About UW Bothell

History

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Bothell from the Beginning

Two Decades of Innovative Education

30th Anniversary

2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of UW Bothell. Visit our 30th Anniversary event page to find out more and celebrate with us!

The University of Washington Bothell campus was established by approval of the state legislature in 1989. With a founding faculty of just 12, the campus held its first classes in fall 1990 and graduated its first class of three students in 1991. 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.

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. The campus -- which is shared with Cascadia 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 unit of the University of Washington accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCC), UW Bothell is home to more than 6,300 students who are enrolled in more than 55 different graduate and undergraduate programs.

We have enjoyed a dynamic three-decade history so far, with an ever-growing reputation for providing access to an excellent UW education through research, teaching, community partnerships and our innovative educational philosophy. Guided by our strategic plan, Expanding Access, Achieving Excellence, we expect our future to be even more exceptional.

Please join us in living out our mission and vision by enrolling in our programs, joining our staff or faculty, becoming a community partner, participating in campus events or making a charitable gift to an academic fund or scholarship program.

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