The University of Washington

Located near downtown Seattle, the University of Washington is one of the leading public research universities in the nation. It has been consistently among the top public universities in America in receiving federal support for research and training. The UW's graduate programs are among the most highly rated in the nation. Take a virtual tour of the campus, or arrange a visit by contacting us.

The City of Seattle

A cosmopolitan port city situated between the Olympics and Puget Sound to the west and the Cascade Mountains to the east, Seattle is a place like none other. The many cultural institutions it boasts make it an excellent spot for anyone interested in museums, culture, nightlife and the out-of-doors.


  • The Census Bureau ranks Seattle as the most educated city in the U.S.
  • Seattle has more bookstores per capita than any other city, with Seattleites spending double the national average on books yearly.
  • More people in Seattle commute to work via bicycle than any other city in the United States.


Students Favorites

We asked our graduate students what their favorite places and happenings are in Seattle, below are a few highlights

  • Silent Movie Mondays: at the Historic Paramount Theater.
  • Art Klatch at Cafe Press: gathering of the art-aware for breakfast and chat Tuesday mornings. Read The Stranger's review and why they gave it a Genius Award.
  • Friday night pick-up games of no-holds-barred dodgeball: at Cal Anderson Park, on Capitol Hill. No reservations, no pads, no organization, just an all-ages community game, though not for the faint of heart.
  • The Wednesday night convening of the Drunken Monks debate club: held at The Stumbling Monk Tavern, where you can imbibe the best Belgian beers on tap.
  • Picnicking at Gasworks Park: breathtaking green space overlooking the lake, built atop the remnants of a former coal gasification plant.
  • Science With a Twist: The Pacific Science Center, for grown-ups. Cocktails included.
  • UW Waterfront Activities Center, where you can rent a canoe for 4 dollars and explore The Arboretum . . . along with crumbling abandoned freeway overpasses.
  • The Century Ballroom: everything from tango classes, to live bands and dancing, to dinner theater cabaret and no-holds-barred Michael Jackson dance-offs.
  • Bleu Bistro: if you crossed your childhood pillow fort with the best cocktail bar in town, this is what you get.
  • Town Hall Seattle: a monthly schedule of lively presentations, events and screenings held in the beautiful ‘Town Hall’ building on First Hill.
  • SAM Remix: The Seattle Art Museum’s hip Friday ‘do’s’ with DJ’s, drinks and special performances and appearances by major artists.