- The University of Washington ranked #14 in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study published by the independent higher education research organization, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.
- UW boasts a strong dedication to diversity throughout the institution, with a 2017-2021 diversity blueprint in place to express clear, stated goals; respond to ongoing needs; and promote continued improvement.
- Notable UW alumni includes U.S. senator Henry M. Jackson, Baskin-Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins, The Office actor Rainn Wilson, and saxophonist Kenny G.
Established in 1861, UW began educating residents before Washington State even joined the Union. Today, UW offers education at three campuses in Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell, encompassing more than 500 buildings, 20 million square feet, and 26 university libraries. The University of Washington excels with notable programs in library sciences, health and medicine, and computer science. Certificates and graduate degrees represent the largest numbers of online programs available at UW. Each year UW assists around a dozen low-income online certificate students by providing scholarships of up to $5,000.
University of Washington's Accreditation, Tuition, and Admissions Info
Accreditation and Approvals
The University of Washington is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Many individual degrees also possess programmatic accreditation.
- Online bachelor's degrees: $231-$378 per credit
- Online master's degrees: $642-$1075 per credit
- On-campus resident undergraduate: $11,200 (includes fees)
- On-campus nonresident undergraduate: $36,600 (includes fees)
- On-campus resident graduate: $18,000-$34,300 (includes fees)
- On-campus nonresident graduate: $28,900-$50,000 (includes fees)
General admission requirements for online certificate programs at UW include a high school diploma or equivalent and English language proficiency. Some certificates require prior college experience, including specific prerequisite courses. Online degrees require a minimum amount of transfer credit (for bachelor's completion programs), an undergraduate diploma (for master's programs), and adequate GPA and test scores. On-campus undergraduate program admission adheres to a holistic review of preparation, academic performance, and personal achievement.
All programs at UW, both online and on-campus, may possess specific requirements for admission regarding minimum GPA, test scores, or personal essays.
- Founded: 1861
- Student-to-faculty ratio: 19-to-1
- Online student population: 4,381
- Over 52% of UW students receive some type of financial aid.
- Accreditation: Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
- Full-Time Freshman Retention Rate: 94%
- Required Standardized Test(s): ACT, SAT, GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, ACTFL
- Public/Private: Public
- Acceptance Rate: 46%
- Graduation Rate: 84%
- Athletics: NCAA Division I
- Mascot: Huskies
- Colors: Purple and gold
- Address: 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, Washington 98195
- Phone Number: 206-543-9686
- Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
Online Degrees Offered
- more than 50 online certificate programs
- two online bachelor's degrees
- 18 online master's degrees
Science degrees dominate graduate student offerings, while certificate programs span more than a dozen different areas of specialization.