UW Bothell Shines as Regional Leader in Higher Education: Record Enrollment Figures Reported


Tuesday, October 11, 2011
CONTACT: Richard Penny, (425)352-3395,  pennyr2@uw.edu

BOTHELL, Wash. – The University of Washington Bothell reports record enrollment growth, making it a top choice for Washington students and a regional leader in higher education.

The campus reports a head-count for the 2011-2012 academic year of 3,759 students, also counted as 3,367 FTE (full-time equivalent students).  This number compares to an FTE of 2,880 in the previous 2010-2011 year, corresponding to an increase of 17%. 

The recent increase in enrollment at UW Bothell now makes it the largest of the five university branch campuses in the state. A total of 93% of the currently enrolled students are from Washington. 

Says Hung Dang, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, “We are drawing significant numbers of students because they have discovered a world-class University of Washington education that is known for inspiring creativity and innovation.”


Of the total student population, the top counties of residence are King (56%) and Snohomish (29%). A total of 20.9% of students are benefitting from UW’s Husky Promise program, and 28.9% are Pell-grant eligible. There are 132 students that are U.S. Veterans.

Of the incoming freshman class (UW Bothell’s sixth freshman class): 2,075 students applied, and 529 enrolled. Of these, half are female and half are male. Of the local high schools represented, top feeder schools include Inglemoor, Mariner, Kamiak, Jaunita, and Cascade high schools.

The class is ethnically diverse as well, with students self-reporting as: 35% Asian American, 13% Hispanic, 7% African American, 1% American Indian, and 3% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander  (1% did not indicate).

Campus housing and food-service options have grown to meet the changes in student demand. Campus housing has expanded to include more than 220 students-in-residence. New food options on campus include a hot-food lunch service and a student lounge, both of which opened in winter quarter 2010.

New degrees include the Master’s in Fine Arts (Fall 2012) and the Computing and Software Systems Certificate. Additional science, technology and mathematics degrees will be launched over the next few years. The institution has also grown from its main Bothell campus to include off-site locations in Bellevue, Everett and Mount Vernon.

To learn about UW Bothell’s many offerings, visit www.uwb.edu.

About UW Bothell: The University of Washington Bothell combines the benefits of a small campus with the resources and prestige of a world-renowned university. Offering over 30 degrees, options, certificates and concentrations, its curriculum emphasizes close student-faculty interaction, collaboration among students, and hands-on learning.For more information, visit www.uwb.edu.