Morgan's Brain

Sep. 27, 2008 at 7:00am

UWT: Bigger, Badder, Better

The Puget Sound Business Journal is reporting that UWT has set a new attendance record:

"The student head count is approaching 3,000 students, which the officials said is 350 more than last year and a record number... The school said this year’s freshman class is more than 220 students."


If there has been one thing that has helped turn downtown around, it's UWT. It's hard to imagine the success of anything else down there without the vision and resolve that has transformed blocks of vacant blighted buildings and turned them into a modern urban university campus.

This is the beginning of something good. Real good.

Read all about it: UW Tacoma says fall 2008 enrollment will set a record


comments [6]  |  posted under downtown, tacoma, urban design, uwt


by Erik on 9/27/2008 @ 12:46pm
Very cool. UWT expansion is a way to breath some more life into downtown.

Now UWT need to start building some high density student housing and get away from having the campus focus so much on commuters.

by morgan on 9/27/2008 @ 7:20pm
Baby steps, Erik. Baby steps.

by Nick on 9/28/2008 @ 1:46am
This is definitely encouraging. I'd say we're already moving past baby steps. They've outgrown UPS (a 120 year old school) in enrollment after only about a decade. Yes I know, that's comparing apples to oranges, but it still puts it into perspective a bit.

by fredo on 10/1/2008 @ 9:43am
The development of the UWT campus is the most important catalyst in the transformation of downtown Tacoma. The museums, the Link, the Convention Center: all important but in a secondary way.

by izenmania on 10/1/2008 @ 10:50am
Definitely agreed. Museums are an infrequent draw. Even the most consistent art lovers will only come downtown for museums about once a month at the most, just because of exhibit turnover. And the Link is only useful if people are already in one part of downtown and want to get to another. UWT gets a large contingent of people to the area nearly daily.

by Nick on 10/1/2008 @ 11:02am
It's amazing how much more life there is in this end of town now that it's September. It really emphasizes just how much the campus contributes to bringing people back into downtown.

Now we just need to continue focus on expanding nightlife options and more resident UWT undergrads to keep downtown alive outside weekday business hours.