UW Bothell offers best bang for the buck

August 25, 2015
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University of Washington Bothell makes Top 20 in national Best Bang for the Buck ranking

Bothell, Wash.Washington Monthly ranked the University of Washington Bothell No. 13 of 233 colleges on its 2015 Best Bang for the Buck list in the western region. UW Bothell also tops the list of Masters institutions in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck rates colleges that are “doing the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.”

The list is based on the three most recent years of equally weighted data from 1,540 public, private non-profit, and for-profit colleges. They evaluated institutions in three areas, “best value for the money based on net price, how well they do graduating the students they admit, and whether those graduates earn enough to at least pay off their loans.”

More than half of UW Bothell’s incoming first year students are first generation college students. Of total student population, 35 percent are Pell-eligible and nearly two-thirds go on to graduate. According to Washington Monthly, that overall graduation rate is nearly 17 percentage points better than other schools with similar profiles. Half of all UW Bothell students graduate with no debt. The recent rankings tell the story of an institution dedicated to providing access to an affordable University of Washington education for students of great promise.

“UW Bothell is an extraordinary destination of choice for students of tremendous potential who embrace opportunity and discovery on a daily basis,” says Chancellor Bjong Wolf Yeigh. “They come for the quality, value, and leading-edge learning environment that we provide, and they graduate as engaged citizens empowered with a deep understanding of leadership, collaboration, and service. They become CEOs, school superintendents, software developers, healthcare game-changers, and lifelong learners. Nine out of ten of our 15,000 alumni re-invest their education right back into the state of Washington. That is powerful.”

All three UW campuses ranked in the top 25 on Washington Monthly’s overall “Best Bang for the Buck” list with UW Seattle climbing to No. 1 and Tacoma No. 22.

UW Bothell recently received high marks on Money magazine’s 2015-2016 list of best colleges, ranking first in both the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest for the second year in a row. Money also ranked UW Bothell No. 36 in its overall list of best public colleges – up one from No. 37 in 2014. The magazine ranked 736 colleges and universities on 21 measures in three categories: quality, affordability and outcomes.

About UW Bothell: UW Bothell provides access to an exceptional University of Washington education for students of tremendous potential. Offering more than 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, UW Bothell builds regional partnerships, inspires change, creates knowledge, shares discoveries and prepares students for leadership in the state of Washington and beyond.

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