University of Washington Tacoma

University Of Washington Tacoma

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University of Washington Tacoma

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The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) is a four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate campus in downtown Tacoma, Washington. Students can choose majors in business, education, nursing, computer science, information technology, criminal justice, social work, environmental science, urban studies and interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Classes are offered day and evening, for full- or part-time students.

UW Tacoma is one of three campuses in the University of Washington. The other campuses are in Seattle and Bothell. UW Tacoma opened in leased space in 1990, and opened its permanent campus in 1997.


Following the establishment of The Evergreen State College in Olympia in 1967, interest in additional higher education opportunities in the South Sound continued to grow. In 1986, the Higher Education Coordination Board suggested branch campuses for both the University of Washington and Washington State University. Tacoma and Bothell were chosen as new UW campus sites, and three locations were selected for new WSU campuses: Vancouver, the Tri-Cities and Spokane. The initial goal of the new campuses was to provide further education for the growing numbers of community college transfer students, as well as "time bound, place bound" students with limited access to educational opportunities in programs with "demonstrated regional needs."

The nascent University of Washington Tacoma campus opened its doors in 1990 in downtown Tacoma's...
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