University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (96)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!