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Caliber of students isn't really that high compared to other similar programs. Instruction was so-so with a lot of classes being taught by TAs. Good balance between theory and technical skills used in the profession. What really makes this program awful is the academic advising. Graduate adviser knows nothing about the UW systems and is too lazy to help you which means that it is up to you to navigate through all the different rules set by the university. Also Graduate adviser takes weeks to respond via email- unacceptable for a program this small. If anyone from the department is reading this, please get a new graduate adviser who knows how to deal with seemingly simple issues and is willing to go the extra mile to help. I've interacted with advisers from other departments who makes the civil engineering department seem like a bunch of amateurs. Prospective students - proceed with caution. Unless you want to stay in Seattle, I recommend another program that will actually support you.
Avoid the civil engineering department. Poor quality of instruction and horrendous advising. Many classes are taught by PhD students rather than professors and those professors who do teach are unorganized. Graduate advisers are condescending and unhelpful. Expect no support from them. Expected more from a school like UW.
I felt like a number, classes were huge and I didn't feel like any of the professors cared about me as a student but rather selling their latest text book. The worst experience was career advising during my undergraduate experience and as an alumni. I would hope that this issue is addressed for future students.
I was a double major in English Literature and Psychology and I had very different experiences with each program. UW is more known for their achievements in the field of Psychology, and so I had (mostly) very exceptional instructors in my Psychology classes. However, the English department is much smaller and not as well known, and so I had a much more poor experience. Most of my English classes were taught entirely by TA's (even upper level courses), some of whom had never taught before. In regards to financial aid, my family had an extremely difficult time dealing with their primary office. Often we would get transferred to three or four people in one phone call and none of the employees would be able to answer even basic questions about my financial aid package. If you are an out of state student hoping to receive in state tuition, you also have virtually no chance of ever having this approved. It's close to impossible to find information on the website to even see what the requirements are for in state tuition, and the university in general makes it extremely difficult to meet these requirements. All in all, my experience with the University of Washington was very hit and miss.