The UW Campus - Seattle

UW Campus from drone

The Seattle campus is expansive in so many ways which means there is so much to share about the UW! Check out the UW Fast Facts dashboard where you can find interesting data about our campus profile, enrollment, and other pride points! 

Introduction to Seattle 

Seattle combines unparalleled natural beauty with small-town friendliness, a Pacific Northwest outlook, and cosmopolitan amenities. Seattle is made up of nearly 100-neighborhoods and districts, with an expereince for everyone. The University District (UDistrict) is one of the city's oldest and most diverse neighborhoods and home to the UW - Seattle campus. Boasting a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, coffeehouses, retail shops, and other services, the neighborhood caters to student needs. If you’re visiting from out of town, we encourage you to take some time to get to know this remarkable city.

Learn more about the UDistrict, Seattle, and Washington

Miller Hall — Home to the College of Education

Miller Hall is located in the UW Quad

Since its early days, preparing people to become teachers has been an important function of the University of Washington. After becoming the Territorial University's first graduate in 1876, Clara McCarty became a teacher, the most common career for an educated woman at the time. In 1878, the UW established a specific program to train teachers.

Miller Hall, named for University Regent William Winlock Miller, is one of seven neo-Gothic buildings on campus with façade sculptures in niches near the top stories. Built in 1922, and originally known as Education Hall, Miller Hall once housed the University President and administrative offices, and the education and engineering colleges.

Alonzo Victor Lewis, who also taught sculpture courses at UW, created the 44 sculptures (grotesques) on Miller Hall's third story. Since the building was named Education Hall at the time, Lewis's sculptures symbolize education, depicting teachers with students and famous scholars such as Confucius and Dante. Of note are the images of "Fish Teacher," resembling the mythical god Neptune, and "English Public School Students," featuring two young men in top hats.

Graduate Students: Visiting Campus

Before you make plans to visit us, check out our virtual tour of campus hosted by OSDI team member and UW College of Education Graduate Student, Tsewone Melaku, below:

Scheduling an in-person visit on campus is easy! Check out the steps below to learn more:

  • Connect with Matthew Goode, Graduate Admission & Outreach Advisor, to schedule an appointment.
  • Coordinate a conversation with a faculty advisor about your degree program, research interests, funding opportunities, or any number of topics. You can contact faculty through the online directory and learn more about program areas.
  • Meet with a current student to learn about the student experience. Your advisor can offer recommendations for who to meet! 
  • Observe a class by visiting our Current Courses webpage and selecting from the courses in your area of interest. Please obtain instructor permission.
  • Check out resources from the UW Visitors Center.

Virtual Campus Tour

If you'd like to take a more in-depth tour than our virtual tour video, join us on our extended virtual tour, below, where you will find a self-guided tour that highlights important buildings and services, and also gives you a chance to learn about the unique history of the University of Washington, and the College of Education. This map can be used as both a mobile-friendly walking tour, if you are able to visit us in-person, and it can also serve as a way to get acclimated to campus and its surroundings before arrival.

30-MIN TOUR (Purple)
Explores the University of Washington's campus with stops at the locations that students use the most.

60- to 90-MIN TOUR OPTION (Gold)
Expand the tour by crossing onto the University of Washington's extended campus and accompanying neighborhood with this continuation option.


COE Featured Stories

community as the cornerstone
In the 2020-21 edition of Research That Matters magazine, the University of Washington College of Education explores what it means to engage in equitable community research partnerships.
Jisoo Hyun, a doctoral student in social and cultural foundations, has received the prestigious fellowship to support her research on Korean schooling in Territorial Hawaii.