University of Washington

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The University of Washington (UW, simply Washington, or informally U-Dub) is a public research university in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in Seattle in 1861, about a decade after the city's foundation, in order to assist in the growth of the city's economy. Washington is one of the oldest colleges on the West Coast, having been founded in 1861. At the present time, the university's main Seattle campus occupies 703 acres and is located in the University District in the Pacific Northwest's Puget Sound area. Aside from Seattle, the institution maintains locations in Tacoma and Bothell. The UW Library System, which has more than 26 university libraries, as well as lecture halls, art centres, museums, laboratories, stadiums, and conference centres are all part of the university's extensive infrastructure. A total of 140 departments in different colleges and schools provide degrees to students, and the institution operates on a quarter-hour schedule.

In the Association of American Universities' classification system, Washington is categorised as one of the "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity." UW spent $1.41 billion on research and development in 2018, according to the National Science Foundation, placing it fifth in the country. In addition to being the flagship institution of the state's six public universities, it is well-known for its medical, engineering, and scientific research, as well as its highly competitive computer science, engineering, and business schools. Aside from that, Washington continues to profit from its strong historical connections and significant partnerships with a plethora of technological titans in the area. These include companies such as Amazon, Boeing, Nintendo, and, most significantly, Microsoft. After spending a considerable amount of time in Washington computer laboratories for a startup company before launching Microsoft and other businesses, Paul G. Allen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft and other businesses. University of Washington's 22 varsity sports teams are likewise extremely competitive, representing the Huskies in the Pac-12 Conference of the NCAA Division I, as well as representing the United States in the Olympic Games, as well as competing in other significant events throughout the year.

Among the university's distinguished graduates and professors are 21 Nobel Prize laureates, many Pulitzer Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, and Marshall Scholars, among other famous individuals.