Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest — and most well-regarded — universities on the West Coast. Nicknamed "UDub," the University of Washington is located in Seattle's University District neighborhood and has a current enrollment of more than 43,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university and the area surrounding it offer a lot to see for both students, parents and others.
About the University of Washington
The University of Washington is ranked #42 in US News and World Report magazine's list of top U.S. universities and #10 in its list of top public universities. The university's primary care medicine program is ranked #1 in the United States.
The University of Washington is located along the shores of Portage Bay and Union Bay, with views of the Olympic and Cascade mountain ranges in the background. The scenic campus features more than 500 buildings in a variety of architectural styles, ranging from Victorian to postmodern. Travel+Leisure magazine has called the campus one of the most beautiful in the United States.
Highlights of any visit to the University of Washington's main campus include the cherry-tree-lined main quad in the heart of the campus, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, and the Theodor Jacobsen Observatory, the oldest building on campus.
If you have an opportunity to watch the men's rowing team compete or practice, take it. The team has won four national championships in the last decade.
Visiting the University of Washington
It's easy to get to the University of Washington. The main campus is located just off of SR 513 and I-5. The University District is also well served by Seattle's King County Metro Transit System, with both bus and light rail service. Don't limit your visit to just the UW campus. The area surrounding the University of Washington is filled with coffee houses, bookstores, unique stores and ethnic restaurants.