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Central Washington University Campus Life

Campus Size

Medium-Sized Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 1,423 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 11 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division II (with football)

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $78,945)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $49,965)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 70 112 - -
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 16 17 - -
Football 103 - - -
Soccer - 29 - -
Softball - 37 - -
Volleyball - 20 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.1%
Black/non-Hispanic 2.6%
Hispanic 7.5%
Non-resident alien 2.5%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.7%
Two or more races 4.6%
White/non-Hispanic 70.2%
Percent of students with disability 5%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 35
Liquor Law Violation 62
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 6
Property Crime 17
Reviews Dorm Life
  • J from Ellensburg, WA
  • 3
  • I lived off campus and cannot attest to the quality of dorm life. The IT staff works hard to ensure students can hook up and play their console games.…

  • Jul-13-2012 Read More
  • Daniel from Aberdeen, WA
  • 4
  • I've never lived in the dorms here, but I have lived in the on campus apartments, which I would fully recommend. Student village is nice. I've been inside a lot…

  • Jun-24-2012 Read More
  • Jeffery from Hannah
  • 3
  • Really depends on where you live on campus. The more you pay, the better it is, and the less friends you will make. It's good to experience the worse-off dorms…

  • Jul-04-2012 Read More
  • Haellie from Buckley, WA
  • 5
  • I am currently living in a newly built building that has completely met my expectations and high standards. In my opinion, dorm life can either make or break one's college…

  • Nov-04-2012 Read More
  • Chantel from Colville, WA
  • 3
  • Most of the dorms on campus are outdated and need some serious updating. However, the smaller residence halls make for a closer knit community.…

  • Jan-08-2015 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Chantel from Colville, WA
  • Jan-08-2015 I am a current student here

    The dining services do a wonderful job at CWU. There are plenty of options that range in food variety and the setting in which you get them. For example, part of it looks like a mall food court and the other is the equivalent to a school cafeteria.

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  • 5
  • Austin from Henderson, NV
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    My best advice is to get the food plan. even if you decide to live off campus. the food at the SURC is amazing and diverse. they have everything from old fashion burgers and fries to exotic stuff like sushi and Italian pasta. they have a pizza place, a Mexican food place, the pasta place, a dessert corner (ice cream is to die for), and a sandwich place. then next too all that is the huge buffe that has something diferent everynight. and all of this is in the same building right in the middle of campus. they have resturaunts all over campus too if you just want to walk across the street from your class or dorm. 10 out of 10

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  • 3
  • Malia from University Place, WA
  • Nov-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Central has several different options for food and dining. There are an abundance of choices for food and dining so that you do not have to eat the exact same thing each day. In addition to the options for food, Central has different drink and espresso stands and even a convenience store on campus so that you do not have to make a trip over to Fred Meyers or Safeway every time you need something. Each of the dining venues do a very good job with providing daily and weekly specials so you can even switch up your meal option from the every day options.

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  • 5
  • Noelle from Olympia, WA
  • Jun-11-2014 I am a current student here

    The meal plans and discounts are awesome. They have two main dining halls that are full of different and delicious choices. I've never had an issue with the food.

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  • 2
  • M from Ellensburg, WA
  • May-20-2014 I am a current student here

    Okay but restraunts and cooking for your self offer a lot more variety and healthier food

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Malia from University Place, WA
  • Nov-03-2014 I am a current student here

    Central does not have a greek system. To many students they wish there was a greek system, but there are many students that also find that central does not need a greek system because it can tend to make people be forced into hanging out only with people from their same sorority or fraternity.

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