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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

  • State and local leaders recognize Together UW Day – October 21, 2016

    October 19, 2016

    External Affairs

    In recognition of the launch of the university’s Be Boundless – For Washington, For the World philanthropic campaign, Governor Jay Inslee, King County Executive Dow Constantine, and City of Spokane Mayor David Condon offered their support in proclamations and a salutation, recognizing October 21, 2016 as “Together UW Day.”

    See the proclamations and salutation on the State Relations blog.

    Go to for more information about all of the events taking place October 21-23.

    Show your support with the hashtag  #TogetherUW!

  • Campus Master Plan draft available for review

    October 11, 2016

    External Affairs

    The 2018 Draft Seattle Campus Master Plan provides the framework for the University of Washington's future campus development. Progressive and sustainable, it balances the preservation of the core campus with the need to accommodate increasing density. The plan integrates the UW's academic, research, and service missions with its capital plan objectives.

    Learn more about the draft plan and share your input at the next public event. You can see the schedule of events and read the draft plan on the project website. An online open house is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 from Noon - 1 p.m. Register here.

  • Amazon pledges $10 million for computer science expansion

    October 6, 2016

    External Affairs

    Amazon announced that it will donate $10 million toward the construction of a new computer-science building on the UW campus. Read more from UW Today.


  • New from UW 360: Seeds of hope

    October 3, 2016

    External Affairs

    Watch this new UW 360 episode to meet Marine combat veteran and UW grad, Christopher Brown. He shares how he combined his own personal struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with his UW education to help his fellow veterans. Brown's non-profit organization, “Growing Veterans,” seeks to reconnect veterans with civilian life through a sustainable agriculture program.


  • UW and Tsinghua break ground on GIX

    September 28, 2016

    External Affairs

    The University of Washington and Tsinghua University hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) last week in Bellevue. A global partnership between the UW and Tsinghua University, with early support from Microsoft, GIX will help elevate the greater Seattle region as a center for innovation. Located in Bellevue's Spring District in a nearly 100,000-square foot, state-of-the-art facility, the GIX building will feature design studios, a large makerspace, electronics prototyping labs, and spaces for collaboration and presentations. It is scheduled to open for the 2017-18 academic year.

    Learn more about GIX online and see coverage of the groundbreaking event.

    The program is now accepting applications for the inaugural fall 2017 class with students able to apply for UW’s Master of Science in Technology Innovation (MSTI) degree and the GIX dual masters’ degree.  An initial cohort of students began their studies in the dual masters’ degree program in Beijing this fall and will join newly recruited students in Bellevue in fall 2017.