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University of Washington Admissions Information

University of Washington
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As the first public university on the West Coast, the University of Washington currently serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest. Founded in 1861, the UW campus sits just 5 miles outside of downtown Seattle, fostering a smaller community feel but maintaining accessibility to a larger city. The school also features two extension campuses in Tacoma and Bothell, both of which offer professional and continuing education programs.

As evidenced by the 93% retention rate from first to second year, students enjoy their experiences at UW. Though it is a large, public university, UW provides a wide array of resources to its students. For instance, in any given year nearly 4,500 undergraduates participate in research, 2,000 students study abroad, and more than 20,000 courses are offered. Even as a university of more than 30,000 students, the average class size remains small at 28 students and the student to professor ratio is only 9:1, a statistic comparable to that of many small liberal arts colleges.



Basic Info

Main Address: Box 355852
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone Number: (206) 543-2100  
Website: www.washington.edu  


Type of school: Public, Four-year  
Type of school: Co-ed  
Setting: Urban setting, Very large city (over 500,000), Residential campus  
Athletics: NCAA Division I, Intercollegiate, Intramural, Club, Scholarship  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral  
Size of undergraduate student body: 32,718  
Percent out-of-state: 23%  
Percent international: 17%  
Female to Male ratio: 51:49  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Biology
Social Sciences
Political Science
Special study programs: Distance Learning
Double Major
Honors Program
Independent Study
ROTC, Air Force
ROTC, Army
ROTC, Navy
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Dorms
Special Housing for International Students
Apartments for Married Students
Apartments for Single Students
Special Housing for Disabled Student
Fraternity/Sorority Housing
Cooperative Housing
There are over 750 student organizations, including 32 fraternities and 16 sororities. About 5% of students join Greek life.
Academic Groups
Debating Club
Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Groups
Improv comedy
Literary Magazine
Political Discussion Groups
Religious Groups
Social Services Group
Speakers Forum
Student Union
Theater Program

Chamber Orchestra
Glee Club
International Student Groups
Minority Student Groups
Radio Station
Singing Groups
Student Film Society
Team Managers

Fun Facts

  • UW offers instruction in 71 world languages.
  • Second only to Johns Hopkins, UW attracts more federal research money than any public or private university in the nation.
  • UW is the nation's #1 supplier of new technical employees to both Microsoft and Intel.
  • For the fourth year in a row, UW ranks No. 1 in providing U.S. Peace Corps volunteers, with more than 100 alumni serving worldwide.

Admissions Information

The University of Washington is considered moderately selective with an admission rate of 58%. However, it is important to note that only 16% of the student body is from out of state and nearly 86% of those accepted were ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

According to the admissions website, the committee uses an individualized application review to assess each applicant based on two categories: Academic Preparation/ Performance and Personal Achievements/ Characteristics. These categories include (but are not limited to) GPA, standardized test scores, positive grade trends, rigor of course load (with special attention paid to senior year), leadership and community commitment.

It is important to note that the online UW application does not request letters of recommendation or official transcripts. With this in mind, the applicant should be sure to express him or herself well through required essays and narratives about activities. The admissions website recommends that applicants use the application to tell UW more about their personal character and interests.

Admissions address: 1410 Northeast Campus Parkway, Box 355852
Seattle, WA 98195-5852
Phone number: (206) 543-9686  
Fax number: (206) 685-3655  
Admissions Website: http://www.washington.edu/discover/admissions/  
Email: askuwadm@uw.edu  
Contact Person: Find Your Counselor  
Number of first-year applications received: 21,268  
Percent of applicants admitted: 52%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: November 15  
Early decision/action deadline: No  
Accepts the Common Application? No  
Admission requirements: Completed Online Coalition Application (including Writing Section)
$80 Nonrefundable application fee/Fee Waiver
No transcript (unless requested by the Office of Admissions)*
No letters of recommendation*

*Additional information required for students applying to the Honors Program

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? Not required beyond the fall of 2021  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Math
ACT Composite

College Board code: 4854  
ACT code: 4484  
Learn more about other Top Pre-Med schools:
Stanford   Duke   JHU   UCLA  

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