University of Washington

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When you know you're going to be at UW, stay at Hotel Deca. We are in the heart of the University District, just two blocks from campus. With easy access to everything the University of Washington has to offer, as well as everything you might want to see in Seattle, Hotel Deca is perfectly positioned for your next UW visit.


University of Washington

The University of Washington (UW) is one of the most highly regarded public learning institutions in the academic world. UW consistently ranks among the very best schools in the world. The UW learning experience stretches across three western state campus locations including the main campus in Seattle, with satellite locations in Bothell and Tacoma, and is home to a world-class medical facility. The UW has 5,803 academic staff and 16,174 administrative staff, including university president Ana Mari Cauce. The UW educates over 54,000 students annually within its 16 schools and colleges, while offering 1,800 undergraduate courses each quarter. The UW bestows more than 12,000 bachelors, masters, doctoral and professional degrees each year. Some of the University of Washington's more distinguished students include: 136 Fullbright Scholars, 35 Rhodes Scholars, 7 Marshall Scholars and 4 Gates Cambridge Scholars.

Opened in 1861, as the Territorial University of Washington, it is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. Initially, the university was a lone building located on a two acre site known as “Denny Knoll ”, between 4th Avenue and 6th Avenue, Union Street and Seneca Street. The school struggled at first for a number of years due to a combination of a lack of students and funding problems. However, by the time Washington joined the United States the university had successfully begun to outgrow the confines of its downtown location and a new home was needed. To serve this purpose a special legislative committee was formed to explore new campus locations to better accommodate a growing student population. This committee was headed by former UW graduate, Edmond Meany. Eventually, a site was selected north of downtown Seattle, on Union Bay and funds were legislated for the purchase land and construction of the university. The relocation took place in 1895.

The University of Washington is commonly referred to as “Washington”, “UW”, or informally known as “U-Dub”. The school colors are purple and gold. The UW has 21 varsity athletic programs are NCAA Division 1 within the Pac-12 conference. The official nicknames for the school athletic teams are the “Huskies” or more informally “The Dawgs”. The costumed school mascot is named “Harry the Husky” and of a long list of past actual Husky breed mascot dogs the current live dog is named “Dubs”.

The University of Washington is located along the shores of Union and Portage Bays, facing the Cascade Range to the east and the Olympic Mountain Range to the west. Some of the more interesting features of the UW campus include University Way, most commonly referred to as “The Ave”, which is home to a diverse array of eccentric shops, used and vintage books and clothing shops, as well as, a vibrant global and ethnic food scene and eateries. In addition, The Ave is home to one of the oldest continuously operating, year-round farmer's market, accessible every Saturday. On campus students and others have access to a vast array of historically significant architectural master pieces such as Meany Hall, the Burke Museum and the Red Square which lies at the heart of the campus and serves as the hub of student activity and annual events.

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