About the UW

The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is one of the world's most prestigious universities. The UW enrolls more than 55,000 students each year and thrives as a center for groundbreaking research in numerous fields, including medicine, education, public affairs, aeronautics and business. The largest UW campus is located in the heart of Seattle, one of the most scenic and livable cities in the United States.

A World-Class Educational Institution

University of Washington campus

The University of Washington is consistently rated one of the world’s top institutions of higher learning. The UW was 11th in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 ranking of best global universities, and it’s recognized as one of the world’s most innovative universities by Reuters

The UW offers many areas of study, including more than 300 separate programs and more than 575 degree options. A major research center, the university attracts more money in federal research grants than any other public school in the United States. The outstanding faculty includes seven Nobel Prize winners and 15 MacArthur Fellows ("genius grant" recipients).

Beyond the excellent academics, the University of Washington features one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. Located just four miles north of downtown Seattle, the campus offers stunning views of snow-capped Mount Rainier and nearby Lake Washington. In the spring, the university's many gardens bloom with color and its Japanese cherry trees erupt in spectacular pink and white blossoms.