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Picture of a student involvement fair.

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and organizations, student government, and community volunteer opportunities provide a variety of ways for you to get involved on and off campus.

Clubs and Organizations

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Picture of the Court 17 Community Kitchen.

Court 17 Student Housing

UW Tacoma's Court 17 Student Housing offer all the conveniences of apartment-style living on campus coupled with residence-life programming.

Court 17 Student Housing

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Picture of the Tacoma Dome on a grey day.

Tacoma Dome

The Tacoma Dome — the largest wood-domed arena in the world — hosts large-scale events throughout the year from sports, to concerts, to expos.

Tacoma Dome

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Picture of the University YMCA.

University Y Student Center

The University Y Student Center is the first, full-service YMCA located on a college campus and is the hub of student activity with its many amenities.

University Y Student Center

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An infographic that reads '#3 Fastest-growing master's-granting public universities in the nation'.

Smart Growth

UW Tacoma regularly ranks as one of the top 5 fastest growing public universities in the nation according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Smart Growth

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Picture of the TLC.

On-Campus Resources

All students need a little help sometimes. Academic support is available to you in writing, math and sciences at the Teaching and Learning Center. The Multimedia Lab and Computer Lab offer technology support and equipment rental. Plus our Library gives you access to over 12 million sources and guidance on research.

On-Campus Resources

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An infographic that reads, '56% first to college or first to degree'.

Be the First

More than half of UW Tacoma students are the first in their family to go to college. They’re not only improving their lives, but their communities as well.

Be the First

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Picture of produce at the farmer's market.

Broadway Farmer's Market

This vibrant downtown marketplace brings together the highest quality local growers, specialty food producers, hot food vendors, and artisans. Grab some lunch, listen to live music and visit over 70 vendors.

Broadway Farmer's Market

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Picture of a student studying.

Global Honors

Our Global Honors program is open to high-achieving students in all majors and offers an active learning community and global curriculum.

Global Honors

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Picture of a cupcake display.

It's Sweeter in Tacoma

Baskin-Robbins ice cream, Milky Way bars and Almond Roca all started in Tacoma. Today, we’re home to local favorites Johnson Chocolates, Ice Cream Social and Hello Cupcake.

It's Sweeter in Tacoma

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Picture of the Pacific Avenue strip.

The Perfect Place to Hang Out

Distinctive neighborhoods offer a variety of options for eating, shopping and socializing. From the international Lincoln, to eclectic Sixth Ave, to upscale Proctor, you can find a perfect place to hang out.

The Perfect Place to Hang Out

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Picture of a student holding a sign that reads 'I love UWT because of it's many options.'

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Choose from among 40 undergraduate degree programs and 25 minors and certificates in a wide range of fields.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

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An infographic that says '32% of undergraduate students are underrepresented minorities.

Representing Diversity

UW Tacoma is proud to serve a student population that is almost one-third underrepresented minorities, the most of any UW campus.

Representing Diversity

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Picture of Mount Rainier.

Mount Rainier

Known as “Takhoma” to the local American Indian tribes, you can reach the popular Paradise Visitor Center in about two hours for hiking, climbing and fishing.

Mount Rainier

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Picture of the Tacoma Art Museum.

Major Museums

Tacoma is home to at least six major museums covering cars, art, glass, state history, manuscripts and the maritime industry.

Major Museums

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Picture of Union station packed with passengers.

211,277

Tacoma is the largest city in Pierce County with a population of 211,277. It is also the third largest city in the state of Washington, behind Seattle and Spokane. (Source: 2016 census)

211,277

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Picture of the docks on Dock Street.

Walk the Waterfront

Right across the Thea Foss Waterway is the Port of Tacoma, one of the largest container ports in North America. On the city side of the waterway, a 1.5-mile public esplanade connects the waterway with downtown.

Walk the Waterfront

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Picture of the cherry blossoms in spring.

Wander Through Nature

A short bus ride or drive from campus is the peaceful Wright Park. A little farther north gets you to Point Defiance Park and Owen Beach where you hike through forests, watch for migrating whales or visit the zoo.

Wander Through Nature

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An infographic that says, 'Top 5 best bang for the buck'.

Good Value

UW Tacoma is consistently rated among the top 5 best values for colleges in the western U.S. by Washington Monthly magazine.

Good Value

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A photo of a class being taught Socratic style.

Old Town

Tacoma was founded in 1865 by Job Carr, who staked the first claim in what is now the "Old Town" neighborhood of the city. A reproduction of his cabin stands near the original settlement site.

Photo Credit: "Job Carr Cabin Museum" by Job Carr Cabin Museum is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Old Town

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A photo of a photgrapher photographing the photogenic Stadium high school.

Stadium District

Named for the grand, historic Stadium High School, this neighborhood just north of downtown includes an urban oasis of open green space in Wright Park and the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory. There's also the independent Grand Cinema and don't miss Frisko Freeze, Tacoma's version of Dick's Drive-in.

Stadium District

A photo of a class being taught Socratic style.
A photo of a class being taught Socratic style.

Small Class Sizes

Class sizes are small and taught by faculty who know you personally.

Small Class Sizes