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


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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 headcount of 3,272 students, also counted as 2,850 FTE (full-time equivalent students). This compares to an FTE of 2,374 in 2009, or an increase of 20%.

Says Hung Dang, Asst. Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, “We are drawing significant numbers of students because they have discovered a world-class University of Washington education in our small setting known for intensive faculty and student collaboration.”


Of the total student population, the top counties of residence are King (59%) and Snohomish (28%). Students represent a record 23 states and 21 countries (the Fall 2009 class by comparison represented 12 states and 17 countries). The top states of residence are Washington, California, Oregon and Hawaii and the top countries of residence are China, South Korea, Taiwan and India.

18% of students are benefitting from UW’s Husky Promise program and 25% are Pell-Grant eligible. 109 students are U.S. Veterans.

Of the incoming freshman class, UW Bothell’s fifth freshman class: 1,735 students applied and 404 enrolled. Of these, 178 are female and 226 are male. Of the local high schools represented, top feeder schools include Inglemoor, Mariner, Lynnwood, and Kamiak.

The class is ethnically diverse as well, with students self-reporting as: 38% Caucasian, 37% Asian American, 9% Hispanic, 6.5% African American, 2.5% American Indian, and 1% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (5.7% did not indicate).


With the increase in lower-division students, the campus is seeing a shift in its population with 74% of students (and 97% of freshman) taking full-time course-loads. This compares to 50% of students taking full-time course-loads just 10 short years ago.

With the increase in course-loads, comes a great increase in time spent on campus, which presents opportunities for growing academic offerings and the building of an active and engaged student population through campus amenities and activities. Students are spending greater amounts of time on campus, are more involved in projects and research with faculty and fellow students, and are participating in clubs and organizations in record numbers.

Campus housing and food-service options have grown to meet the changes in student demand. The campus currently has 71 students-in-residence at two off-campus locations. Plans are underway to continue to grow the housing program. New food options on campus include a hot-food lunch service and there are plans for a student lounge to open in winter quarter.

With the addition of lower-division students has come the demand for an increase in academic offerings. Several new degrees launched in Fall 2010, including a Bachelor of Science in Biology and plans are underway for a full build-out of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programs over the next few years, pending the building of a third academic building to house necessary lab and teaching spaces. The campus has also grown from its main Bothell site to include off-site locations in Bellevue, Everett (opened recently in Sept. 2010), and Mount Vernon.

In just 20 short years, UW Bothell has grown into a renowned resource for the community and its plans for the next 20 years position it for even greater success.

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. In the 2010-11 academic year, UW Bothell debuted a Bachelor of Science in Biology. It also launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at a new Everett location (University Center of North Puget Sound) and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration at its Bellevue-based Eastside Leadership Center.
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