University of Washington

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University of Washington

University of Washington

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location students adm. int’l. fresh grad GPA ACT SAT TOEFL
Seattle, WA 36,206 53% N/A 94% 68% 3.8 29 1328 103

University of Washington is a public institution that was founded in 1861. Located on a 634-acre campus that lies north of downtown Seattle, The university is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast and comprises the School of Medicine, College of Engineering and Michael G. Foster School of Business. Students can join one of the 800-plus student organizations on campus. Beyond UW’s main campus in Seattle, it has campuses in Bothell and Tacoma, Washington. All three UW campuses offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


The UW is a multi-campus university in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, as well as a world-class academic medical center. The UW’s colleges and schools offer 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter, and nearly 100 majors to choose from. We confer more than 12,000 bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional degrees annually. The university’s student-faculty ratio is 19:1 and 29% of classes have fewer than 20 students. Popular majors include Psychology, Communications, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Special Highlights

UW Honors Program. The UW Honors Program gives undergraduate students a chance to attend smaller classes, pursue special projects and have more interaction with faculty members. Students can choose between the interdisciplinary and departmental honors tracks. The first is more generally focused, and the latter provides an opportunity for in-depth study within a particular major. Extra-ambitious students can pursue both types of honors. Students can apply to the interdisciplinary honors program when they apply to UW or during the end of their freshman year. Students submit departmental honors applications after they choose their major.

eScience Institute. The eScience Institute empowers researchers and students in all fields to answer fundamental questions through the use of large, complex, and noisy data. As the hub of data-intensive discovery on campus, we lead a community of innovators in the techniques, technologies, and best practices of data science and the fields that depend on them. UW must be a leader in advancing these techniques and technologies, and in making them accessible to researchers in the broadest imaginable range of fields.

School Mission & Unique Qualities

The UW Innovation Imperative is an integrated approach that will drive positive change for our state and beyond. We empower students and researchers to learn, discover and build solutions to tomorrow’s challenges. We encourage the cross-pollination of ideas by providing the space and opportunity for people from all backgrounds—the humanities and the sciences, the poetic and the pragmatic—to connect, imagine and discover.

Student Reviews…

“The campus is expansive and will impress anyone who gets the chance to explore it. As for academics, it’s a research school and the classes reflect this standard. Every teacher I’ve had has been well informed in their topics and project true enthusiasm for student learning.”