800px-University of Washington Quad, Spring 2007

The Quad, University of Washington. Photo by Punctured Bicycle.

University of Washington (UW), commonly referred to as Washington or informally UDub, is a public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded in 1861, UW is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and one of the top medical schools in the US. UW has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

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