Campus History

The story begins in the mid-1980's when community, business, and education leaders recognized the increasing need for higher education in the rapidly growing Puget Sound region. In its 1987 Master Plan, the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board gave the University of Washington the responsibility of developing branch campuses. In 1990, the University of Washington Bothell was created to meet that need in the northeast Puget Sound area.

For 10 years, UW Bothell was located in a small business park. In 2000 we moved to our current location on 128 acres of picturesque land that was once home to cattle and dairy farming on the Boone-Truly ranch.

The University of Washington Bothell has grown into a unique and beautiful campus. Buildings are situated between towering Douglas fir and Western Red Cedar trees. The facilities house state-of-the-art technology to assist faculty and staff. The northeast portion of the campus contains 58 acres of high-functioning wetland.

Today the University of Washington Bothell has more than 1,800 students and is growing significantly every year. Five academic programs offer 8 degrees and certificates at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate levels. The programs are designed to serve a diverse population of students who have completed some college study and are seeking to complete their baccalaureate degrees, initiate post-baccalaureate studies, or pursue courses for personal development.  Thanks to the state bill signed in 2005, UW Bothell enrolled its first freshman class in fall 2006.

The University of Washington Bothell is accredited as a unit of the University of Washington by the Northwest Association of Schools and Universities. In accordance with the traditions of the University of Washington, we are dedicated to providing responsive, accessible programs that proudly uphold traditional University of Washington standards of quality.