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The University of Washington
University of Washington
(commonly referred to as UW, simply Washington, or informally U-Dub)[5] is a public flagship research university located in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1861, Washington is one of the oldest, largest, and most recognized universities in the United States. It was first established in downtown Seattle
Seattle
a decade after the city's founding, to aid the economic development of Seattle. Today, the University's 703-acre main Seattle
Seattle
campus is situated in the University District above the Montlake Cut, within the urban Puget Sound region
Puget Sound region
of the Pacific Northwest, and it has since then expanded with two additional 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 over 26 university libraries, as well as the UW Tower, lecture halls, art centers, museums, laboratories, stadiums, and conference centers. The University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through 140 departments in various colleges and schools, sees about 46,000 in total student enrollment every year and functions on a quarter system. Washington is consistently one of the highest ranked universities in the world, across multiple publications.[6][7][8] It is a member of the Association of American Universities, with R1 Doctoral Research University classification under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, which denotes the highest research activity. It is cited as a leading university in the world for scientific performance and research output by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the CWTS Leiden Ranking. In the 2015 fiscal year, UW received nearly $1.2 billion in research funding, the 3rd largest among all universities in the United States.[9] As the flagship institution of the six public universities in Washington State, it is known for its research in medicine, science, as well as its highly-competitive computer science and engineering programs. Additionally, Washington continues to benefit from its deep historical ties and major collaborations with numerous technology giants in the region, Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, Nintendo, to name a few. Its 22 varsity sports teams are also highly competitive, competing as the Huskies in the Pac-12 Conference
Pac-12 Conference
of the NCAA Division I, representing the United States
United States
within the Olympic Games, and others.[10] The University has been affiliated with many notable alumni and faculty, including numerous Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, as well as members of distinguished institutions.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Founding 1.2 19th century relocation 1.3 20th century expansion 1.4 21st century

2 Campus

2.1 East Campus 2.2 South Campus 2.3 West Campus

3 Organization and administration

3.1 Governance 3.2 Sustainability

4 Academics and research

4.1 Rankings and reputation 4.2 Admissions 4.3 Research

5 Student life

5.1 Organizations

5.1.1 Registered groups 5.1.2 Student government

5.2 Publication 5.3 University Support

5.3.1 Housing 5.3.2 Disability Resources

6 Athletics

6.1 Husky
Husky
Stadium 6.2 Mascot 6.3 School songs

7 Notable alumni and faculty 8 In film 9 See also 10 References 11 External links

History[edit]

The original University building, c. 1870.

Founding[edit] In 1854, territorial governor Isaac Stevens
Isaac Stevens
recommended the establishment of a university in the Washington Territory. Prominent Seattle-area residents, including Methodist
Methodist
preacher Daniel Bagley, saw this as a chance to add to the city's potential and prestige. Bagley learned of a law that allowed United States
United States
territories to sell land to raise money in support of public schools. At the time, Arthur A. Denny, an early founder of Seattle
Seattle
and member of the territorial legislature, aimed to increase the city's importance by moving the territory's capital from Olympia to Seattle. However, Bagley eventually convinced Denny that the establishment of a university would assist more in the development of Seattle's economy. Two universities were initially chartered, but later the decision was repealed in favor of a single university in Lewis County provided that locally donated land was available. When no site emerged, Denny successfully petitioned the legislature to reconsider Seattle
Seattle
as a location in 1858.[11] In 1861, scouting began for an appropriate 10 acres (4 ha) site in Seattle
Seattle
to serve as a new university campus. Arthur and Mary Denny donated eight acres, while fellow pioneers Edward Lander, and Charlie and Mary Terry, donated two acres on Denny's Knoll in downtown Seattle.[12] More specifically, this tract was bounded by 4th Avenue to the west, 6th Avenue to the east, Union Street to the north, and Seneca Streets to the south. On November 4, 1861, Washington opened as the Territorial University of Washington. The legislature passed articles incorporating the University, and establishing its Board of Regents in 1862. The school initially struggled, closing three times: in 1863 for low enrollment and again in 1867 and 1876 due to funds shortage. Washington successfully awarded its first graduate Clara Antoinette McCarty Wilt in 1876, with a bachelor's degree in science. 19th century relocation[edit] By the time Washington State entered the Union in 1889, both Seattle and the University had grown substantially. Washington's total undergraduate enrollment increased from 30 to nearly 300 students, and the campus's relative isolation in downtown Seattle
Seattle
faced encroaching development. A special legislative committee, headed by UW graduate Edmond Meany, was created to find a new campus to better serve the growing student population and faculty. The committee eventually selected a site on the northeast of downtown Seattle, called Union Bay, and the legislature appropriated funds for its purchase and construction. In 1895, the University relocated to the new campus by moving into the newly built Denny Hall. The University Regents tried and failed to sell the old campus, eventually settling with leasing the area. This would later become one of the University's most valuable pieces of real estate in modern-day Seattle, generating millions in annual revenue with what is now called the Metropolitan Tract. The original Territorial University building was torn down in 1908, and its former site now houses the Fairmont Olympic Hotel. The sole-surviving remnants of Washington's first building are four 24-foot (7.3 m), white, hand-fluted cedar, Ionic columns. They were salvaged by Edmond S. Meany, one of the University's first graduates and former head of its history department. Meany and his colleague, Dean Herbert T. Condon, dubbed the columns as "Loyalty," "Industry," "Faith", and "Efficiency", or "LIFE." The columns now stand in the Sylvan Grove Theater.[13]

