The university of washington

The University of Washington (also known as UW) is one of the most frequently searched universities in America, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges.

UW is a public research university with three campuses in the state of Washington. The college was founded in 1861, and currently educates more than 54,000 students each year, most of them studying at the undergraduate level. The acceptance rate for undergraduate applicants to the university is approximately 45 percent. 

UW remains on the cutting edge of technological advances. The school was recently ranked 10th in the world among global universities by U.S. News and World Reports. That's why UW is considered one of the "public ivies," meaning a public institution that provides a level of education roughly equivalent to what you might get if you attended an Ivy League school. 

Notable UW alumni include MySpace cofounder Chris DeWolfe, martial artist Bruce Lee, Olympic rower Joe Rantz, Baskin Robbins cofounder Irv Robbins, and architect Minoru Yamasaki, to name only a few. 

Shown here: Cherry trees in bloom on the UW campus.


university of Washington Q&A

Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about UW. 

1. Where is the University of Washington?

UW is located in downtown Seattle, on the shores of Portage Bay. Here are the official mailing and visiting addresses of the three main UW campuses:  

UW Seattle

Seattle, Washington


UW Bothell

18115 Campus Way NE

Bothell, Washington


UW Tacoma

1900 Commerce Street

Tacoma, Washington


Shown above: An aerial view of the quad on the UW campus in Seattle.

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2. What is the organizational structure of the University of Washington?

UW offers Bachelors, Masters, and Doctoral degrees (PhD) in many fields of study. The university consists of the following 16 colleges and schools:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences
  2. College of Built Environments
  3. College of Education
  4. College of Engineering
  5. College of the Environment 
  6. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance 
  7. Foster School of Business
  8. Graduate School
  9. School of Dentistry 
  10. School of Law
  11. School of Medicine 
  12. School of Nursing 
  13. School of Pharmacy
  14. School of Public Health 
  15. School of Social Work
  16. The Information School

3. What undergraduate majors are offered at the University of Washington?

UW offers quite a few Bachelor degree programs. For example, here is a list of undergraduate majors at the UW College of Arts and Sciences

  • African Studies
  • American Ethnic Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Arctic Studies
  • Art
  • Art History 
  • Asian Languages and Literature (Bengali; Chinese; Hindi; Indian; Indonesian; Japanese; Korean; Sanskrit; Thai; Urdu; Vietnamese) 
  • Astrobiology and Early Evolution
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Canadian Studies
  • Chemistry
  • China Studies 
  • Classics 
  • Communication Studies
  • Comparative History of Ideas
  • Comparative Literature, Cinema, and Media  
  • Comparative Religion
  • Computer Science 
  • Dance 
  • Digital Arts
  • Disability Studies
  • Drama
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Economics 
  • English
  • European Studies
  • French
  • Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • General Studies
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • German
  • Greek 
  • Hellenic Studies
  • History
  • Humanities 
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japan Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin America and Caribbean Studies
  • Law, Societies, and Justice
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology 
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilization 
  • Neurobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese  
  • Psychology
  • Romance languages and Literature 
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Scandinavian Studies 
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures  
  • Sociology
  • South Asian Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies 
  • Spanish
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences 
  • Statistics  
  • Zoology

At the university's other schools, undergraduates can take courses in health sciences, education, engineering, business, social work, and other subjects in numerous fields of interest. 

Shown above: The UW campus in Bothell.


4. What graduate programs are available at the University of Washington?

UW features numerous graduate programs, at both the Masters and the Doctoral levels. Among these programs are Medicine and Law, as well as high tech topics such as data science and information technology (IT). 

Here is a list of the Masters Degree programs at the UW Graduate School: 

  • Accounting
  • Aeronautics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History 
  • Asian Languages and Literature 
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioethics and Humanities 
  • Biomedical and Health Informatics 
  • Biomedical Regulatory Affairs
  • Biostatistics 
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environment Engineering
  • Classics 
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational Finance and Risk Management  
  • Computer Science & Engineering
  • Computing and Software Systems
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing and Poetics
  • Cultural Studies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Dance
  • Data Science
  • Dentistry
  • Digital Arts 
  • Drama
  • Earth and Space Sciences
  • Economics 
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Engineering and Math 
  • English
  • Environmental and Forest Sciences 
  • French
  • Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies
  • Genome Sciences 
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Geography 
  • German 
  • Global Health
  • Global Innovation
  • Health Administration
  • Health Services 
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Design 
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Management 
  • Information Science
  • Information Technology 
  • Infrastructure
  • International Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Laboratory Medicine 
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Marine and Environmental Affairs  
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Medical Engineering
  • Molecular Engineering
  • Music
  • Near Eastern Languages and Civilization 
  • Neuroscience
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Oceanography
  • Pharmaceutical Bioengineering
  • Physics 
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy  
  • Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management  
  • Real Estate
  • Scandinavian Studies
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures 
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics  
  • Urban Design and Planning
  • Urban Studies

Go here to see a list of the Doctoral (PhD) programs at UW.  

