Our History

A century of continuum

From delivering correspondence courses by motorcycle to giving people who otherwise couldn’t afford it the chance to enroll in professional development opportunities, UW Continuum College has grown and evolved for more than 100 years, passing many milestones along the way. Explore Continuum’s decades of history and learn how we’ve become a bridge to education for our community. 

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Leading the Way

In 2020, COVID-19 brought institutional change to Continuum College and across UW. Continuum moved its programs online via Zoom, opening the organization’s program portfolio to students outside Seattle and beyond. 

Continuum is using learnings from the pandemic to push into new spaces and increase access to the UW. In 2023, Continuum launched a new program line, UW specializations. Crafted to allow adult learners to fit world-class education into their busy lives, these new online programs give students specialized skills to help them stand out in the job market and make a greater impact in today’s changing professional landscape.