The University of Washington is a large, public flagship research university in Seattle, Washington, established in 1861. Washington is one of the oldest and largest universities on the West Coast. It also boasts one of the largest library systems in the world with over 26 university libraries, art centers and museums. As a research university, the University of Washington is a member of the Association of American Universities and is classified as a R1 Doctoral Research University under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which denotes the highest research activity. It is frequently listed as one of the top public universities in the United States and is consistently included among the highest-ranked universities in the world by several international rankings. It has also been cited as a leading world university for scientific performance and research output by the CWTS Leiden Ranking and Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In the 2015 fiscal year, UW received nearly $1.2 billion dollars in research funding, ranking 3rd overall among universities in the United States.
The University of Washington functions on a quarter system, all year round on four ten-week academic terms. It is well known for its research in medicine and science, as well as its competitive computer science and engineering programs. With 20 different colleges and schools offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in 140 departments, its no wonder that they are also listed as a “Public Ivy” in Greens Guides since 2001.
Application Facts to University of Washington (2016)
Acceptance rate: 45%
Typical ACT scores: 26-32
Typical SAT scores: 1210-1420
Undergraduate tuition and fees:
Approximately $47,000 including tuition and fees, books and supplies, as well as housing and food on campus.
Applicants to University of Washington also have to complete a writing section consisting of an Essay, a Short answer response, and additional information about yourself. This writing section aims to establish whether you will be a good fit for the school, and whether you possess the required critical thinking and writing skills necessary for success in college. Do keep in mind that the University of Washington strives to create a community of students richly diverse in cultural backgrounds, experiences, values, and viewpoints.
International transfer students also have to complete a rigorous schedule of study based on an appreciation of a liberal arts curriculum before they can qualify for admissions.
The LMI Advantage:
While the SAT and ACT scores needed for admission are not high compared to the Ivy League colleges, their focus as a research university requires top-notch writing skills in answering the writing section portion of their application. If you find that you have difficulty with your admissions essays standing out from the crowd and making a real impression, contact your LMI advisor today so we can help you create a powerful essay that sticks!
University of Washington will also accept transfer students with university transcripts from a US university, although they have strict rules for their transfer admission criteria. We can help you complete these admissions criteria with college-level coursework taken at a top US university to satisfy the admissions criteria. To find out how you can enhance your chances of applying and entering the University of Washington, contact us today and we’ll help you get there!