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
on the UW campus toward Mount Rainier in 1909.

20th century expansion[edit] Organizers of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition
eyed the still largely undeveloped campus as a prime setting for their world's fair. They came to an agreement with Washington's Board of Regents that allowed them to use the campus grounds for the exposition, surrounding today's Drumheller Fountain
Drumheller Fountain
facing towards Mount Rainier. In exchange, organizers agreed Washington would take over the campus and its development after the fair's conclusion. This arrangement led to a detailed site plan and several new buildings, prepared in part by John Charles Olmsted. The plan was later incorporated into the overall UW campus master plan, permanently affecting the campus layout. Both World Wars brought the military to campus, with certain facilities temporarily loaned to the federal government. Regardless, subsequent post-war periods were times of dramatic growth for the University.[14] The period between the wars saw a significant expansion on the upper campus. Construction of the Liberal Arts Quadrangle, known to students as "The Quad," began in 1916 and continued to 1939. The University's architectural centerpiece, Suzzallo Library, was built in 1926 and expanded in 1935. After World War II, further growth came with the G.I. Bill. Among the most important developments of this period was the opening of the School of Medicine in 1946, now consistently ranked as the top medical school in the United States. It would eventually also led to the University of Washington Medical Center, ranked by U.S. News and World Report
U.S. News and World Report
to be among the top ten hospitals in the nation.

Aerial view of campus, circa 1922.

During this era, many Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
were sent away to internment camps along the west coast, as part of Executive Order 9066
Executive Order 9066
following the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Many Japanese American students and "soon-to-be" graduates were unable to receive diplomas, or be recognized for accomplishments at the University, until Washington's commemoration ceremony for the Japanese Americans
Japanese Americans
entitled The Long Journey Home, in May 2008. From 1958-1973, the University of Washington
University of Washington
saw tremendous growth in students, faculties, operating budget, and prestige under leadership of Charles Odegaard. UW student enrollment had more than doubled to 34,000 as the baby boom generation came of age. However, this era was also marked by high levels of student activism, as was the case at many American universities. Much of the unrest focused around civil rights and opposition to the Vietnam War.[15][16] In response to anti- Vietnam War
Vietnam War
protests by the late 1960s, the University Safety and Security Division became the University of Washington
University of Washington
Police Department.[17] Odegaard instituted a vision of building a "community of scholars", convincing the Washington State legislatures to increase their investments towards the University. Washington senators, such as Henry M. Jackson and Warren G. Magnuson, also used their political clout to build research funds for UW. The results included an operating budget increase of $37 million in 1958 to over $400 million in 1973, and solidified UW as a top recipients of federal research funds in the United States
United States
even today. Establishment of technology giants such as Microsoft, Boeing
Boeing
and Amazon near UW has also proved to be highly influential, not only improving graduate prospects,[18][19] but also helping to attract millions of dollars in university and research funding through its extensive list of distinguished faculty and alumni network.[20]

A view of Mount Rainier
Mount Rainier
from Drumheller Fountain.

