Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world. (Read more about the UW’s history)
The UW educates a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders through a challenging learning environment informed by cutting-edge scholarship.
We discover timely solutions to the world’s most complex problems and enrich people’s lives throughout our community, the state of Washington, the nation and the world.
We think differently around here. And just as importantly, we act differently, too. It’s in our DNA, not just at the University of Washington but throughout the Northwest, to reach a little higher. Dig deeper. To keep searching for better ways to learn, live and work. And for better answers to the world’s most pressing challenges.
The spirit of discovery that embraces us from every mountaintop, treetop and desktop inspires us to achieve great things. The place we call home inspires us to discover what’s next.
UW at a Glance
- The UW is a multi-campus university in Seattle , Tacoma and Bothell , as well as a world-class academic medical center.
- We have 16 colleges and schools and offer 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter.
- We confer more than 12,000 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degrees annually.
Our amazing students include:
- 136 Fulbright Scholars
- 35 Rhodes Scholars
- 7 Marshall Scholars
- 4 Gates Cambridge Scholars
— and counting.
Fostering Citizenship: Here and Abroad
- The UW ranks among the top schools in the country in providing U.S. Peace Corps volunteers.
- More than 2,000 undergraduate students participate in study abroad programs each year.
Celebrating 150 Years
Founded in 1861 by a private gift of 10 acres in what is now the heart of downtown Seattle, the UW is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast. We’re deeply committed to upholding the responsibility that comes with that legacy. And being public has always meant being accessible.
Anyone can enjoy and be enriched by all the UW has to offer, including world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and the highest quality medical care in Washington state. Being public also means being engaged with our communities, and through knowledge and discovery we are elevating the quality of lives of others.
A Wishlist for the Planet.
And a Plan.
Expanding World Views : UW students gain an understanding of community needs as well as issues around the globe — becoming respectful and educated citizens of the world.
Environmental Leadership : As one of the greenest regions in the country, the University of Washington also leads in environmental solutions. See how the UW is making way for a greener future.
Advancing Our World : By educating the next generation of thinkers and doers and leveraging faculty and researcher expertise, the University of Washington drives new ideas and innovations that make the world a better place.
Creating Healthier Lives : The University of Washington is committed to new discoveries in human health and improving the lives and well-being of people here and around the world.
Opening doors. Expanding opportunities.
As the state’s flagship university, the UW serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest — more than 92,000 annually. In addition to UW Seattle, the university has thriving campuses in Tacoma and Bothell and a robust professional and continuing education program.
UW Tacoma , founded in 1990, has approximately 2,900 students in eight academic programs. The school’s 46-acre downtown campus, crafted from updated and restored historic buildings in the Warehouse District, has won national recognition.
UW Bothell , also founded in 1990, enjoys a 128-acre campus with more than 2,200 students enrolled in 24 undergraduate programs and 10 post-baccalaureate and graduate areas. The campus features a restored floodplain that has been turned into a wetland area. Students use it as a living laboratory for environmental research. This project won high praise from the National Wildlife Federation.
Professional and Continuing Education makes opportunities for continuing education convenient and appealing. Designed and scheduled for the working adult, programs range from helping to complete an undergraduate degree to obtaining a professional master’s or certificate. Classes are held on the Seattle campus and throughout the region.
Facts and Figures
The UW has 500+ buildings and more than 20 million gross square footage of space. We also have a presence at more than 50 locations in more than10 countries
University of Washington Directories
Faculty, Staff, and Student Directories
- UW Faculty/Staff/Student Directory – Search for faculty, staff, and students at the UW.
- UW Degree Validation – A service for employers to verify UW degree recipients from 1983 to the present.
The University of Washington Information and Visitors Center is on the ground floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library ( see map ), located in the southwest corner near the statue of George Washington.
- Maps of the Seattle Campus – Maps and the building directory.
- Printable Campus Map – PDF file of UW campus and vicinity.
- Access Guide for Persons With Disabilities
- Campus Mobility Map – Wheelchair entrances and routes. PDF file.
- Computing Lab Map
- UW Libraries Map
- UW Health Sciences Center Map
- UW Bothell Campus Map and Directions
- UW Tacoma Campus Map and Directions
- Directions to Various Campus Locations – Driving directions for campus locations and buildings, with links to appropriate campus maps.
- Travel Information – Plane, train, bus, and driving directions for the Seattle campus.
- Parking at the UW – Information about parking at the Seattle campus and the UW Medical Center.