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Learning how to ride a bike in the middle of University of Washington campus naturally meant that I would one day be applying to attend school there. While my path to UW was roundabout and not-at-all conventional, I cannot recommend this school highly enough. Not only for myself, but also for my mother who graduated with her B.A. in Psychology, Class of 1998. She attended night classes while raising a daughter and working a full-time job and her professors were nothing short of supportive. Even going so far as to babysit a four-year-old (that would be me) during a few exams when she couldn't find a sitter. That is the commitment these professors have to their students. My time at University of Washington was honestly the best of my academic life, thus far. I transferred in from a community college to the Early Childhood and Family Studies program where the teaching staff new us on a first-name basis and treated us with respect, honesty and integrity. These professors were brilliant, compassionate and enthusiastic about their work, which gave life to each and every one of my courses, in turn fueling me with passion for teaching and working with children and beyond to the international community. This enthusiasm also transferred to the myriad of courses I took outside of my major framework. The professors on campus at University of Washington are nothing short of the best and it was a privilege to learn from them and to work alongside them. My education has prepared me for things I never thought I would see or experience. But from my highest highs, to my lowest lows, I always retain the sense of humility, courage and integrity that was instilled within me at this academic institution. Again, I cannot recommend University of Washington enough to any high school seniors thinking of applying. It is hard work to get into this school but the fight is worth it. Welcome to the family!
The School of Oceanography at UW is known for being the best in the world for its undergraduate research, connections, and credibility. Of course it should be. I'd be in a class where the professor notes the discovery of a new... [insert anything from phytoplankton to black smokers on the ocean floor] and if we wanted to know more, we could go down the hall to talk to the scientist who discovered it. How neat is that? Hands-on experiences were a part of not only the curriculum, but the culture. Time on research cruises, in labs (like Friday Harbor!), and in conferences was a part of the daily schedule. I loved this program for these aspects, but most importantly, because of the shared excitement from the faculty to foster interest in the oceans and their efforts that went above and beyond to prepare future scientists and explorers to care for the environment.
The University of Washington is first rate as far as I am concerned. I was given full ride scholarships for several of the years that I attended there and it was clear to me that they value and support non-traditional students. My area of study was English, and the courses and professors were always quite authoritative and up-to-date as far as scholarship and theory are concerned. I had plenty of distractions as I was required to work several part time jobs simultaneously, but because the classes and professors were supportive to non-traditional students, I made it through to achieving my B.A. with flying colors maintaining a 3.73 gpa! The campus is beautiful. The Suzzallo Library looks like something out of Harry Potter! Very Hogwartsian! The neighborhood that the university is located in is vibrant and full of inexpensive and delicious food ranging from Thai to Vietnamese and Ethiopian and Venezualan. The apartments around campus tend to be either really old and run down or brand new and highly priced, but it is possible to commute from further afield as the busses are very reliable and continually available. The shopping in the University District (or The Ave is it is known by its denizens) is skewed toward gritty street fashion and book stores. Stores like Urban Outfitters and Red Light are side by side with 2nd hand stores and consignment shops. There is a fairly large homeless youth contingent is this area as well, and if you want to get involved with volunteering and activism, there are plenty of very immediate opportunities.
The University of Washington is a globally recognized school in academic excellence, research, and diversity. What you find at the UW is a camaraderie you didn't know was possible to obtain by just participating in a class with a hundred other students. Every student shares the same goals: SUCCESS. The resources provided to students who need additional help are an amazing asset to any individual. The faculty care about your learning and want you to succeed. There won't be anyone to hold your hand along the way but you will complete challenges you never knew you were capable of. Being a UW student builds character, tenacity, and courage. I was previously undecided when I went on my first tour of campus and it took all of 30 seconds to know that I was in the right place. There is magic in the air at those hallowed grounds, you can FEEL the histories of past students pushing boundaries and creating new standards. It's hard to put in to words what a wonderful place the University of Washington is, I encourage you to find out for yourself!
The UW is a research college. Especially for medical, but really all types of research. There are many opportunities for doing work study in your field (s) of choice. You can then use the experience on your resume to break into your field of study.
UW is one of the prime locations in tech, and a degree in computer science well prepares you for a career in that field. Lots of earning potential, advising is experienced, with multiple networking opportunities throughout the year. Quality of classes are great too, and prepares students with a strong foundation in this field that will be highly sought after by employers.
The University of Washington prepared me to be the best graduate school candidate. Despite the large class sizes, majority of the professors were excellent and truly cared about student learning. The course work was challenging however, each departments have great support for students who are looking for academic help. My classes and extracurriculars gave me the opportunity to develop skills in research, networking, applying what we learned at school. The UW has great academic programs, the student organizations, student support, study abroad opportunities, student community, and excellent faculty and staff. UW is a resourceful facility with incredibly qualified staff. The UW is beautiful school. Location is very close to the downtown Seattle and there are many places to go to. Also, the nature and parks are very close from school. Transportations are best with student ID card and students can even take the Water taxi in Seattle with the valid school ID.
