University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
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The School of Oceanography at UW is known for being the best in the world for its undergraduate research, connections, and credibility. Of course it should be. I'd be in a class where the professor notes the discovery of a new... [insert anything from phytoplankton to black smokers on the ocean floor] and if we wanted to know more, we could go down the hall to talk to the scientist who discovered it. How neat is that? Hands-on experiences were a part of not only the curriculum, but the culture. Time on research cruises, in labs (like Friday Harbor!), and in conferences was a part of the daily schedule. I loved this program for these aspects, but most importantly, because of the shared excitement from the faculty to foster interest in the oceans and their efforts that went above and beyond to prepare future scientists and explorers to care for the environment.
My experience as a student in the English/Creative Writing program at the University of Washington, Seattle, was wonderful. Even while working four jobs to support myself, I was able to take advantage of the full range of opportunities on and beyond the campus. The best thing about attending the UW was the chance to get involved so many things that supported my passions. I volunteered (at local schools, women's centers, and social justice organizations), explored new interests (like fencing, event-planning, or art), studied abroad (at the UW's Rome Center), did research (and presented it at a symposium), created community projects, and so much more. Specifically, as a humanities student, I felt like I got a small liberal arts college experience within a large research institution. There were big opportunities only an A-1 research institution can offer, but cohorts in my classes were small and intimate. One thing I regret is not taking advantage of interdisciplinary activities more. There's just so much opportunity to learn! However, perhaps STEM majors have a different perspective about their experiences at UW. I feel like much of my love of the place and time is related to the degree and knowledge I pursued. Seattle is a great literary community, with spaces like the Richard Hugo House for writers and the only poetry-only bookstore in the country. Another amazing things about the UW is how incredibly gorgeous the campus is. From the Hogwarts-eqsue architecture to the bloom of cherry blossoms every Spring to the glory of the Mt. Rainier vista, there's so much beauty in this Pacific Northwest school. The location, right in the middle of Seattle, is also great. The University District is diverse and full of delicious restaurants and interesting places to explore.
The University of Washington is first rate as far as I am concerned. I was given full ride scholarships for several of the years that I attended there and it was clear to me that they value and support non-traditional students. My area of study was English, and the courses and professors were always quite authoritative and up-to-date as far as scholarship and theory are concerned. I had plenty of distractions as I was required to work several part time jobs simultaneously, but because the classes and professors were supportive to non-traditional students, I made it through to achieving my B.A. with flying colors maintaining a 3.73 gpa! The campus is beautiful. The Suzzallo Library looks like something out of Harry Potter! Very Hogwartsian! The neighborhood that the university is located in is vibrant and full of inexpensive and delicious food ranging from Thai to Vietnamese and Ethiopian and Venezualan. The apartments around campus tend to be either really old and run down or brand new and highly priced, but it is possible to commute from further afield as the busses are very reliable and continually available. The shopping in the University District (or The Ave is it is known by its denizens) is skewed toward gritty street fashion and book stores. Stores like Urban Outfitters and Red Light are side by side with 2nd hand stores and consignment shops. There is a fairly large homeless youth contingent is this area as well, and if you want to get involved with volunteering and activism, there are plenty of very immediate opportunities.
Caliber of students isn't really that high compared to other similar programs. Instruction was so-so with a lot of classes being taught by TAs. Good balance between theory and technical skills used in the profession. What really makes this program awful is the academic advising. Graduate adviser knows nothing about the UW systems and is too lazy to help you which means that it is up to you to navigate through all the different rules set by the university. Also Graduate adviser takes weeks to respond via email- unacceptable for a program this small. If anyone from the department is reading this, please get a new graduate adviser who knows how to deal with seemingly simple issues and is willing to go the extra mile to help. I've interacted with advisers from other departments who makes the civil engineering department seem like a bunch of amateurs. Prospective students - proceed with caution. Unless you want to stay in Seattle, I recommend another program that will actually support you.
The business school at UW is super resourceful, I am doing a master degree here and our program is always supportive and helpful. As business school student, one of the most important elements here is networking, and Foster can be as much helpful as you want if you really want networking.
I was lucky enough to gain a small liberal arts experience within a large university through the University of Washington's Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) undergraduate major. While other students in business or pre-med majors were taking classes with 500 of their peers, I had classes that ranged from 3-50 students (most classes being around 20 students). I feel exceptionally lucky to have found a small, nurturing program within a large university and one in which I was able to design my own course of study. I was able to experience all the opportunities and events that a big university has to offer with the one-on-one mentorship, small class sizes, and specialized studies of a liberal arts college through the CHID program. I highly recommend majoring or minoring in CHID at UW if you have specific interests that don't quite fit into a typical degree and you're seeking a more personal undergraduate experience.
Avoid the civil engineering department. Poor quality of instruction and horrendous advising. Many classes are taught by PhD students rather than professors and those professors who do teach are unorganized. Graduate advisers are condescending and unhelpful. Expect no support from them. Expected more from a school like UW.
The University of Washington is a globally recognized school in academic excellence, research, and diversity. What you find at the UW is a camaraderie you didn't know was possible to obtain by just participating in a class with a hundred other students. Every student shares the same goals: SUCCESS. The resources provided to students who need additional help are an amazing asset to any individual. The faculty care about your learning and want you to succeed. There won't be anyone to hold your hand along the way but you will complete challenges you never knew you were capable of. Being a UW student builds character, tenacity, and courage. I was previously undecided when I went on my first tour of campus and it took all of 30 seconds to know that I was in the right place. There is magic in the air at those hallowed grounds, you can FEEL the histories of past students pushing boundaries and creating new standards. It's hard to put in to words what a wonderful place the University of Washington is, I encourage you to find out for yourself!
The UW is a research college. Especially for medical, but really all types of research. There are many opportunities for doing work study in your field (s) of choice. You can then use the experience on your resume to break into your field of study.
UW is one of the prime locations in tech, and a degree in computer science well prepares you for a career in that field. Lots of earning potential, advising is experienced, with multiple networking opportunities throughout the year. Quality of classes are great too, and prepares students with a strong foundation in this field that will be highly sought after by employers.