Vision, mission and values

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The University of Washington Tacoma fosters a thriving and equitable society by educating diverse learners and expanding knowledge through partnership and collaboration with all our communities.


As an urban-serving university, we:

  • Expand access to higher education in an environment where every student has the opportunity to succeed
  • Foster scholarship, research and creativity to address the challenging problems of our time and place
  • Partner and collaborate for common good
  • Catalyze the economic and social vitality of the region


The University of Washington Tacoma values:

  • Excellence
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Innovation
  • Access

We believe this is best represented as a compass where access is at the heart of everything we do.

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