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University of Washington Bothell’s fall enrollment reflects 25 years of growth and commitment to access, student success, and affordability in higher education

October 28, 2014
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University of Washington Bothell’s fall enrollment reflects 25 years of growth and commitment to access, student success, and affordability in higher education

Bothell, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell continues to experience record enrollment growth, despite a trend of downward enrollment at colleges and universities nationwide. UW Bothell is the fastest-growing public university in the state of Washington with first year student enrollment for fall of 2014-2015 increasing 10 percent over last year.

As the university enters its 25th year, it remains committed to providing access, opportunity and innovation. For the first time in UW Bothell’s recent history, more than half (51percent) of the incoming first year students are first generation college students.

The campus reports an overall headcount for 2014-15 of 4,963 students, also counted as 4,588 FTE (full-time equivalent students). This number compares to an FTE of 4,216 in the previous year, corresponding to an increase of 372 FTEs, or 9 percent.

UW Bothell remains the largest of the five university branch campuses in the state. Ninety percent of the currently enrolled students are from the state of Washington.

“Students of great promise and diverse backgrounds choose UW Bothell for our world-class University of Washington education,” says Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Jill Orcutt. “We pride ourselves in providing this exceptional experience that prepares our graduates for relevant jobs, graduate school, and to influence important change in their communities and in the world.”


Of the total student population, the top counties of residence are King (55 percent) and Snohomish (35 percent). Of the incoming first year students, 34 percent are from Snohomish County.

The incoming first year class (UW Bothell’s ninth first year class) totals 634, a 10 percent increase over last year. Of incoming first year students, 53 percent are female and 47 percent are male. The top feeder high schools include Henry M. Jackson, Bothell, Redmond, Mountlake Terrace and Kamiak high schools.

There are 747 new transfer students beginning at UW Bothell this fall. The top feeder institutions include Bellevue College, Cascadia College, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College and North Seattle College.

UW Bothell is committed to a diverse student body, presenting opportunities for a richer, better-rounded educational experience. The incoming first year class is comprised of 69 percent students of color from diverse backgrounds. The diversity profile (with students self-reporting) is: 37 percent Asian American, 15 percent Hispanic, 7 percent African American, 7 percent two or more races, <1 percent Native American, and 1 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (1 percent did not indicate).

UW Bothell undergraduates were offered more than $43.5 million in financial aid for the 2013-14 year, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study awards from all sources. A total of 27 percent of resident undergraduate students receive financial aid through UW’s Husky Promise program, and 60 percent are eligible for financial aid. There are a total of 159 students that are U.S. veterans (or eligible for veterans’ benefits).

Growth and maturity marks 25th anniversary

As UW Bothell celebrates its 25th anniversary, it also celebrates a period of growth and maturity. All academic programs are now schools. The final two schools: The School of Educational Studies and School of Nursing and Health Studies were recognized in September and will be led by deans effective December 16. The School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is also showing tremendous growth in enrollment as UW Bothell works to meet regional industry needs. Nearly 30 percent of students with majors are in STEM and 16 percent of women who have declared majors are majoring in STEM fields.

Several new degree and certificate programs are expected to launch in 2015, including a master’s of science in electrical engineering (MSEE), a master’s of science in computation science, a bachelor’s in mathematical thinking and visualization, a bachelor’s in education, minors in math and diversity studies, and certificates in electrical engineering foundations and special education.

For the first time in its young history, UW Bothell has been nationally recognized for value, affordability, and student outcomes. Recent rankings include:

Money Magazine’s rankings based on measures of value, quality and career earnings:

  • UW Bothell is first in the state of Washington
  • No. 10 of the top 25 best public colleges
  • No. 37 of the best 50 colleges in the nation

Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck ranking based on the economic value each student receives per dollar:

  • No. 6 in the nation
  • No. 5 for all master’s universities

To support student life on campus, construction is underway for a new Activities and Recreation Center, scheduled to open in fall 2015. The university is also exploring options for additional housing and dining to meet a growing need.

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