21st century[edit] In 1990, the University of Washington
University of Washington
opened additional campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. Although originally intended for students who have already completed two years of higher education, both schools have transitioned into four-year, degree-granting universities. The first freshman class for these campuses came in the fall of 2006, and both campuses now offer a selection of master's degree programs as well. In 2012, the University began exploring plans and governmental approval to expand the main Seattle
Seattle
campus, which includes significant increases in student housing, teaching facilities for the growing student body and faculty, as well as expanded public transit options. The UW station, completed in March 2015 with six months ahead of schedule and $150 million under budget,[21] connects Seattle's Capitol Hill to the UW Husky
Husky
Stadium within 5 minutes of rail travel time.[22] It represents a previously unavailable option of transportation into and out of the campus, designed specifically to reduce dependence on private vehicles, bicycles and local King County buses.

The Quad, a core fixture of the campus, is lined with Yoshino cherry trees.

Campus[edit] Main article: Campus of the University of Washington UW's main campus is situated on the shores of Union and Portage Bays, with views of the Cascade Range
Cascade Range
to the east, and the Olympic Mountains to the west. The site encompasses 703 acres (2.84 km2) bounded by 15th Avenue N.E. on the west, by N.E. 45th Street on the north, by Montlake Boulevard N.E. on the east, and by N.E. Pacific Street on the south. Red Square is the heart of the campus, surrounded by landmark buildings such as Suzzallo Library, the Broken Obelisk, and the statue of George Washington. It functions as the central hub for students, and hosts a variety of events annually. University Way, known locally as "The Ave", lies nearby and is a focus for much student life at the university.

The university's landmark reading room, inside Suzzallo Library.

East Campus[edit] The East Campus area stretches east of Montlake Boulevard to Laurelhurst and is largely taken up by wetlands and Huskies sports facilities and recreation fields, including Husky
Husky
Stadium, Hec Edmundson Pavilion, and Husky
Husky
Ballpark. The area northeast of the sports facilities is occupied by components of the UW Botanic Gardens, including the Union Bay Natural Area, the UW Farm, and the Center for Urban Horticulture. Further east is the Ceramic and Metal Arts Building and Laurel Village, which provides family housing for registered full-time students. East Campus is also the location of the UW light rail station. South Campus[edit] South Campus occupies the land between Pacific Street and the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The land was previously the site of the University Golf Course but was given up to construct a building for the School of Medicine.[23] Today, South Campus is the location of UW's health sciences and natural sciences facilities, including the UW Medical Center and the Magnuson Health Sciences Center as well as locations for instruction and research in oceanography, bioengineering, biology, genome sciences, hydraulics, and comparative medicine. West Campus[edit] West Campus consists of mainly modernist structures located on city streets, and stretches between 15th Avenue and Interstate 5
Interstate 5
from the Ship Canal, to N.E. 41st Street. It is home to the College of Built Environments, School of Social Work, Fishery Sciences Building, UW Police Department as well as many of the University's residence halls and apartments. Organization and administration[edit] See also: President of the University of Washington
President of the University of Washington
and Board of Regents of the University of Washington

The Gothic-revival Gerberding Hall
Gerberding Hall
houses offices, including that of the President and Provost.

Governance[edit] University of Washington's President Ana Mari Cauce
Ana Mari Cauce
was selected by the Board of Regents, effective October 13, 2015.[24] She was the Interim President prior to her appointment, fulfilling the position left vacant the previous President Michael K. Young when he was announced to be Texas A&M University's next President on February 3, 2015. [25] Phyllis Wise, who had served at UW as Provost and Executive Vice President, and as Interim President for a year, was named the Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in August 2011.[26] The University is governed by ten Regents, one of whom is a student. Its most notable former regent is likely William H. Gates, Sr., the father of Bill Gates. The undergraduate student government is the Associated Students of the University of Washington
Associated Students of the University of Washington
(ASUW) and the graduate student government is the Graduate and Professional Student Senate (GPSS). Sustainability[edit] Environmental sustainability has long been a major focus of the University's Board of Regents and Presidents. In February 2006, the UW joined a partnership with Seattle
Seattle
City Light as part of their Green Up Program, ensuring that all of Seattle
Seattle
campus' electricity is supplied by and purchased from renewable sources.[27] In 2010, then UW President Emmert furthered the University's efforts with a host of other universities across the U.S., and signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.[28] UW created a Climate Action Team,[29] as well as an Environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee (ESAC) which keeps track of UW's greenhouse gas emissions and carbon footprint.[30] Policies were enacted with environmental stewardship in mind, and institutional support was provided to assist with campus sustainability.[31] Additionally, UW's Student Housing and Food Services (HFS) office has dedicated several million dollars annually towards locally produced, organic, and natural foods. HFS also seized the use of styrofoam containers on-campus, and instead opted for compostable cups, plates, utensils, and packaging whenever possible. New residence halls planned for 2020 are also expected to meet silver or gold LEED standards.[32] Overall, the University of Washington
University of Washington
was one of several universities to receive the highest grade, "A-", on the Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card in 2011.[33] The University was one of 15 Overall College Sustainability Leaders, among the 300 institutions surveyed.[34] Academics and research[edit]

