Points of Pride


Points of Pride

One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Bothell is especially well known for the emphasis it places 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.

Enrollment totals more than 6,300 undergraduate and graduate students. More than nine out of 10 come from the state of Washington and after graduation stay to live and work in the region.

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 features recent statistics, rankings, awards and facts that demonstrate the boundless possibilities fostered by a UW Bothell education.


Smart Investment

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

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.

In 2019-20, 63% of undergraduate students and 68% of graduate students graduated debt-free.

  • Source: Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships


Proven Impact

About 90% of UW Bothell students come from Washington state, mostly from King and Snohomish counties. Since opening in 1990, UW Bothell has had more than 25,000 graduates. Nearly 90% of alumni live in the state, contributing to the economy and their communities.

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

In 2020, the Carnegie Foundation 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

UW Bothell’s School of Nursing & Health Studies has been recognized nationally for the excellence of its Master of Nursing program. Overall, the UW’s School of Nursing, which encompasses nursing programs on the UW campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell, ranks No. 4 among public colleges that offer a Master of Nursing (MN) degree, according to data used by US News & World Report in its 2020 Best Graduate School rankings.


Access and Opportunity

In autumn 2020, 41% of incoming first-year students and of incoming transfers would be first in their immediate family to earn a four-year degree.

  • Source: Office of Institutional Research

33% of incoming first-year students and of incoming transfer students are eligible for federal Pell Grants.

  • Source: Office of Institutional Research

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

UW Bothell has been recognized as an Asian American, Native American and Pacific Islander serving institution.


Commitment to Sustainability

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.

One of the largest and most successful wetland restoration projects in the Northwest, the 58-acre wetland serves as a living laboratory for UW Bothell students and researchers.


Regional Accolades

Washington State is ranked No. 1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ranking of the best states in the country. Washington was also No. 1 in 2019, making it the first state to hold the No. 1 for two years in a row.

Washington state is the “best state for working families 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.