University of Washington

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Public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States

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About University of Washington

By James Barham, PhD

In the 1850s, the Governor of Washington Territory and some of his Seattle-based friends and business associates, including a prominent Methodist minister, put their heads together to figure out a way to advance two causes close to their hearts: the prospect of statehood for the territory and the economic welfare of the city of Seattle.

At first, the Seattle city fathers argued in favor of moving the territorial capital from Olympia to their own city. However, a better plan was eventually decided upon: they would build a university in Seattle. The idea was that an institution of higher education would function both as evidence of Washington Territory’s readiness for statehood and as a stimulus to Seattle’s economic development.

This explains why the Territorial University of Washington, occupying a valuable plot of land in downtown Seattle, opened its doors in 1861—long before statehood was finally achieved in 1889.

After the latter date, both the new State of Washington and the City of Seattle began to grow rapidly. It was soon found that the needs of the students and faculty of the former territorial university—now called simply the University of Washington (UW)—had outgrown the school’s original downtown campus, where there was little room for expansion. Accordingly, in 1895 UW was moved to a more spacious location in the Union Bay neighborhood of what is now Northeast Seattle.

Today, UW—together with its two additional campuses in Bothell and Tacoma (north and south of Seattle, respectively)—boasts some 56,000 students, and a nearly $3 billion endowment. Such numbers have enabled UW to build a faculty and offer a curriculum that are second-to-none among state university systems in the US.

Seven UW-affiliated persons have won the Nobel Prize, including:

  • Hans Georg Dehmelt & David Thouless—physics
  • Edmond Fischer, Leland Hartwell, & Linda Buck—physiology or medicine

Among other notable UW-connected folks, we may mention:

  • Pioneering photographer, Imogen Cunningham
  • Television journalist, Chet Huntley
  • Actors Jim Caviezel, Dyan Cannon & Kyle MacLachlan
  • Martial arts adept, film actor, and director, Bruce Lee
  • Painter and photographer, Chuck Close
  • Glass artist, Dale Chihuly
  • Architect, Minoru Yamasaki
  • Novelist and essayist, Marilynne Robinson

According to Wikipedia, The University of Washington is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, Washington is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast; it was established in Seattle approximately a decade after the city's founding. The university has a 703 acre main campus located in the city's University District, as well as campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. Overall, UW encompasses over 500 buildings and over 20 million gross square footage of space, including one of the largest library systems in the world with more than 26 university libraries, art centers, museums, laboratories, lecture halls, and stadiums. The university offers degrees through 140 departments, and functions on a quarter system.

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How Much Does University of Washington Cost To Attend?

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How Much Do University of Washington Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Washington, then you can expect to earn an average of $69,600 per year. You also have a 89% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Washington's Demographics

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Where is University of Washington?

University of Washington is located at 1400 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle WA 98195-4550

What Is University of Washington Known For?

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University of Washington's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

Who Are University of Washington's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Washington's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Social Work, Medical, and Computer Science. Here are some of University of Washington's most famous alumni:

George Stigler
George Stigler
An American economist.
Frank Herbert
Frank Herbert
An American writer .
Robert Mundell
Robert Mundell
A Canadian economist .
Michael Hardt
Michael Hardt
An American philosopher.
Harold Hotelling
Harold Hotelling
An American economist and statistician .
Ted Bundy
Ted Bundy
An American serial killer .
Minoru Yamasaki
Minoru Yamasaki
An American architect.
Lyle Campbell
An American Mesoamericanist.
Steven Holl
Steven Holl
An American architect.
Bill Atkinson
Bill Atkinson
An American computer engineer.
Linda B. Buck
Linda B. Buck
An American biologist.
Eugene Thacker
An American philosopher.

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