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Everything about University of Washington- Seattle

Everything about University of Washington- Seattle

Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 32,099

Institutional Type: Public

Curricular Flexibility: Somewhat Flexible

Academic Rating: 3

Top Programs




Computer Science




Public Health

Who Recruits

1. Samsung

2. Vulcan Capital

3. Alaska Airlines

4. Liberty Mutual

5. HealthPoint

Notable Internships

1. Boeing

2. Nordstrom

3. United Nations

Top Industries

1. Business

2. Education

3. Engineering

4. Operations

5. Research

Top Employers

1. Microsoft

2. Boeing

3. Amazon

4. Google

5. T-Mobile

Where Alumni Work

1. Seattle

2. San Francisco

3. Portland, OR

4. Los Angeles

5. New York City

Median Earnings

College Scorecard (Early Career): $57,700

EOP (Early Career): $57,500

PayScale (Mid-Career): $112,300

Inside the Classroom

Under the perpetually rainy skies and in the birthplace of grunge, Starbucks, and modern romantic comedies rests the flagship campus of the University of Washington system, home to approximately 29,000 undergraduate students, only 63 percent of whom benefit from the uber-affordable in-state rate. International and out-of-state students have begun flocking to UW in recent years to enjoy the literally dozens of top-ranked academic programs and the deep connections to a handful of corporations located nearby that also happen to be some of the most desirable employers anywhere on the planet. With thirteen colleges/schools with undergraduate programs, 180+ majors, and 6,500 courses, UW can meet the needs of just about anyone.

UDub’s quarter-based academic calendar keeps students on their toes as most students take three or four classes in each of the 10-week fall, winter, and spring quarters. A strong honors program gives students access to smaller classes. Core curricular requirements vary by school. Some undergraduate colleges require a foreign language, but others do not. However, all students complete coursework in three Areas of Knowledge: visual, literary, and performing arts; individual societies, and the natural world. Freshmen can enroll in First-year Interest Groups or Collegium Seminars that offer small classes and engaging topics.

The university does have a relatively high 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio that makes consistently small undergraduate class sizes a logistical impossibility. One-third of sections contain forty or more students compared to 29 percent of sections that contain fewer than twenty. Still, there are opportunities for personal connections with professors as evidenced by the fact that 55 percent of graduates complete a faculty-mentored research project. The study abroad rate of participation has climbed steadily since the turn of the millennium; roughly one-fifth now spend a semester in a foreign locale.

The most commonly earned degrees at the University of Washington are in the social sciences (15 percent), business/marketing (11 percent), biology (11 percent), engineering (9 percent), and computer science (7 percent).There are simply too many stellar majors for there to be too large a concentration in any one or two areas. The College of Engineering, which includes the revered Paul G. Allen College of Computer Science & Engineering, is one of the absolute best in the world, but UW also boasts strong programs in everything from business to social work to environmental science.

Outside the Classroom

A solid 83 percent of UDub students who live on campus rate the experience as “excellent.” Unfortunately, only a paltry 29 percent of the undergraduate student body actually live on campus and, even among freshmen, only 68 percent reside in the dorms. Some find housing in one of the school’s seventy Greek organizations that boast 4,700 members. Most live in houses and apartments in the University District of the city; downtown Seattle is a short car or bus ride away. Students come together to take part in the 850+ student organizations including the Aerial Robotic Club or the Creating a Company Club. Whatever your pleasure, the Husky Union Building (HUB) is, indeed, a great place to get involved. Heck, it even has its own bowling alley. If bowling isn’t athletic enough for you, enjoy the twentytwo varsity sports teams that compete in the Pac-12 Conference. Football reigns supreme as UDub boasts the largest stadium in the Pacific Northwest, and it is known to reach deafening noise levels on fall Saturdays. Recreation is aided by state-of-the-art fitness facilities that include a pool, rock-climbing wall, driving range, and Waterfront Activities Center on Lake Washington. Gear for hiking, boating, and camping can be rented from the UWild Gear Garage.

