Seattle combines unparalleled natural beauty with small-town friendliness, a Pacific Rim outlook, and cosmopolitan amenities. One of the “most livable” cities in the U.S., Seattle is consistenly ranked high for recreation and live theatre.  


One of the most beautiful academic settings in North America, the University of Washington combines beautiful grounds and spectacular views of Lake Washington, Mt. Rainier and the Cascade mountain range to create an amazing landscape.

University District

Seattle's University District or “U-District” is one of the city's oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. Boasting a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, coffeehouses, retail shops and other services, the neighborhood caters to student needs.

Getting Around

UW students can drive, take the bus, or walk to and from campus. Drivers can park on-campus during classes or meetings. Whether you live in downtown Seattle, a nearby suburb, or an island, the bus system and ferry system are convenient.

Information on parking, connections to bus schedules, and maps 

UW: A Legacy of Academic Achievement

Famed for our award winning faculty, the UW boasts six Nobel Prize winners, fourteen “genius award” fellows from the MacArthur Foundation, and two Pulitzer Prize winners. numerous literary awards, such as the National Book Award. We have 57 members in the National Academy of Sciences, 56 members in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 48 members in the Institute of Medicine. Click here for a full list of faculty distinctions.

UW Vision & Values

The University of Washington’s vision and strategic priorities reflect the core values and culture that make us great and unique. Read more »

UW: A Leader in Research Funding

Due to the accomplishments of our top notch faculty, the UW receives more federal research funding than any other American public university. Federal grants represent nearly 80 percent of UW research funding and, in 1974, the research awards totaled just over $90 million. From 2006-2007, the University of Washington received over $1 billion in grant and contract research funding. Click here to learn more about research at the UW.