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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

  • New from UW 360: Husky football's Huard brothers

    September 13, 2016

    External Affairs

    The name “Huard” is basically football royalty in the Pacific Northwest. Brothers Damon and Brock Huard were starting quarterbacks at the University of Washington in the 1990s and both went on to play in the NFL. Years later, both still maintain deep ties to the UW. UW360 caught up with the brothers - watch it here.


  • UW grad student brings life to a U District vacant lot

    August 25, 2016

    External Affairs

    Learn more about how WSECU collaborated with landscape designer and UW graduate student Britton Shepard to bring a vacant lot to life in the U District.  The lot, where the credit union's future building will be built, became part art, part garden and part archaeological dig. See how Shepard transformed the forgettable into something special in the middle of our bustling city. Watch the video here.

  • UW maintains 15th in the world ranking

    August 19, 2016

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington was again ranked No. 15 on the Academic Ranking of World Universities list released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University researchers. The UW also remained 13th among U.S. universities and fourth among public institutions worldwide. Read more from UW Today.


  • UW faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

    August 8, 2016

    External Affairs

    The Washington State Academy of Sciences announced that twelve UW scientists and engineers have been elected to the academy. According to a statement released by the organization, the new members were selected for “their outstanding record of scientific achievement and willingness to work on behalf of the academy in bringing the best available science to bear on issues within the state of Washington.” Read more from UW Today.

  • New from UW 360: UW Libraries conservation of rare books

    August 4, 2016

    External Affairs

    Reaching for a book, shelves int he Suzzallo Library. Photo by Katherine B. Turner

    Photo by Katherine B. Turner

    The 13 libraries on the UW Seattle campus contain more knowledge, books and archives than many city libraries. Their books are handled and read each and every day, year after year. What happens when some of those precious books need repairs? In this UW 360 story, meet the skilled staff in the UW Libraries Conservation Department and learn about the specialized work they do preserving these rare and one-of-a-kind books. Watch it here.