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UW Student Life

UW is on a 634-acre campus in an urban setting in Seattle, Washington, not far from Seattle. There are many activities and organizations for UW students to participate in – band, chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

UW also has fraternities and sororities.

UW has a thriving Interfraternity Council/Pan-Hellenic Council. In fact, more students participate in Interfraternity Council/Pan-Hellenic Council than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at UW include Taiwanese Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Yacht Club and Asian American Intervarsity Christian Fellowship/Muslim Students Association.

UW students' favorite campus traditions are Dawg Daze and Fall Fling, Spring Concert and Taiwanese Student Association Night Market.

UW Housing

UW offers housing. Students are not required to live on campus. First year students are given no special consideration for on-campus housing.

Most UW students live off campus. In 2021, 12% of undergrads at UW lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 88% of students lived off-campus or commuted to UW. First year students are allowed to park a car on campus.

UW offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

UW Athletics

At UW there are a variety of athletic options for students interested in joining a sports program.

Intercollegiate sports are the highest tier of college sports and can be very competitive. Intercollegiate teams are regulated by the NCAA, funded by the university, and compete against teams from other universities. The division of a sports team depends on the size of the university, funding, and competition level. An intercollegiate school team will be Division I, II or III, with Division I being the highest level.

Club sports are not regulated by the NCAA and are a great option for students not interested in trying out for an intercollegiate team. Club sports are usually student run but can also be funded by the university.

Intramural sports are the most casual and informal. Intramural sports are often free and require very little time commitment.

Let's take a look at the athletic options available at UW:

Sport Men's Intramural Women's Intramural Men's Division Women's Division Men's Scholarships Women's Scholarships
Golf NCAA Division 1 Intercollegiate Club Teams
Track And Field NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Cross Country Running NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Rugby Intercollegiate Club Teams Intercollegiate Club Teams
Cheerleading Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Crew Club Teams Club Teams Intercollegiate Sport Intercollegiate Sport
Basketball NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Rowing NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Soccer NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1
Tennis NCAA Division 1 NCAA Division 1

Is UW Safe?

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

University of Washington is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The UW campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night. The school also has student security patrols.

UW offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Plan a Visit to UW

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit UW, take Interstate 5 to Seattle, WA. If you need to fly, book your flight to Seattle-Tacoma International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Washington you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore UW's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

Keep Reading About UW

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UW Students

55%

Women

45%

Men

82%

Full Time

18%

Part Time

80%

In State

20%

Out-of-State

Ethnicity

36%

26%

15%

9%

8%

3%

2%

0.43%

0.40%

Undergraduate Students

35,582

Graduate Students

15,905

Non-Resident / International Students

4,689

UW Campus Services

Student Services
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Campus Security
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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

51,487

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

56%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$11,745

Out-of-State

$39,114

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Nov 16
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