University rankings

National

ARWU[35] 11

Forbes[36] 79

U.S. News & World Report[37] 56

Washington Monthly[38] 8

Global

ARWU[39] 13

QS[40] 61

Times[41] 25

U.S. News & World Report[42] 10

The University offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through its 140 departments, themselves organized into various colleges and schools.[43] It also continues to operate a Transition School and Early Entrance Program on campus, which first began in 1977.[44] Rankings and reputation[edit] UW is a globally recognized flagship university, as reflected in its strong performance across global rankings. It has been listed as a "Public Ivy" in Greene's Guides since 2001,[45] and is an elected member of the American Association of Universities.[46] Among the faculty by 2012, there have been 151 members of American Association for the Advancement of Science, 68 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 67 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 53 members of the Institute of Medicine, 29 winners of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, 21 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 15 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators, 15 MacArthur Fellows, 9 winners of the Gairdner Foundation International Award, 5 winners of the National Medal of Science, 7 Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
laureates, 5 winners of Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research, 4 members of the American Philosophical Society, 2 winners of the National Book Award, 2 winners of the National Medal of Arts, 2 Pulitzer Prize
Pulitzer Prize
winners, 1 winner of the Fields Medal, and 1 member of the National Academy of Public Administration. [47][48][49] UW students include 136 Fulbright Scholars, 35 Rhodes Scholars, 7 Marshall Scholars
Marshall Scholars
and 4 Gates Cambridge Scholars. [50] The Academic Ranking of World Universities
Academic Ranking of World Universities
(ARWU) has consistently ranked UW as one of the top 20 universities worldwide every year since its first release.[51] In 2017, UW ranked 13th worldwide out of 500 by the ARWU, 25th worldwide out of 981 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and 26th worldwide out of 101 in the Times World Reputation Rankings.[52] Meanwhile, QS World University Rankings ranked it 61st worldwide, out of over 900. U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities ranked UW as top 10th worldwide, out of 1,000 in 2018. Nationally, UW's undergraduate program was tied for 56th out of 310, and among public universities was tied for 18th out of 133. As for graduate programs, UW was ranked as follows in 2017:

Best in primary care and family medicine, 2nd best in library and information sciences and clinical psychology, 3rd best in social work and biostatistics, 4th best in public affairs, 6th best in computer science, nursing and public health

Other nationally competitive UW graduate programs include statistics at 7th, pharmacy and education at 9th, engineering at 25th, business at 27th, and law at 30th — also referred to as a competitive "Tier 1" school.[53] As for other rankings: In 2010, Top American Research Universities, published by The Center for Measuring University Performance of Arizona State University, ranked the University of Washington
University of Washington
11th among the top 50 American universities.[54] In 2011, UW was ranked 8th globally among 2,000 universities in University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) published by Middle East Technical University.[55] Top 200 Colleges and Universities in the World, published by 4 international colleges and universities, ranked UW at 8th globally in 2012.[56] In 2017, the Leiden Ranking, which focuses on science and the impact of scientific publications among the world's 500 major universities, ranked UW 12th globally and 5th in the US.[57][58] Washington is also recognized in more specific domains. In 2012, the Wall Street Journal's SmartMoney
SmartMoney
named UW 6th best in salary returns on tuition.[59] In 2014, Kiplinger magazine's "Best Values in Public Colleges" named UW 11th for in-state students, and 28th for out-of-state students.[60] In 2012, the U.S. Peace Corps
Peace Corps
ranked UW 2nd among large U.S. universities, based on the number of undergraduate alumni serving as volunteers.[61] In the Washington Monthly
Washington Monthly
National University Rankings, UW was ranked 8th domestically in 2017.[62] Admissions[edit]

