University of Washington Bothell
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MottoLatin Lux sit
Motto in English
"Let there be light"[1]
EndowmentUS$ 3 million[2]
ChancellorBjong Wolf Yeigh[3]
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
MascotHolly the Husky

The University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) is a four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate satellite campus of the University of Washington, located in northeast King County. The campus was established in 1990. UW Bothell is the largest branch campus in the state and the fastest growing four-year university in the state of Washington.[4] In 2014 and 2015, Money Magazine ranked UW Bothell as the best university in Washington state in terms of value and quality. In the same study, UW Bothell ranked 10th nationally among public universities and 36th overall.[5][6][7][8]

UW Bothell is located just northwest of the junction of Interstate 405 and State Route 522, and it shares a campus with Cascadia College. Classes are offered day and evening for full or part-time students. Programs are offered in business, education, nursing, computing, engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, and interdisciplinary arts and sciences.


UW Bothell currently offers 40 bachelor's and master's degrees in five schools:

  • Business
  • Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Educational Studies
  • Nursing and Health Studies


With nearly 6000 students and 55 undergraduate programs and graduate degree programs,[9] UW Bothell is the largest branch campus in the state. The campus is also distinguished by its focus on cross-disciplinary research and creative practice, connected learning and community engagement.[10]

UW Bothell began accepting freshmen in autumn 2006. The first class to finish all four years at UW Bothell graduated in June 2010.

An agreement with the City of Bothell limits UW Bothell and Cascadia College enrollment. The enrollment limit is currently 10,000 FTE students. Initially, enrollment was limited to 3,000 FTE students until an entrance was built with direct access to State Route 522. The Washington State Department of Transportation completed this project in September 2009.[11]

Wetland restoration project

UW Bothell is home to one of the largest wetland restoration projects on the West Coast, covering 58 acres (23 ha). Prior to the restoration of the wetlands, the land had been used for cattle grazing.[12] Before this North Creek was straightened and confined to transport timber from upper areas of the watershed to sawmills located around Lake Washington. The complex ecological restoration project for the wetlands began in 1997 along with the construction of University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia College campus. The goal of this project was to restore the area within the surrounding urban watershed into a sustainable and fully functional floodplain ecosystem. To manage and ensure forthcoming sustainability, great detail was given to essential theories of ecosystem science and ecological restoration in the design and implementation of the site. The hydrology was restored; drainage ditches and dikes were filled or removed. Small topographic variations were added to encourage environmental diversity and multiple plant communities. Between 1998 and 2002, over 100,000 plants were planted. Seven years after initial planting, the Wetland restoration project met its 10-year objectives.[13]

The wetland is also an area for education. Over 30 courses have visited the restored wetland from the CUSP (Center for University Studies and Programs), Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Programs.[14] Students interested in researching inside the wetlands can fill out a Wetlands Research Permit.


  1. ^ Buhain, Venice. "But what does it mean?".
  2. ^ "Fast Facts 2012-13". University of Washington Bothell. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Office of the Chancellor". University of Washington.
  4. ^ Chan, Kenyon S. (October 2012). "Chancellor's Report". University of Washington Bothell. Retrieved 2015-08-17.
  5. ^ "Money Best Colleges: University of Washington-Bothell Campus". Money Magazine. 2015. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Hall, Lisa (July 29, 2014). "University of Washington Bothell ranked best in state by Money magazine" (Press release). University of Washington Bothell. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Mansfield, Laura (July 13, 2015). "University of Washington Bothell ranked best in state by Money magazine" (Press release). University of Washington Bothell. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Duff, Deanna (August 14, 2015). "UW Bothell ranks at head of class for value in state". The Herald Business Journal. Retrieved August 17, 2015.
  9. ^ "About UW Bothell - UW Bothell".
  10. ^ "Fast Facts 2018-2019 - About UW Bothell - UW Bothell".
  11. ^ "WSDOT - Project - SR 522 - UW Bothell/Cascadia Community College Campus Access". Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-09-22.
  12. ^ "History of the Wetlands - Wetlands Overview - Administration and Planning - UW Bothell". 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  13. ^ "The North Creek Wetlands - UW Bothell". Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  14. ^ University of Washington, Bothell. "UW Bothell Classes Using the Wetlands" (PDF). Student Guide - Visit the Wetlands. University of Washington, Bothell. Retrieved February 1, 2016.

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 47°45′34″N 122°11′28″W / 47.75944°N 122.19111°W / 47.75944; -122.19111