Overview

Applicants
1,032
Acceptance Rate
25%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.38
Years Work Experience
6
Average Age
29

Test Scores

GMAT (25th and 75th percentiles)
640 - 710
GPA
3.2 - 3.67

Deadlines

Early Application Deadline
October 10

Regular Application Deadline
March 15

Round 1
October 10

Round 2
January 15

Round 3
March 15

School Type And Accreditation

School Type
Public

AACSB-approved
Yes

Selectivity Rating

Program Types

Full-Time
Yes

Part-Time
Yes

Evening
Yes

Executive
Yes

Online
Yes

Faculty Information

Student/Faculty
5:1
Total Faculty
163

68
Full-time
32
Part-time
31
Female


Students Say

MBA students at the University of Washington happily assert that the Foster School of Business has "the best reputation in the Pacific Northwest." Students here are privy to a relatively "small" program, which affords them the opportunity "to [get to] know [everyone] on a personal level, down to the professors and staff." The size also helps to ensure a "collaborative environment," one which students greatly value. And many are quick to highlight the "strong marketing, strategy and consulting [programs]." Foster also maintains "a big focus" on entrepreneurship, a fact that draws a number of students. As one second year brags, "The Buerk Center and Jones Foster Accelerator are awesome resources for anyone interested in starting their own company." Additionally, "the partnership with the university's engineering and science schools allows technical students to create startups with MBA students."

Both professors and the administration receive high marks. To begin with, the "energy and expertise that the professors at UW Foster bring to the classroom is unparalleled." Perhaps most impressive, "nearly all of [them] have great backgrounds that lend well to the subjects they teach. For instance, our global strategy classes are taught by a former McKinsey consultant. Finance courses are taught by former investment bankers. In addition to their experience, the institutions where they earned their PhD's are all top tier." And another pleased MBA candidate quickly adds, "[Professors] are accessible, patient, and incredibly intelligent…my interactions with them have only strengthened my resolve over time that I could not have chosen a better program to enroll in." Students also appreciate that "the administration operates by being extremely accessible…and keep[s] their ears and eyes open towards opportunities for improvement." Overall, it's abundantly clear that the Foster "deans and senior faculty go above and beyond [when it comes to both] teach[ing and] listen[ing]."


Sustainability

Courses in Sustainability
Yes

Sustainability course is
Optional

Description
Cases in Sustainability, MBAs have access to a very broad range of courses in the UW College on the Environment, the Environmental Mgmt Program, CSR topics in the School of Social Work, and Sustainable Real Estate Developmt in the School of Built Environments

Research Opportunities in Sustainability
Yes

Description

School's environmental commitment 1:
Environmental Innovation Challenge - a major national business plan competition based on actual prototypes or business models developed by UW students

School's environmental commitment 2:
Joint MBA/Masters of Science in Real Estate focused on sustainable development.

School's environmental commitment 3:
Certificate in the Program on the Environment (POE) - MBAs can earn a specialized certificate focused on various management issues related to the environment

Career overview

Average Starting Salary
$111,847
Accepted employment by 3 months after graduation
98%

Finding Jobs & Internships

Source Of Full-Time Job Acceptances
76%
School Facilitiated
13%
Unknown
11%
Graduate Facilitated

Graduates Employed by Area of Practice

35%
Marketing
21%
Finance/Accounting
20%
Consulting
13%
Operations/Logistics
10%
General Management
1%
Information Technology
1%
Other

Graduates Employed by Region

94%
West
2%
Midwest
1%
International
1%
Northeast
1%
South
1%
Southwest

Students Say

MBA students here are a fortunate bunch. After all, the school is "a well-respected pres- ence in Seattle" and "surrounded by Fortune 500 companies." Indeed, many proudly boast that "University of Washington [has] incredible connections to the numerous corporations and organizations in the community." As one grateful third-year shares, "[Foster has a] very good relationship with the local companies, especially with Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Boeing, Expedia, etc. Seattle is the home for many big MNCs and my school is the first choice for their recruiting in many cases." Students are also privy to a "strong local and regional alumni network" as well. And they are quick to laud career services, which one happy student simply characterizes as "so good." He further gushes, "They are focused on getting everyone a job." Therefore, it's certainly no surprise that Foster maintains an "[excellent] job placement rate."

Job Function

Job Function % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Marketing / Sales 35% $115,000 $110,186 $62,400 $135,000
Finance / Accounting 21% $107,500 $106,409 $80,000 $125,000
Consulting 20% $140,000 $125,805 $72,800 $145,000
Operations / Logistics 13% $116,000 $106,483 $72,800 $120,000
General Management 10% $105,000 $106,889 $45,000 $150,000
Information Technology 1%
Other 1%

Industries

Industries % of Grads Seeking Employment Who Accept
Jobs w/in 3 Months
Median Salary Mean Salary Low Base Salary High Base Salary
Technology 50% $117,000 $113,241 $62,400 $150,000
Consulting 22% $140,000 $124,325 $80,000 $145,000
Pharmaceutical / Biotechnology / Healthcare 10% $102,500 $100,889 $83,200 $120,000
Consumer Products 5% $85,000 $92,333 $80,000 $112,000
Financial Services 5% $100,000 $102,560 $72,800 $135,000
Other 3% $85,280 $75,093 $45,000 $95,000

Prominent Alumni

William Ayer
Former CEO, Alaska Airlines

Dan Nordstrom
Former CEO, Nordstrom.com

Charles Lillis
Former CEO, Media One Group

Gary Neale
Chairman, Nisource

Yoshihiko Miyauchi
CEO, Orix

Overview

From The School

Projected tuition is $37,000 for four quarters. Room and board — $15,656 Books, computers and supplies — $3,176 Local transportation — $1,924 Personal expenses — $3,020 Health insurance — $1,600

Dates

Application Deadlines
Apr 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Aid Package
$34,148

Average Scholarship / Grant Aid Package
$19,634

Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
70%

All Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
62%

New Students Receiving Some Form Of Aid
68%

New Students Receiving Scholarships / Grants
64%

New Students Receiving Loans
42%

Tuition Full-Time (per year)

Tuition (In-State)
$32,394
Tuition (Out-State)
$47,214
Fees (In-State)
$1,059
Fees (Out-State)
$1,059

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Room And Board On-Campus
$18,764
Estimated Room And Board Off-Campus
$18,764
Academic Expenses
$1,708

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
935
Part Time
73%


Demographics

4.00%
Minorities
34.00%
International

38% female
62% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Foster MBAs speak very highly of their "diverse," "smart" and "friendly" peers. They tend to be "very supportive of one another" as well as "easy-going" and "fun." Students also tell us that "work-life balance is important" and that "there are plenty of social opportunities to get to know classmates." They also stress that it's "easy to spend the whole day on campus with class, activities, intramural sports, workshops, and event planning." As one thrilled student shares, "The amount of extracurricular activities and development opportunities available to us is exceptional. I was eager to be involved in club leadership, the student association, a student-to-student mentor program, and a number of other things, and because I was only competing against ninety other class- mates, [I] was able to do these things and find many other ways to take on leadership roles." Lastly, students adore Seattle and see their location as "a huge strength." A sat- isfied student explains, "Seattle has an incredible wealth of employment opportunities right now, and the city is growing. The combination of access to the outdoors and urban nightlife means there is something for everyone."

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Internet Access for All Students
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Erin Town
Director of Admissions

Address
Dempsey Hall, Room 334
University of Washington
Seattle, Un 98195-3223
United States

Phone
2066858395

Fax

Email
98105


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