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 Community 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 more than 4,100 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. Hands-on, contextualized learning experiences and cooperative teamwork is emphasized in all of our academic programs.

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.

20 Year Timeline

Travel through the last 20 years of UW Bothell.

1989

Donna Kerr The Washington State Legislature authorizes University of Washington branch campuses in Bothell and Tacoma. Donna H. Kerr is named Director of Branch Campus Planning and Dean of the UW Branch Campuses.


1990

UW Bothell campus 1990 UW Bothell enrolls 126 students and begins the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies at its temporary Canyon Park Business Center site with 13 founding faculty: Constantin Behler, Lauren Benton, Paul Bernard, Jane Decker, JoLynn Edwards, Cynthia Fugate, Jeanne Heuving, Dan Jacoby, Patrick Morris, Cynthia Price, Ramon Sanchez, Robert Schultz, and Alan Wood. John P. Keating is named Dean of the UW Branch Campuses and Vice Provost


1991

The first class of three students graduates.


1992

Student The first official commencement exercises are held, honoring 26 graduates. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Education are initiated.


1993

UW Bothell Staff The Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration is initiated.


1994

Norm Rose The Washington State Legislature authorizes Cascadia Community College and specifies co-location with UW Bothell. Norman J. Rose is named Dean of UW Bothell and Vice Provost.


1995

The first UW Bothell Distinguished Teaching Award is presented to Constantin Behler.


1996

UW Bothell Staff The historic Boone Ranch in Bothell is purchased as a permanent site for the new co-located Cascadia Community College/UW Bothell campus. The Bachelor of Science in Computing & Software Systems and the K-8 Teaching Certification offerings are initiated. JoLynn Edwards and Michael Goldberg receive the Distinguished Teaching Award.


1997

Student enrollment at UW Bothell grows to over 1,000. Cherry A. McGee Banks receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


1998

Boone Ranch The groundbreaking for the new campus is held. The forerunner of the MBA Program is initiated. Stanley F. Slater is named Acting Chancellor and Dean of UW Bothell. Carol Leppa receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


1999

Warren Buck Warren W. Buck is named as UW Bothell’s first Chancellor. Kevin Laverty receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2000

Warren Buck UW Bothell and Cascadia Community College begin classes at the new campus. Bruce Kochis receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2001

MAPS Students The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Master of Arts in Policy Studies are initiated. Andrea Kovalesky receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2002

Nursing Students The Master of Science in Nursing is initiated. The Liberal Arts Program is reorganized as the Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Program. Carol Zander receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2003

An exchange program with Ehime University in Japan begins. Suzanne Sikma receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2004

Campus UW Bothell receives the Governor’s Award for Organizational Learning and Growth in recognition of its successful co-location and construction. Alan Wood receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2005

Governor Gregoire The Washington State Legislature approves the addition of four-year programs at UW Bothell. Dual enrollment begins. Steven G. Olswang is named as Interim Chancellor. Carole Kubota receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2006

First Freshman Class The 5,000th student graduates. Freshman classes begin. The Center for Student Entrepreneurship and the Business Development Center are chartered. Ron Krabill receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2007

Kenyon Chan The Nursing Program begins offering courses at its Mount Vernon site. Kenyon S. Chan is named as Chancellor. David Goldstein receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2008

Students The 21st Century Campus Initiative is launched. The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Computing and the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies are launched. The Biotechnology and Biomedical Technology Institute, Center on Reinventing Public Education, and Goodlad Institute for Education Renewal are chartered. The Student Fitness Center opens. Gowri Shankar receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2009

The MBA Program begins offering courses at UW Bothell’s new Bellevue Eastside Leadership Center. The Science and Technology Program launches and the Master of Science in Computing & Software Systems is initiated. The first student housing community and the SR 522 Access Ramp open. The Interactive Online Technology Academy is chartered. Student enrollment will exceed 2,100 and the 20th year celebration begins. Peter Littig receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.


2010

Electrical Engineering The Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is initiated. Approval and funding is granted to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Everett. The first freshman class graduates. Diane Gillespie receives the Distinguished Teaching Award.