University of Washington Educational Outreach

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University of Washington Educational Outreach
Established 1912
Type Public
Location Seattle, Washington, United States
Campus Urban city and also online
Affiliations University of Washington

University of Washington Educational Outreach (UWEO) is the continuing education and professional development unit of the University of Washington (UW), in Seattle, Washington.[1][2] Founded in 1912, UW Educational Outreach was originally the branch of the university offering correspondence courses. Known today as UW Professional & Continuing Education, the unit provides wide-ranging programs for non-traditional and lifelong learning students, including in-person and online degree completion, online education, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), professional certificate programs and master's degrees, UW in the High School, UW Evening Degree Program, UW Summer Quarter, UW Summer Youth, UW International & English Language Programs, Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at the UW, and conference services. The programs provided are fee-based and self-sustaining, and do not receive state funds for support.

Offices for University of Washington Educational Outreach (UWEO) are located in the University District of Seattle, Washington near the UW campus, housed primarily in the UW Tower.[3] The University of Washington purchased what is now the UW Tower from Safeco in 2006. Programs include offerings at the main UW campus, at various locations in the Puget Sound region and online.

The organization is directed by Vice-Provost David Szatmary.[4] Szatmary oversees a staff of approximately 250 engaged in the development and administration of the UW's various fee-based programs.

The UW Tower, located in Seattle Washington, is site for UWEO.
The UW Tower, the location of UWEO
Enrollments: 89,509 (One student may have multiple enrollments)
Students Served: 42,757 (80% are working adults age 25+)
Degrees Offered: 40
Certificate Programs: 130 in 75 fields
UWEO Employees: Approximately 250 FTE


UW Educational Outreach/UW Professional & Continuing Education also administers other fee-based programs, classes, and workshops, including:

  • UW Online Learning
  • Certificate programs (UW Professional and Continuing Education)
  • Non-degree enrollment for UW credit classes
  • UW Summer Quarter.[5]
  • UW International & English Language programs
  • Programs for K–12 educators
  • UW Summer Youth programs.[6]
  • UW in the High School[7]
  • UW-community and business partnerships
  • Workshops, short courses and conferences
  • Open UW (free online short courses)
  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera and edX
  • UW travel-study tours[8]
  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the UW[9]
  • Corporate learning partnerships
  • UW Undergraduate Online Degree Completion
  • UW Evening Degree

Undergraduate evening degree program[edit]

The UW Evening Degree Program administered by UW Educational Outreach offers four Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences and one Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. They include:


  1. ^ a b University of Washington,"UW Educational Outreach: Year in Review 2007-08".4.
  2. ^ King, Marsha. "School's never out for lifelong learners". The Seattle Times. May 15, 2008.
  3. ^ Lasbo, Nikolaj. "Safeco building now officially the UW Tower", The Daily of the University of Washington, April 28, 2008.
  4. ^ Seattle Times. "On the Move". March 27, 2000.
  5. ^ UW Extension,"Professional & Continuing Education: Summer 2009 Catalogue".43.
  6. ^ UW Extension,"Professional & Continuing Education: Summer 2009 Catalogue".42.
  7. ^ Pohlig, Colleen. "High-school kids jump-start college". The Seattle Times. July 29, 2002.
  8. ^ Jackson, Kristin. "The Leading man of London arts tours". The Seattle Times. February 10, 2008.
  9. ^ Muhlstein, Julie. "UW opens city branch, but only if you're over 50". Herald. May 31, 2009.


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