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University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The flagship Seattle location of the University of Washington has emerged as one of the world's leading research universities, with more than 32,000 undergrads on that campus alone. Because of its proximity to Boeing's manufacturing facilities, the school has a particular expertise in aeronautics and counts many astronauts among its alums. UW has encouraging admissions odds for such a top-rated school: The school accepted about 51% of applicants. Undergraduates appear to thrive. About 84% freshmen go on to graduate, which is roughly 8% higher than would be expected given the make-up of the student body, according to Money's analysis. About half of students receive some form of financial aid; UW is known for its Husky Promise, which guarantees to cover tuition and fees for certain residents. The Huskies' athletics are big -- the football team often gets a bowl invitation, and many other teams also excel. The men's crew team recently won five national championships in a row. In addition to the hundreds of campus clubs, students can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the Seattle area. UW graduates report making an average of $58,200 in their early careers, which is 8% higher than alumni from similar institutions, according to PayScale.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: University of Washington-Seattle Campus will continue with its quarter system, with classes starting a month later than most other schools. More than 90% of classes will be held online.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$28,400
% of students who get any grants
46%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,200
Average price for low-income students
$7,300
admissions
Acceptance rate
49%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1340/30
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
30,910
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
75%
% of students who get merit* grants
9%
Average merit grant
$4,620
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 5 years
$58,200
% earning more than $28,000
83%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
N/A

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: University of Washington-Seattle Campus will continue with its quarter system, with classes starting a month later than most other schools. More than 90% of classes will be held online.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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