The University's undergraduate admissions process is rated 91/99 by the Princeton Review
Princeton Review
meaning highly selective,[63][64] and is classified "more selective" by the U.S. News & World Report.[65] For Fall 2016, 19,733 were accepted out of 43,517 applications.[66] Among the 6,475 admitted freshman students who then officially enrolled for Fall 2016, SAT
SAT
scores averaged 1840. More specifically, the middle 50% ranged from 610-700 for evidence-based reading and writing, and 600–740 for math.[66][67] ACT composite scores for the middle 50% ranged from 26–32, out of 36.[66] The middle 50% of admitted GPA ranged from 3.68–3.94, typically out of 4.0.[66] Research[edit] University of Washington
University of Washington
research budget passed its $1.0 billion milestone in 2012,[68] and endowments reached almost $3.0 billion by 2016.[69] As a large flagship university, UW's research budget consistently ranks among the top 5 in both public and private universities in the United States.[70][71] UW is also the largest recipient of federal research funding among public universities, and 2nd among all public and private universities in the country: a position held since 1974.[72] To promote equal academic opportunity, especially for people of low income, UW launched Husky
Husky
Promise in 2006. Families of income up to 65 percent of state median income or 235 percent of federal poverty level are eligible. With this, up to 30 percent of undergraduate students may be eligible. The cut-off income level that UW set is the highest in the nation, making top quality education available to more people. Then UW President, Mark Emmert, simply said that being "elitist is not in our DNA".[73][74] "Last year, the University of Washington
University of Washington
moved to a more comprehensive approach [to admissions], in which the admissions staff reads the entire application and looks at grades within the context of the individual high school, rather than relying on computerized cutoffs."[75] UW was the host university of ResearchChannel
ResearchChannel
program (now defunct), the only TV channel in the United States
United States
dedicated solely for the dissemination of research from academic institutions and research organizations.[76] Participation of ResearchChannel
ResearchChannel
included 36 universities, 15 research organizations, two corporate research centers and many other affiliates.[77] In 2014, teams from the University of Washington
University of Washington
School of Oceanography and the UW Applied Physics Laboratory successfully completed construction of the first high-power underwater cabled observatory in the United States. Student life[edit]

Demographics of student body (Spring 2014)[78][79]

Student Body Washington U.S. Census

African American 3.42% 3.6% 12.0%

Asian American 22.8% 7.2% 4.7%

White American 48.0% 72.5% 63.7%

Hispanic American 6.4% 4.8% 16.3%

Native American 1.3% 1.5% 0.7%

International student 14.3% N/A N/A

Other/Unknown 3.1% 5.2% 2.4%

University of Washington
University of Washington
had 46,081 total enrollments as of Autumn 2016, making it the largest university on the west coast by student population in spite of its selective admissions process.[80] It also boasts one of the most diverse student bodies within the US, with 33% of its undergraduate students being members of minority groups.[81][82] Organizations[edit]

The Husky
Husky
Union Building, one of many facilities for student resources.

Registered groups[edit] The University of Washington
University of Washington
boasts over 800 active Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), one of the largest networks of any universities in the world. RSOs are dedicated to a wide variety of interests both in and beyond campus. Some of these interest areas include academic focus groups, cultural exchanges, environmental activities, Greek life, political/social action, religious discussions, sports, international student gatherings by country, and STEM-specific events. Prominent examples are:

The Dream Project: "The Dream Project teaches UW students to mentor first-generation and low-income students in King County high schools as they navigate the complex college-admissions process."[83] The Rural Health Education (RHE): Promotes health in rural areas of Washington state through health fairs. Volunteers include students from a variety of backgrounds including: medical, pharmacy, and dentistry. Health professionals from the Greater Seattle
Seattle
area also actively participate. Students Expressing Environmental Concern (SEED): partially funded by UW's Housing and Food Services (HFS) office to promote environmental sustainability, and reduce the university's carbon footprint. Student Philanthropy Education Program: Partnered with the UW's nonprofit, the UW Foundation, this group focuses on promoting awareness of philanthropy's importance through major events on campus. UW Delta Delta Sigma Pre-Dental Society (DDS): This is a club dedicated to serving pre-dental students and it provides a forum for discussion of dental related topics.[84] UW Earth Club: The Earth Club is interested in promoting the expression of environmental attitudes and consciousness through specialized events. UW Farm: The UW farm grows crops on campus and advocates urban farming in the UW community. GlobeMed at UW: a student-run non-profit organization that works to educate about global poverty and its effect on health. The UW chapter is a part of a national network of chapters, each partnering with a grassroots organization at home or abroad. GlobeMed at UW is partnered with The MINDS Foundation
The MINDS Foundation
which supports education about and treatment for mental illness in rural India. UW Sierra Student Coalition: SSC is dedicated to many larger environmental issues on campus and providing related opportunities to students. Washington Public Interest Research Group (WashPIRG): WashPIRG engages students in a variety of activism causes, including environmental projects on campus and the community.[85]

UW Tower, a conference space and administrative building.

