1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

University of Washington Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More


University of Washington

University of Washington

Ken Lund / Flickr
University of Washington

University of Washington

Kables / Flickr
University of Washington

University of Washington

luisar / Flickr

University of Washington Description:

The University of Washington at Seattle is the flagship campus of the Washington state university system. It is also the largest university on the west coast. The attractive campus sits on the shores of Portage and Union Bays, and some locations have views of Mount Rainier. Spring sees the campus explode with cherry blossoms. The University of Washington has strengths in both academics and athletics. It was elected to the Association of American Universities because of its achievements in research and education. Strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences earned the university a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The university has an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Washington Huskies compete in the Division I Pac 12 Conference (Pac 10).

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2013):

  • Total Enrollment: 43,762 (29,756 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Scholarships for the University of Washington (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,397 (in-state); $31,971 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,206 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,752
  • Other Expenses: $2,679
  • Total Cost: $27,034 (in-state); $46,608 (out-of-state)

University of Washington Financial Aid (2012 - 13):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 55%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 36%
    • Loans: 29%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,970
    • Loans: $5,632

Most Popular Majors:

Accounting, Biochemistry, Cellular Biology, Communication Studies, Economics, Electrical Engineering, English, Finance, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 57%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 82%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

University of Washington Mission Statement:

complete mission statement available at http://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/BRG/RP5.html

"Founded 4 November 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institution of higher education on the Pacific coast. The University is comprised of three campuses: the Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges whose faculty offer educational opportunities to students ranging from first-year undergraduates through doctoral-level candidates; the Bothell and Tacoma campuses, each developing a distinctive identity and undergoing rapid growth, offer diverse programs to upper-division undergraduates and to graduate students.

The primary mission of the University of Washington is the preservation, advancement, and dissemination of knowledge. The University preserves knowledge through its libraries and collections, its courses, and the scholarship of its faculty. It advances new knowledge through many forms of research, inquiry, and discussion; and disseminates it through the classroom and the laboratory, scholarly exchanges, creative practice, international education, and public service. As one of the nation's outstanding teaching and research institutions, the University is committed to maintaining an environment for objectivity and imaginative inquiry and for the original scholarship and research that ensure the production of new knowledge in the free exchange of diverse facts, theories, and ideas.

To promote their capacity to make humane and informed decisions, the University fosters an environment in which its students can develop mature and independent judgment and an appreciation of the range and diversity of human achievement. The University cultivates in its students both critical thinking and the effective articulation of that thinking.

As an integral part of a large and diverse community, the university seeks broad representation of and encourages sustained participation in that community by its students, its faculty, and its staff. It serves both non-traditional and traditional students. Through its three-campus system and through educational outreach, evening degree and distance learning programs, it extends educational opportunities to many who would not otherwise have access to them."

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.