University of Washington

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The University of Washington (UW, commonly called U-Dub) is a public research university, founded in 1861 in Seattle, Washington, United States. UW is the largest university in the Northwestern United States and one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. The university has three campuses, with its largest campus in the University District, Seattle and two other campuses Tacoma and Bothell. Its operating budget for fiscal year 2005 was $3.1 billion.[3] The UW occupies over 500 buildings, with over 20 million gross square footage of space, including the latest University of Washington Plaza consisting 325 ft- 22 story UW Tower & conference center.

In 2010, the University of Washington was ranked 16th worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities,[4] 23rd worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings[5] and 55th worldwide by the QS World University Rankings.[6] The university was also ranked 41st among "national universities" by U.S. News and World Report.[7] UW is considered a Public Ivy institution.[8][9]

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