University of Washington

President: Professor Ana Mari Cauce

Senior International Leader: Professor Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice Provost, Office of Global Affairs



The University of Washington is one of the world’s preeminent public universities and is ranked No. 6 on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Global Universities list. Founded in 1861, the UW educates 54,000 students annually across three campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. This number includes over 8,000 international students from more than 100 countries.

For more than 30 years, the university has been among the country’s top five institutions in the dollar value of federal research grants and contracts awarded to its faculty. Research contributes directly to the educational goals of graduate and professional students, as well as to those of undergraduates. Total grant and contract activity for 2022 exceeded $1.6 billion dollars. Beyond its academic and service missions, the UW has a strong economic impact on Washington and the Pacific Northwest. The University of Washington operates the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center; the latter is the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and verified burn center in the state of Washington. 

The University of Washington in Seattle is located on 703 acres in the city’s northeast residential area, a beautiful setting on the shore of Lake Washington and Portage Bay. The majestic Cascade Mountains can be seen to the east, while the western view includes downtown Seattle and Lake Union. The combination of this spectacular setting with buildings in both neo-Gothic and modern styles gives the campus a distinctive aura.