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Passion Never Rests

From academic excellence to sustainability, the University of Washington strives to be the first.

The University of Washington achieved many distinguished academic, research and health care rankings, as well as recognition for our sustainability efforts and programs for veterans.

In 2015, the University of Washington remained No. 15 on the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Reuters also named the UW as the most innovative public university in the world. The UW is ranked fourth overall, behind only Stanford, MIT and Harvard.

For the second consecutive year, the University of Washington held the No. 7 spot in the nation in Washington Monthly’s annual College Guide, which rates universities on students’ social mobility, civic engagement and research. Washington Monthly also rates colleges that are doing the best job of helping lower-income students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices, and named the UW No. 1 on its “best bang for the buck” western region list.

  • CoMotion Labs expands to Spokane

    February 1, 2017

    External Affairs

    CoMotion, the UW's collaborative innovation hub, announced yesterday that it will expand CoMotion Labs to Spokane. Read more about the expansion and what it means for eastern Washington and the innovation community from CoMotion.


  • Federal grant update from the Office of Federal Relations

    January 30, 2017

    External Affairs

    The Office of Federal Relations posted a Federal Grant Update on their website. They will continue to gather and share information as it becomes available.


  • President Ana Mari Cauce visits Olympia

    January 25, 2017

    External Affairs

    Yesterday, President Ana Mari Cauce visited Olympia to advocate for the University’s 2017 legislative priorities. Her day included a presentation to the Senate Higher Education and Ways and Means committees, meetings with lawmakers in both chambers and she sat down with student legislative representatives from ASUW, ASUW Bothell, ASUW Tacoma and the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. Read more about President Cauce's visit and see photos from State Relations.

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    President Cauce at COP Reception with UW staff and Paul Francis, executive director of the COP


  • UW's CoMotion labs brings virtual reality to Olympia

    January 17, 2017

    External Affairs

    The UW's CoMotions Labs helped bring virtual reality to lawmakers in Olympia. Legislators on the House Technology & Economic Development Committee received general information on the industry and technology and got the opportunity to try headsets during a hearing last week. Elizabeth Scallon, associate director of the UW's CoMotion Labs, was among those who provided testimony to the committee. Read more and see photos from Geek Wire.


  • New from UW 360: Livable City Year partnership

    January 12, 2017

    External Affairs

    When you think of a typical learning environment for UW students, you probably think of a lecture hall or a research lab. But how about an entire city? That’s where some UW students will be learning this year, thanks to an innovative partnership with Auburn. It’s part of a new program called “Livable City Year.” Learn more from this UW 360 story.