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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  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
Central Washington is an above-average public university located in Ellensburg, Washington. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 10,446 undergraduate students. The Central Washington acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Business, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Psychology. Graduating 52% of students, Central Washington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.
About Central Washington University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
910-1100
ACT Range
17-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$14,124/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,896/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,635/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,269/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,309/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,501/ year
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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
61%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.108 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.108 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,446Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 65 responses
Report
  • Washintonian (native to washington)
    40%
  • Kind
    22%
  • Coastie (Seattle area natives)
    17%
  • Open. Willing to try new things/meet new people.
    9%
  • Diverse
    6%
  • Conservsative
    3%
  • Diverse
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.97 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.133 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 75 responses
Report
  • Great for education majors
    31%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Affordable
    20%
  • Involved. There's a place for everyone here
    15%
  • Distinguished
    7%
  • Cliquy and high school
    1%
  • Great baseball program
    1%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$46,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
52%
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
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What I loved about Central Washington University the most is that our campus is very focused on making Central feel like home and that everybody deserves to be treated with the same respect despite color, creed, religion or sexual orientation. Everybody has a place where they can fit in while also getting along with others who are different from them. Our campus is also very active! Something is always going on somewhere. Central really pushes for a 4 year graduation but also encourages you to move at your own pace while enjoying college while you can.
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Central is an amazing school! So far, I've only been attending for two quarters but all the professors are amazing! They teach very well and are always willing to help out with anything! Central and the local town of Ellensburg are always coming together to get all the students, as well as the community together in local events and on campus gatherings, such as the Ellensburg rodeo and the various holiday dinners hosted in the SURC cafeteria. Diversity is also celebrated widely here. We have a diversity club that almost every week puts on a show/ skit or puts on an event. Just last week they put together a flash mob in the student recreation center. The diversity club as well as many other students preformed the song and dance "We're all in this together" from high school musical to welcome everyone to our school.
CWU has very disorganized administration in almost every department I encountered. I was given conflicting advice on everything. They tried to overcharge me on tuition both the semesters I made the mistake of attending. The financial aid department is filled with incompetent people who do not return calls unless you become a pest. The academic advisors were useless. I wound up taking classes based on their recommendations that were supposed to be junior/senior level classes, not freshman material I had already covered. I think they just wanted my money and did not give a poo if I wasted my financial aid on redundant courses. Most of the classes were repetitive and dumbed down. I only had one professor that I felt was worth their salary, Maya Zeller.