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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

  • 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.

  • Zillow pledges $5 million for Computer Science & Engineering building

    January 11, 2017

    External Affairs

    Zillow Group has pledged $5 million toward the development of a Computer Science & Engineering (CSE) building on the UW campus. The new building will be the second CSE building and will allow the university to double the number of CSE degrees awarded each year and reduce the number of qualified students who are turned away from the program. Read more from UW News & Information.


  • 65th Washington State Legislature in session

    January 10, 2017

    External Affairs

    The 2017 Regular Session of the Washington State Legislature began on Monday. Both the House and Senate convened to as the 65th Legislature and begin a 105-day budget writing session. Tomorrow, Governor Jay Inslee is scheduled to give his second inaugural address to the legislature.

    The University of Washington released its 2017 Legislative Agenda prior to the commencement of the session. See it here. The Office of State Relations also welcomed new staff in 2017. Joe Dacca serves as director and Jillian Kilby as associate director.


  • UW President Cauce aboard inaugural West Coast commercial flight to Cuba

    January 6, 2017

    External Affairs

    UW President Ana Mari Cauce was on board the first West Coast commercial flight to Havana on Thursday. Read more and watch video of President Cauce's remarks from News & Information.