University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
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The University of Washington had a wonderful School of Communications that allowed me to channel my interest in design, advertising, copy writing, marketing and art direction into an exciting career. Today I own my own business and make a great living, and I owe a ton of my success to the program, ideas, work ethic and instruction I received at the UW. Campus life is rich and diverse, and it's truly one of the most beautiful settings in the country as well. I would recommend this school to likeminded students. The only drawback to my education was that I felt the school did not do enough to help grads get placed out in the community after graduation (portfolio prep, internships, etc.). This certainly may have changed over the years, as the workforce has grown more competitive. It was a while back when I attended.
The program was very well designed and interesting. I thought that an online degree program would be really difficult to manage but they program kept it stimulating and easy to use. The hardest part was working and doing the service learning hours. It is a challenging program to manage if you are working full-time and not in a child care profession.
This specialized masters program was extremely helpful in getting a great promotion at my job. In addition, since the MS program allowed me to choose a course of study, I was able to focus on my areas of interest while still earning the credits needed. My program was tailored to me. I was offered a teaching assistant position to help offset the cost of tuition.
I loved the UW campus. It is beautiful. The greenery, fountains, architecture and amazing. The education, however, was spotty. I had some really great instructors and some absentee instructors who were much more interested in their own careers and research than teaching students. Some of my classes had several hundred students in them and were taught by T.A.s from other countries with significant pronunciation issues. Overall it was a good experience, but not great. I'm glad I did the first two years at a community college where the focus is clearly on teaching and learning and the classes are much smaller.
Professors encouraged me to take classes in other disciplines, including the School of Business and School of Social Work. Class size was small and other students in the program were outstanding. My study of Organizational Communication continues to help me in my role today as a leader of a non-profit.
My degree was in Psychology(Bachelor of Arts).First I went to Shoreline community college(because my grades weren't good enough to go directly to University of Washington from high school)....but then I got my two year Associate of Arts degree from Shoreline CC. So I am grateful for Community Colleges(because I improved my acceptance eligibility to UW that way)... because from Shoreline CC I applied and was accepted to University of Washington, transferring from Shoreline CC
The acoustics program was only 1-2 years old when I started. It was a mix of sciences and music. The science departments disliked the program as they thought it was a liberal arts degree. The music department disliked the program as they thought it was just another cold and heartless science program. Hopefully this has changed in the past 30 years. In general, the UW has been a bit snobbish with little need to change or be flexible. I believe this attitude is a strong negative mark on an otherwise fine school.
UW is a great school overall. Due to it's large size, some people feel lost or feel like class sizes are too large, but I enjoy the benefits of going to a large school such as a wide variety of course options and many opportunities offered to students such as study abroad trips and internships. I have had a positive experience overall at the University of Washington.
The MS in HCDE program at UW was both delightful to be a part of and immensely helpful to prepare me for my chosen career path as a user experience researcher. As far as masters programs go, this one has a good balance of both theoretical foundations and practical, hands-on work that can prepare you for life in the field. UW and HCDE also have notable connections in the tech industry including Microsoft and Amazon among many others, to help with internships and jobs after graduation. It's a flexible degree program that you can mold into what you need, whether you're more design-focused, more research-focused, a hybrid, or something else, and accepts students from a wide array of bachelors backgrounds including psychology, design, computer science and others. The professors are top-notch, and the university itself is high quality with a beautiful campus.
Overall, the UW is a great school with great resources. You will find anything there. But it is also a huge campus and can be hard to find your way. Get involved - clubs, sports, tutoring - anything to get some grounding and a support network. Try lots of things until you find what suits you. Often after you're matriculated, you'll have a better grounding and see more familiar faces. Explore the resources that are available. All the libraries offer something unique. Tap into the other students and go to office hours. The professors are there to help you. They're passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated. And often times no one else goes to their office hours. If you can, live on campus. A lot of students commute and you miss some of the culture. Go to football games. They're a great way to integrate into the school. Go Huskies!