From the School

Ranked the 15th best university in the world*, the UW is home to a renowned medical center and top-ranked programs in medicine, engineering, nursing, law, business and social work.

The UW is the country's top public research institution and one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. Our main campus, situated in an urban neighborhood just minutes from downtown Seattle, draws more than 28,000 UW undergraduates who study in 180 degree programs. Every year, more than 7,000 students augment their learning with hands-on research.

UW students are not required to live on campus, but more than 70 percent of freshmen do, creating a strong and supportive community. Residence halls and other UW facilities are heralded for their environmental sustainability, earning the university accolades from the Sierra Club as the No. 1 Coolest School in America. Hundreds of student organizations and dozens of intramural and club sports enrich the Husky experience.

Our community of students and faculty is constantly turning possibilities into realities. By pursuing both ideas and ideals, by taking action and inspiring action, the UW makes a real-world impact each and every day.

Do you dare to Be Boundless? At the UW, you can.

*2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Overview

Applicants
30,226
Acceptance Rate
55%
Average HS GPA
3.76

GPA Breakdown

61%
Over 3.75
28%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
2%
3.00 - 3.24

Test Scores

SAT Reading
520 - 650
SAT Math
580 - 710
ACT Composite
25 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
December 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Overall

From The School

As an educational powerhouse and the largest university in the Pacific Northwest, the UW offers a broad range of academic programs to support more than 34,000 undergraduates across all three campuses. Here are few examples:

First Year Programs empowers entering students to become engaged and confident learners by facilitating supportive communities and creating educational experiences. Activities include quarterly advising and orientation sessions, Dawg Daze, First-Year Interest Groups, and Husky Adventures.

Freshman Collegium Seminars introduce first year students to the excitement of ideas and the richness of academic discovery. Students learn "shoulder-to-shoulder" with our best faculty, exploring big ideas, engaging in deep inquiry, and developing a sense of community with a small group of students. These seminars are an excellent introduction to the intellectual world of the university, and a welcoming environment for students still new to the campus. Grading is credit/no credit.

University Honors Program integrates challenging courses and diverse learning experiences for academically motivated students in a close community of faculty, staff, and peers. The core curriculum offers a broad liberal education, while departmental honors programs provide a deep disciplinary education.

Undergraduate Research Program facilitates research experiences for undergraduates with UW faculty members across departments and disciplines. Since 1997, it has produced the Undergraduate Research Symposium, during which hundreds of undergraduates present their research to the campus and community. It is among the largest symposia for undergraduates in the nation.

UW Leon Center supports academic programs that benefit from its unique location in the medieval center of León, Spain. By providing a space for study abroad programs, academic research, conferences, exhibits and cultural events, its goal is to foster understanding and compassion between cultures.

UW Rome Center is a renovated palazzo in Rome that hosts academic programs ranging from art history to landscape architecture. The facility provides studios, classrooms, a library and computer lab, student lounge, conference room, an administrative office and faculty accommodations.

UW Study Abroad extends the UW's global reach, offering more than 70 student exchanges with universities in locations that range from Argentina to Australia, Turkey to Taiwan. Students who enroll in short-term programs (often scheduled for 3 to 4 weeks in between academic quarters) might find themselves producing theatre in Spain or meeting businesswomen in India.

Students Say

Students find “a great combination of high-powered academics, an excellent social life, and a wide variety of courses, all in the midst of the exciting Seattle life” at the University of Washington, the state’s flagship institution of higher learning. UW offers “a lot of really stellar programs and the best bang for the buck, especially for in-state students or those in the sciences.” Indeed, science programs “are incredible. The research going on here is cutting-edge and the leaders of biomedical sciences, stem cell research, etc. are accessible to students.” Undergrads warn, however, that science programs are extremely competitive, “high pressure,” and “challenging,” with “core classes taught in lectures that seat more than 500 people,” creating the sense that “professors don’t seem to care too much whether you succeed.” Pre-professional programs in business, law, nursing, medicine and engineering all earn high marks, although again with the caveat that the workload is tough and the hand-holding nominal. As one student puts it, “The University of Washington provides every resource and opportunity for its students to succeed. You just have to take advantage of them. No one will do it for you.” For those fortunate enough to get in, the Honors Program “creates a smaller community of highly motivated students…It puts this school on top.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
6,054
with Terminal Degree
4,891

3,513
Men
2,541
Women
1,307
Minority
1,002
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
70%
Graduate in 5 years
95%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Jeffery Brotman
Founder and President of Costco

Chuck Close
Painter, among America's most influential artists

Mark Emmert
University of Washington President

William H. and Mary Gates
Community and philanthropy leaders, UW regents

Ed Guthman
Pulitzer Prize in journalism, US Press Secretary

Rick Steves
Best-selling travel author

Linda Buck
Nobel Laureate, Physiology and Medicine

Overview

From The School

The UW is proud to be a globally ranked university with a budget-minded price tag. For Washington residents, estimated tuition for 2014-15 is $12,394. Additional expenses, such as room and board, books and supplies, bring the annual total cost of attendance to approximately $24,112.

