The University of Washington (UW) is a public research university in Seattle, Washington, United States. Founded in 1861, UW is one of the oldest universities on the West Coast and has one of the best medical schools in the world. UW has been labeled one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.
The university has three campuses: the primary and largest in the University District of Seattle and two others in Tacoma and Bothell. he University of Washington library system is the 18th largest library in the United States, with holdings of more than 7.5 million volumes. The Association of Research Libraries ranked the UW library system between the top fifth and fifteenth in various categories.
In the most recent international rankings: University of Washington ranked 15th among the world top 500 universities by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and has been consistently regarded to be among the top 20 by the institution. In Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2012–13), the institute ranked 25th worldwide when its World Reputation Rankings of the same year considered it to be 26th. Meanwhile, QS World University Rankings (2012) ranked it 59th globally.