Points of Pride


Points of Pride

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Bothell’s academic programs are especially well known for the emphasis they place on experiential learning, hands-on undergraduate research and community engagement.

The small campus community is also distinguished by its commitment to student access, retention and success after graduation.

With an enrollment of nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than nine out of 10 students come from the state of Washington — and then stay to live and work in the region after graduation.

As part of one of the world’s great public research universities, we are proud of the many accomplishments of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. This webpage will help you find some of the statistics, rankings, awards and facts that demonstrate the boundless possibilities fostered by a UW education.

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Smart Investment

UW Bothell ranks No. 1. in the nation for public colleges that provide the greatest return on investment.

No. 1 in the state: Alumni from UW Bothell enjoy the “best ROI” among all alumni from Washington state colleges, making $690,000 more in 20 years than high school graduates do in the same time period. The national average for earnings over 20 years is around $225,000. Source: “Best Value College in Washington” from 2018 Payscale.com report

UW Bothell graduates earn more than their peers: A report by Seattle-based PayScale analyzed top schools and degrees across the country with the highest earning potential - and ranked UW Bothell No. 3.

Smartasset, a New York-based financial technology company, ranked UW Bothell No. 2 on its list of Best Value Colleges in the state of Washington.

UW Bothell is a Forbes’ “Best Value College” for 2019 — No. 22 on a list of 300 schools across the nation that are ranked to help students and their families evaluate the likely return on their investment in higher education.

One year after graduation, the median salaries of UW Bothell graduates with bachelor’s degrees are above the state median in nearly all of their fields — and consistently among the top three schools for earnings, according to the Education Research & Data Center. The Earnings for Graduates report covers 36 fields, from agriculture to visual arts, and UW Bothell is represented in 11 of them.

Overall, 61% of UW Bothell’s undergraduate students and 54% of graduate students graduated debt free.​


Proven Impact

Our graduates contribute to the region: About 90% of UW Bothell students come from the Washington state — and 9 out of 10 of UW Bothell’s almost 24,000 alumni stay to live and work in King and Snohomish counties.

UW Bothell brings more than $341.8 million in economic activity to the state. That includes a direct impact of approximately $184 million and indirect impact of approximately $158 million. These amounts reflect expenditures, government revenues, the employment of faculty and staff, and personal incomes of residents.

Each year, UW Bothell students work with more than 375 community partners – businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies – on projects that advance their education and support the partners’ goals.

  • Source: UW Bothell Division of Advancement & External Relations

The Carnegie Foundation has recognized the UW Bothell for its community engagement — collaborations with outside partners that lead to the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources. The national recognition is for institutions doing exceptional work that enriches teaching and research while also benefitting the broader community. It is given to a fewer than 10% of the approximately 4,000 higher education institutions in the United States.


Academic Rankings

According to a recent analysis of Department of Education data, UW Bothell is ranked No. 4 for graduating the most women in computer science among four-year public universities across the nation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education announced that UW Bothell is a “top producing” institution for Fulbright scholars. Each year, the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers approximately 450 teaching and research awards in more than 125 countries to U.S. faculty, students and working professionals.


Access and Opportunity

About 40% of incoming first-year students and 43% of incoming transfer students at UW Bothell will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree.

About 39% of incoming first-year students and 34% of incoming transfer students are eligible for federal Pell grants.​

UW Bothell is designated a “veteran-friendly” campus by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

UW Bothell ranked No. 5 for adult learners: Washington Monthly magazine has ranked the University of Washington Bothell No. 5 on its 2019 list of best four-year colleges in the nation for adult learners.


Commitment to Sustainability

The UW Bothell campus has been included on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll for the last three years (2017-2019).

Beginning in 2021, UW Bothell will be eligible to purchase 100% of its energy from local, renewable energy sources.

The UW Bothell campus has been salmon-safe certified since 2008 — in part because of the five oil-water separator tanks that filter runoff from campus.

The North Creek Wetlands is one of the largest and most successful wetland restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest. The 58-acre wetland also offers a living laboratory to UW Bothell researchers and students in environmental science as well as many other academic disciplines.


Media Spotlights

Going to college isn’t the goal, earning a degree is: “More student diversity at Washington’s public colleges and universities is a positive development. But more graduates among those college students of color is really something to cheer about… A new report from the University of Southern California’s Race and Equity Center that looked specifically at black students found a few notable exceptions. One of these exceptional schools is right here in Washington state: the University of Washington’s branch campus in Bothell. UW Bothell is helping students of color graduate at higher rates than national averages and at nearly the same rates as their peers, according to the latest data collected by the National Center for Education Statistics for 2016.”

“A pilot program at the University of Washington is finding ways to better support black and brown male students, who often find the campus isolating and unsupportive, and who graduate at lower rates… USC’s Race and Equity Center ranked Washington the second-best state in the nation for black student access and equity at its public colleges and universities. Enrollments at the UW Bothell, and to a lesser extent at UW Seattle and Tacoma, reflected the state’s share of black young adults statewide, and black students graduate at nearly the same rate as their peers, the report said.”


Regional Accolades

Washington state No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 ranking of the best states in the country.

Washington state is the "best state for working familes during COVID-19," according to a ranking by Oxfam America from September 2020.

Seattle is the most educated big city in the country, according to a 2019 U.S. Census Bureau report. Among the largest U.S. cities, Seattle had the highest percentage (63%) of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher as of 2017. The number of people with an advanced degree has doubled since 2000.