University of Washington Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

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With an acceptance rate of 45 percent, the University of Washington main campus in Seattle is selective. Successful applicants tend to have grades in the "B+" range or higher and SAT or ACT scores that are above average. A significant percentage of admitted students have solid "A" averages. The university has holistic admissions, but it does not consider interviews, ​demonstrated interest, or letters of recommendation during the application process.

Your application essays and extracurricular involvement, however, are important. You can calculate your chances of getting in with Cappex's free tool.​

Admissions Data (2016)

  • University of Washington Acceptance Rate: 45 percent
  • Washington GPA and Test Score Graph
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 540 / 660
    • SAT Math: 580 / 710
    • ACT Composite: 26 / 32
    • ACT English: 24 / 33
    • ACT Math: 26 / 32

University of Washington Description

The University of Washington at Seattle is the flagship campus of the Washington state university system. It is also the largest university on the west coast. The attractive campus sits on the shores of Portage and Union Bays, and some locations have views of Mount Rainier. Spring sees the campus explode with cherry blossoms. The University of Washington has strengths in both academics and athletics. It was elected to the Association of American Universities because of its achievements in research and education.

Strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences earned the university a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The university has a 17 to 1 student/faculty ratio. In athletics, the Washington Huskies compete in the Division I Pac 12 Conference (Pac 12).

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 45,591 (30,933 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • 92 percent full-time

Costs (2016-17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,753 (in-state); $34,791 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $825 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,691
  • Other Expenses: $2,679
  • Total Cost: $25,948 (in-state); $49,986 (out-of-state)

University of Washington Financial Aid (2015-16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 58 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42 percent
    • Loans: 28 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,126
    • Loans: $6,066

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biochemistry, Biology, Cellular Biology, Communication Studies, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Finance, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 65 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track, and Field, Rowing, Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Rowing, Soccer, Track and Field, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis

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University of Washington Mission Statement

Complete mission statement available at

"Founded 4 November 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institution of higher education on the Pacific coast. The University is comprised of three campuses: the Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges whose faculty offer educational opportunities to students ranging from first-year undergraduates through doctoral-level candidates; the Bothell and Tacoma campuses, each developing a distinctive identity and undergoing rapid growth, offer diverse programs to upper-division undergraduates and to graduate students..."

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics

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