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University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW), commonly referred to as Washington or informally UDub, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded in 1861, UW is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and has one of the best medical schools in the world. UW has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.
 
The university has three campuses: the primary and largest in the University District of Seattle and two others in Tacoma and Bothell. Its operating expenses and research budget for fiscal year 2014-15 is expected to be $6.4 billion. The UW occupies over 500 buildings, with over 20 million gross square footage of space, including the University of Washington Plaza, consisting of the 325-foot (99 m) UW Tower and conference center.

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Location

Address
NE 45th St. & 17th Ave NE
City
Seattle
State
WA
Zip/Post Code
98195

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
28933
Total Graduate enrollment
13635
In State Tuition Fees
12383
Out State Tuition Fees
29938
ACT Score
30
SAT Score
1350
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.8
Male Female Ratio
48:52
Acceptance Rate
55%
Student Faculty Ratio
12:01

Additional Information

College Type
Public
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Husky And Dubs
Colors
Purple and Gold
Conference
Pac-12

College History

History

The city of Seattle was one of several settlements in the mid to late 19th century vying for primacy in the newly formed Washington Territory. In 1854, territorial governor Isaac Stevens recommended the establishment of a university in Washington. Several prominent Seattle-area residents, chief among them Methodist preacher Daniel Bagley, saw the siting of this University as a chance to add to the city's prestige.

They were able to convince early founder of Seattle and member of the territorial legislature Arthur A. Denny of the importance of Seattle winning the school. The legislature initially chartered two universities, one in Seattle and one in Lewis County, but later repealed its decision in favor of a single university in Lewis County, provided locally donated land could be found.

When no site emerged, the legislature, encouraged by Denny, relocated the university to Seattle in 1858. The original University of Washington building on Denny's Knoll, c. 1870 In 1861, scouting began for an appropriate 10 acres (4 ha) site in Seattle to serve as the campus for a new university. Arthur and Mary Denny donated eight acres, and fellow pioneers Edward Lander and Charlie and Mary Terry donated two acres to the university[9] at a site on Denny's Knoll in downtown Seattle.

This tract was bounded by 4th and 6th Avenues on the west and east and Union and Seneca Streets on the north and south. UW opened officially on November 4, 1861, as the Territorial University of Washington. The following year, the legislature passed articles formally incorporating the University and establishing a Board of Regents. 

College Specialty

Specialty

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.

Alumni

Alumni

Notable alumni of the University of Washington include architect Minoru Yamasaki (1934); US Senator Henry M. Jackson (JD 1935); Baskin & Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins (1939); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson (PhD 1977), saxophonist Kenny G (1978); and actor and comedian Joel McHale (1995, MFA 2000). Notable faculty of the University of Washington include eight nobel laureates and five Pulitzer Prize winners.

Alumni Association:www.washington.edu/alumni

Campus

Campus

The University of Washington, Seattle campus, is situated on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, with views of the Cascade Range to the east and the Olympic Mountains to the west. The main campus is bounded on the west by 15th Avenue N.E., on the north by N.E. 45th Street, on the east by Montlake Boulevard N.E., and on the south by N.E. Pacific Street. East Campus stretches east of Montlake Boulevard to Laurelhurst and is largely taken up by wetlands and sports fields.

South Campus occupies the land between Pacific Street and the Lake Washington Ship Canal which used to be a golf course and is given over to the health sciences, oceanography, fisheries, and the University of Washington Medical Center.

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