors are not. I had the unfortunately set back that my thesis chair passed away during my thesis composition. Unfortunately no professors would immediately step up to join my committee and the heads of the program would not assist – placing strictly the onus back on me to reform or hoping I would drop the program. This was not a sympathetic way to go about this, and the lack of empathy made me feel devalued as a student. I was able to eventually able to reform a committee, with one member begrudgingly joining who even vocally expressed that he thought I would just drop out. In the end I did prevail, but it was a journey made harder by the ineffectualness of the program to assist me, especially in such exceptional circumstances. I feel the classroom portion of the degree helped me immensely by making me a more well rounded individual in terms of my body of knowledge, but the actual structure of the program is rubbish and not setup to be successful to the students.