The city of Seattle was one of several settlements in the mid to late 19th century vying for primacy in the newly formed Washington Territory. In 1854, territorial governor Isaac Stevens recommended the establishment of a university in Washington. Several prominent Seattle-area residents, chief among them Methodist preacher Daniel Bagley, saw the siting of this University as a chance to add to the city’s prestige. They were able to convince early founder of Seattle and member of the territorial legislature Arthur A. Denny of the importance of Seattle winning the school. The legislature initially chartered two universities, one in Seattle and one in Lewis County, but later repealed its decision in favor of a single university in Lewis County, provided locally donated land could be found. When no site emerged, the legislature, encouraged by Denny, relocated the university to Seattle in 1858.
The University of Washington (UW, commonly called U-Dub) is a public research university, founded in 1861 in Seattle, Washington, United States. UW is the largest university in the Northwestern United States and one of the oldest universities on the West Coast. The university has three campuses, with its largest campus in the University District, Seattle and two other campuses Tacoma and Bothell. Its operating budget for fiscal year 2005 was $3.1 billion. The UW occupies over 500 buildings, with over 20 million gross square footage of space, including the latest University of Washington Plaza consisting 325 ft – 22 story UW Tower & conference center.
In 2010, the University of Washington was ranked 16th worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, 23rd worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University Rankingsand 55th worldwide by the QS World University Rankings.[ The university was also ranked 41st among “national universities” by U. S. News and World Report. UW is considered a Public Ivy institution.