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The University of Washington has a highly ranked School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and Michael G. Foster School of Business. It is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast. The University of Washington is known for cutting-edge research, and its annual undergraduate research symposium.

Key Facts


  • #40 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2024
  • #15 in Top Public Schools
  • #17 Business Programs
  • #25 Engineering Programs

Year founded

  • 1861

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation

Latest undergraduate enrollment

  • 36,206

Latest graduate enrollment

  • 16,233

Student-faculty ratio

  • 21:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 53%

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1220 and 1470/ ACT 29 - 34

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.9

International student population

  • 14%

Employment/ job placement rate

  • 83%

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $56,900

Popular majors

  • Computer Science, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering


  • $40,740
About the university
  • UW offers over 100 Top Undergraduate Majors
  • 15 Colleges and Schools
  • Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering
  • College of Engineering
  • School of Medicine
  • College of Arts and Sciences: Natural Sciences Division
  • Famous alumni include Anna Faris, actress, voice actor, singer; Rainn Wilson, television director, producer, comedian; George Nelson, physicist, astronaut
Kings alumni at University of Washington

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