University of Washington (UW)

Founded in 1861, The University of Washington is one of the oldest public universities on the West Coast. UW is a multi-campus university with locations in Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma. Through its 16 schools and colleges, UW offers over 250 degree programs. Classes are offered for many interests: Biology, Architecture, Communication, Mathematics and much more. UW also offers classes in American Ethnic Studies. This department is steadfast to the production and communication of knowledge on key issues and aspects of race and ethnicity. The AES department focuses on four areas of study: African American, Chicano, Asian and Comparative AES. Beyond the classroom, students can be active on campus through the numerous student groups and organizations.  UW has all of the National Pan-Hellenic Council fraternities and sororities and other groups designed specifically for African-American students. Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, Collaboration, Innovation and Respect are the core values that UW set to educate its students to be conscientious future leaders.

Location: Seattle, WA

Type of University: Four-year, public research university

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State: $4,121

     • Out-of-State: $9,972

Size: 42,000+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 3%

Percentage of Men: 48%

Percentage of Women: 52%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 13:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences; Built Environments; Business; Dentistry; Education; Engineering; Environment; Graduate; Information; Law; Medicine; Nursing; Pharmacy; Public Affairs; Public Health; Social Work

Housing: On-campus housing provided: residence halls, apartment-style, family housing


Greek: Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Kappa Alpha Psi, Iota Phi Theta

     • Others: Black Student Union, Black Law Students Association, Association of Black Business Students

City Life: Museums, art galleries, film festivals, outdoor art parks, waterfront shopping, dining, arcades