University of Washington Admissions

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

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University of Washington Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 53%, 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.

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Admissions Data (2015):

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 an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. In athletics, the Washington Huskies compete in the Division I Pac 12 Conference (Pac 10).

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 45,408 (31,063 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 91% 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 (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 58%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 40%
    • Loans: 30%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $14,036
    • Loans: $5,667

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 63%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 84%

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

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Washington Mission Statement:

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"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..."