University of Washington Profile


The University of Washington, founded in 1861, is a public, comprehensive institution. It is the premier research institution north of Berkeley, California and west of Minnesota. UW has earned an international reputation for its research in such fields as Asian languages and literature, cell biology, computer science, forestry, international studies, nursing and physics. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Architecture and Urban Planning, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Forest Resources; and the Schools of Business Administration, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Community Medicine, and Social Work. The 703-acre campus, graced by Collegiate Gothic architecture, meandering paths and immaculately landscaped grounds, is one of the most beautiful in the U.S. yet is located in a residential section of Seattle five miles from downtown. A UW education offers a daily education in Pacific Rim politics, economics and culture. Washington’s state economy is more dependent on trade than that of any other state in the U.S., and it shows in the local food, local products and the courses taught at UW. Undergraduates are encouraged to take full advantage of UW’s superb faculty, libraries (ranked among the top 15 in the U.S.), computing resources, labs, scientific equipment and research projects. The UW student population reflects the ethnicity of the state: three in ten undergraduates are students of color, of which two-thirds are Asian-American. The undergraduate population is composed of 85% Washington residents, with most of the nonresident population hailing from the Far West.


Entrance Difficulty: Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate: 58% of 24,540 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered: No
Early Decision Offered: No
Regular Admission Deadline: December 1

Factors Considered for Selection of Students

Academic GPA: Very Important
Standardized Tests: Important
Essay: Very Important
Extracurricular Important

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA: 3.75
SAT Math: 570-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading:510-650 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing: 510-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite: 24-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance: In-state: $26,111  Out-of-state: $43,666
Tuition and Fees: In-state: $12,428 Out-of-state: $29,983
Room and Board: $9,969
Average Percent of Need Met: 82%
Average Freshman Award: $15,500
Average Indebtedness of 2010 Graduates: $20,608


Academic Calendar System: Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum: Not reported
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates: 2,818
Regular Class Size: 2-9 students: 2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 23% of classes
20-29 students: 27% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 9% of classes
50-59 students: 12% of classes
Over 100 students: 8% of classes

Financial Aid Office Contacts

Web Site: Financial Aid Web Site

Financial Aid Application Process

Application Deadline: Priority deadline February 28
Award Notification: On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid: Federal Methodology
Forms Required: Cost to File
FAFSA Code is 003798: Free

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