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School Spotlight: University of Washington

University of Washington
Emily Toffelmire

Written by Emily Toffelmireon November 9th, 2020

I came to College Coach after working for many years in college admissions and high school counseling. As a school counselor, I assisted students in the college application process and wrote hundreds of letters of recommendation, while also helping them and their families cope with any emotional, social, and academic concerns throughout the year. I transitioned from the high school setting to the admissions office when I joined the University of Southern California as an assistant director, reading freshmen and transfer applications and collaborating on admission decisions for over 150 majors, including the liberal arts, engineering, business, cinema, and the fine and performing arts. I subsequently took on the role of senior assistant director in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, where I coordinated the division's Mork, Stamps, Trustee, Presidential and Dean's merit scholarship selection process, as well as recruitment publications and outreach, and traveled everywhere from Honolulu to Miami presenting to and interviewing hundreds of applicants each year.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: University of Washington  Seattle, WA With over 180 majors, more than 1,000 active student organizations, and $102 million available in scholarships and grants, there are serious advantages to attending the University of Washington. Fascinated by environmental science? You can major in everything from oceanography to wildlife conservation. Is engineering more your cup of tea? Why not pursue a degree in aeronautics & astronautics or industrial engineering? Artists, too, can develop their creativity in programs such as ethnomusicology and visual communication design. Given its prime location just north of downtown Seattle, UW offers its 32,500 undergraduates abundant opportunities for experiential learning. Through community engagement programs, students can explore public service by volunteering at local non-profits, attending personal development workshops, and enrolling in service learning coursework. Previous service-learning course options have included “Geography of Food and Eating” and “Philosophy of Human Rights.” And what about those 1,000 clubs? Whether your tastes are traditional (golf club), eclectic (historical role playing club), or somewhere in between (tango club), it’s never hard to find interesting diversions on campus. Fun fact: all admitted U.S. citizens who are non-WA residents are automatically considered for the merit-based Purple & Gold Scholarships. Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of University of Washington Getting the Most Out of a College Visit

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