The UW & Seattle


The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is one of the world’s most prestigious universities. The UW enrolls about 50,000 students each year and thrives as a center for groundbreaking research in a variety of fields, including medicine, education, public affairs, aeronautics and business. The university’s largest campus is located in the heart of Seattle, one of the most scenic and livable cities in the United States.

A World-Class Educational Institution

The University of Washington is consistently rated one of the top universities in the United States and the world. It was listed 16th among American public universities and 14th among global universities in the 2014 U.S. News & World Report rankings and was rated 26th among universities in the world in the 2014–2015 rankings by the Times of London.

The UW offers a vast variety of academic options, including more than 150 separate programs and more than 250 degrees. A major research center, the university attracts more money in federal research grants than any other public school in the United States. The outstanding faculty includes six Nobel Prize winners and 15 MacArthur Fellows, also known as genius grant recipients.

Beyond the excellent academics, the University of Washington features one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. Located just four miles north of downtown Seattle, the main campus offers stunning views of snowcapped Mount Rainier and nearby Lake Washington.

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest

Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most spectacular and diverse regions in the United States. With its clean air and water and plentiful mountains, lakes, rivers and forests, Seattle is a marvelous place to visit and to call home.

Seattle offers something for everyone, from the buzz of the city to the calm of the outdoors. Cultural attractions include world-class museums, an aquarium, a zoo, professional and college sports, a symphony and large annual film and music festivals. You’ll also find excellent running, biking, hiking, camping, boating and skiing both in the city and nearby.

For working professionals in the Seattle area, opportunities are boundless. Some of the world’s top companies and institutions were started here and continue to have major operations in the region, including Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco, REI and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The city also has a strong startup business and technology culture.

Offering mild temperatures and mostly sunny skies, Seattle summers are stunning – the most popular season to spend time in the city and surrounding area. Come join us!