Shown above: UW at Tacoma


5. What programs are available at the University of Washington School of Law?

The Washington School of Law offers a variety of concentrations to choose from. Here are some of the required courses for first-year students

  • Business Law
  • Civil Procedure 
  • Constitutional Law 
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law 
  • Legal Writing
  • Professional Responsibility  
  • Property Law 
  • Torts

Here is a partial individual course listing of classes currently being offered at the UW School of Law:

  • Administrative Law 
  • Admiralty Law
  • American Indian Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Law 
  • Criminal Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Discrimination 
  • Environmental Law
  • Estate Planning 
  • Family Law
  • Feminist Jurisprudence
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law 
  • International Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • Law, Science, and Technology 
  • Legal Accounting
  • Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing 
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Payment Systems
  • Property Law
  • Public Land Law
  • Restitution
  • Sales
  • Secured Transactions
  • Securities Regulation
  • Taxation Law
  • Torts
  • Transmission of Wealth
  • Transnational Law
  • Water Law

Shown above: UW School of Law


6. How much does it cost to attend the University of Washington?

According to the UW website, the current estimated annual cost of traditional full time undergraduate tuition and fees is:

  • Roughly $27,000 for in-state students (Washington state residents)          
  • Roughly $50,000 for out of state (non resident) enrollments 

The cost of graduate level enrollment will vary by school. 

Additional fees may also apply. These may include application fees, registration fees, parking fees, health fees, technology fees, and insurance fees, to name just a few.  

Many students who apply to the school are eligible for financial aid, as long as they successfully fill out the FAFSA form. Graduate financial aid may also be available at UW. 

7. What is the University of Washington campus like?

The main campus of the University of Washington in Seattle spans about 700 acres in an urban setting. At the heart of the campus is Red Square. 

The UW campus is home to museums, libraries, and other points of interest. Campus landmarks include the Suzzallo Library, the Broken Obelisk, and a statue of George Washington. Surrounding these landmarks are classroom buildings, administrative buildings, and many convenient residence halls. Student housing is available, both on and off campus. 

The athletic teams at UW are called the Huskies. They play for Division I of the the NCAA, Pac-12. The team colors are purple and gold. 

Student athletes at UW can choose from a number of varsity teams. Intercollegiate sports for men and women at UW include

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball 

Non athletic activities on campus include music groups, culture clubs, student government associations, service organizations, campus publications, a TV station, a radio station, and plenty of sororities and fraternities, to name just a few of the clubs you can join, if you have the time. 

Above: The UW Club is a popular Wedding venue


Above: The UW Huskies varsity football team in action.


8. What are the distance learning options at the University of Washington?

UW has a wide range of distance learning degree options, as well as individual courses that can be completed fully online. Here is an alphabetical list of the top 45 most popular online classes currently available to undergraduates at UW: 

  1. Accounting and Finance
  2. Algorithms and Data Structures
  3. American Literature 
  4. Animal Behavior 
  5. App Development
  6. Biological Aspects of Aging 
  7. Biotechnology
  8. Building the Data Pipeline
  9. Business Intelligence Concepts, Planning, and Implementation 
  10. Business Law
  11. Business Planning 
  12. Children's Literature
  13. Cloud Architecture 
  14. Communication 
  15. Complex Issues in Guardianship
  16. Complex Litigation 
  17. Computational Linguistics 
  18. Construction (Estimating; Safety)
  19. Content Science
  20. Content Strategy
  21. Data Analysis
  22. Data Mining and Predictive Analytics 
  23. Data Science 
  24. Editing
  25. Ethical Hacking Techniques
  26. French 
  27. Global Integrated Systems Engineering
  28. Healthcare Analytics
  29. Information Risk Management
  30. Machine Learning
  31. Pharmaceutics  
  32. Product Development
  33. Project Management
  34. Programming and Graphics
  35. Programming in C++
  36. Programming in HTML
  37. Programming with Javascript 
  38. Programming in Python
  39. Psychological Research 
  40. Querying and Programming
  41. Security Solutions and Emerging Trends
  42. Short Story Writing
  43. Statistical Methods in Natural Language Processing
  44. The Internet of Things 
  45. Verse Writing  

Here is a list of Masters degree programs available fully online at UW: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computational Finance and Risk Management 
  • Computational Linguistics 
  • Construction Engineering 
  • Construction Management
  • Clinical Informatics & Patent-Centered Technologies 
  • Education (Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership)
  • Education (Special)
  • Infrastructure Planning and Management 
  • Library and Information Science 
  • Mechanical Engineering 
  • Pharmaceutical Bioengineering
  • Physics
  • Public Health 
  • Supply Chain Transportation & Logistics
  • Sustainable Transportation 

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9. What is the contact information for the University of Washington?

You can reach the main campus office of UW at Seattle by calling 206-543-2100. 

To speak with someone at the UW campus in Bothell, call 425-352-5000. 

To contact the UW Tacoma campus, call 253-692-4000. 

To reach the UW School of Law in Seattle, call 206-543-4550.

If you have questions regarding tuition or financial aid at UW, call 206-543-4694.

Shown above: Downtown Seattle


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