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  2. Value
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  3. Diversity
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  4. Campus
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  5. Athletics
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  6. Party Scene
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  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
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  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
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  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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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 $42,800.
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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $6,803/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,425/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,155/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,045/ year
  • $110k+
    $23,226/ year
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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.282 responses
45%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.284 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
28,759Undergrads
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 177 responses
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  • Concerned about grades but willing to have fun.
    46%
  • No such thing as a typical student in UW
    15%
  • Really concerned about grades
    15%
  • Determined
    14%
  • Diverse, Determined, and Shy
    3%
  • Hardworking
    3%
  • If they are in their major, fraudulent
    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.329 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.361 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 183 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
$54,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
84%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
76%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.161 responses
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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.
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Even though I'm only in my second quarter, I already love this school! It is beautiful no matter where on campus you are. Transportation to downtown Seattle is super easy and accessible. The instructors are amazing as well! They are very good at what they do and are more than willing to help anyone in need. The dorms are awesome too. Everyone is very friendly and everything is in walking distance. Classes are decently difficult, but it is college so that's to be expected.
The University of Washington offers great curriculums that really set the foundation for a smooth transition into professional schools or your career of choice. In addition, it has a beautiful campus with a view of Mt. Rainier outside of the Suzzallo library, which was my favorite study spot because it has a touch of a scene from the Harry Potter movie!