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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
May 4, 2016
The UW announced the class of students in the inaugural Husky 100. The program recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. Learn more about the program and take a look at the list of students here.
April 4, 2016
The University of Washington is ranked No. 23 in the nation and No. 14 among public institutions for best value by Forbes. The UW is also No. 9 among West Coast schools and is the top-ranked institution in the state. Read more from UW Today.
March 31, 2016
The UW Women's basketball team departed for the Final Four this morning with help from a large crowd of supporters gathered at Husky stadium. The seventh-seeded Huskies head to Indianapolis for their first Final Four in program history. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray addressed the crowd and proclaimed it Purple and Gold Week in honor of the team. Read about the team's success and get news at gohuskies.com. The Huskies take on Syracuse Sunday at 5:30pm Pacific.
March 31, 2016
On day 20 of the special session, just before 11:00 p.m., the legislature adjourned sine die, after passing compromise operating and capital budgets earlier in the day. The University of Washington was successful in bringing home its top priority – backfill for the tuition reduction adopted by the legislature in 2015. Throughout session, students, staff, alumni, regents, and leadership reinforced the same message, that backfilling the tuition cut was critical to preserving access to and the quality of education at the UW. Read more from the Office of State Relations.
March 24, 2016
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden was in Seattle on Monday as part of his cancer "moonshot" listening tour. He urged Seattle leaders, include UW Medicine, to work together to solve the complexities of curing cancer. The panel included Dr. Mary-Claire King, UW professor of genome sciences and of medicine. Read more from UW Health Sciences.