University of Washington
1400 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-4550
(206) 543-9686
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The Legislative Assembly of Washington passed an Act to relocate the Territorial University in Seattle in 1860, and in 1861 Arthur and Mary Denny, Charles and Mary Terry, and Edward Lander donated the 10 acres necessary to establish the Territorial University of Washington. The University of Washington has produced 136 Fulbright scholars and 35 Rhodes scholars. U.S News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranks the University of Washington No. 42 in the “National Universities” category, No. 10 in the “Public Schools” category, and No. 1 in the “Best Medical Schools: Primary Care” category. The institution encompasses three campus: the Seattle campus, the University of Washington Bothell campus and the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

Programs Offered

The University of Washington is composed of 16 colleges and schools that offer more than 250 degree options, and more than 70 languages of study, according to its academics website. The University of Washington also houses 500 student organizations, including ROTC programs in aerospace studies, military science, and naval science, and more than 7,000 undergraduate research opportunities, with grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Life Sciences Discovery Fund, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy.

Undergraduate majors available include American ethics studies, American Indian studies, anthropology, biochemistry, communication, digital arts and experimental media, economics, geography, Germanics, mathematics, microbiology, neurobiology, speech and hearing sciences, business administration, aeronautics and astronautics, informatics, nursing, and social welfare.

The University of Washington offers 346 graduate degree programs between three campuses. The Bothell campus offers master’s degrees in business administration, computing and software systems, cultural studies, education, nursing, policy studies, creative writing and poetics, and secondary teacher certification. The Tacoma campus offers graduate programs in accounting, business administration, computer science and systems, education, nursing, and social work. The University of Washington also encourages mentoring as a guide for graduate student coursework, research, pre-doctoral publication, presentations, instructional development and grant writing.


The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has accredited the University of Washington since January 1918. The University of Washington has also been accredited by specific agencies, including the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education since May 1969, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education since July 1939, the American Bar Association since July 1924, the American Dietetic Association since December 1974, the American Occupational Therapy Association since July 1962, and the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education since July 1972.


Admission to the University of Washington requires applicants submit an application with a $60 application fee, a personal statement, a short response essay of 250-500 words, a journal of activities and achievements, and official SAT or ACT scores. The application deadline for the fall is December 1. Minimum admission requirements for the University of Washington Graduate School entail a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, at least a 3.0 grade point average for the last 90 graded quarter credits or 60 graded semester credits, and English proficiency. Individual graduate programs define their own deadlines and further admission requirements.

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