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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Overview

University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is a public institution located in Tacoma, Washington. The city atmosphere of Tacoma makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Known For?

1,523 Undergraduate Awards
$37,404 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at UW Tacoma is 3%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at UW Tacoma is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from UW Tacoma makes roughly $57,700 a year. This is 41% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average UW Tacoma student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Rankings

UW Tacoma landed the #243 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 41 colleges in Washington, it is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UW Tacoma has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#60 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#371 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UW Tacoma.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#13 Best Computer Information Systems Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#69 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#70 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UW Tacoma has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#38 Best Computer Information Systems Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#72 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#77 Best Schools Grad Degree
#100 Highest Paid Psychology Graduates College Factual
#116 Highest Paid Business, Management & Marketing Graduates College Factual
#143 Best Business Administration & Management Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is University of Washington - Tacoma Campus?

Location of University of Washington - Tacoma Campus

Contact details for UW Tacoma are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1900 Commerce St, Tacoma, WA 98402-3100
Phone: 253-692-4400
Website: www.tacoma.uw.edu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uwtacoma
Twitter: https://twitter.com/UWTnews

How Do I Get Into UW Tacoma?

You can apply to UW Tacoma online at: www.tacoma.uw.edu/uwt/admissions/how-apply

Admission Requirements for UW Tacoma

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into UW Tacoma?

84% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
92% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus is 84%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 83%, and the acceptance rate for women is 85%.

Average Test Scores

About 92% of students accepted to UW Tacoma submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 490 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Washington - Tacoma Campus  ( 490 to 600 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Washington - Tacoma Campus  ( 490 to 590 )
200
800
UW Tacoma received ACT scores from 13% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 16 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 18 and 24.

ACT English Scores for University of Washington - Tacoma Campus  ( 16 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Washington - Tacoma Campus  ( 17 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Washington - Tacoma Campus  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Washington - Tacoma Campus?

$37,404 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
2.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UW Tacoma is $37,404. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UW Tacoma, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $5,131 a year. That adds up to $20,524 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UW Tacoma is 2.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,066 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,588 undergraduate students at UW Tacoma, with 4,066 being full-time and 522 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UW Tacoma

There are also 741 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,066 full-time undergraduates at UW Tacoma, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UW Tacoma

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Washington - Tacoma Campus students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UW Tacoma Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 845
Black or African American 376
Hispanic or Latino 636
White 1,550
International Students 148
Other Races/Ethnicities 511

Geographic Diversity

Washington students aren't the only ones who study at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus. At this time, 9 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 39 countries are represented at UW Tacoma. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Hong Kong.

Online Learning at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus

79 Took All Classes Online
763 Took At Least One Class Online
30.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 763 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UW Tacoma has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 21st most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UW Tacoma

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Washington - Tacoma Campus was 30.0%. This is the #696 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UW Tacoma regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UW Tacoma majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 11%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UW Tacoma ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UW Tacoma.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Criminal Justice & Corrections #79
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #87

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Computer Information Systems 296 115 0 411
General Psychology 172 0 0 172
Business Administration & Management 91 23 0 114
Social Work 55 57 0 112
Accounting 83 26 0 109
Communication & Media Studies 96 0 0 96
Criminal Justice & Corrections 83 0 0 83
Nursing 56 15 0 71
Other Social Sciences 61 0 0 61
Finance & Financial Management 60 0 0 60
Natural Resources Conservation 55 0 0 55
Interdisciplinary Studies 42 9 0 51
Marketing 44 0 0 44
Urban Studies 44 0 0 44
Public Health 43 0 0 43
General Biology 42 0 0 42
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 38 0 38
Liberal Arts General Studies 38 0 0 38
General Education 0 22 11 33
Information Technology 0 31 0 31
Writing Studies 30 0 0 30
History 27 0 0 27
Ethnic Studies 26 0 0 26
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 24 0 0 24
Statistics 21 0 0 21
Urban & Regional Planning 0 18 0 18
Electrical Engineering 18 0 0 18
Geography & Cartography 0 15 0 15
International Studies 13 0 0 13
Educational Administration 0 6 0 6
Romance Languages 2 0 0 2
Area Studies 1 0 0 1
Computer Science 0 0 0 0
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,523 375 11 1,909

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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