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November 6, 2003

Fall quarter enrollment up; minority count increases

The UW’s Seattle campus enrollment for autumn quarter 2003 is 39,136, including 1,652 non-matriculated students (those who are not seeking degrees) enrolled in credit courses through University Educational Outreach. Last year’s headcount was 39,216.

Undergraduate enrollment is 26,311 and graduate and professional is 11,173. Over half of the students are women, numbering 20,307 or 51.9 percent.

New freshmen, those entering the UW directly from high school, went from 4,846 to 4,977, an increase of 131, or 2.7 percent. The grade-point average for the new class is 3.67, which compares to 3.66 in 2002, and the average Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) score is 1180, up from 1168.

The enrollment of new underrep-resented freshmen (African Americans, American Indians, Hispanic/Latinos, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders) increased by 12.31 percent, from 398 to 447.

The autumn 2003 underrepresented freshman enrollments are encouraging, but the proportional representations of all identifiable groups (Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders were incorporated into the Asian American total in 1998) are still below autumn 1998 levels, the last year before the passage of Initiative 200, which banned the use of race in college and university admissions, among other things.

For autumn 2003, students of color total 10,652 and represent 27.2 percent of the overall enrollments (up from 26.3 percent in 2002); 31.7 percent of the undergraduate enrollments (up from 30.2); and 16 percent of graduate and professional enrollments (down from 16.1 percent).

New graduate students total 2,806. Enrollments of new underrepresented graduate students increased by 9.3 percent.

New professional students total 552. Enrollment of new underrepresented professional students (which includes dentistry, law, medicine and pharmacy) increased by 47.4 percent, from 38 to 56.

Enrollments at the Bothell and Tacoma campuses total 3,619, with 2,006 students enrolled at Tacoma and 1,613 enrolled at Bothell. The campuses enroll upper division undergraduate and graduate students.

Women account for more than half of the students at both campuses, with 64.4 percent, or 1,292, at Tacoma and 59.3 percent, or 956, at Bothell.

Most of the students enrolled at the Bothell campus (60.1 percent) are from King County, and 25.6 percent are from Snohomish County. The remaining students are from other areas.

Pierce County accounts for 53.5 percent of the Tacoma campus students. An additional 23.1 percent come from King County, 5.1 percent from Kitsap County and 8.3 percent from Thurston County. The remaining students are from other areas.