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Colleges / University of Washington, Tacoma

About UW Tacoma

University of Washington, Tacoma is a public, state school in an urban setting in Tacoma, Washington. UW Tacoma was founded in 1990 and now enrolls around 5,369 students a year, including 4,567 undergrads.

UW Tacoma offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

As of 2021, the total market value of UW Tacoma's endowment was $42.734 million For each full-time student, UW Tacoma spends about $8,935. For each full-time professor, there are about 16 undergraduates enrolled at UW Tacoma.

2021 UW Tacoma Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Quarter
Overall Acceptance Rate 87%
Average GPA 3.3
In-State Tuition $10,629
Out-of-State $37,998

2022 UW Tacoma Regular Decision Application Deadline

UW Tacoma Early Admission

University of Washington, Tacoma does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Washington, Tacoma

It is moderately difficult to get into UW Tacoma. In 2021, UW Tacoma accepted 87% of applicants. In 2021, 1,719 out of 1,985 total applicants were accepted.

UW Tacoma Waitlist 2021

UW Tacoma reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into University of Washington, Tacoma?

UW Tacoma is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to UW Tacoma, applicants must submit the following items.

UW Tacoma Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for UW Tacoma

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to UW Tacoma is 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to UW Tacoma.

Does UW Tacoma Require Test Scores?

UW Tacoma does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Dorms at UW Tacoma

Yes! UW Tacoma provides on-campus housing for students.

UW Tacoma students are active in the school's Accounting Student Association, HuSCII Coding Club and NAMI On Campus. Block Party, O.S.C.A.R.S, and and RSO Canned Food Drive are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at UW Tacoma.

Financial Aid at UW Tacoma

UW Tacoma meets 71.1% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend UW Tacoma full-time are awarded $14,320 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can.. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Is UW Tacoma a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are.

Retention and Graduation Rates at UW Tacoma

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UW Tacoma, around 80% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 416 students who started at UW Tacoma as first-time freshman, 191 graduate within four years.

UW Tacoma's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 62%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for UW Tacoma Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $15,172 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UW Tacoma sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is UW Tacoma a good school for you?

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Where is University of Washington, Tacoma Located?

UW Tacoma is located in the urban setting of Tacoma, Washington, less than an hour from Seattle.

If you want to see UW Tacoma for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 5 to Tacoma, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Seattle Tacoma International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what UW Tacoma and Tacoma are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1900 Commerce Street Tacoma, WA 98402-3100

Campus Setting: Urban

UW Tacoma Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jun 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UW Tacoma is Jun 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UW Tacoma is Aug 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Wondering what life at UW Tacoma is like? There are approximately 5,369 students enrolled at UW Tacoma, including 4,567 undergraduate students and 802 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 98% percent are from WA and 2% percent of students are from other states.


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