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University of Washington

Seattle, WA

The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public, comprehensive institution. UW has earned an international reputation for its research in such fields as Asian languages and literature, cell biology, computer science, forestry, international studies, nursing and physics. Its 703-acre campus, graced by Collegiate Gothic architecture, meandering paths and immaculately landscaped grounds, is located in a residential section of Seattle five miles from downtown. 

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students30,933
   Women16,195 (52.4%)
   Men14,738 (47.6%)
Graduate Students14,658


Entrance DifficultyVery difficult
Overall Admission Rate45% of 43,517 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedNo
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineDecember 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.78
SAT Math642 average
580-710 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading600 average
540-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing599 average
540-660 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite28 average
26-32 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $25,948
Out-of-state: $49,986
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,753
Out-of-state: $34,791
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met82%
Average Freshman Award$17,800
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemQuarter
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 15% of classes
10-19 students: 22% of classes
20-29 students: 24% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 8% of classes
50-99 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes


Seattle Population634,535
Nearest Metropolitan Area 
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are not guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 65% of freshmen, 25% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
28.9% Asian
3.1% Black/African-American
8.9% Hispanic/Latino
8.2% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.5% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
48.6% White
1.3% Unknown
International Students14.2% from 87 countries
First-Year Students Returning94.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.66 3.99 677 663 29
Low 2.08 2.08 470 480 13
High 4.00 5.00 800 780 35
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• The University of Washington is fondly referred to as "U Dub."

• The Stardust Mission, led by UW, used a collector coated with a special gel to capture tens of thousands of comet particles.

• Two TV stations and three radio stations make UW a broadcasting powerhouse in the Pacific Northwest.

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