Note: The contents of this guide are subject to change at any time, and course equivalencies are contingent upon the curriculae of both the college and the University of Washington.
Top 10 Questions
What exercise and fitness opportunities are available to students?
Free to students, the UW has an amazing Intramural Activities (IMA) building located north of Husky Stadium.
In additional to magnificent views of Lake Washington and the mountains, the IMA includes:
- Six tons of workout machines
- Indoor jogging track
- Swimming Pool
- Squash, tennis, & racquetball courts
- Climbing facility with 5,800 sq ft. of climbing surfaces
- Students can also participate in more than 50 club (including tae kwon do, lacrosse, sailing, and Ultimate Frisbee) and intramural (including bowling, badminton, and flag football) sports at the IMA.
How safe is the UW campus?
For a small city of 60,000 -- 40,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff -- within the larger city of Seattle, the UW campus is an extremely safe place to be. The UW compares favorably with other urban universities.
The University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) is one of only 47 university or college police departments nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. It employs 53 police officers who are fully commissioned by the State of Washington and have the same authority as other law enforcement officers. UWPD has primary responsibility for law enforcement on the campus and works closely with the Seattle Police Department and other law enforcement agencies throughout Washington State.
Officers patrol the campus on a 24-hour basis and staff a detective division, a traffic unit, the Residence Hall Patrol, a unit specifically assigned to the residence halls, and a Crime Prevention Unit which offers a variety of programs and services on personal and property protection to the campus community.
The UW is committed to Safe Campus principles.
I am interested in studying abroad. What opportunities are available at the UW?
Truly a life-altering experience, the UW offers the largest study abroad program on the West Coast, with more than 1,200 undergraduates choosing among 350 program options to 60 different countries every year.
No longer just for language majors, students in just about any academic program can participate. Programs last anywhere from a few weeks to an entire academic year. Financial aid, scholarships, insurance, etc. often remain intact for those students who desire to go abroad.