Why UW & Life In Seattle

Why UW?

The University of Washington is known for its vibrant academic environment filled with esteemed faculty and a diverse student body recruited from across the country and the world. UW values academic excellence and innovation, and cultivates an atmosphere of intellectual rigor, mutual respect and the highest standards of ethics. UW is a place for  creativity and collaboration, for leadership development and for service and partnership with the Washington community and the world at large.

Education, discovery and public service

UW is a top tier public university educating over 54,000 students annually across 18 colleges and schools.

Aerial view of University of Washington campus in Seattle

Life in Seattle

Major employers call Seattle home, including the University of Washington, tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and Google, and retailers Starbucks and Costco. Seattle also hosts the Seahawks (NFL), Mariners (MLB), Sounders and Reign (MLS), Storm (WNBA), and Kraken (NHL) sports teams. Visitors and residents of the area have easy access to the entire West Coast via plane, train, or automobile, while mountain, lake, and ocean views are a short drive away.

The Pacific Northwest combines natural beauty, adventure and culture

Seattle combines a rich cultural environment of diverse arts, music, & food with easy access to stunning mountains, water & outdoor adventure.

View of Lake Washington at dusk with many small boats floating in the water and mountains in the background

Explore the outdoors or just enjoy the view

Mount Rainier looms over the city along with views of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges, freshwater lakes and Puget Sound.  

Group of 20 anesthesiology residents dressed in winter jackets posing in the snow with snow-covered mountains in the background

Proud to call the Emerald City our home

Choose housing in an urban environment or laid-back suburban locale in one of Seattle’s distinctive neighborhoods, each with its own character.

Nighttime view of downtown Seattle buildings and Ferris wheel in pink lights, with water in foreground and dark clouds in a dark sky.