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  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 29,496 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the University of Washington acceptance rate is 49%. Popular majors include Research and Experimental Psychology, Communications, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 84% of students, University of Washington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $44,900.
1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195
About University of Washington...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference

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.

UW Admissions

Acceptance Rate
49%
Application Deadline
November 15
SAT Range
1220-1460
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$80
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$9,765/ 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
$12,756/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
61%

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
39%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.308 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.310 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    9%
  • On Campus
    90%
  • Online
    1%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
29,496Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,603
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
22%
Varsity Athletes
2%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 198 responses
  • Concerned about grades but willing to have fun.
    44%
  • No such thing as a typical student in UW
    16%
  • Determined
    16%
  • Really concerned about grades
    14%
  • Hardworking
    4%
  • Diverse, Determined, and Shy
    4%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.355 responses
Poll
65%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.387 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 208 responses
  • Very competitive and a top school
    38%
  • Top 25 University
    22%
  • Be Boundless!
    22%
  • Filled with opportunities
    7%
  • Public Ivy
    4%
  • UW isn't rated well nationally but it is in world.
    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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The University of Washington, students here usually call it UW. It has many amazing buildings and a wonderful study environment. Every time I go to the library, I can quickly go into study mode because when you see everyone is studying, you get some amount of stress, which keeps you motivated. I think this type of "stress" is actually good for us. One of the previous research has stated that some amount of stress/anxiety will not cause health problems, instead, they can make people focus. Also, the UW has many research opportunities and volunteer works that you can do in your undergraduate or graduate years. These experiments can help students to understand what might be a good career for them, and boost up their resume in the meantime.
I think UW is an amazing school!
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The UW was by far one of the best experiences in my life! Everything and then some is available to you, from world-class academic offerings to a thriving social scene. The school is large, so it's your responsibility to make the most of the experience. I strongly recommend getting involved in activities outside the classroom in your free time. Having entered into the private sector on the East Coast after undergrad, I will say that the UW's reputation is right up there with the "Public Ivies". The ROI is definitely there if you strive and push yourself academically. I love this school!
Overall, the University of Washington is a pretty good school! Definitely wouldn't go here if you didn't get direct admit into your major, though. I was lucky to get direct admit into the college of engineering, but still had to compete to get into the mechanical engineering department. The dorms are really nice at the University of Washington, but they are pretty pricey. I think the best part about the University of Washington is that they have awesome clubs on campus.