University of Washington


University of Washington is a large public university. The university enrolls both undergraduate and postgraduate students, In 2012, the number of its undergraduates has reached 30,790 while the number of its postgraduates has reached 12,177.

University of Washington was founded in the year of 1861, which means it is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. The university has a large campus, located in the urban area of Seattle, Washington, covering an area of 643 acres.

The university provides students with all kinds of certificates, including Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate degree. UW has a wide range of majors and research programs for choosing, it also offers students a variety of study programs. Apart from that, students are also encouraged to join combined-degree programs.

The mission of University of Washington is:

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.


UW is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The university is also a member of the Association of American Universities. In addition to that, many of the study programs offered in the university are accredited by professional organizations.


University of Washington comprises four colleges and twelve schools:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Built Environment
  • School of Business
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Environment
  • School of Information
  • College of General Studies
  • College of Arts & Sciences

The most popular majors and course of study for students are as follows:

  1. Social Sciences
  2. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  3. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  4. Engineering
  5. Psychology

Based on the data given by U.S News Rankings, the University of Washington is ranked 42nd among all the universities in the country.

There are also many online education programs available at UW. The University of Washington has got lots of sister schools, providing its students will abundant opportunities for overseas study.


Applicants for the university are required to possess high school diplomas. General Educational Development (GED) is equally effective. It also requires applicants to take standardized tests like SAT or ACT (ACT with writing test is required). At the same time, the university also requires a general college-preparatory program. Among all non-academic factors, successful extracurricular activities and volunteer work usually give the applicant an advantage.


The tuitions and fees for year 2011-2012 is USD 10,574. Students spend USD 9,399 averagely for accommodation.

There are two kinds of scholarships available at UW. The Need-based Scholarships will offer students up to USD 10,800 and the called Non-need-based Scholarships will offer students up to USD 3,150.

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