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Central Washington University
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  • 4 Year
  • ELLENSBURG, WA

Report Card

grade B minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade C+
  2. Value
    grade B
  3. Diversity
    grade A minus
  4. Campus
    grade B minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade B minus
  8. Location
    grade B minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade B minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B minus
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

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Central Washington is a public university located in Ellensburg, Washington. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 9,235 undergraduate students. The Central Washington acceptance rate is 86%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Elementary Education. Graduating 58% of students, Central Washington alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,900.

About

400 EAST UNIVERSITY WAY
ELLENSBURG, WA 98926
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Central Washington University Rankings

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CWU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
Application Deadline
March 1
SAT Range
930-1150
ACT Range
17-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,441 / 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
$7,503 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B minus
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
21:1
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. 118 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 118 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
35
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
7
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
28
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    33%
  • On Campus
    2%
  • Online
    64%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,235 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,283
Undergrads Over 25
19%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 73 responses
  • Washintonian (native to washington)
    41%
  • Kind
    21%
  • Coastie (Seattle area natives)
    15%
  • Open. Willing to try new things/meet new people.
    10%
  • Diverse
    8%
  • Conservsative
    3%
  • Misfits
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
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Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 107 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 143 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 84 responses
  • Great for education majors
    27%
  • Affordable
    21%
  • Diverse
    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

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