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University of Washington: Narrative Description


Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: (206)543-2100
Admissions: (206)543-9686
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1861. Setting: 703-acre urban campus. Endowment: $963 million. Research spending 2003-04: $544.6 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $10,259 per student. Total enrollment: 39,246. Faculty: 3,383 (2,764 full-time, 619 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 15,950 applied, 68% were admitted. 48% from top 10% of their high school class, 82% from top quarter, 97% from top half. 37 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 23,552 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 4,810 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 52 states and territories, 59 other countries, 13% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 3% black, 24% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 12% 25 or older, 17% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 91% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; business/marketing; biological/life sciences; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: high school transcript. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 1/15. Notification: continuous until 4/15. Preference given to state residents, children of alumni.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $37. State resident tuition: $5286 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $17,916 full-time. College room and board: $7017. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 300 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 12% of eligible men and 11% of eligible women are members. Major annual events: homecoming, Earth Day, Tolo. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 5,000 college housing spaces available. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. Option: coed housing available. Suzzallo/Allen Library plus 21 others with 5.8 million books, 50,245 serials, 1.4 million audiovisual materials, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $26.5 million. 285 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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