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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 30,800 undergrads on that campus alone. Because of its proximity to Boeing's manufacturing facilities, the school has a particular expertise in aeronautics and counts five astronauts among its alums. UW has encouraging admissions odds for such a top-rated school: The school accepts about 52% of applicants, with priority acceptance for in-state students. UW is known for its Husky Promise, which covers tuition and fees for certain residents. Overall, about two-thirds of students receive some form of financial aid, with an average annual cost of $13,300 for those receiving federal aid. The Huskies' athletics are big – the student section is often packed to the brim for home football games at Husky Stadium, which overlooks Lake Washington. The close proximity to the lake also makes for a perfect training spot for the men's crew team, who have won five national championships in a row in recent years. In addition to the hundreds of campus clubs and a large Greek Row, students can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the Seattle area and can reach beloved hiking trails or skiing destinations in the Cascades in as little as 40 minutes by car.


Est. full price 2022-2023
% of students who get any grants
Est. price for students who receive aid
Average price for low-income students


Acceptance rate
Median SAT/ACT score
SAT/ACT required?
Undergraduate enrollment

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
% of need met
% of students who get merit grants
Average merit grant

Student Success

Graduation rate
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
Early career earnings
% earning more than a high school grad

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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