A Legacy to Access Excellence
Today, approximately one-third of UW freshmen will be the first in their families to earn a bachelor's degree, and 30 percent of students come from families below the median income for the state of Washington.
Beginning in fall quarter 2007, more than 5,000 UW students - nearly 20 percent of all undergraduates - will be covered under the Husky Promise. Both the total number of students and the overall percentage covered by the Husky Promise are among the highest in the country when compared to similar programs at comparable institutions.
The Husky Promise is one vital part of our comprehensive financial aid program. The UW offers more than $160 million in financial aid each year, with nearly half of all undergraduates receiving aid. Each year, over 5,000 University of Washington students - both undergraduate and graduate - receive more than $20 million in scholarships alone through grants, gifts or endowed funds. While the UW has demonstrated a long history of providing financial support to our students, continuing to provide the means for students to attend the UW is - and must be - a long-standing commitment.
An Experience Like No Other
All UW students have access to award-winning faculty and excellent research opportunities. Each year, more than 4,000 undergraduates work with faculty on cutting-edge research projects on topics ranging from adolescent development to constitutional law. Six members of the UW faculty have been awarded a Nobel Prize and more than 150 have been elected to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Six faculty have won MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."
The Husky Promise will ensure that all talented students - regardless of their financial situation - have access to the University's top-rated programs and award-winning faculty. Through Husky Promise, all UW students can pursue discovery and research that will set them on the path to lifelong learning and a lifetime of success and prosperity. After graduation, 75 percent of UW students remain in Washington state to live and work, contributing to a vibrant, more educated population, which is the foundation of our region's economic vitality.