University of washington  seattle  washington   united states
US News Ranking 26
Qsranking 85
Timesranking 57

Brief background: 

The University of Washington was established in 1861. It is a public research university that is often labeled as a part of the Public Ivies. In fact, it is one of the world’s finest public universities and has been ranked as the 10th best University in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s 2015 rankings. University of Washington’s research budget has consistently been ranked among the top 5 in the country - both public and private universities. 

The University offers various bachelors, master's and doctoral degrees through its 140 departments through schools such as the Michael G. Foster School of Business, the School of Medicine, the School of Law, the College of Engineering, the College of Education, and the School of Nursing. 


The University of Washington ranking is #72 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The institute is ranked 29th in the World University Rankings 2021 by the Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

Acceptance Rate

The University of Washington acceptance rate is usually around 52% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 38% historically.


The University of Washington is located in Seattle and its campus is spread across 20 million square feet. The infrastructure of the University of Washington is top-notch and the campus is dotted with more than 500 brick buildings. With 26 University libraries, the University of Washington has the largest library systems in the world. The campus is also home to numerous top-notch lecture halls, museums, art centers, laboratories, conference centers, and stadiums. A number of restaurants, pizza parlors, cafes, and coffee joints are also located inside the campus. 

Residing Options:

The University of Washington offers on-campus accommodation to its students and has a number of residence halls for this. However, many students, especially graduate students, prefer off-campus housing and can be found in areas such as University Village, Avenue, and Greek area. The living expenses in Seattle are on the higher side and students end up paying between $600 and $1200 per month for rent. 

Faculty and pedagogy:

The University of Washington, being one of the best Universities in the world, has a long list of notable faculty members, many of whom have been Nobel Prize winners, Pulitzer Prize winners as well as Fulbright Scholars, Marshall Scholars, and Rhodes Scholars. 


The University of Washington tuition fees for Indian students is around $30,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $8,000.

Financial aid:

Being a public University, University of Washington gives out many scholarships. However, students need to have an impeccable academic record to get one of these. If a student performs excellently in academics, they can also apply for Teaching Assistantship and research-based jobs. 

Jobs and Placements:

Nearly 70% of the students found placement within 6 months of completing their degree. 10% were found to be seeking employment, while another 19% decided to continue their education.
The average search time for getting employment was about 9.1 weeks. 83% of the students got placed in a career-related position and 17% got placed in a position not related to their careers. 65% of students were employed by a private company while 18% found employment with the government. 17% chose work in the non-profit institutions(figures of 2016-17)
The average salary in the credit-based internships for engineering students (BS and MS) was $28.63 per hour.
66% of students had done at least one paid internship before graduating (BS and MS). The average annual salary for engineering graduates (bachelor’s and master’s) for the year 2016 was $67,626.


The list of the University of Washington notable alumni include names like Co-founder of MySpace Chris DeWolfe, Chairman of Apple Inc. Arthur D. Levinson Co-founder of Baskin and Robbins Irv Robbins. 


The University of Washington is an excellent University for every course. However, it has a low acceptance rate and thus is not popular with Asian students. If you have an exceptional academic record and profile, we suggest you apply here and try your luck. 


The main campus of the University of Washington is located in Seattle. The area in which it is situated is known as the University District. It is nestled between Union Bay and Portage Bay (south), Cascade Range (east) and Olympic Mountains (west). The heart of the campus is known as the Red Square and houses some of the most iconic buildings of the region.
The campus is divided chiefly into 4 parts. The North Campus contains the photogenic University Quadrangle and Red Square. It also houses the most historical buildings of the university. The South Campus lies adjacent to the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The West Campus consists of the buildings designed with modernist architectural principles. The East Campus houses the pavilions, stadiums and sports facilities.
The campus gets its unique ambiance from its historical buildings, natural surroundings and the buzz of the city, that together make it an ideal place for discovery and learning.
The campus is easily accessible by road. More than 60 bus routes in Seattle link to the university and some of them also help in surfing the campus. The light rail stop for the campus is at Husky Stadium from which the campus is just 10 minutes on foot. The nearest airport from the university is the Sea-Tac International Airport which lies about 20 miles south of the university. 24-hour shuttle service connects it to the campus.
The University also has campuses at Bothell and Tacoma in Washington.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 38%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 199
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 51
TA Appointments 268
RA appointments 718
Research funding $153,386,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


William E. Boeing Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (College of Engineering) is a trend-setter in Aerospace Science in the US. It has made a mark for itself by offering the latest courses and training methods in the domain of aerospace engineering education. The faculty’s research interests span the most challenging subfields of the discipline which allows a head-start to their students when they begin their careers as innovators, inventors, and visionaries in the Aerospace industry.

Programs Available: BS (major and minor), MS and Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering; Master of Aerospace Engineering (part-time three years professional).
Key Research Areas: Controls; Fluids; Plasma and Structures.
Research Facilities: Kirsten Wind Tunnel; Low-speed Wind Tunnel and C. Bossart Machine Shop.
Areas of Expertise: Plasma Science; Controls; Fluids; Structures
List of Labs: Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation; Boeing Advanced Research Center (BARC); Plasma Science and Innovation Center


The Department of Chemical Engineering has made a mark for itself by providing top-quality professionals and researchers in the domain of chemical sciences. Training the students for interdisciplinary work has been a hallmark of the department. Continuous upgrading of the courses by an internationally recognized faculty to meet the ever-new challenges in CE research and industry has placed the department amongst the best in the US. The department is guided by a vision of creating knowledge and solutions for a changing world.  

