Office of the VP for Student Life

About us

 Our Mission

Student Life creates an inclusive, engaging, and supportive university experience that fosters each student’s academic, personal and professional success.

For more on UW Student Life’s strategic priorities and direction, see our 2018-21 Student Life Strategy Map.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Our work is based on a commitment to the transformation of our students, selves, and organization.
  • We accomplish our mission through collaboration with the campus partners.
  • We recognize our audiences as students, families, campus partners, and community affiliates.
  • We accomplish this through a developmental framework, believing that our work is a critical component of preparing the next generation of leaders.
  • Foundational to our work is the removal of barriers that impede student success and the creation of purposeful experiences that help our students grow as scholars and leaders.
  • We take ownership in creating an organization that delivers a just and equitable experience for our students.
  • We are grounded in the values of the University and our commitment to inclusiveness, community, social justice, compassion, global citizenship, service, and lifelong learning.

Supporting Student Success through Access, Diversity, and Engagement

The Division of Student Life at the University of Washington serves as a hub for a variety of programs, services, facilities, and operations that are all designed to enrich the Husky Experience. To ensure a leading-edge student experience, we are committed to providing limitless opportunities for students to make the most of their time at the UW, by supporting their intellectual, physical, and emotional development. As a division, we understand that student success is not solely defined by academic achievement. Through clubs and activities, leadership and service, and a dedicated network of mentors, students at the UW grow as individuals, embrace diversity and learn to engage in their communities.