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Rank: 19

University of Washington-Seattle Campus

The flagship Seattle campus of the University of Washington has emerged as one of the world's leading research universities. UW is known for strong social science, business, medical and engineering programs. Because of its proximity to Boeing's manufacturing facilities, the school has a particular expertise in aeronautics and counts many astronauts among its alums. UW has encouraging admissions odds for such a top-rated school: The typical student has SAT scores between 1180 and 1370, and the school accepts about 46% of applicants. Although lower division classes can be large -- in the past, some have had up to 700 students -- undergraduates appear to thrive. About 84% freshmen go on to graduate, which is roughly 12% higher than would be expected given the make-up of the student body, according to MONEY's analysis. The Huskies field 22 Division I sports teams. The football team often gets a bowl invitation, and many others excel, as well. The men's crew team recently won five national championships in a row. In addition to the hundreds of campus clubs, students can enjoy a wide variety of activities in the Seattle area. UW graduates report making an average of $57,300 in their early careers, which is 10% higher than alumni from similar institutions, according to PayScale.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$27,200
% of students who get any grants
44%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$10,800
Average price for low-income students
$7,100
admissions
Acceptance rate
45%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1250/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
38,781
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
77%
% of need met
82%
% of students who get merit* grants
4%
Average merit grant
$6,000
student success
Graduation rate
84%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$57,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
46%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Dec 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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