As the nation’s top-ranked research university and an international hub of innovation, the UW turns dreams into realities.
For those who believe that possibilities are never out of reach, the University of Washington is the place to explore, discover and create.
As the nation’s top-ranked research university and an international hub of innovation, the UW turns dreams into realities. From creating medical breakthroughs to devising green energy solutions, Huskies are working boundlessly to make a difference around the globe.
And the world is taking notice. This year, Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked the UW the 15th best university on the planet. The UW also hit No. 3 on Payscale’s rankings of best return on investment on in-state tuition for public universities and colleges. Even our campus is a head-turner: The Seattle quad was named the country’s 14th most beautiful and iconic.
Founded in 1861, the UW is now a multicampus institution (UW Tacoma and UW Bothell both opened in 1990) and home to a renowned medical center and nationally ranked programs in medicine, engineering, nursing, law, business and social work.
More than 51,000 undergraduates – some 75 percent of whom are Washington state residents – study in 180 degree programs. Each year, about 7,000 undergraduates partner with faculty to conduct hands-on investigations of everything from brain function to biodiversity.
That research drives our economy and fosters real innovation. In the past year, the UW launched a record 18 startup companies, making the university tops in the country for startup formation.
The UW is proud to be a community where students from all backgrounds can dare to do. More than a quarter of this year’s freshmen are the first in their families to attend college.
For Washington state residents, the UW offers the Husky Promise, a guarantee that financial challenges won’t stand in the way of achieving a UW degree.
Where passion never rests
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, every day.
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