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University of Washington in Seattle, WA

Learn about the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Read about its admission info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About University of Washington in Seattle

Established in 1861, the University of Washington (UW) is located in downtown Seattle. In addition to the Seattle campus, University of Washington has campuses in Tacoma and Bothell, both founded in 1990. The UW has more than 500 buildings and the most students of any Northwestern institution, with roughly 92,000 attending each year.

The university has an academic medical center that's world-renown, and the institution is also a leader in environmental solutions, including research and education. Prospective student athletes can choose from 9 men's and 10 women's Huskies sports teams, which are part of the Pac-12 Conference.


UW offers more than 250 degree options through its 16 colleges and schools. Some areas include built environments, medicine, public health, and engineering, as well as the graduate school. Each quarter, the university offers 1,800 courses for undergraduate students. It awards more than 12,000 degrees at all levels each year.

Since 1974, UW has continued to receive more federal research funding than any other public American university. The university also boasts hundreds of scholars, including Fulbright, Rhodes, Marshall, and Gates Cambridge Scholars. In addition to the educational offerings, undergraduate and graduate students have access to about 270 focused research centers and numerous online learning programs.


The application deadline for prospective freshmen students is December 1st for the autumn and summer quarters and September 1st for the winter quarter. Transfer and post-baccalaureate students must apply by February 15th for the autumn and summer quarters, September 1st for the winter quarter, and December 15th for the spring quarter.

The application fee is $60. In the Autumn 2011 quarter, there were approximately 26,000 freshmen applicants. Students need to submit SAT or ACT Writing scores, but high school transcripts and letters of recommendation aren't necessary for applying.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012, annual tuition and fees were $12,383 for freshman and transfer residents and $29,938 for nonresidents. The UW estimated that for resident and nonresident students, room and board would cost $9,969, while books and supplies would be $1,035 a year. The cost for graduate students will vary based on the program.

In the 2010-2011 academic year, 59% of all undergraduate students received some kind of financial aid. During the same year, 42% of these students received a grant or scholarship, while 34% received federal student loans.

School Type Public, 4-year *
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, doctor's degrees*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 35,201 undergraduates, 11,911 graduates in 2011**
Student Housing 11 residence halls and student apartment options; all include paid utilities**
Schools and Programs 16 colleges and schools; roughly 250 degree options**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Biology/Biological Sciences, General (469)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, General (332)
Doctoral: Medicine (188)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 54% in four years
81% in six years
82% in eight years*
Admission Rate 58% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 5,793 in 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 93% for full-time and 76% for part-time students*
Average ACT Composite Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT scores: 24-30 in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Dates Autumn and summer quarters - December 1st
Winter quarter - September 1st**
Decision Notification Dates Autumn and summer quarters - March 15-31
Winter quarter - November-December**
Tuition (2011-2012) $12,383 for residents; $29,938 for nonresidents (includes tuition and fees only)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11:
Federal grants (24%)
Pell grants (24%)
Other federal grants (23%)
State and local grants/scholarships (21%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (27%)
Federal student loans (33%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 59% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education, **University of Washington.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Box 355852, Seattle, WA 98195-5852
  • Phone: (206) 543-9686
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