UW Bothell Sees Record Growth

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - Growth is the buzz word at the University of Washington Bothell and can be used to describe not only its enrollment figures but also its academic programs and facilities.

The Fall 2008 quarter brings a strong boost to enrollment with 1,899 full-time equivalent (FTE) students, a 21% increase in students from Fall 2007. The new enrollment figures indicate a 58% increase in freshman, a 14% increase in transfer students and an 22% increase in graduate students.

According to Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan, "These enrollment increases are true indicators that UW Bothell is growing stronger with every year. In fact, UW Bothell has seen a 10% or greater increase in enrollment for each of the last four years; demonstrating that this institution is an effective regional investment and one that is creating increased access to higher education for the communities it serves." 

"The 2007-08 academic year brought many exciting changes to UW Bothell, from changes in our executive leadership to a newly created vision of campus growth (known as the 21st Century Campus Initiative: University of Washington Bothell Priorities Plan 2008-2020) and a new understanding of program and enrollment development. With an overall goal of reaching 5,000 students by 2020, these enrollment increases, coupled with the internal organization our campus underwent this year, showcase UW Bothell's continued commitment to education and our region."

Adds UW Provost Phyllis Wise, "These enrollment increases reflect the growing demand for higher education and students' confidence in the programs and faculty of UW Bothell. The campus is growing and its trajectory is definitely upward."

UW Bothell's commitment to the region is also seen in the institution's new programming selections. Classes began this fall with the addition of the following: new academic programs - Environmental Science (B.S.) and Cultural Studies (M.A.); academic options within existing academic programs - Accounting (within the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration) and Environmental Studies, Interdisciplinary Arts, Individualized Studies and Science, Technology and Society (within the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies), and new endorsements within the Education Program, including endorsements in history and social studies in the Secondary Teacher Certification Program and science and mathematics endorsements in the K-8 Teacher Certification Program. All new offerings were created in direct response to community desire and need. Many new programs are on the horizon, with Biology, Electrical Engineering, Digital Entertainment and Interactive Media, Integrated Science and Media and Communications, among others, projected to begin in fall 2009.

To prepare for future increases in enrollment and programs, UW Bothell is developing its facilities as well. The pre-design for UW Bothell's third building is underway to meet increased classroom and lab space needs. The I-405/SR-522 campus access off ramp project is progressing rapidly and is projected to meet its fall 2009 completion deadline. The off ramp project lifts the City of Bothell's cap on enrollment, paving the way for UW Bothell to grow its plans for dramatically increasing enrollment over the next decade.

With these strong indicators of growth in the forms of enrollment, programming and facilities, UW Bothell is poised to continue its progression towards becoming the regional center of academic excellence in higher education, providing increased access to citizens of the north Puget Sound region. 

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell was founded in 1990 to serve King and Snohomish counties and north Puget Sound area students seeking bachelor's and master's degrees. UW Bothell offers degree programs in applied computing, business, nursing, education, computing and software systems, interdisciplinary arts and sciences, cultural studies, and policy studies.