Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the world's most prestigious universities. The UW enrolls about 55,000 students each year and thrives as a center for groundbreaking research in numerous fields, including medicine, education, public affairs, aeronautics and business. The largest campus is located in the heart of Seattle, one of the most scenic and livable cities in the United States.
The University of Washington is consistently rated one of the world’s top institutions of higher learning. The UW was 11th in the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 ranking of best global universities, and it’s recognized as one of the world’s most innovative universities by Reuters.
The UW offers many areas of study, including more than 275 separate programs and more than 500 degree options. 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 seven Nobel Prize winners and 15 MacArthur Fellows ("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 snow-capped Mount Rainier and nearby Lake Washington. In the spring, the university's many gardens bloom with color and its Japanese cherry trees erupt in spectacular pink and white blossoms.
Seattle is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most spectacular and diverse regions in the United States. Blessed with clean air and water and surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and forests, it is a marvelous place to visit and to call home.
Seattle offers its residents the best of city and country living. Cultural attractions include world-class museums, an aquarium, a zoo, professional and college sports, a symphony and large annual film and music festivals. If you love nature and the outdoors, you will find excellent running, biking, hiking, camping, boating and skiing in the city or nearby.
For working professionals in the Seattle area, opportunities abound. Some of the world's top companies and institutions were started here and have major operations in the region, including Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks, Costco and REI. The city also has a strong start-up business and technology culture.
Seattle has a mild climate year-round, with very little snow in the winter and comfortable temperatures in summer. It does tend to rain a bit, of course, but the city's average annual rainfall is less than that of Boston, New York or Miami. The rainfall keeps everything clean, green and growing!