Student government[edit] Main article: Associated Students of the University of Washington The Associated Students of the University of Washington
Associated Students of the University of Washington
(ASUW) is one of two Student Governments at the University of Washington, the other being the Graduate and Professional Student Senate. It is funded and supported by student fees, and provides services that directly and indirectly benefit them. The ASUW employs over 72 current University of Washington students, has over 500 volunteers, and spends $1.03 million annually to provide services and activities to the student body of 43,000 on campus.[86] The Student Senate was established in 1994 as a division of the Associated Students of the University of Washington. Student Senate is one of two official student governed bodies and provides a broad-based discussion of issues. Currently, the ASUW Student Senate has a legislative body of over 150 senators representing a diverse set of interests on and off campus.[87] The ASUW was incorporated in the State of Washington on April 20, 1906.[88] On April 30, 1932 the ASUW assisted in the incorporation of the University Bookstore[89] which has been in continuous operation at the same location on University Way for over 70 years. The ASUW Experimental College, part of the ASUW, was created in 1968 by several University of Washington
University of Washington
students seeking to provide the campus and surrounding community with a selection of classes not offered on the university curriculum.[90] Publication[edit] Main article: The Daily of the University of Washington The student newspaper is The Daily of the University of Washington, usually referred to as The Daily. It is an award-winning publication, and is the second largest daily in Seattle. The Daily is published every day classes are in session during fall, winter and spring quarters, as well as weekly during summer quarters. In 2010, The Daily launched a half-hour weekly television magazine show, "The Daily's Double Shot," on UWTV
UWTV
Channel 27. Today, UW continues to disseminate knowledge through its proprietary UWTV
UWTV
channel, online and printed publications.[91] Specific faculties also produce their own publications for students and alumni. University Support[edit] UW offers many services for its students and alumni, beyond the standard offered by most colleges and universities. Its "Student Life" division houses 16 departments and offices that serve students directly and indirectly, including those below and overseen by Vice President and Vice Provost.

Career Center Counseling Center Department of Recreational Sports (IMA) Disability Resource Center Fraternity and Sorority Life Health and Wellness Programs Housing and Food Services Office of Ceremonies Office of the University Registrar Student Admissions Student Activities and Union Facilities Student Financial Aid Student Legal Services Student Publications (The Daily) Campus Police[92]

Housing[edit] Main article: Housing at the University of Washington The University operates one of the largest campuses of any higher education institutions in the world. Despite so, growing faculty and student count has strained the regional housing supply as well as transportation facilities. Starting in 2012, UW began taking active measures to explore, plan and enact a series of campus policies to manage the annual growth. In addition to new buildings, parking and light rail stations, new building construction and renovations have been scheduled to take place through 2020.[93] The plan includes the construction of three six-story residence halls and two apartment complexes in the west section of campus, near the existing Terry and Lander Halls, in Phase I, the renovation of six existing residence halls in Phase II, and additional new construction in Phase III. The projects will result in a net gain of approximately 2,400 beds. The Residence Hall Student Association (student government for the halls) is the second largest student organization on campus and helps plan fun events in the halls. For students, faculty, and staff looking to live off-campus, they may also explore Off-Campus Housing Affairs.[94] The Greek System at UW has also been a prominent part of student culture for more than 115 years. It is made up of two organizational bodies, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) and the Panhellenic Association. The IFC looks over 34 fraternities with 1900+ members and Panhellenic consists of 19 sororities and 1900 members. The school has additional Greek organizations that do not offer housing and are primarily special interest. Disability Resources[edit] In addition to the University of Washington's Disability Resources for Students (DRS) office, there is also a campus-wide DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center program that assists educational institutions to fully integrate all students, including those with disabilities, into academic life. DO-IT includes a variety of initiatives, such as the DO-IT Scholars Program, and provides information on the 'universal' design of educational facilities for students of all levels of physical and mental ability.[95] These design programs aim to reduce systemic barriers which could otherwise hinder the performance of some students, and may also be applied to other professional organizations and conferences.[96] Athletics[edit] Main article: Washington Huskies UW students, sports teams, and alumni are called Washington Huskies, and often referred to metonymically as "Montlake," due to the campus's location on Montlake Boulevard N.E.[97] (although the traditional bounds of the Montlake neighborhood do not extend north of the Montlake Cut
Montlake Cut
to include the campus.) The husky was selected as the school mascot by the student committee in 1922, which replaced the "Sun Dodger", an abstract reference to the local weather. The University participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I-A, and in the Pac-12 Conference. The football team is traditionally competitive, having won the 1960 and 1991 national title, to go along with eight Rose Bowl victories and an Orange Bowl title. From 1907 to 1917, Washington football teams were unbeaten in 64 consecutive games, an NCAA record.[98] Tailgating by boat has been a Husky
Husky
Stadium tradition since 1920 when the stadium was first built on the shores of Lake Washington. The Apple Cup
Apple Cup
game is an annual game against cross-state rival Washington State University that was first contested in 1900 with UW leading the all-time series, 65 wins to 31 losses and 6 ties. College Football Hall of Fame member Don James is a former head coach.

The Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Hec Edmundson Pavilion
hosts basketball and volleyball events.

The men's basketball team has been moderately successful, though recently the team has enjoyed a resurgence under coach Lorenzo Romar. With Romar as head coach, the team has been to six NCAA tournaments (2003–2004, 2004–2005, 2005–2006, 2008–2009, 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 seasons), 2 consecutive top 16 (sweet sixteen) appearances, and secured a No. 1 seed in 2005. On December 23, 2005, the men's basketball team won their 800th victory in Hec Edmundson Pavilion, the most wins for any NCAA team in its current arena. Rowing is a longstanding tradition at the University of Washington dating back to 1901. The Washington men's crew gained international prominence by winning the gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics
1936 Summer Olympics
in Berlin, defeating the German and Italian crews much to the dismay of Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
who was in attendance.[99] In 1958, the men's crew deepened their legend with a shocking win over Leningrad Trud's world champion rowers at the Moscow Cup, resulting in the first American sporting victory on Soviet soil,[100][101] and certainly the first time a Russian crowd gave any American team a standing ovation during the Cold War.[102] The men's crew have won 46 national titles[103] (15 Intercollegiate Rowing Association, 1 National Collegiate Rowing Championship), 15 Olympic gold medals, two silver and five bronze. The women have 10 national titles and two Olympic gold medals. In 1997, the women's team won the NCAA championship.[103] The Husky
Husky
men are the 2015 national champions. Recent national champions include the softball team (2009), the men's rowing team (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2007), NCAA Division I women's cross country team (2008), and the women's volleyball team (2005). Individually, Scott Roth was the 2011 NCAA men's Outdoor Pole Vault and 2011 & 2010 NCAA men's Indoor Pole Vault
Pole Vault
champion. James Lepp was the 2005 NCAA men's golf champion. Ryan Brown (men's 800 meters) and Amy Lia (women's 1500 meters) won individual titles at the 2006 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Brad Walker was the 2005 NCAA men's Outdoor and Indoor Pole Vault
Pole Vault
champion. The University has an extensive series of sports facilities, including but not limited to the Husky
Husky
Stadium (football, track and field), the Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Hec Edmundson Pavilion
(basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics), Husky
Husky
Ballpark (baseball), Husky
Husky
Softball Stadium, The Bill Quillian Tennis Stadium, The Nordstrom
Nordstrom
Tennis Center, Dempsey Indoor (Indoor track and field, football) and the Conibear Shellhouse
Conibear Shellhouse
(rowing). The golf team plays at the Washington National Golf Club and until recently, the swimming team called the Weyerhaeuser
Weyerhaeuser
Aquatic Center and the Husky
Husky
pool home. The University discontinued its men's and women's swim teams on May 1, 2009, due to budget cuts.[104] Husky
Husky
Stadium[edit]

The rebuilt Husky
Husky
Stadium, in 2016.

