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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 women's golf takes first national championship

    May 27, 2016

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    The Huskies defeated second-seeded Stanford to win their first NCAA national title on Wednesday! Read more at


  • Jennifer Cohen announced as new athletic director

    May 26, 2016

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    UW President Ana Mari Cauce announced Tuesday that Jennifer Cohen, senior associate athletic director at the University of Washington, will be the UW’s new athletic director, effective June 1. Read more from UW Today. 

  • UW announces the Husky 100

    May 4, 2016

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    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.


  • UW ranked as a top value by Forbes

    April 4, 2016

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    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.


  • Huskies headed to the Final Four

    March 31, 2016

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    FinalFourWomensBBallEdMurrayMarch2016The 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 The Huskies take on Syracuse Sunday at 5:30pm Pacific.