The University of Washington (UW, simply Washington, or informally U-Dub) is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, approximately a decade after the founding of Seattle, the University of Washington is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast.
This is the University of Washington: a stunning campus in the heart of an energetic and forward-thinking city. Our students are dreamers and doers, and together we tackle big issues with curiosity, compassion and optimism. As a public university, our mission goes far beyond our campus — and you can help take us in new directions.
University of Washington's ranking in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #40. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,643; out-of-state tuition and fees are $41,997....
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The applications. The UW application for freshman autumn admission opens September 1 each year. (See dates and deadlines for additional information.) You may apply to the UW using one of two applications — ApplyWeb or the Common App. Please apply with only one application.
All freshman applicants are required to meet minimum academic distribution requirements as set by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) and the faculty of the UW. Learn more about freshman CADRs .
There are three types of majors at the UW: open, minimum requirements and capacity-constrained. Your requested major on the application may be used as a factor in your admission decision. Learn more about admission to majors. Open Majors. Minimum requirements.