University of Washington - Seattle Reviews

  • 286 Reviews
  • Seattle (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $36,588
90% of 286 students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of 286 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Kenneth Robinson
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2013
  • Degree: English
"Born in 1939, I would not have been able to be a high school teacher had I not graduated. UW made all the difference in the world. My four children all received the BA's from the UC system, and three have MA's and one a PhD. Aside from the low cost of my education ($100/qtr) I never received a dime of aid. I worked at a funeral home, washing three cars six days a week, performing office duties 6-9 pm seven days every fourteen, and being on call to answer the phone over night seven nights every fourteen. The University was a great opportunity for a poor boy raised on a farm where he was bored out of his skull!"
Leslie Hayden
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2013
  • Degree: Executive MBA
"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."
Leslie Hayden
  • Reviewed: 8/26/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"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."
Mark Horn
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2013
  • Degree: Political Science
"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."
Joseph Mahoney
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2013
  • Degree: Biology
"The instruction at the University of Washington went way beyond the classroom. During my junior and senior years, I helped professors with their research studies in the biochemistry and psychology departments. The opportunity to get real world experience not only helped me learn, but it prepared me for life after college. I currently work as a molecular biologist as a direct result of the experience I received as an undergraduate."
Todd Rairdan
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2013
  • Degree: Business
"I was in Air Force ROTC and needed a degree to go to pilot training. The UW ROTC program was one of the best in the nation at that time. I was very happy with the UW professors and facilities."
Dana Posey
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"Tell us about your college experience.It was a perfect fit for me. It's location to Seattle is great and the Greek system is wonderful.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would choose the same degree because I loved all my classes which made it easy for me to get good grades and graduate on time.What advice can you offer other students?Pick a coarse of study that truly interests you and your classes will seem easy. Don't pick a school based on what friends are going there because your friends change."
Sam Bernoski
  • Reviewed: 8/20/2013
  • Degree: Construction Management
"Tell us about your college experience.School was a good fit. Some prerequisite classes were too large, but once I got into my degree program (Construction Management) the class sizes were great.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes, I would. It is a profitable industry with great opportunity.What advice can you offer other students?Decide on your degree early."
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2013
  • Degree: Human Services
"Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Something for technical and less liberal for a job more in demand.What advice can you offer other students?Work during college."
John P. Carver
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2013
  • Degree: English
"Tell us about your college experience.Good fit, matched my SATWould you get the same degree if you could start over?Yes, with a minor in TVWhat advice can you offer other students?Follow your passion"
Kelsey Rounds
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2013
  • Degree: Nursing
"The professors are definitely dedicated to seeing you through the program and taking extra time to help you succeed. They do offer distance courses for students, though you had to be logged in to class at the same time. The professors did a good job of making space for those students so they could participate in classes. For students who speak English as a foreign language, the program can be rather challenging as there are not many resources within the school of nursing for ESL. Overall, it is a great program with a good reputation."
Oscar Sisk
  • Reviewed: 8/13/2013
"Tell us about your college experience.I am very satisfied in all respects.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would not change for a different degree."
  • Reviewed: 8/8/2013
  • Degree: Accounting
"Tell us about your college experience.I liked Balmer Hall and the friends I met.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?Accounting has been good for me. Might have wanted to do archeology but could not stand the heat.What advice can you offer other students?Do a useful field of study. Don't study something useless."
Dajana Kurbegovic
  • Reviewed: 8/6/2013
  • Degree: Early Childhood Education
"Pros: Highly recognized college, great faculty Cons: Cost of living, financial aid"
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2013
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."
Loi Dawkins
  • Reviewed: 7/27/2013
  • Degree: Public Administration
"Pros are the experience and the fact that this is directly applicable to real-world/work place. Cons are that it is a very expensive program."
Michael Meldahl
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2013
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"Pros: The UW School of Public Health as a whole is very strong, rigorous methods courses, extensive faculty, many focuses/concentrations available. Cons: Department of Health Services administration was understaffed and as a result not very supportive, SPH lacks a sense of community in part because it is physically scattered throughout the health sciences building, community partnerships not nearly as strong as they could be given the thriving public health sector in Seattle, expensive tuition."
Astrid Suchy-Dicey
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2013
  • Degree: Public Health
"The buildings are a bit outdated, but the faculty and the program are unparalleled. The faculty are generally available to students. The core program is excellent."
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2013
  • Degree: Psychology
"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."
Tyler McKay
  • Reviewed: 7/18/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Pros- low stress, fun environment, great faculty Cons- lecture-based curriculum, little area for development of clinical reasoning skills."