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About the College of Arts & Sciences

Discovery is who we are

The College of Arts & Sciences is at the heart of the University of Washington. As the UW’s largest college, Arts & Sciences produces more than half of all bachelor’s degrees on the Seattle campus. A third of our 17,800 students are the first in their families to attend college. Faculty in our 39 academic departments are dedicated to helping students think critically, communicate clearly, and engage diverse perspectives respectfully. In Arts & Sciences, our discoveries in learning, teaching, and research engage us with our local, national and global communities — and with each other.

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“Having faculty who are there for you and have faith in what you’re capable of achieving has been so essential to everything I’ve done at the UW. They’ve pushed me and made me more confident in my abilities as an academic and artist. I owe them so much.” 

Grecia Leal Pardo BA, Classics, BA Drama, 2020
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Why the College of Arts & Sciences

As part of a globally recognized research institution, Arts & Sciences offers students a liberal arts education of tremendous breadth. Our four academic divisions — arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences — make the College a place where everyone, no matter their major, can explore their many interests. In fact, 20% of our students are double majors.

Research and accomplishments

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Our faculty have earned top honors nationally and internationally, including a National Book Award, MacArthur Fellowships, and other top honors. They serve as presidential advisers, artists, innovators, and principal investigators on major international research projects. Their success in attracting public and private research funding — just over $133 million last year — underscores their focus on issues that matter. Being part of a leading research university gives students exceptional opportunities as well. They engage with our renowned faculty in classes, through developing creative work, and on research projects. Arts & Sciences students have received national recognition as Rhodes Scholars, Gates Cambridge Scholars, Goldwater Scholars, and more.


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A place for everyone

In the College of Arts & Sciences, diversity is integral to the fields we study. That’s why diversity, equity inclusion and access are a core part of our courses, research, and community.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access

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A partner to our community

Seattle is our home — and our valued partner.  From summer programs for K–12 teachers to public events in our planetarium, connecting with the broader community is a core part of the Arts & Sciences experience and the UW’s identity.


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Guiding Principles

The dean’s leadership team generated a set of guiding principles that authentically represent our aspirations for our work together and create a framework for how we as a leadership team wish to act with each other and in our interactions throughout the college and the university.

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