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Graduation Year: 1995

Looking back after nearly 20 years I am amazed at the high caliber of leader and citizens that came from my class of peers. I spent 15 years working at another Pac 12 school and there is a significant difference in the undergraduates from UW and those from the other institution. A high percentage of my peers are leading businesses, schools, medical professionals, justice, churches, and their community. UW is a becoming difficult school to get in to but the quality and caliber of your peers will be unrivaled in the Pacific Northwest.

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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2012

The Museology MA program was great at helping me learn the various "languages" spoken in the Museum field, but also with providing me with practical experiences and networking opportunities which were essential to my job search after graduation. Many of the class projects involve "real-life" scenarios or projects based in a local museum, helping build my resume and give me practical experiences. Networking opportunities (lectures, happy hours, conference scholarships) were a huge part of the program, which helped me get to know and learn from other professionals in my career. I didn't feel that the coursework was particularly rigorous, which was frustrating at times, but was a relief at others, as it allowed me maintain a part-time job while in school.

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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2010

I attended the Bothell campus. This campus provides great class schedules and sizes for the working adult. Teachers/professors are very knowledgeable and can be reached outside of class hours easily. I saw many of the same teachers/professors throughout the program which helped build a strong teacher-student relationship. The computer science program at Bothell uses C++ as its main programming language. Mastering this language makes understanding other programming languages much easier. The resources (library, computer lab, etc.) are abundant and easily accessible throughout the day. Highly recommend the CS program at Bothell.

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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 1992

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.

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 1979

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.

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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

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.

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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2009

The interesting thing about my college experience was that I majored in a relatively small department (30 students) in an otherwise very large college (40,000+ students). There was something for everyone -- if I wanted to try something new like taking up fencing, there's a club for that. But there was also plenty of space to be alone or take up individual endeavors and also plenty of opportunities to develop really close friendships with the same small group of people if I wanted. Other plus to going to an in-state school was that tuition was very affordable. One of the other colleges I applied to was 3x or 4x more expensive and in the end I decided that going to a school 3 times more expensive would not get me 3 times the education, however prestigious the name of the school was. At my job now one of my coworkers is from that other college -- so we both graduated and got the same level job but I graduated with zero student loans. The other benefit of going to a small department is that the department offered scholarships and there were only so many of us that were applying. One scholarship was enough to pay for tuition. I would definitely choose the same degree. It's something that I was interested in so I was motivated to do well in school. The department was small so I got to know my classmates and teachers pretty well. My major was also diverse enough, learning about a wide variety of topics, that I could apply myself to a large range of different industries for a career. However, because my major was so interdisplinary, it was also a lot of competition for jobs since my job prospects intersected with all the other engineer groups too. It didn't help that in 2009 the economy was down, either. But loved my experience with my major at my particular school and would do it again. Don't go to college with zero idea with what you may be interested in doing as a career. Make it something that you really like to do and can imagine doing daily for years at a time. That's not to say that you have to be 100% sure when you enter college, but it really helps to think at least some amount about your future. For one, what you want to do with your life may impact which college you want to go to since every school has strengths and weaknesses. Learn about the prospective colleges as much as you can and really think about where you want to apply. Only apply to colleges that you are willing to go to... there's no point in applying to a school that's too expensive, too far/close to home, way below your standards, or doesn't offer the types of studies that you're interested in. If you apply to a school you have no intention to go to and then get in, especially if it's too expensive, that's a lot of pressure to put yourself under to decide what to do. I learned that from experience and I don't want you to have to go through that. Once you get to college, if you're not sure what you want, take the introductory classes of the department and see how you feel. And talk to the advisers and the students that are already there. A great fit is extremely important. You're going to be spending years of your life there. The big pressure for a lot of students now is going into debt to get a degree. Make sure it's a degree that you want to put to good use, something that you really do intend to use as a career or will use in some way to get to where you want. And that it's something that you actually think will pay for your debts in the long run. My husband had a creative writing degree not because he aspired to spend his life as a writer (or not as a full-time job) but because he wanted a degree that related to when he applied to graduate school to be a librarian, his ultimate goal. He had student loans from all that schooling but he also put himself in a position to get a library job which allowed him to pay the debt off within 3 years.

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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2011

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.

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Degree: Software Engineering
Graduation Year: 2011

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!

5 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2013

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!

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