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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-
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
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
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
86%
SAT Range
910-1100
ACT Range
17-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

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.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$7,096/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

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.112 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.112 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
10,446Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,634
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 69 responses
Report
  • Washintonian (native to washington)
    41%
  • Kind
    20%
  • Coastie (Seattle area natives)
    16%
  • Open. Willing to try new things/meet new people.
    10%
  • Diverse
    7%
  • Conservsative
    3%
  • Diverse
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
73%
of students say they don't have Greek life.101 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.137 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 79 responses
Report
  • Great for education majors
    29%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Affordable
    19%
  • Involved. There's a place for everyone here
    14%
  • Distinguished
    6%
  • Student Oriented
    4%
  • 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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    Central Washington University Reviews

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    Central Washington University was the best choice I could have made for a university. I have made the best of friends, the professors are awesome, and the class sizes are small. I have never not felt comfortable on the campus, or in the dorms. They are constantly trying to better themselves. And the town it is in is absolutely wonderful. You get a nice southern feel without being in the south. Everyone is nice, and the town is clean, and the there is a huge community pretense. Only 40 min from the next city and only a couple hours from Seattle I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone!
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    I've attended CWU for a few years and love the professors and lessons, but the logistics of the college and the administration are poor as compared to my previous college.
    Administrators seem hesitant to make progressive changes to practices and procedures involving suicidality, mental health, available parking, drug use, and wifi at CWU. The wifi is poor, even in the library, and this page took several minutes to load. Streaming music via the school's wifi is difficult, and on-campus gaming is so difficult that it's the subject of many jokes in the dorms. There's never enough people working the counseling center, and the campus police respond very aggressively when students report suicidal ideation, which is a dangerous combination. There's also never enough parking, so please don't bring your car if you decide to attend CWU.
    Still, I think the professors are wonderful and the campus is great for longboarding and biking. Rock on.
    Central Washington is amazing. Very inclusive, very friendly people. The are is surrounded by nature and tons of outdoor activities perfect for adventurers. The campus is flat and easy to get around on. The dorms are well kept. There are no sororities or fraternities; I feel like that keeps people more focused and less trouble. The school has so many resources to help you learn , especially when you need a special testing environment. I am in the aviation program, which is fantastic. The Living Learning Communities are very beneficial as well. This school is pretty cheap compared to others in WA state