The ASUW Mission

The Associated Students of the University of Washington is the democratic voice of students that engages the campus community through programming, services and advocacy. The ASUW strives to enrich student life and develop future leaders.

What is ASUW?

The Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW) is a non-profit organization that serves as the student government at the University of Washington. The structure of the ASUW is a complex composition of 25 units, including entities, enterprises, commissions, programs, and committees. Operating with a budget of approximately one million dollars, 72 employees and over 500 volunteers work to serve students and improve student life.

Come visit us in HUB 121 and 131 to learn more!

Letter from the President

Christina Xiao

Each of us, as students of the University of Washington, are part of an impressive legacy of student activism, student community, and student life. The Associated Students of the University of Washington was founded 104 years ago to further encourage student involvement in campus and community affairs. From helping found the UW bookstore, to holding the largest gathering of UW Native American students, to bringing Nirvana to campus in the 1990’s–the ASUW has served as a key contributor to this living legacy.

As the democratic voice of students on campus, we hope to serve as a crossroads of campus collaboration. As students, our voices matter. Our experiences matter. In our time here, we have the opportunity to grow personally and to create an even better campus for the students that come after us. Whether it’s being directly involved in the ASUW by joining student senate or investing in another campus community by joining an RSO, we hope that you will join the ASUW’s volunteers, employees, and entities in fulfilling our mission to serve students and enrich student life at the University of Washington.


Christina Xiao
ASUW President 2014-15

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Meet Us in the Middle: Affordability for the Working Student


No student’s Expected Student Contribution should be greater than the amount that can be earned by working 40 hours per week over the summer and 20 hours per week throughout the academic year at Washington State minimum wage.

We urge higher education stakeholders to make it possible for students to work through school again.

The ASUW Student Debt Reduction Working Group has critically examined the issues students face in paying for their education and drafted a report with recommendations to administration and policy makers.

More information at: The Seattle Times | KUOW

Check out the final report at