I have poured over the last year+ worth of contributions on this forum and have gained a solid understanding of the U's process for evaluating and accepting/denying students for admission. I still have some remaining questions. Hopefully some of you can shed some light on these for me (and others).
First - some about me and my qualifiers for success in being admitted to either Bothell or Seattle.
AA-DTA in Business from Bellevue College
Bellevue Cumulative GPA = 3.98
Pre-App GPA for Foster = 3.96
WSA Score: TBD, scheduled for the 3/28 session @ UWB. (Not really concerned about this)
Work Experience / Resume Quality = 12 years of progressive growth at Microsoft (IC, to Manager, to Senior Manager) currently working as a W-2 consultant @MS
. (Higher pay).
Now to my questions:
1. What drives the common opinion that UW Bothell is somehow inferior in terms of academic quality than UW Seattle? Note: In roles I have had, not once have we asked a UW graduate which campus they attended. To me, that just seems silly.
2. I am on the fence as to whether or not I would want to deal with the commute to Seattle (I live about 15 minutes from UWB, work in Redmond) without a tangible benefit from doing so. Any of you commuting students have perspective on how that has worked out for you?
3. The smaller class size in Bothell, on the surface, appears to be more conducive to actually learning the content you are working on in classes, rather than just gleaning enough to do well on exams and post good grades. Is there some benefit to the masses in Seattle? I do not really need to build a networking base from ground zero - I have that covered already.
I have already submitted my application to UW Bothell, and I am unsure if I would even want to consider Foster for their undergraduate program, given that it seems more geared toward younger students that live on the campus or otherwise do not have careers already in motion. I would love to hear some perspectives from folks though, as there could be something I am overlooking.