University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

posted Mar 15, 2012, 2:06 AM by Berta Liao
Report prepared by Fisher Shen '13

The University of Washington is a large public research university in Seattle, Washington. There are about 42,900 students, of which undergraduates number about 30,790 students. 

Seattle is the capital of Washington state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Both Microsoft and Starbucks have their headquarters located there.

The school has over 500 buildings, covering over 200 million ft sq. It is the largest school on the NW coast and the oldest. The university is divided into 3 campuses: the largest in Seattle, other 2 in Tacoma and Bothell. Part of the movie Dan in Real Life was filmed at the university.

UW offers degrees in 140 different departments that fall under nine different schools and colleges.

Suzzallo Library, UW's central library.

Student Body
The University of Washington is the most populous school on the west coast in the autumn of 2006-2007. 33% of the students are from “minority groups.”

Admissions Information
In 2007, the average GPA of the incoming freshman class was 3.75. The average math and critical reading SAT score was 1,251. In 2009, UW admitted 61% of its applicants.

The school is the top public school recipient in receiving federal research funds, and 2nd among public and private schools.

“Harry the Husky” replaced “Sun Dodger” in 1922 as the mascot, in response to the abstract reference to the weather. Harry performs at different sporting and special events, and traditionally led the football team onto the field. The school colors of purple and gold were voted by students back in 1892