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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.
Read about more of our recognition and rankings
June 23, 2016
Learn more about the work of the UW's DO-IT Center and how they are empowering students with all sorts of disabilities. Watch the UW 360 story here.
June 22, 2016
The UW's largest research vessel, the R/V Thomas G. Thompson, is getting a midlife overhaul. The ship recently began a yearlong stay near Seattle's Harbor Island for a complete overhaul of its propulsion system, navigation and man core engineering systems. Read more from UW Today.
June 13, 2016
The UW Center for Human Rights is helping to reunited families separated during the civil war in El Salvador. Learn more about those efforts and the families the UW is helping from UW 360.
June 9, 2016
Solar energy is a clean energy source that, even in the Pacific Northwest, is abundant and renewable. Learn how researchers at the UW’s Clean Energy Institute are developing the technology to make solar panels thinner, lighter and more affordable than ever. Watch the UW 360 story UW 360: Solar Innovations.
May 27, 2016
The Huskies defeated second-seeded Stanford to win their first NCAA national title on Wednesday! Read more at gohuskies.com.