University of Washington - Seattle Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (97)
My program was insightful and my degree very helpful. I think that just like with any other program or degree it is what you make it. You have to be willing to work hard and figure out what it is you want to do and how to use your degree to get you there.
Since I graduated I have continually worked within my field, and with many CM Grads from other schools. I often find their level of knowledge and teaching somewhat lacking compared to my experiences at the University of Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.