Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA, USA
3.77 Average Rating

Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well as an Honors College. In addition to classroom space, the CWU campus hosts the Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery and Museum of Culture and Environment. For sports fans, Central Washington fields 13 men’s and women’s varsity teams known as the Wildcats.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Public
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed

Need Blind

This school does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town

0
100
64%
Acceptance Rate

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Fall Regular Decision February 1, 2020
Spring Regular Decision March 1, 2020

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
93%
Out-Of-State Students
4%
22%
Submitting ACT
86%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 22
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 978
0
1600
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Doctorate
Total Number of Students
14,972
Total Number of Undergrads
14,427
Academic Calendar

Quarter

Classroom Sizes

2-19 Students
40%
20-39 Students
49%
40-99 Students
9%
0
100
27%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
53%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
23:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$14,647
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Tuition
In-State Tuition In-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state's or institution's residency requirements. In-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students residing in the locality in which they attend school and may be a lower rate than in-state tuition if offered by the institution.
$7,361
Out-of-State Tuition Out-of-state tuition is the tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements. Out-of-district tuition is the tuition charged by the institution to those students not residing in the locality in which they attend school.
$22,342
Additional Costs
Room and Board The weighted average for room and board and other expenses is generated as follows:
  • (amount for on-campus room, board and other expenses * # of students living on-campus.
  • + amount for off-campus (with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus with family
  • + amount for off-campus (not with family) room, board and other expenses * # of students living off-campus not with family)
divided by the total # of students. Students whose living arrangements are unknown are excluded from the calculation. For some institutions the # of students by living arrangement will be known, but dollar amounts will not be known. In this case the # of students with no corresponding dollar amount will be excluded from the denominator.
$13,066
Books and Supplies
$1002

Aid & Grants

0
100
57%
Need Met
Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid. Federal gift aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
81%
Average Aid Per Year
$7,220
Students Receiving Grants Percent of undergraduate students awarded grant aid. Grant aid includes any grant or scholarship aid awarded, from the federal government, a state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.
81%
Average Federal Grant Aid Per Year
$4,797
Average Institution Grant Aid Per Year
$3,425

Student Loans

Students Borrowing Loans Loans to students - Any monies that must be repaid to the lending institution for which the student is the designated borrower. Includes all Title IV subsidized and unsubsidized loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans. Does not include PLUS and other loans made directly to parents.
59%
Average Loan Amount Per Year
$6,019
Average Debt at Graduation The median federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated. This figure includes only federal loans; it excludes private student loans and Parent PLUS loans.
$20,000
Median Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 5.05% interest rate.
$213
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Student Gender
Male
Female
47%
53%
Student Organizations
76
Size of Town
Suburb or town
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
Yes
On Campus Women's Center
No

Housing

0
100
32%
Undergrads Living on Campus
On-campus living required of freshman
Yes

Athletics

Divisional Sports Nickname
Central Washington Wildcats
School Colors
Black/Crimson
Varsity Athletics Association
NCAA
Varsity Athletics Conference Primary
Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Campus Safety

24-HR security patrol
No
Campus emergency phones
Yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Seattle
Yakima
Portland
Pasco
Spokane
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$44,900
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What Students Are Saying

3.77 Average Rating
CWU is a pleasant surprise in a small town. It's a beautiful campus with quality classes and professors. Aside from the wind, it's an awesome school.
Noelle from Olympia, WA
Central Washington University has wonderful facilitators, advisers, and student programs. I have met so many wonderful people, in my courses, as well as in campus activities, and clubs. This college is student-centered, and provides students with equal opportunity, and motivation for success. :)
Amy from Ellensburg, WA
It is the best college I have every been to! I love it here! Highly recommended!
Valerie from Camas, WA
Close to home, and very outgoing. Stuff is so friendly and nice. And it had most of the stuff I was interested in. Love it!!
Norma from Buckley, WA
The staff at Central are very friendly and willing to work with their students. The campus is beautiful and well-maintained. The student aides and other student volunteers are very open and willing to talk with students or help them in any way they can.
Robyn from Walla Walla, WA
Central Washington University has given me the most welcoming experience in my life. The school has handled all my problems with sincerely and professionally. I actively encourage people from all walks of life to become a Wild Cat
Austin from Henderson, NV
I'm a running start student here at Central and the staff is amazing. There are small classes so a student gets to know the professor, and the professor knows them by name. This school has a great music and teaching program.
Peyton from Ellensburg, WA