UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university providing access to students in a way that transforms families and communities. We impact and inform economic development through community-engaged students and faculty. We conduct research that is of direct use to our community and region. And, most importantly, we seek to be connected to our community's needs and aspirations.
More than half of students transfer to UW Tacoma from one of the many community colleges in the area or from other universities. Freshmen from high schools all over the Puget Sound and beyond make up a growing portion of students. Add to the mix students who are returning to school after years away, military personnel and their families, and professionals working on new career goals. Our students create a kaleidoscope of perspectives crucial to learning.
Where Do UW Tacoma Students Come From?
Top High Schools
Thomas Jefferson HS
Todd Beamer HS
Kent Meridian HS
Puyallup Senior HS
Governor JR Rogers HS (tie)
Kentridge HS (tie)
Top Community Colleges
Tacoma Community College
Green River College
South Puget Sound Community College
School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
School of Engineering & Technology
Milgard School of Business
School of Social Work & Criminal Justice
School of Nursing & Healthcare Leadership
School of Education
School of Urban Studies
Two or More Indicated
Receive financial aid
Eligible for Pell grants
Education at UW Tacoma happens both in and out of the classroom. Our size means students have the opportunity to work one on one with faculty on research and service projects. This approach helps reinforce key concepts and provides students with practical experience they need to launch their careers.
We offer over 50 undergraduate degree programs and options, 15 graduate programs and a variety of professional development courses and certificates.
The University of Washington Tacoma is accredited as a unit of the University of Washington by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Learn more about accreditation.
$76 million in financial aid
was disbursed in the 2020-21 academic year.
Full-time resident annual tuition for 2021-22:
Includes Autumn, Winter and Spring quarters. Graduate tuition varies by program.
The 46-acre campus footprint is located on a hillside overlooking the Port of Tacoma and Mount Rainier, on the southern edge of downtown Tacoma, next to museums and the beautifully reconstructed Union Station. Within walking distance are an array of restaurants, attractions, businesses, shops, parks, museums and historic architecture.
UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university, closely linked with Tacoma and the South Puget Sound. We're a member of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, a network of public, urban, research universities committed to creating an educated workforce, building strong communities and improving the health of diverse populations.
The UW Tacoma community acknowledges that we learn, teach, work and live on the ancestral land of the Coast Salish people. In particular, our campus is situated on traditional lands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. We recognize that this is a difficult and painful history, and we understand we must play an active role in remembering, not just what happened to Indigenous communities; post settlement, but also the rich history that existed long before colonization. This land acknowledgement is one small act in an ongoing process of honoring the past while working together with local Tribes to build a more inclusive and thoughtful community.
The UW Connection
Created in 1990, UW Tacoma is one of three campuses that make up the University of Washington, which was founded in 1861. Each campus shares a dedication to excellence, the same faculty hiring standards and high standards of social responsibility while offering their own different educational experiences.
Chancellor Kristin G. Esterberg
Chancellor Sheila Edwards Lange
President Ana Mari Cauce
University of Washington Tacoma
1900 Commerce Street
Tacoma, WA 98402-3100