About UW Bothell

History

Two Decades of Innovative Education

Founded in 1990, 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. While we primarily serve citizens in North King and Snohomish counties, our student body is composed of a dynamic and diverse group of students from around the state, the nation and the world.

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. With its stunning architecture and landscaping, it’s not surprising our campus received the American Institute of Architects 2002 Honor Award for Washington Architecture.

An accredited unit of the University of Washington by the Northwest Association of Schools and Universities, UW Bothell is home to nearly 5,000 students who are enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs. All curricula is carefully designed to inspire creative thinking and learning, incorporate national trends in higher education and turn knowledge into action. 

We have enjoyed a tremendous two-decade history with an ever-growing reputation for academic excellence through our unique teaching community and innovative educational philosophy. By incorporating our 21st Century Campus Initiative, we expect our future to be even more exceptional.

Please join us in living out our mission and vision by enrolling in our programs, participating in campus events or making a charitable gift to an academic fund or scholarship program.

UW Bothell celebrates its 25th anniversary during the 2014-15 academic year.  Take a stroll through our history:

View the 25 year timeline