University of Washington - Seattle Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(3.98 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 292 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 14 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 45,408 (31,063 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 18% part-time, 82% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $16,278 in-state; $28,326 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

This is a very broad program with people working on very different fields.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014

Great faculty, post-docs, and other grads. Some TA-ships have huge workloads. Pay isn't great.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Great location, resources and faculty. Experience will really vary by individual and adviser.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

UW is a great school with a very diverse biology department which provides a great environment. The grad student community is strong and helpful.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014

The program shapes the student for careers in academia. The degree does not provide sufficient resources - skills, contacts, etc - for those seeking jobs outside academia. The average number of years to receive PhD is 6.5 years. The faculty claim you can stop by for help when needed, but are in reality rarely available and usually not interested in who you are or what you are working on. Working on a PhD in this program is an isolating experience. Student must be highly self-motivated, have a thick skin, and be willing to live in poverty for over six years. Most students I know came into the program inspired by their work, but by 3 years in have lost their passion and instead only have a desire to get out of here.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Being in Seattle is the best! Being a TA is a lot of work but also can be fun, and the faculty are pretty supportive. We have a really diverse group of grad students who are fun to hang out with. Class requirements are pretty flexible so you can mostly choose whatever classes you think will be the most useful for you to take.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

Our program offers large amounts of flexibility, which can be perfect for grad students who know how to manage themselves. Our stipend is not competitive, and UW can feel not diverse, but these are all outweighed by the stellar quality of research and researchers who make UW their home.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014

UW Biology is an excellent place to become an independent researcher. There are 5 years guaranteed funding (via TA/RAships) and potential additional scholarship support. And Seattle is the most incredible place to live and to be a student or young professional.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Seattle is a wonderful setting for any science program.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros are the very collaborative research environment and open exchange of ideas between scientists in many disciplines of biology.
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