University of Washington
1410 N.E. Campus Parkway, Box 355852
Seattle, WA 98195-5852
Phone: (206) 543-9686
December 1 application deadline
December 1 accepted
University of Washington is a public institution that was founded in 1861. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,302, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 703 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of Washington's ranking in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 42. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,574 (2011-12); out-of-state tuition and fees are $28,058 (2011-12).
Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, the University of Washington is a cutting-edge research university with a long-standing history as the first institution in the West. Students can join one of the school’s 500-plus student organizations, including 16 sororities and 27 fraternities, or can start a brand new club with at least four other students. University of Washington is known as a commuter school, and freshmen are not required to live on campus. Housing is not guaranteed for any student. For those that do reside in the residence halls, the university stresses “living green” through energy conservation and recycling. On the sports fields, the school’s varsity athletes are competitive in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. The football team, in particular, is a traditional league stand-out. The teams are represented by two mascots: one, a costumed student known as Harry the Husky Dawg, and the other, Dubs, a live Alaskan husky. The university gym is free for students seeking a workout.
The University of Washington receives a hefty amount of federal funding each year to further its mission as a public research institution. True to its roots in research, the school hosts an Undergraduate Research Symposium every year for students to present their work to the community. The school has a highly ranked School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and Michael G. Foster School of Business. Nearly three fourths of University of Washington graduates remain in the state. Notable alumni include Thomas Foley, former U.S. Speaker of the House; Chris DeWolfe, co-creator of MySpace; and Irv Robbins, co-founder and namesake of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream chain.
School mission (as provided by the school):
The University of Washington educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship. Discovery is at the heart of our university. We discover timely solutions to the world's most complex problems and enrich the lives of people throughout our community, the state of Washington, the nation, and the world.
School type - public, coed college
Year founded - 1861
Religious affiliation - N/A
Academic calendar - quarter
Setting - urban
2010 Endowment - $1,929,865,356
Selectivity - more selective
Fall 2010 acceptance rate - 57%
Application deadline - December 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by - December 15
Class sizes -
Student-faculty ratio - 12:1
4-year graduation rate - 54% - Medium
Five most popular majors for 2010 graduates -
Social Sciences 19% Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10% Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 10% Engineering 8% Psychology 6%