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Central Washington University
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  • 4 Year
  • ELLENSBURG, WA

Report Card

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

About

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.

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Central Washington University Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
March 1
Acceptance Rate
85%
SAT Range
950-1170
ACT Range
17-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
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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%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 103 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 115 responses
59%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 115 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
    68%
  • On Campus
    7%
  • Online
    25%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
9,977 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,134
Undergrads Over 25
15%
Pell Grant
35%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 71 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%
  • Selfish
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
72%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 104 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life. 140 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 82 responses
  • Great for education majors
    28%
  • Diverse
    21%
  • Affordable
    20%
  • Involved. There's a place for everyone here
    15%
  • 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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