University of Washington Alumni Association
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Now that you're a part of the community, here are 10 things you might not have known about the University of Washington.
10. Founded in 1861, the UW's original campus was situated in downtown Seattle. The UW moved to its present location in the U-District in 1895 and opened campuses in Bothell and Tacoma in 1990.
9. When the UW first opened its doors in 1861, only 30 students enrolled. Nearly 150 years later, student enrollment on all three campuses is almost 45,000 strong.
8. Six UW faculty members have won Nobel Prizes since 1989 in fields such as physics and medicine.
7. Many famous faces have donned the purple and gold as UW students, including Bruce Lee (martial arts expert/actor), Rainn Wilson (Dwight from TV's The Office) and Christine Gregoire (Governor, State of Washington).
6. Husky Stadium was built in 1920 and at a cost of $577,000. The UW is currently researching a proposed $300 million renovation to the nearly 90-year old facility.
5. UW alumnus Robb Weller and band director Bill Bissell are credited with creating "The Wave" at the 1981 UW-Stanford football game.
4. Next time someone says you're watching too much TV, impress him or her with the little-known fact that UW graduate Willard Geer, '27, helped invent the color TV process.
3. The UW is the birthplace of such scientific innovations as Doppler ultrasound, synthetic rubber, Boeing jets and the Hepatitis B vaccine, just to name a few.
2. A recent report by Newsweek magazine listed the UW as the 22nd best university in the world.