Students walk to classes at the UW Bothell campus on May 9 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Students walk to classes at the UW Bothell campus on May 9 in Everett. (Andy Bronson / Herald file)

Kamiak, Jackson and Mariner top feeder schools to UW Bothell

Snohomish County makes up 27% of the freshman class at UW’s Bothell campus.

BOTHELL — Three of the top four high schools feeding incoming freshmen into the University of Washington Bothell this fall are from Snohomish County.

Kamiak High School in Mukilteo tops the list with 29 followed by Henry M. Jackson in Mill Creek with 27. Mariner, south of Everett, and Woodinville with 21 each are next.

Snohomish County freshmen represent 27% of the freshman class compared with 57% from King County. The university falls on the King County side of Bothell. There are 829 first-year students in the Class of 2023.

UW Bothell has a total student body of 5,936 this fall. That includes 5,364 undergraduate students.

“Total enrollment at UW Bothell this fall, including both first-year students and transfer students, has not changed significantly from last year as the campus is in an enrollment growth pause until more parking and academic buildings are constructed on campus,” said Maria Lamarca-Anderson, the university’s communications director.

A 2017 master plan for UW Bothell and adjoining Cascadia College envisions enrollment will grow to 10,000 students in the next 20 years as building projects are completed.

Location and price are important factors in area students choosing UW Bothell, said Diane Bradford, a spokeswoman for the Mukilteo School District, which includes Kamiak and Mariner. Most students commute to the campus. Of the 1,982 undergraduates earning degrees last spring, 61% did so debt free.

Senior application days offered by UW Bothell each fall and winter also have proven popular among the high school students considering the Bothell campus, Bradford said. Those include designated school days for students to visit the campus, take a tour and get support filling out their applications.

From within the Mukilteo School District over the past seven years, the average annual number of students entering the University of Washington at both Seattle and Bothell has been 124. Among community colleges, that average number is 99 at Edmonds and 55 at Everett, according to school district statistics.

Transfer students account for 666 new students this fall at UW Bothell with 86% from the state’s community college system. The top three community colleges for transfers are Bellevue College with 110, Cascadia with 99 and Edmonds with 78.

Everett and Lynnwood are among the top five cities sending students to UW Bothell. Each city represents 6% of the school’s student body. Only Seattle at 14%, Bothell at 8% and Bellevue at 7% are higher.

The most popular majors are within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, at 28%.

Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; stevick@heraldnet.com.

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