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Founded in 1990, UW Tacoma is one of the University of Washington’s three campuses. The university serves thousands of students in seven academic divisions, studying in 27 undergraduate and six graduate degree programs. First year students at UW Tacoma enroll in an innovative core program. Students can choose majors that include Education, Information Technology, Computer Science, Social Work, Business, Urban Studies, Nursing, Criminal Justice, Environmental Science, and Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences. UW Tacoma is also constantly academic programs as the number of students grows. This campus boasts numerous interdisciplinary programs and small classes, flexible class schedules, as well as diverse research and service projects. Classes are offered days and nights to accommodate the schedules of its full- and part-time students.

All students have access to the UW multi-campus library system. The university also offers certificate programs in areas such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Nonprofit Management. There are also numerous minors including Health and Society, Hispanic Studies, Human Rights, Law and Policy, Mathematics, and Museum Studies.

Students who are interested in learning about Environmental Studies can benefit from access to Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island; state-of-the-art oceanographic research vessels and equipment; Pack Experimental Forest; and Big Beef Creek Field Station on Hood Canal. The Center for Urban Waters is a community of environmental scientists, engineers, analysts, and policy makers that strive to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to restore and protect the Puget Sound.

There are also diverse study abroad opportunities to exotic countries such as Brazil, Kenya, Argentina, China, Costa Rica, and Germany. Students enrolled at the Tacoma campus can also participate in study abroad programs through the university’s other campuses.

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Students who wish to apply to University of Washington – Tacoma Campus must complete the (online or paper) application form and submit a personal statement. Applicants must also submit an official high school transcript or a GED score report, an official SAT or ACT score report, an AP transcript (if applicable) and letters of recommendation from an academic instructors or faculty member. The deadline for submitting an application is rolling, with a priority deadline in early March. Students who wish to receive priority consideration for scholarships should check the website; an earlier deadline applies. A nonrefundable application fee is also required.

Graduate students, adult students, transfer students, home-schooled students, and international students may need to use different procedures, so they should refer to the university’s website or contact the Office of Admission for more information about the admissions process and application requirements.

Financial Aid

University of Washington – Tacoma Campus offers a wide variety of financial aid programs. More than half of the college’s students receive some form of state, federal, private or institutional financial assistance. The university’s mission is to allow students from all economic backgrounds to attend. The Husky Promise guarantees full tuition and standard fees will be covered by grant or scholarship support for eligible Washington state students. Forms of aid that are available for students at University of Washington – Tacoma Campus include grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study. The University of Washington – Tacoma offers a variety of scholarships for students. Some are based on merit; others require applicants to demonstrate evidence of financial need. All students who wish to be considered for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA should be submitted as soon as possible after January 1st each year. The priority filing deadline date is February 28. If selected for verification, students will also need to complete a Federal Verification Worksheet and/or additional documents. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office for more information and assistance with completing the financial aid application process. Students wishing to pay in-state tuition rates may also have to furnish documentation establishing their residency.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4813th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body at University of Washington – Tacoma is diverse and includes a broad range of ethnicities, family backgrounds, ages, interests and experience. Many students have transferred from one of the area’s many community colleges. The University of Washington – Tacoma Campus offers on-campus housing in one of its ten residence halls or six apartments. Layouts and amenities vary by building. There are buildings reserved for first year students, as well as residences for students with disabilities and students with families. Located in the Department of Student Services, New Student Programs offers orientations for new students, the Parent & Family Affairs program, and the Peer Adviser program. These programs are designed to help students, parents, and their families make the transition to the campus. The university also offers student health insurance and a student health center.

UW Tacoma has a small campus that is integrated with the local community, restaurants, coffee shops, and other stores. It overlooks the Port of Tacoma and Mount Rainier. Within walking distance from the school are numerous restaurants, attractions, shops, parks, museums and historic buildings. The Link, a light rail streetcar, stops directly in front of the UW Tacoma campus and offers free rides from the center of downtown all the way to the Tacoma Dome. Buses also stop right in front of campus. There is also an express bus that runs from UW Tacoma to the UW Seattle campus.

There is plenty for students to do on the campus itself. Students can enjoy access to a well stocked bookstore, and the complimentary wireless Internet access that is available in most of the buildings on campus. University of Washington – Tacoma Campus offers students countless opportunities to get involved. There are more than 30 clubs, organizations, and activities that include academic, professional, political, social, talent, athletic, student government, media, religious, service, multicultural, special interest, and honor groups. The student government represents and promotes the student body’s interests, needs, and welfare.

The Longshoremen’s Hall at UW Tahoma is a rstate of the art recreation center that has a massive event and recreation area, outdoor recreation courts, a gaming center, and an on-line gaming room. The Campus Fitness Center has different types of cardio equipment, weights, and other exercise equipment.

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Information Summary

Ranks 14th in Washington and 782nd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 2 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 3 0.08
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.05
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 925 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 11 0.01
Forcible Rape 125 0.06
Robbery 446 0.22
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,709 1.34
Larceny 7,228 3.59
Vehicle theft 2,125 1.05

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population4,935 (4,935 urban / N/A rural)
Households2,362 (1.38 people per house)
Median Household Income$15,847
Families427 (2.52 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateArts & sciences plus professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5306

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 348th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,305 $11,305 $30,879
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $597 $597 $597
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $377 $377 $1,029
FT Graduate Tuition $14,211 $14,211 $26,460
FT Graduate Required Fees $597 $597 $597
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $677 $677 $1,260
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $27,649 $27,649 $47,223
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,649 $27,649 $47,223
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,897 $16,897 $36,471

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,343 $11,902 $10,343 $11,902 $27,827 $29,457
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,035(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,771 $9,969
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,907 $3,789
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,771 $9,969
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,907 $3,789
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,907 $3,789

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$60
Graduate Application Fee$85
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,198 (506 male / 692 female)
Admitted 1,021 (417 male / 604 female)
Admission rate 85%
First-time Enrollment 410 (176 male / 234 female)
FT Enrollment 392 (164 male / 228 female)
PT Enrollment 18 (12 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment4,295

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

ACT Test Admission

1115th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 18%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 15 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

SAT Test Admission

911th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 840 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity252
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$7,740
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 769th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $79,228 ($86,921 male / $70,283 female)
Number of FT Faculty 184 (87 male / 97 female)
Number of PT Faculty 269
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $2,573,416

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