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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B-
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
From Central Washington University

Central Washington University, located about an hour-and-a-half east of Seattle, offers 135 undergraduate majors and 30 master’s degree programs. With 12,342 students, CWU consistently ranks as the top school in the state for offering the best return on investment for its students. A number of Central’s degree programs, including Business, Information Technology and Administrative Management, Music, Writing, and Education, have been recognized for their excellence in national and regional rankings. Additionally, for the fifth time in six years, Central has earned the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognizes higher education institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Central Washington University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
March 1
Acceptance Rate
78%
SAT Range
950-1170
ACT Range
17-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

Cost

Net Price
$16,014/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,065/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.103 responses
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.114 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.114 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
32
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
7
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
25
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    67%
  • On Campus
    9%
  • Online
    24%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,040Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,379
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 70 responses
  • Washintonian (native to washington)
    41%
  • Kind
    20%
  • Coastie (Seattle area natives)
    16%
  • Open. Willing to try new things/meet new people.
    10%
  • Diverse
    9%
  • Conservsative
    3%
  • Selfish
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.103 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.139 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 81 responses
  • Great for education majors
    28%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Affordable
    20%
  • Involved. There's a place for everyone here
    14%
  • Distinguished
    6%
  • Student Oriented
    5%
  • Cliquy and high school
    1%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $46,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    58%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    87%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.71 responses

    Central Washington University Reviews

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    My online learning experience with Central Washington University has been a positive one. The instructors are very helpful and lay out a very balanced and informative curriculum that helps you complete all of your work without missing any due dates. The canvas application helps you focus on what you need to do, tailored by modules to educate you in a step-by-step format. If you ever have questions or problems, this university has many different Methods on helping you resolve your issues. There is the writing center that helps you with essays, which I have found very helpful. They have you submit your essay before it is due, and then send you a video explaining what can be done to improve your writing skills, grammar and punctuation, formatting etc. The online courses that I have been taking due to the pandemic are just as good as the in person classes, Central Washington University has delivered on their promise!
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    The school is very inviting and friendly. In rolling at the college was a very simple process and all of the advisers are very helpful. My experience with this university has been nothing but positive and the instructors are very knowledgeable and very willing to help if you are having issues. The students enrolled at this university, From my experience are very friendly and diverse. There are lots of student programs and events the school put on and they like to stay connected with each student which makes the experience feel very unique and individualized for each student. I have really enjoyed my experience so far with Central Washington University, if you are considering enrolling at this university I suggest you do it because it Has been nothing but an excellent experience!
    Central Washington University has been filled with exciting opportunities to learn and grow as an individual. From their inclusive on-campus activities to informational Zoom sessions, I have always felt comfortable and eager to learn as much as I can during my time here. Currently, I am in Central Washington University's physical education and school health program and I have been loving it! Not only are my professors fun and very knowledgeable about our career path, but they also care heavily about the success of their students and the importance of teaching as a whole. Overall, Central has become my home away from home and I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else!