UW Bothell Sees Record Enrollment for Fall 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009
CONTACT: Elizabeth Fischtziur - (425) 352-3636 -

BOTHELL, Wash. - The University of Washington Bothell is seeing record enrollment for fall 2009. The campus welcomed 2,374 full time equivalent (FTE) students, or a headcount of 2,801 when classes began in late September. With these figures, the campus is currently overenrolled at 116%.

By comparison, when classes began in fall 2008, UW Bothell had an FTE of 1,899 and a headcount of 2,288.

Says Chancellor Kenyon S. Chan, "These numbers are a great reflection of our institution and its benefits to our region. Students know that when they attend UW Bothell they will not only receive the knowledge, skills and professional preparation needed to be successful in the market, but they will do so on a campus that encourages and supports student/faculty interaction, collaboration and research."

The incoming student pool for fall 2009 saw a 66% increase in freshman applications; a 30% increase in transfer applications; and a 37% increase in freshman students of color.  The incoming freshman class totals 306 students (126 of whom are first generation college attendees) and the incoming transfer class has 454 students. As a measure of UW Bothell's reach, the incoming students represent over 80 high schools, 20 community and four-year colleges, 12 countries and at least 10 counties in the state, with students from as near as Bothell, WA to as far away as China, India, Kenya and Nepal. 

Increases in enrollment are attributed to UW Bothell's commitment to being the regional leader in higher education and its mission of creating access and opportunity for all, actualized by the creation of new and innovative programs of study and the cultivation of students from across the state, with a particular focus on diverse and first generation students (students identified as the first in their families to attend college).

UW Bothell is continually growing to meet the needs of the region. In fall 2009 it opened its first student housing complex (now housing 38 students) as well as the SR 522 access ramp to create greater access to campus. In the works - $5M for the design of a third campus building to house the institution's growing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) offerings.

Academic program development is continuing at a steady pace. This year the campus began offering a BS in Electrical Engineering, a Leadership MBA (offsite at its new Eastside Leadership Center), an MS in Computing and Software Systems and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with Principal's Credential. Currently under development, pending HEC Board approval: BS in Biological Sciences, BS in Climate Science and Policy, BS in Integrated Sciences, BA in Interactive Media and Technology and an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetic Culture.
With a goal of enrolling 5,000 students by 2020, the campus will grow its academic offerings each year as it continues its recruitment efforts.

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About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning. UW Bothell celebrates its 20th year of operation during the 2009-10 academic year with the opening of student housing, an access ramp connecting the campus to SR522, and new degrees including a Master of Computing and Software Systems (MSCSS), and a Leadership Master of Business Administration (L-MBA) at an offsite location in Bellevue, WA.