For nonresidents, estimated tuition for 2014-15 is $33,513 and additional expenses, including room and board, bring the annual total to approximately $48,231.

The UW does not participate, at the undergraduate level, in any programs for out-of-state students to pay in-state tuition.

There is one exception: Students who enroll at the UW for one to three quarters through participation in the National Student Exchange pay the same in-state tuition as they would pay at their home institutions.

Find more information about the total costs of attendance at the UW.

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
76
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

In-state tuition at the University of Washington is about $11,300 annually, and out-of-state tuition is in the ballpark of $32,400. Room and board can be as much as an additional $10,800. Students graduate with about $21,263 in debt on average.

Bang For Your Buck

The University of Washington is committed to making students’ education affordable by providing financial assistance in a number of areas—from grants and loans to scholarships and work-study opportunities. The University of Washington offers a full range of grant opportunities for students who qualify. More than $117 million in grants were received by UW undergraduates in 2010–11. The average freshman grant was $5,600. Both meritand needbased scholarship awards are also available, and the university provided $15 million in scholarships to about 2,700 undergraduates last year. UW’s Husky Promise program guarantees full tuition and standard fees will be covered via grant or scholarship support for eligible Washington residents. The cutoff income level that UW has set for eligibility is the highest in the nation for comparable programs.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$13,800

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$14,000

Average Need-Based Loan
$7,000

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,263

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
47%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,600

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$11,305
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$32,424
Required Fees
$1,089
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,206

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$414

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

From The School

From the Anime Discovery Project to the Zimbabwean Music Club, UW students can choose from more than 700 student organizations, including a robust Greek system of roughly 50 sororities and fraternities.

Students Say

“At such a large university, there is no ‘typical’ student,” undergrads tell us, observing “one can find just about any demographic here and there is a huge variety in personalities.” There “are quite a lot of yuppies, but then again, it’s Seattle,” and by and large “the campus is ultraliberal. Most students care about the environment, are not religious, and are generally accepting of other diverse individuals.” Otherwise, “you’ve got your stereotypes: the Greeks, the street fashion pioneers, the various ethnic communities, the Oxford-looking grad students, etc.” In terms of demographics, “the typical student at UW is white, middle-class, and is from the Seattle area,” but “there are a lot of African American students and a very large number of Asian students.” All groups “seem to socialize with each other.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
29,754
Out of State
15%

International
16%
Foreign Countries Represented
107

Demographics

28.34%
Asian
3.13%
African-American
7.66%
Hispanic
51.74%
Caucasian
1.39%
Unknown
16.17%
International

52% female
48% male
15% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

From The School

The UW is a multi-campus university with locations in Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma, Washington. The primary campus is situated on more than 600 acres in the University District, an urban neighborhood north of downtown Seattle. The campus is like a small city, with classic brick and new "green" buildings set among graceful paths and landscaped grounds that take advantage of beautiful water and mountain views.

Students Say

UW students typically “have a good balance in their lives of education and fun.” They “generally study hard and work in the libraries, but once the nighttime hits, they look forward to enjoying the night with their friends.” Between the large university community and the surrounding city of Seattle, undergrads have a near-limitless selection of extracurricular choices. As one student explains, “There are tons of options for fun in Seattle. Going down to Pike’s Market on a Saturday and eating your way through is always popular. There are tons of places to eat on ’The Ave,’” the shopping district that abuts campus, “and the UVillage shopping mall is a five minute walk from campus with chain-store comfort available. Intramural sports are big for activities, and going to undergraduate theater productions is never a disappointing experience. During autumn or spring renting a canoe and paddling around lake Washington down by the stadium is fun.” Husky football games “are amazing,” and the Greek community “is very big” without dominating campus social life. In short, “the UW has anything you could want to do in your free time.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
24%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
78
First-Year Students living on campus
72%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
94

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
772
Number of Honor Societies
13

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
54

6% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Huskies)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Huskies)
10 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

