School Spotlight: University of Washington

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: University of Washington 
Seattle, WA

With over 180 majors, more than 1,000 active student organizations, and $102 million available in scholarships and grants, there are serious advantages to attending the University of Washington. Fascinated by environmental science? You can major in everything from oceanography to wildlife conservation. Is engineering more your cup of tea? Why not pursue a degree in aeronautics & astronautics or industrial engineering? Artists, too, can develop their creativity in programs such as ethnomusicology and visual communication design. Given its prime location just north of downtown Seattle, UW offers its 32,500 undergraduates abundant opportunities for experiential learning. Through community engagement programs, students can explore public service by volunteering at local non-profits, attending personal development workshops, and enrolling in service learning coursework. Previous service-learning course options have included “Geography of Food and Eating” and “Philosophy of Human Rights.” And what about those 1,000 clubs? Whether your tastes are traditional (golf club), eclectic (historical role playing club), or somewhere in between (tango club), it’s never hard to find interesting diversions on campus. Fun fact: all admitted U.S. citizens who are non-WA residents are automatically considered for the merit-based Purple & Gold Scholarships.

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Written by Emily Toffelmire
Emily Toffelmire is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Prior to joining College Coach, Emily worked as an admissions officer at University of Southern California as well as a college counselor at high schools in the US and Thailand. Visit our website to learn more about Emily Toffelmire.