Founded in 1861, the University of Washington’s internationally acclaimed faculty includes five Nobel Laureates and the winner of the 1990 National Book Award for fiction. Washington is part of an elite group of research universities whose contributions to American life are unique because they generate the basic knowledge upon which practical innovations are based.
For more than 30 years, the university has been among the country’s top five institutions in the dollar value of federal research grants and contracts awarded to its faculty. Total grant and contract activity for 2007 exceeded one billion dollars. About 75 percent of the university’s grant and contract funds come from federal agencies. Research contributes directly to the educational goals of graduate and professional students, as well as to those of undergraduates. Beyond its academic and service missions, the UW has a strong economic impact on Washington and the Pacific Northwest. With about 19,000 employees, Washington is the second largest employer in King County. Washington operates the University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center, which annually provide more than 200,000 days of patient care and record more than 300,000 visits to their outpatient clinics.
The University of Washington in Seattle is located on 703 acres in the city’s northeast residential area, a beautiful setting on the shore of Lake Washington and Portage Bay. The majestic Cascade Mountains can be seen to the east, while the western view includes downtown Seattle and Lake Union. The combination of this spectacular setting with buildings in both neo-Gothic and modern styles gives the campus a distinctive aura.