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September 7, 2023

UW claims top 3 spots on ‘Best Value’ list for Washington state; UW also ranks high on national list for educational and public impact

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The UW claimed the three top spots on a list of ‘Best Value’ colleges in Washington state and ranked high on a prestigious national list for educational and public impact.University of Washington

The University of Washington has been recognized on two lists that measure impact on students and communities. The UW placed third in the nation among public universities on the Washington Monthly 2023 National University Rankings, which ranks the school’s impact on its graduates and the nation. In a separate ranking, all three UW campuses topped the state for best value, according to SmartAsset, a financial services portal.

The UW placed No. 14 on the Washington Monthly list, trailing University of California, Berkeley, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, among U.S. public institutions. Harvard University, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology top the list, in that order.

This ranking, published annually since 2005, evaluates colleges based on what they do for the country, according to the magazine. Washington Monthly ranks national universities — four-year institutions that award a significant number of doctoral degrees — based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research and promoting public service.

“This is a ranking that really focuses on what we do for low-income students, including financial aid, graduation rate and social mobility,” said UW President Ana Mari Cauce. “All measures of the kind of impact we really focus on.”

For the other list, SmartAsset uses average scholarship grant, tuition, student living costs, median starting salaries and retention rate, to calculate which schools offer the best “return on investment.”

In Washington state, the UW’s Seattle campus came in No. 1, with UW Bothell placing No. 2, and UW Tacoma coming it at No. 3.

The Washington resident tuition cost for Seattle undergraduate attendance is $12,645. Eligible Washington state residents pay no tuition or other standard fees to attend the UW, thanks to the Husky Promise, a program that guarantees financial support using grants and scholarships.