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Our Priorities

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    Create boundless opportunities for all students

    As a liberal arts college within a research university, the College of Arts & Sciences offers unparalleled opportunities for students to explore our cultural and natural worlds. Thorough coursework, study abroad, outreach, and research, students develop the skills and intellectual character to successfully navigate the world. The College is committed to providing these opportunities to students from all backgrounds. Private support for scholarships, fellowships, and awards ensures that bright, engaged students — the leaders of tomorrow — have access to a world-class College of Arts & Sciences education.

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    Inspire innovative leadership and research

    Talented and engaged faculty are vital to the College of Arts & Sciences. Driven by discovery, they advance knowledge through their research and inspire students through their innovative teaching. Many Arts & Sciences faculty collaborate with colleagues across the College and beyond, gaining new insights as they bridge disciplines. Our faculty's commitment to a collaborative culture and scholarly curiosity set them apart as leading innovators. With private faculty support, we can continue to recruit and retain talented faculty and ensure that the College is a teaching and research powerhouse.

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    Big Ideas

    Accelerate the ideas and discoveries that will change the world

    Our increasingly complex, interconnected world requires boundless thinking and creative collaboration. The College's faculty and students bring their expertise and enthusiasm to countless concerns, including climate change, human rights, cultural preservation, international policy, and population health. As they pursue challenging questions and conjure big ideas, they have the potential to improve lives and contribute to the global good. Private support for A&S scholars, researchers, artists, centers, and programs will accelerate their discoveries and insights.

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    Life Sciences Complex, rendering by Perkins + Will
    Architect's rendition of the new Burke Museum
    New Burke, illustration by Stephanie Bower, Olson Kundig


    Build enduring impact

    The physical spaces on the UW campus, from art studios to classrooms to research labs, play a vital role in attracting the brightest students and faculty. But some of these important spaces are outdated and no longer meet 21st-century needs. Two new building projects will address outdated Arts & Sciences facilities and offer new possibilities: a Life Sciences Complex designed to facilitate collaborative research and teaching in the Department of Biology; and a new home for the Burke Museum that will vastly improve the preservation, study, and display of the Burke's world-class collections of artifacts.