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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.

  • College of Engineering: Students bring big improvements to a small village

    June 20, 2017

    External Affairs

    In a small village called Tortuga in Nicaragua, 80-year-old Patrosiño Valle lives with his wife in a house that does not have running water. He travels half a mile to collect water from the closest well, which likely contains high levels of bacteria and calcium. Valle’s house is one of 18 in the village not connected to the primary water system due to lack of water pressure. But that’s about to change, thanks to a group of students involved in the UW chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), which helps meet human needs through engineering projects that focus on clean water, energy, sanitation, agriculture and structures.“We can live without power and with washed-out roads, but without water there is no life,” Valle said. Read more from Civil & Environmental Engineering.

  • New from UW|360: Talking t-shirts and singing posters

    June 16, 2017

    External Affairs

    Imagine a concert poster that could sing to you, or a t-shirt that could tell you your heart rate while you worked out. Thanks to a team of UW engineering students, that concept is fast becoming reality. See how they’ve managed to demonstrate for the first time how everyday objects outside like posters and clothing can essentially be turned into tiny FM radio stations. Watch it here!

  • Gov. Inslee appoints law student Jaron Goddard as new student regent

    June 15, 2017

    External Affairs

    Gov. Jay Inslee has named Jaron Goddard as the next student member of the University of Washington Board of Regents for the 2017-18 school year. Goddard is an incoming second-year law student at the UW School of Law and has a Master's of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Her one-year appointment to the Board of Regents is effective July 1. Read more from UW Today.

    Jaron Goddard

    Jaron Goddard, UW student regent for 2017-18 academic year


  • Northwest Chapter Emmy Award to UWTV, CSNE executive director

    June 13, 2017

    External Affairs

    Northwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored UWTV and Eric Eric Chudler, executive and education director of UW’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, with an Emmy® Award on Saturday. The award recognized the program “BrainWorks: Exercise and the Brain” in the Health/Science Program/Special category. The program was produced by UW Video Producer Cara Podenski and Chudler, who is also an associate professor of bioengineering at the UW.

    UW Video producer Cara Podenski and Eric Chudler, associate professor of bioengineering at the UW and executive director of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.

    Learn more from UW Today.

  • New from UW|360: Edmonds Community College Veterans Resource Center

    May 23, 2017

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington takes great pride in supporting our military veterans through its many veteran programs and initiatives on campus. Meet Chris Szarek, a Navy veteran and UW alum earning great acclaim for his work with student veterans. Szarek is the founding director of the Veterans Resource Center at Edmonds Community College. Watch the UW|360 story from UWTV.