University of Washington at Bothell Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

University of Washington Bothell
University of Washington Bothell. Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

The University of Washington at Bothell is relatively small public university with an acceptance rate of 79%. It is a young university that first began enrolling first-year students in 2006. The university is located 14 miles from downtown Seattle, and the majority of students come from the region. The campus is shared with Cascadia Community College. The area is home to a highly successful wetlands restoration project. The average undergraduate class size is 23 students, and the most popular majors are in professional and technical fields such as business, computing, and nursing. The university is proud of its interdisciplinary and entrepreneurial learning environment. Academics are backed up by a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio.

Considering applying to the University of Washington at Bothell? Here are the admissions statistics you should know including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

For students who entered in the 2018-19 academic year, UW Bothell had an acceptance rate of 79%. This means that for every 100 applicants 79 were admitted and 21 were rejected. The admissions process is moderately selective.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 3,022
Percent Admitted 79%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled 33%

SAT Scores and Requirements

The University of Washington Bothell requires all applicants to submit either SAT scores or ACT scores. For the class that entered in the 2018-19 academic year, 83% submitted SAT scores.

UW Bothell SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 510 610
Math 520 640
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

If we look at national SAT score data, it becomes clear that the great majority of Bothell students are in the top half of all test-takers. For the evidence-based reading and writing section of the exam, the middle 50% of students scored between a 510 and 610. This tells us that 25% of students got a 510 or lower, and at the upper end, 25% scored a 610 or higher. 21% of students scored below a 500. The range for the math section is slightly higher. The middle 50% scored between a 520 and 640. This means that 25% of students scored a 520 or lower, and 25% earned a 640 or higher. 14% of applicants scored below a 500. The most competitive applicants will have a combined score of 1200 or higher.

Requirements

The University of Washington Bothell does not require the optional essay section of the SAT, nor does the university require SAT subject tests. If you've taken the SAT more than once, the admissions folks will superscore your exams and consider the highest score for each section even if earned on different test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

All applicants to UW Bothell must submit either SAT or ACT scores. The SAT is the more popular exam. For the class that entered in the 2018-19 academic year, only 24% submitted ACT scores.

UW Bothell ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 18 26
Math 19 27
Composite 19 26

National ACT score data reveals that the majority of UW Bothell students scored among the top half of all test-takers. The middle 50% of students had a composite score between 19 and 26. This tells us that 25% of students scored a 19 or lower, and 25% scored a 26 or higher.

Requirements

The University of Washington Bothell does not require students to take the optional ACT writing exam. Also, students who take the ACT do not need to submit any SAT subject test scores. The university will superscore your ACT results if you took the exam more than once.

GPA

Your academic record will be the most important part of your UW Bothell application. For students who entered in the 2018-19 academic year, the average high school GPA was a 3.4. This tells us that successful applicants tend to have grades in the "A" and "B" range. Only 11% of students had high school GPAs that were below a 3.0.

Note that UW Bothell does not consider class rank during the admissions process.

Graph of Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Data

Graph of UW Bothell Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Data.
Graph of UW Bothell Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Data. Graph Courtesy of Cappex

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to the University of Washington Bothell. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The distribution of data in the graph above makes it clear that GPA is more important than standardized test scores in the UW Bothell admissions process. If you have a "B" average or higher in high school, you are likely to be admitted assuming you have taken sufficient college preparatory classes in areas such as science, math, English, and history.

The university has a holistic admissions process, so decisions are based on more than numerical data. The university ranks the application essay as a "very important" piece of the admissions equation. Special talent, extracurricular activities, letters of recommendation, and your overall character can also play a role. The university does not use interviews or legacy status when making admissions decisions.

Sources: Graph courtesy of Cappex; all other data from the National Institute for Education Statistics and the UW Bothell admissions website.