UW Bothell Reports Enrollment Growth and Campus Expansion for the 2012-13 Academic Year

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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

BOTHELL, Wash. – For the 2012-13 academic year, the University of Washington Bothell reports enrollment growth, making it the fastest-growing public university in the state of Washington.

The campus reports a head-count for 2012-13 of 4,172 students, also counted as 3,788 FTE (full-time equivalent students). This number compares to an FTE of 3,377 in the previous year, corresponding to an increase of 411 FTEs, or 12 percent. Applications to the university also increased by 13 percent over the previous year.

The recent increase in enrollment at UW Bothell now makes it the largest of the five university branch campuses in the state. Ninety-two percent of the currently enrolled students are from Washington.

Says Hung Dang, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, "Our student demographics reflect the values at UW Bothell: quality, access and diversity. We are proud to offer students 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 (60 percent) and Snohomish (30 percent). A total of 39 percent of resident undergraduate students receive financial aid through UW’s Husky Promise program, and 23 percent are eligible for federal aid. There are 139 students that are U.S. Veterans (or eligible for veterans benefits).

The incoming freshman class (UW Bothell’s seventh freshman class) will total 670. Applications to UW Bothell (4,761) increased by 13 percent over the previous year. Of incoming freshmen, half are female and half are male. The top feeder high schools include Kamiak, Mariner, Juanita, Bothell and Inglemoor high schools.

There are 651 new transfer students beginning at UW Bothell this fall, a 3.3 percent increase over last year.

UW Bothell remains one of the most diverse universities in the nation. The incoming freshman class is comprised of 66 percent students of color from diverse backgrounds. The diversity profile (with students self-reporting) is: 39 percent Asian American, 13 percent Hispanic, 6 percent African American, 1 percent American Indian, and 2 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (6 percent did not indicate). Forty-nine percent of incoming freshmen are first-generation students.

UW Bothell offered more than $39 million in financial aid to UW Bothell undergraduates for the 2012-13 year, including grants, scholarships, loans and work-study awards.


UW Bothell opens the new academic year with unprecedented additions to its campus footprint. There are three major construction projects under way. A $68 million Science and Academic Building (UWB 3) is expected to open late in 2014, in part funded by the state. A $3.3 million student-funded Sports and Recreation Complex will open in October. Construction has also begun on the Sarah Simonds Green Conservatory, funded by a private gift from Dr. Gordon Green. The 4,500 square-foot facility will contain a greenhouse along with education and exhibit space.

The campus has also secured a long-term lease on a building located across from Husky Village. The space will be used to centralize student services and to make more classroom space available elsewhere on campus. Occupancy is scheduled for summer 2013.

Campus housing has grown to meet the changes in student demand. This year, UW Bothell opened Campus View apartments to students. Together with the existing Husky Village, the campus currently houses more than 275 students.

New degrees introduced this fall include a degree in climate science and policy, along with a master of fine arts (MFA) in creative writing and poetics. Additional science, technology and mathematics degrees will be introduced in the next year, including programs in interactive media design, mathematics, health studies and cybersecurity. The institution has 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.