Programs Available: BS, MS [Research track (thesis/non-thesis) and Data Science track], MSE and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
Key Research Areas: Bio-based Systems; Interfacial Engineering; Data Science; Devices; Energy Systems.
Areas of Expertise: Energy Systems; Data Science; Bio-based Systems; Devices; Interfacial Engineering

Civil and Environmental

The UW Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the place where thinking ahead of the times is the norm. It is this approach that has earned the department a distinction of being the leading solution creator in the field of sustainable civil engineering. The department takes pride in inculcating in students a passion for designs that leave minimal impact on the environment, are energy efficient and are aimed at improving the overall quality of urban life. 11 specialized research laboratories, 5 on-campus research centers, and 2 affiliated research centers make the department a prime innovation hub.
The department is also known across the globe for engaging in cutting-edge research in a wide array of environmental sciences areas. By encouraging students to work on the most pressing environmental challenges faced by humanity, it has ensured that its students contribute actively to sustainable futures wherever they work after graduating from the school.

Programs Available: BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering: BS, MS, and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering

Specialization Tracks (MS and Ph.D.): Construction, Energy, and Sustainable Infrastructure; Geotechnical Engineering; Hydrology & Hydrodynamics; Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Transportation Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Environmental Engineering; Geotechnical Engineering; Structural Engineering & Mechanics; Construction Engineering; Hydrology and Hydrodynamics; Transportation Engineering

List of Labs: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC); NHERI RAPID Facility; Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium (PacTrans); Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics (SCTL) Center,  Clean Energy Institute

Computer Science

The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering boasts of a world-renowned faculty that is engaged in research in the emerging areas of computer sciences. By laying focus on strong foundational courses in core CS and project-based learning in the in-demand areas of CS, the school has been able to churn out quality engineers and researchers that have gone on to serve in the leading IT companies across the globe.

Programs Available: BS, BS/MS (5 years combined), MS (professional), Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering.

Areas of Expertise: Big Data; Security and Privacy; Systems and Networking; Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Machine Learning; Computer Graphics, Vision, Animation, and Human-Computer Interaction; Theory of Computation, Computational Biology, and Biological Computing;Software Engineering, Programming Languages, Education Software, Technologies for the Developing World; Computer Architecture and Embedded Systems

List of Labs: NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (ERC/SNE); eScience Institute; Intel Science & Technology Center on Pervasive Computing; Turing Center; Center for Game Science

Electrical and Computer

The UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering gives its students the advantage of working on live-projects to prepare them for careers in the industry after graduating. The department is known for exposing the students to the challenges in the field and encouraging them to work on them with the guidance of its top-quality faculty so that they have the confidence to face the demands of a very competitive world of electrical engineering. About 11 dedicated research centers and 9 on-campus laboratories propel research effort at the department.

Programs Available: BS, BS/MS (5 years combined), MS (thesis), Professional Masters and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: Biosystems; Robotics and Controls; Photonics and Nano Devices; Data Sciences; Computing and Networking; Power and Energy Systems
List of Labs: NSF Northwest Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NWNI) Program an NNCI site; UW BioFab Center; Center for Design of Analog-Digital Integrated Circuits (CDADIC), NSF & Industry Collaboration

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at UW is known for inculcating in its students a spirit of curiosity and creative thinking. It encourages the students to integrate ideas, technologies, and materials from across the engineering and science disciplines to find solutions for safer, efficient and affordable industrial systems and processes. Training the students to create systems that work as an organic unit has been the focus of its internationally recognized faculty. The research facilities in the department include Disaster Data Science Lab; Human and Systems Lab; Human Factors and Statistical Modeling Lab; Scale-independent Multimodal Automated Real-Time Systems Lab.

Programs Available: BS, MS, MEng, and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering; Certificates in Graduate Integrated Systems Engineering and Engineering Leadership
Areas of Expertise: Operations Research; Human Factors & Ergonomics; Applied Statistics & Production Systems

Material Science

The UW Department of Materials Science and Engineering recognizes that the use of right materials can revolutionize technology and human lives. It aims at an in-depth study and research of a wide variety of materials so that they can be analyzed and modified to be used in various industries for multiple purposes. Be it the nano-devices or large infrastructures, the faculty of the department is committed to bringing the best out of its students to design and create materials that become the top-most choice of the industries. Research at the department is backed by 8 specialized research centers and more than a dozen laboratories.

Programs Available: BS, BS (Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering option), BS (honors), MS (applied) and a Ph.D. in Materials Science Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: Biomimetics, Biomaterials & Bionanotechnology; Materials Chemistry, Characterization, Modeling, & Physics; Metals and Alloys; Polymers; Electronic, Optical, & Magnetic Materials; Composite Materials; Ceramic Processing & Ceramic Properties
List of Labs: PNNL/UW Joint Materials Institute

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is known for its rigorous interdisciplinary emphasis. Its faculty has the distinction of designing unique courses for its students so that they remain a step ahead when they compete in the skill-market. Not only high employability, but cutting-edge research makes the department an enticing choice for young talents. Strong industry linkage has helped the department to be a trend-setter with new courses, live-project challenges, and hands-on experience. 5 dedicated research centers and about 25 research labs propel research efforts at the department.

Programs Available: BS in Mechanical Engineering; MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, an MS in Engineering, Online Master of Science in Engineering (Mechanical Science).
Specialization Tracks (MS): Biomechanics; Controls, Mechatronics & Robotics; Design for Environment; Dynamics & Vibrations; Energy; Fluid; Mechanics/Microfluidics; Mechanics, Materials & Manufacturing.
Areas of Expertise: Energy & Environment; Additive Manufacturing; Nanotechnology; Mechatronics; Fluids; Advanced Materials; Health Innovation; Controls & Dynamics
List of Labs: Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC); Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials in Transport (AMTAS); funded by FAA, Boeing; Center for Intelligent Materials and Systems (CIMS)

Jobs and placements 


Annual fees for Indians $30,000
Annual off-campus living $8,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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