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Academic Rigor of UW?

missdeeceemissdeecee Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
edited October 2013 in University of Washington
Hi all,
I'm applying to UW this fall and I would like to hear about the academic rigor at UW. I attend a competitive public high school (top 50) where numbers are everything and frankly it is a rather disheartening if not poisonous environment. Teachers are not that great either.

I don't particularly want to attend a school where it'll be a repeat of my high school. I don't want to be stuck in my room from afternoon to midnight studying 7 days a week.

While I am not an All-As-Forever-And-Always snob I am disappointed in myself the few times I get Bs. I want to attend a school where the amount of work I put in will give me good results. I have good study habits and am willing to put in the time, but As mentioned before I don't particularly want to have to spend hours and hours in order to get an A.

Thanks for your time!
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Replies to: Academic Rigor of UW?

  • missdeeceemissdeecee Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    Oh, and if it helps any I'm a prospective English major looking to law school for the future. However Id appreciate responses for within my projected major as well as the general academic trends here. Thank you again!
  • PrincipessaAnnaPrincipessaAnna Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    I'm in the Arts & Sciences and though I am only a couple of weeks in, I don't find UW to be any more rigorous than other schools I have attended (including community colleges and other 4-year universities). I'm taking 15 credits and I do 30 hours in addition to class time. I'm pretty sure I'll end up with all As.

    I imagine that it really depends on your major and the kind of courses you are taking. Pre-Med and/or STEM courses might be a different story. I think you would be fine as an English major.
  • travelgirltravelgirl Registered User Posts: 747 Member
    I graduated CC with a 3.92 before moving on to UW where I graduated with a 3.82. I only got A's at both institutions.

    I studied hard. Every day. If you don't care too much about your grades, you won't need to study as much.

    I am currently in a graduate program at another university.

    If you wish to one day go to law school, why don't you major or minor in the Law, Societies, & Justice program? It's not needed for law school..but if you are interested in the topic, it makes sense, no?
  • missdeeceemissdeecee Registered User Posts: 37 Junior Member
    @Principessa Anna Thanks for the info!! Helpful, and also reassuring with the last tidbit you added in :)

    @travelgirl Thanks to you too!! I agree that if you don't care, it's pretty much a given that you won't study...I plan on studying hard and making the best out of my college experience academically as well as in ec's/internships/general college life. And yes, that does make sense, however I want the analytical aspect that's directed towards literature that comes with being an English major. Both should be good at prepping for the LSAT, no?
  • travelgirltravelgirl Registered User Posts: 747 Member
    Well, it won't hurt :) But I don't think a degree in English lit will help you prepare for the LSAT. (My husband whose Bachelor's was in English (before getting a masters in Japanese language/lit) agrees. I, myself am getting a masters in legal studies.

    If you want to major in english, go for it. Just don't do it explicitly to help you with the LSAT.
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