The University of Washington prepared me to be the best graduate school candidate I could be. The vast majority of my professors were excellent and truly cared about student learning. Despite the large class sizes, I always felt supported. The coursework was challenging but interesting and I feel very prepared to take on a graduate school workload. My classes and extracurriculars gave me the opportunity to develop skills in research, networking, writing, and critical thinking. Along with the academic programs, the student organizations and study abroad opportunities available are fantastic and allow each person to find their niche. I loved this school - go dawgs!
I studied Neurobiology at the University of Washington Seattle from 2012 to 2016. I was a student-athlete on the track & field team as well as served as secretary for the Minority Association of Pre Health Students club. From my experiences, I would highly recommend the University of Washington to all prospective students. I give the University of the Washington 5/5 stars for quality of instruction. The reason being that most (95%) of my instructors had well organized class agendas and made their expectations very clear. But most importantly, most (95%) of my instructors actually cared about their students. Instructors would make time during their instruction to address questions students had even if it took time away from class. Instructors were extremely available for out-of-class communications; many even provided their cell phone number. Also, most instructors held comprehensive review sessions that accommodated the majority of the classes availability. These types of instructors really make the University of Washington's quality of instruction shine. Lastly, the University of Washington requires that at the end of each quarter students have the opportunity to anonymously review the quality of the class and the instructor. Online you can find a Class Catalog, which displays an average of these reviews. In this way you can see which classes have the highest quality of instruction; I chose all of my classes using this tool so I may have a different perspective on quality of instruction compared to other students. The rigor of curriculum was 5/5 stars for me. I took chemistry, biology, physics, and math classes before getting in the Neurobiology department. The rigor of science classes at the University of Washington runs high as the UW takes pride in being a world leader in STEM research. All of my classes, except for maybe Intro to Chemistry, pushed my thinking. Each year at the UW, I found that this push elicited growth as my GPA improved each year. Unlike high school, studying was no longer just an option, it became a life style. Although the material was hard, it was interesting to me, so the work paid off. I gave the University of Washington 2/5 stars for diversity. As a student of color, I found that I was often one of few or the only student of color in my classes. However, the University of Washington does provide services to minority students through the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity. Through OMA&D I had tutoring opportunities open to first generation students and minority students, which was critical for my success my first few years. I also had scholarships opportunities through OMA&D as well as participated in a summer program for pre health students called SMDEP. The UW also has many clubs on campus for minority students and holds events on campus such as the talk I attended my fourth year where we discussed the movement Black Lives Matter. Although I give the UW low rankings for diversity, recently President Anna President Ana Mari Cauce launched a Race and Equity Initiative in with the challenge that students, faculty, and staff take personal responsibility for addressing biases and improving our university culture. This indicates the Universities awareness and shows promise for some improvements in the future. I ranked Campus safety 4/5 stars. The campus has emergency phones scattered around campus, that will directly link you to police in case of emergency. They also have a program called Night Ride where students can use their Husky Card to take shuttles from various locations on campus to their apartments or dorms. I have used Night Ride a few times and was impressed to learn that you can get dropped off quite a far distance from campus. It runs from 8 pm to 1:30 am, which is great for students studying late on campus but don't feel safe walking home at night. I did not give UW the 5th star because I would have liked to see a larger campus security present, especially at night. I gave Earning Potential, Prepared for Career, Networking Opportunities, Satisfaction with Degree, and Career Advising all 5/5 stars. With my Neurobiology degree from the UW, I had confidence regarding my competitiveness as an applicant when applying to graduate schools. My professors within the department, specifically my professor for Neurobiology Systems, and my advisor all acted as mentors in helping me to decide my career path. They asked me questions that really provoked my thinking, such as simply asking me why I was interested in certain fields which really cleared some things up for me. This same professor helped me to get into contact with a student in the graduate school I was interested in. This student ended up letting me come to a few of her classes. My advisor helped me to get into a few research programs, one at Harborview and the other at a UW neighborhood clinic. Now, I was recently accepted to the Physical Therapy Doctorate program at the University of Washington. The experiences and opportunities the UW provided me as an undergrad were an integral part to my success and I am so happy to continue my education at this institution. If you get the opportunity to join the UW family, be sure to take it! It will be an experience to treasure!
The University of Washington and the Foster School of Business are exemplary. Makes me wish I still lived in Seattle area to visit the campus frequently. The Alumni association keeps me connected although I did two later degrees at other institutions. I have a Masters from City University and a doctorate from Capella University. Living and working situations prevented me from continuing at UofW. It is still the best, most community involved university I am aware of.