The University of Washington, is one of the world’s preeminent public flagship research universities based in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded 4 November 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the Pacific coast.
Ranked No. 10 in the world in Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2015 rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually.
Notable alumni of the University of Washington include U.S. Olympic rower Joe Rantz; architect Minoru Yamasaki; US Senator Henry M. Jackson; Baskin & Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins; former actor, Hollywood Reporter columnist and TCM host Robert Osborne; glass artist Dale Chihuly and many others.
The University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through its 140 departments, themselves organized into various colleges and schools.
The academic core of the University of Washington Seattle campus is its College of Arts and Sciences; the teaching and research of the University's many professional schools provide essential complements to these programs in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences. Programs in law, medicine, forest resources, oceanography and fisheries, library science, and aeronautics are offered exclusively by the University of Washington.
The schools and colleges of built environments, business, education, engineering, environment, information, nursing, pharmacy, public affairs, and social work have a long tradition of educating students for service to the region and the nation.
It is worth to mention that the University’s admissions process is "more selective" according to U.S. News & World Report. For students entering Fall 2014, acceptance rate was about 55%.
The U District neighborhood just north of downtown Seattle, where the University of Washington is situated, is an eclectic mix of urban shopping areas; historic homes and architecture; and great cafes, pubs, restaurants, and theaters, having a youthful and relaxed feel with lots of dining and shopping deals to take advantage of.
Much of the charm of the U District can be found in simply strolling the neighborhood. The University of Washington’s gorgeous grounds include historic buildings, gardens, sprawling green spaces and, in spring, blossoming cherry trees. “The Ave,” is a popular gathering place, with lots of indie eateries and funky shops. Attractions include the stellar collections at the Henry Art Gallery and Burke Museum.
Those looking for outdoor pursuits will feel right at home among the students who can often be found kayaking on Lake Union or Portage Bay, biking the Burke-Gilman trail or catching a football game at Husky Stadium, known for its unique tailgating parties (some tailgaters arrive by yacht rather than by car).
The university has three campuses: the primary and largest in the University District of Seattle and two others in Tacoma and Bothell. UW occupies over 500 buildings, with over 20 million gross square footage of space, including the University of Washington Plaza, the 99 m UW Tower, over 26 university libraries, as well as numerous conference centers. The University of Washington library system is the 18th largest library in the United States.