About the Seattle campus

Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the world’s leading public research universities. Explore our beautiful 700-acre campus and experience what makes us the leader of the pack — from our world-class medical center and vibrant arts community to our Pac-12 athletics and active student life.

At home in Seattle, Washington

The UW has been an integral part of Seattle since before Washington was a state. Today, the Emerald City is a multicultural, international hub of innovation, known for its tech startups, music scene, aerospace engineering and, of course, plenty of coffee. Our students, faculty and staff find a breadth of local opportunities for research, public service, the arts, entrepreneurship and beyond. And when it comes to having fun, whether you’re catching a live show, paddleboarding on Lake Washington or shopping at Pike Place Market, Seattle’s possibilities are endless.

  • Space Needle,

    Space Needle

  • Downtown Waterfront,

    Downtown Waterfront

  • Seattle Skyline,

    Seattle Skyline

  • Pike Place Market,

    Pike Place Market

  • UW's Suzzallo Library,

    UW's Suzzallo Library

  • Puget Sound,

    Puget Sound

World leaders in research

The UW has been ranked as the #1 most innovative public university in the world and is consistently ranked among the top public universities in the world. The University receives more federal research dollars than any other U.S. public university, and students across all academic disciplines can gain research experience through our Undergraduate Research Program.



  • 5,500+ AWARDS

Learning inside & beyond the classroom

The UW in Seattle offers undergraduates over 180 majors to choose from, and we’re recognized as a top 10 “best buy” in public education. Academic advisers and support centers help students discover their strengths and interests, get tutoring and guidance in their studies, and stay on track toward earning a degree. Graduate students in over 300 degree programs have a breadth of opportunities for immersive learning, research, and contributing to global knowledge and achievement.

  • 50,000+ STUDENTS



Campus life

The UW is more than a campus — it’s a community. With over a thousand student clubs, a multitude of cultural organizations, a wide range of sports at all levels from recreational to varsity, and year-round arts and entertainment opportunities, there are lots of ways to find belonging, make friends with common interests and explore new horizons.




Prospective student resources

Colleges and schools

What are you driven to discover? A lifesaving cure, an entirely new art form, a solution for greener technologies? At the UW, you’ll do more than read about change; you’ll be the catalyst making positive change happen.

Explore academics

Student life and housing

Live in an inclusive and supportive campus community where everyone can comfortably join in or confidently stand out.

Campus living



Rainier Vista

Honoring the peoples of this land

The University of Washington acknowledges the Coast Salish peoples of this land, the land which touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

We also acknowledge and honor the Tribal nations across Washington state and the many Indigenous peoples from across the country who live and work in Seattle and the surrounding areas.