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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    B-
University of Washington is a highly rated public university located in Seattle, Washington. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 28,759 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the University of Washington acceptance rate is 46%. Popular majors include Psychology, Communications, and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Graduating 84% of students, University of Washington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,900.
About University of Washington...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference
Address
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195

University of Washington Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
46%
Application Deadline
November 15
SAT Range
1190-1420
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$9,443/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$14,051/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
57%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
75%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.256 responses
40%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.293 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.295 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,759Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,572
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 188 responses
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  • Concerned about grades but willing to have fun.
    44%
  • Determined
    15%
  • No such thing as a typical student in UW
    15%
  • Really concerned about grades
    14%
  • Diverse, Determined, and Shy
    3%
  • Hardworking
    3%
  • If they are in their major, fraudulent
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.340 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.372 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 194 responses
Report
  • Very competitive and a top school
    38%
  • Top 25 University
    23%
  • Be Boundless!
    21%
  • Filled with opportunities
    7%
  • UW isn't rated well nationally but it is in world.
    3%
  • Public Ivy
    3%
  • "Local Ivy"
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$57,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses
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University of Washington Reviews

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The UW offers many clubs and opportunities to find your own home inside the larger community. As a Freshman and from a smaller town, it was quite intimidating attending such a large school. In that vein, there is exceptional diversity on this campus. You'll meet people from all tracks of life, from as young as 17 to as old as 65, and from every continent (besides Antarctica, of course)!
The campus is expansive and will most certainly impress anyone who gets the chance to explore it. As for academics, it's a research school and the classes reflect this standard. Every teacher I've had has been well informed in their topics and project true enthusiasm for student learning. However, many of the classes offered are what's called a "weed out" class, meaning they are very intense and meant to oust those unfit for that major. The university does provide methods for studying and tutoring, however, which can aid those who are struggling.
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The academic programs are spectacular. Though I am only a freshman, the professors I have had care about making sure students learn from the material rather than just showing up for the job. All of my professors and TA's go out of their way to make time (even when their schedule is packed), to explain a concept I did not understand during lecture. UW also has a well-developed writing center not only for getting assistance on writing essays for classes, but for scholarships and applying to programs as well. Every week there are always flyers on campus for workshops on how to apply for programs or learn more about opportunities such as study abroad! UW is one of the best public universities out there. It has almost an over-whelming amount of resources to guarantee all students get the help they need and succeed in their college careers.
When I first started at UW I really struggled. I wasn't doing well in my classes and I hated my major. However, after changing my major and studying here for a few years I have really grown to love it. I am not going to lie to you and tell you it's easy because it's not. The academic level is challenging and everyone around you is gifted which can sometimes make you feel unintelligent. But, you just have to work hard and find your community. Joining a club or extracurricular really helps give you the support you need to get through tough times. There are hundreds on campus so it's easy to find the perfect one for you!