As you would expect of a university surrounded by one of the nation’s greatest forests, the University of Washington (UW) takes sustainability seriously and promotes ecologically sound practices. Its sustainability goals involve reducing greenhouse gas emissions, conserving natural resources, measuring and reporting activities, and increasing interdisciplinary collaboration to foster sustainability in research and curriculum. The number of LEED-certified buildings on campus has more than doubled since 2010, with thirteen more in the works. The most recent, the Husky Union Building (HUB), features water use reduction, chemical and pollutant control, optimized energy performance, and reducing heat island effects. Recycling and composting is a way of life at the UW. Its comprehensive waste reduction program provides education, infrastructure and services to minimize waste and maximize reuse. Through these efforts, the UW currently diverts 61 percent of its total waste away from landfills toward organizations that give materials a second life. To reduce utility costs and increase energy efficiency, UW has installed solar panels, retrofit fixtures and replaced 1,800 inefficient toilets. Savings include an estimated 50 million gallons of water annually, avoided costs of nearly $50 million over ten years from all energy conservation efforts. Fifty-three percent of food served on campus is organic, local or fair trade. The university also has a fleet of more than 400 alternative-fuel vehicles. The four-part Climate of Change video series (https://green.uw.edu/climate-of-change) explores the University of Washington's sustainability efforts in the areas of research, teaching, co-curricular programs, and campus operations. Students are the heart of sustainability on campus. The UW encourages student engagement in sustainability through its Climate Action Plan, outreach efforts, curriculum, research grants, internships and more. Students participate in sustainability-related projects, events, clubs, and even initiated a student fee, called the Campus Sustainability Fund, that goes toward student-led campus projects with environmental impact. In 2013, the UW established the Green Seed Fund, which provides grants for faculty, students and staff research projects that contribute to campus sustainability goals. The UW maintains a culture of sustainability so that students learn by example and actively contribute to global change, in college and beyond.

Green Rating
99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
53%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
1200

Average Number of PC's per Lab
200

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Microsoft Dell Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
UW Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
Box 355852
Seattle, WA 98195-5852

Phone
206-543-9686


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Henry Art Gallery
Burke Museum
Meany Hall for Performing Arts
football games at Husky Stadium
Waterfront Activities Center (WAC)

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Pike Place Market and Waterfront
Seattle Center (EMP, Space Needle, Pac Sci Ctr)
Seattle Art Museum/Asian Art Museum
International District
Experience Music Project

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm
206-543-9686

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: M-F 9:00-12, 11:30-12:30 pm; Sat 1:00-2:30
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Available

Times
http://admit.washington.edu/Visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://gohuskies.cstv.com/school-bio/wash-coaches-directory.html

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Drop in classes

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 18 miles from campus. To get to campus from the airport, take Shuttle Express, which leaves the airport on call. For Shuttle information, call 206-622-1424; no advance reservations are required. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Seattle.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-5 (N. and S.), take Exit 169. Proceed east on 45th St. N.E. for approximately half a mile. Turn right on 15th Ave. N.E. and head south approximately 3 blocks. The admissions office is in Schmitz Hall, at N.E. Campus Pkwy. and 15th Ave. N.E. Visitor parking is across the street.

Local Accommodations
A nice range of choices can be found within walking distance of the university. University Motel (4731 12th St. N.E.; 206-522-4724), a small neighborhood place 6 blocks away, has great rates. All units are suites with kitchenettes. For something fancier, consider the Meany Tower Hotel (4507 Brooklyn Ave. N.E.; 206-634-2000), only 3 blocks from campus. There's a special moderate double-occupancy rate for university visitors. Astounding views of the mountains, lakes, and city, and a small workout room make it a good choice. The Chambered Nautilus Bed-and-Breakfast (5005 22nd St. N.E.; 206-522-2536), 2 blocks away, offers a tranquil retreat in the city. Prices are moderate and a gourmet breakfast is included. And who doesn't want to stay on a fully functional, exceptionally clean, restored tugboat? The Challenger (809 Fairview Pl. North.; 206-340-1201) has 7 guest rooms (4 with private baths), is carpeted throughout, and is furnished with nautical antiques. Rates run in the moderate range, with a full gourmet breakfast included. The tug has closed-circuit TV and videos. Five miles away is the small and lovely Inn at the Market (86 Pine St.; 206-443-3600), with rates that fluctuate between moderate and very expensive. Its setting is spectacular and its location is fantastic near lively Pike Place Market. The Silver Cloud Inn (5036 25th NE; 206-526-5200,) is just east of campus and convenient to restaurants and shopping. The Inn (4140 Roosevelt Way NE; 206-632-5055) is just on the west side of the campus.
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Key Stats

30,226
Applicants
29,754
Size
55%
Acceptance Rate
1230
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists