A City of Possibilities

Seattle, Washington and the surrounding region are a significant part of our story in the College of Arts & Sciences. With its rich history, stunning views, expansive arts and culture, and access to Fortune 500 companies, Seattle is not only a great place to live but an exciting place to learn. We’re proud to call this world-class city and region home.

Downtown Seattle's skyline with the Space Needle, skyscrapers, and Mt. Rainier.
Two students play frisbee at Gas Works Park with South Lake Union in downtown Seattle in the background.
A Washington State Ferry travels in the Puget Sound with the Olympic Mountains in the background.

Discover the “Emerald City”

Whether you’re from here or far from home, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have everything you need to succeed. Close to campus, you’ll find local restaurants that source fresh ingredients and indie coffee shops and bookstores that make the perfect group study spaces. Explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods, take an urban hike, visit historical and cultural landmarks, or experience a Mariners game at T-Mobile Park.

The University of Washington has a light rail station to get you from campus to Capitol Hill or downtown in minutes. In 2021, a new station will also connect the University District to the Northgate neighborhood.

A smiling student stands in front of Amazon's buildings in downtown Seattle.
Two students look towards South Lake Union in downtown Seattle from Gas Works Park.
Closeup of a cup of espresso coffee in a cafe setting.

A Classroom in and of the City

Where you study matters. In addition to the country’s best coffee — to help fuel those late-night study sessions — our students have access to organizations and businesses that value a liberal arts education, and outdoor resources like the Puget Sound and the Washington Park Arboretum that are extensions of the classroom. Faculty invite regional experts to their classes as guest speakers and design collaborative assignments that pair students with local businesses or nonprofits, providing real-world experiences.  We encourage discovery — of yourself and the world around you.