Career Services

There are thirteen full-time employees at the Career and Internship Center that is housed within the Division of Student Life. Additional staff members serving undergraduate students can be found within the School of Engineering and School of Information Sciences to bring the total of career counselors to fifteen, a relatively small number considering that they serve more than 29,000 undergraduate students. The resulting 1933:1 student-to-advisor ratio is among the worst of any school featured in this guide; however, unlike some understaffed career services offices, the CIC at the University of Washington has no shortage of brag-worthy accomplishments. UW’s Career and Internship Center brings close to 400 employers to the Seattle campus each school year. In addition to the hard-to-match local corporations, companies like Wells Fargo, Adobe Systems, Tesla, Bloomberg, Comcast, and Dell recruit and/or conduct interviews on campus. Career fairs are plentiful throughout the year and include specialty expos for data science, engineering, and business. In part due to the prime Seattle location, internships are not hard to locate; 55 percent of undergraduates complete at least one internship, 16 percent complete two, 10 percent complete three, and 38 percent complete a service-learning project. The average search time for UW grads to find employment was 9.1 weeks, and 83 percent of those who landed a job did so in a field related to their major. Thanks to some extremely impressive corporate connections and an alumni base that is embedded in some of the country’s most desirable employers, UW’s career services successfully overcomes its numbers disadvantage.

Professional Outcomes

Six months after graduation, 70 percent of last year's graduates had found employment, 19 percent had continued their education in graduate/professional school, and 10 percent were still hunting their first job. Of those employed, 65 percent entered the private sector, 18 percent took local, state, or federal government posts, and 17 percent joined nonprofit organizations. The most popular employers of the Class included Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and UW Medical Center. Including all living alumni, more than 6,000 Huskies currently work for Bill Gates, and more than 4,000 work for each of Boeing and Amazon. T-Mobile, Facebook, Apple, Nordstrom, Starbucks, and Tableau Software all employ at least 500 UDub alums. As you discern from the massive numbers of students employed by famous based in the state of Washington, most graduates stick around town. The Greater Seattle area is far and away the home of choice for UW grads, followed in popularity by  San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, and New York.

The mean salary for grads was a solid $52,000, but it is important to note that the response rate for the school-issued survey was quite low. those headed to graduate school, just over half remain in state, mostly at the University of Washington itself to become one of the school’s 12,000 graduate students. Sixty-two percent of graduate students were pursuing an MS/MA degree, 17 percent entered PhD programs, and 12 percent headed off to earn a professional degree. The University of Washington has one of the best medical schools in the country, and 95 percent of accepted med students come from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, thus giving UW graduates an inside track. The University of Washington School of Law is a top fifty institution that gives UW undergrads an excellent at-home option for a legal education. However, multiple graduates have also gone on to study law at Stanford, Harvard, and Fordham

in recent years.  

Students' Voice: Pros and Cons of Location

Pros of Seattle, WA

• “There’s always something to do. If you’re bored you can take the light rail downtown and be a tourist or find new restaurants.”

• “You’re in the heart of a big city with lots of opportunities to find jobs, and to meet people.”

• “It’s a good location in the sense that people can go up to Canada, Oregon, and there is a lot of good hiking around.”

Cons of Seattle, WA

• “The weather. It rains a lot, and during the wintertime it sometimes is never sunny out. For some people that affects them a lot, which sucks.”

• “It’s getting more and more expensive. Gas is going up, prices everywhere are going up.”

• “There is a little bit of a stigma around the Seattle Freeze, which is a stereotype that people in Seattle are self-driven and not very outgoing. I don’t think it’s true from my experiences.”

Students' Voice: Reasons to attend and not to attend

To Attend

• “There are a lot of opportunities that we have with internships, jobs, and majors around Seattle.”

• “There are a ton of clubs that can make the campus feel a lot smaller and where you can find a community.”

• “They do a really good job of preparing you for your career. A lot of majors require you to do an internship.”

• “The school is very diverse. Everyone finds a place to belong. There are many different races and types of people.”

To Not Attend

• “Getting into your major can be hard, especially if you’re not a direct admit to Computer Science, Business, or Engineering. If you’re not already in one of those programs when you get accepted, it can be very difficult to get in. A lot of people are frustrated after their sophomore year when they come here to study this one thing and they’re not able to because they don’t get accepted.”

• “It’s starting to get expensive here in terms of cost of living and doing activities.”

• “If you’re someone who likes a smaller classroom environment, where you can get to know the professor in a hands-on environment.”

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