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October 19, 2023

UW’s 2023 historic incoming class: one of the most diverse and at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, the largest

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UW’s incoming class is one of the most diverse, and at UW Bothell and UW Tacoma, the largest.University of Washington

The University of Washington’s newest freshman class is one of the most diverse in the school’s 162-year history, and UW Bothell and UW Tacoma are welcoming their largest incoming classes.

Each year, university officials conduct an enrollment count on the second Friday after classes begin.

The incoming new class across all three campuses, including first-year students and transfer students, totals 11,609, of which 8,414 — 72.5% — are Washington residents.

The Seattle campus enrolled 8,559 new undergraduates, including 7,006 freshmen and 1,553 transfer students. Of the 8,559 new undergraduates at the Seattle campus, a record 1,509 or 17.6%, a record high percentage, are historically underserved students of color.

The number of Washington community college transfer students enrolled at the UW across all three campuses this fall was 2,191 — 1,281 in Seattle, 402 in Bothell and 508 in Tacoma. Of these, 85.1% are Washington residents.

Overall, the number of undergraduate applicants to the Seattle campus increased this year by 18% to 67,483, with an admissions rate of 42.8%. The Seattle campus’ admission rate for Washington residents was 52.8%.

Total enrollment across all three campuses increased very slightly, from 60,081 to 60,692 — 50,097 in Seattle, 5,816 at UW Bothell and 4,790 at UW Tacoma (11 students are enrolled at more than one UW campus).

Of the 60,692 enrolled students across all three campuses, 43,255 are undergraduate and 17,437 are pursuing graduate or professional degrees. The number of international students enrolled across all three campuses is 8,662 (14.2%) – 8,153 in Seattle, 295 at UW Bothell and 216 at UW Tacoma.

The enrollment count — a snapshot in time — will later be presented to the UW Board of Regents.