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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

  • $14M federal grant for UW-led PacTrans

    December 7, 2016

    External Affairs

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it has awarded approximately $14 million over five years to the Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans). This consortium is a multi-university, regional transportation center led by the University of Washington to fund research aimed at improving the mobility of people and goods across the Pacific Northwest. PacTrans represents Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska and is one of the 10 regional University Transportation Centers across the U.S. Read more about the USDOT grant from UW Today.


  • New from UW 360: Campus Master Plan

    December 6, 2016

    External Affairs

    More than 150 years ago, the University of Washington began with just one building and a handful of students. Today, this beautiful campus is home to more than 45,000 students, and growing! In order to support the future growing influx of students, the campus must continue to grow along with it. This UW 360 story takes a peek at the ideas behind the new Campus Master Plan; one that will guide construction and development on campus for the next ten years.


  • Ribbon-cutting for new campus children's center

    December 1, 2016

    External Affairs


    Children of UW employees help Provost Jerry Baldasty with the ribbon-cutting.

    Children of UW employees help Provost Jerry Baldasty with the ribbon-cutting.

    This week, the UW welcomed employees, local children and government officials for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the University of Washington Children's Center at Portage Bay. The center is scheduled to open on campus in early January and will provide child care services to 140 children and their families. Read more here.


  • New from UW 360: Women's soccer success

    November 22, 2016

    External Affairs

    When it comes to athletic success at the UW, one program stands out, year after year, often without attracting a lot of headlines. The UW women’s soccer program is consistently one of the best in the country, producing PAC-12 stand-outs and Olympic stars. Even more important than the program’s success on the pitch may be how the team’s family atmosphere has produced outstanding contributors to the community. Watch the story here.

  • Meet Jen Cohen, UW's new athletic director

    November 8, 2016

    External Affairs


    When Jennifer Cohen was named UW’s new Athletic Director, she needed no introduction to Husky Nation. She’s worked at the University of Washington for 18 years. UW 360 discovered Cohen’s ties to the purple and gold go back even further than that. Watch the story here.