The University of Washington Bothell campus was established by the state legislature’s approval in 1989. With a founding faculty of just 12, the campus held its first classes in the fall of 1990 and graduated its first class of three students in 1991.
The University of Washington Bothell was created to bring the world-renowned University of Washington traditions of academic excellence to residents of the growing Puget Sound region. The campus—which is shared with Cascadia College—sits atop a 128-acre plot of picturesque land overlooking protected wetlands and the Cascades beyond. Once home to the 500-acre, purebred cattle Boone-Truly Ranch, the property was sold in 1995 to the state of Washington.
Although thoroughly modern, UW Bothell buildings were designed to complement the land’s natural beauty; they are environmentally friendly and are equipped with advanced technology for faculty and student use. UW Bothell received the American Institute of Architects 2002 Honor Award for Washington Architecture in recognition of the campus’s stunning architecture and landscaping.
The University of Washington Bothell is known for providing a participatory student experience grounded in close relationships with faculty as researchers, teachers, and mentors; and the personalized support of staff dedicated to student success. Faculty and staff have been recognized for innovations in academic programming and support services designed to help students graduate on time and debt-free. As part of its commitment to excellence, UW Bothell places particular value on diversity, community engagement, and sustainability. The campus is also distinguished by its focus on connected learning and cross-disciplinary research, scholarship, and creative practice.
As a unit of the University of Washington accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, UW Bothell is home to more than 6,000 students enrolled in more than 55 different graduate and undergraduate programs.
UW Bothell ranks No. 1 in the nation for public colleges that provide the greatest return on investment. SmartAsset, a New York-based financial technology company, ranked UW Bothell No. 2 on its list of Best Value Colleges in the state of Washington. CNBC ranks UW Bothell No. 1 among public colleges that ‘pay off the most’ – July 2020 – News – UW Bothell
UW Bothell’s academic programs are distributed throughout its five schools:
- School of Business
- School of Educational Studies
- School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
- School of Nursing & Health Studies
- School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)
A full list of major and minor undergraduate programs is available here: https://www.uwb.edu/degrees
UW Bothell offers graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, policy, and engineering in collaboration with the nationally recognized University of Washington Graduate School.
Faculty and Staff
Headcount as of autumn 2021
The Student Body
As of autumn 2021, a total of 6,069 students were enrolled at UW Bothell:
Undergraduate Students: 5,472 (5,157 FTE*)
Graduate Students: 598 (519 FTE*)
*FTE=Full Time Equivalent
American Native or Alaska Native: <1%
Black or African American: 8%
Hispanic or Latino: 10%
International (Student Visa) 7%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: <1%
Two or more races: 6%
Not indicated: 2%
In autumn 2021, 40 percent of incoming first-year students and 41 percent of new incoming transfers were the first to earn a four-year degree in their immediate families.
Twenty-eight (28) percent of incoming first-year students and 32 percent of new incoming transfers were eligible for federal Pell Grants.
More than 400 students at UW Bothell are eligible for veterans’ benefits.
Ninety-seven (97) percent of incoming first-year students and 83 percent of new incoming transfers in autumn 2021 came from Washington state.