Main article: Husky
Husky
Stadium The rebuilt Husky
Husky
Stadium is the first and primary source of income for the completely remodeled athletic district. The major remodel consisted of a new grand concourse, underground light-rail station which opened on March 19, 2016,[105] an enclosed west end design, replacement of bleachers with individual seating, removal of track and Huskytron, as well as the installation of a new press box section, private box seating, football offices, permanent seating in the east end zone that does not block the view of Lake Washington. The project also included new and improved amenities, concession stands, and bathrooms throughout. The cost for renovating the stadium was around $280 million, and was designed for a slightly lower seating capacity than its previous design, now at 70,138 seats. Besides hosting national and regional football games, the Husky Stadium is also used by the University for its annual Commencement event, departmental ceremonies, and other events. Husky
Husky
Stadium is one of several places that may have been the birthplace of the crowd phenomenon known as "The Wave". It is claimed that the wave was invented by Husky
Husky
graduate Robb Weller and UW band director Bill Bissel in October 1981, for an afternoon game facing opponents from Stanford University. Mascot[edit] Main article: Harry the Husky The University of Washington's costumed mascot is Harry the Husky. "Harry the Husky" performs at sporting and special events, and a live Alaskan Malamute, currently named Dubs, has traditionally led the UW football team onto the field at the start of games. The school colors of purple and gold were adopted in 1892 by student vote. The choice was inspired by the first stanza of Lord Byron's The Destruction of Sennacherib:[106][107]

     The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,      And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;      And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,      When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.

The costumed mascot, Harry the Husky, at a basketball game.

Additionally, the University has also hosted a long line of Alaskan Malamutes as mascots. The dogs were originally cared for by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity; This arrangement was followed by a 49-year tradition (1959–2008) of care by the Cross family (a UW professor, followed by his son). The 13 dogs thus far are as follows:

Frosty I (1922–29) Frosty II (1930–36) Wasky (1946) Wasky II (1947–53) Ski (1954–57) Denali (1958) King Chinook (1959–68) Regent Denali (1969–80) Sundodger (1981–91) King Redoubt (1992–97) Prince Redoubt (1998) Spirit (1999–2008) Dubs (2009–2019) Dubs II (2019- )

School songs[edit] The University of Washington
University of Washington
Husky
Husky
Marching Band performs at many Husky
Husky
sporting events including all football games. The band was founded in 1929, and today it is a cornerstone of Husky
Husky
spirit. The band marches using a traditional high step, and it is one of only a few marching bands left in the United States
United States
to do so. Like many college bands, the Husky
Husky
band has several traditional songs that it has played for decades, including the official fight songs "Bow Down to Washington" and "Tequila", as well as fan-favorite "Africano". Notable alumni and faculty[edit] Main article: List of University of Washington
University of Washington
people Notable alumni of the University of Washington
University of Washington
include U.S. Olympic rower Joe Rantz (1936); architect Minoru Yamasaki
Minoru Yamasaki
(1934); US Senator Henry M. Jackson
Henry M. Jackson
(JD 1935); Baskin & Robbins co-founder Irv Robbins (1939); former actor, The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
columnist and TCM host Robert Osborne
Robert Osborne
(1954); glass artist Dale Chihuly
Dale Chihuly
(BA 1965); Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson
Marilynne Robinson
(PhD 1977), martial artist Bruce Lee; saxophonist Kenny G
Kenny G
(1978); MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe (1988); actor Tom Choi (BA, Drama); and actor and comedian Joel McHale
Joel McHale
(1995, MFA 2000). In film[edit]

1965: The Slender Thread
The Slender Thread
directed by Sydney Pollack 1979: The Changeling, directed by Peter Medak[108] 1983: WarGames, directed by John Badham[109] 1992: Singles, directed by Cameron Crowe[110] 1997: Prefontaine, directed by Steve James 1997: The Sixth Man, directed by Randall Miller[111] 1999: 10 Things I Hate About You, directed by Gil Junger[112] 2004: What the Bleep Do We Know: Down the Rabbit Hole, directed by William Arntz[113] 2007: Dan in Real Life, directed by Peter Hedges[114] 2013: 21 and Over, directed by Jon Lucas[115] 2016: The Boys of 36, directed by Margaret Grossi

See also[edit]

Seattle
Seattle
portal Washington portal University portal

Friday Harbor Laboratories Internationales Kulturinstitut List of forestry universities and colleges Manastash Ridge Observatory Theodor Jacobsen Observatory University of Washington
University of Washington
Educational Outreach University of Washington
University of Washington
firebombing incident Washington Escarpment
Washington Escarpment
- escarpment in Antartica named for the University

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