The University of Washington (UW) is the largest university in the Northwest. Seattle is the main campus for the university, although there are also campuses in Tacoma and Bothell, plus 50 programs, extensions, and continuing education centers in over 10 countries. There are over 500 buildings on the Seattle campus, which serves more than 92,000 students a year.
The attractive campus attracts visitors from around the world. It is located on the shores of two bays, with mountain views to both the west and the east. Cherry trees with poetic spring blossoms dot the campus. There is a center for visitors on the ground floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Many people come to see museums on campus, including the Burke Museum of natural and cultural history and the Henry Art Gallery.
The university places a strong emphasis on holistic education—the school is committed to the development of “mind, body, purpose, spirit, and meaning”. The objectives of the university include expanding world views, enhancing environmental leadership, advancing the world, and creating healthier lives.