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

The University of Washington was ranked No. 11 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities list and was the third-ranked public institution on the list. The UW is also No. 25 on the Times Higher Education world ranking and listed fourth among U.S. public institutions. The UW also holds No. 5 on The Reuters 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities list. Read more about our recognition and rankings from UW Today Honors & Awards.


  • Get your eclipse questions answered from a UW astronomer

    August 14, 2017

    External Affairs

    Join UW News and University of Washington astronomer Nicole Kelly Tuesday at 1 p.m. on Facebook for a live eclipse Q&A. You can ask all of your burning questions about the upcoming solar eclipse!
    Submit your questions ahead of time using#EclipseChatUW or send them to us via messenger! Visit UW News on Facebook.


  • New Spokane and Eastern Washington Relations blog

    August 14, 2017

    External Affairs

    Stay in the loop on what is going on in Spokane and Eastern Washington and the goings on at the UW Spokane Center. See the updates from Eastern Washington here!


  • Watch live work on T. rex skull

    August 11, 2017

    External Affairs

    Starting Aug. 12, the public can watch fossil preparation of the University of Washington Burke Museum‘s Tyrannosaurus rex skull “live.” Over the next several months, Burke paleontologists will carefully remove the rock surrounding the skull, slowly exposing the 66-million-year-old specimen. Discovered in summer 2016 in the Hell Creek Formation in northeast Montana, the skull is 4 feet long, weighs 3,000 pounds in its field jacket, is the first in Washington and one of only 15 reasonably complete T. rex skulls ever discovered. Read more from the Burke Museum.


  • UW doctors assist with life-saving surgery for Woodland Park gorilla

    July 18, 2017

    External Affairs

    UW physicians and surgeons were part of the human medical specialist team that joined Woodland Park Zoo's animal health team last month to perform emergency surgery on 38-year-old Vip, a western lowland gorilla. Read more about the procedure and see video from Q13 FOX. In 2015, Vip underwent a specialized sinus procedure and UWTV's UW|360 captured it and reported on the ground-breaking procedure.


  • Campus Master Plan released

    July 13, 2017

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington issued its 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement last week. The final document responds to comments received on both the draft master plan and the environmental impact statement during the comment period held last fall.

    Read more about the process for guiding the creation of the 2018 Seattle Campus Master Plan from UW Today. All of the documents related to the plan are available on the Campus Master Plan website.