Tuition & Fees

$7,361

$22,342

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
12%
500-599
49%
400-499
34%
300-399
4%
700-800
1%
600-699
16%
500-599
44%
400-499
35%
300-399
4%
700-800
1%
600-699
6%
500-599
28%
400-499
47%
300-399
16%
200-299
2%
30-36
4%
24-29
14%
18-23
37%
12-17
37%
6-11
8%
30-36
3%
24-29
17%
18-23
47%
12-17
33%
30-36
2%
24-29
18%
18-23
37%
12-17
43%
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undergraduateRatios

47%

male

53%

female

1

teacher

23

students

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Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,932
Declined + 4,388
Total Received 12,320
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Public

14,427

undergraduate students

545

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

Not Reported

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Codes

SAT 4044
ACT 4444

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Location

School Facts

Central Washington University, founded in 1891, is a public university. Its 350-acre campus is located in Ellensburg, 110 miles from Seattle.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 14,972
Established in 1891
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  ACCE (American Council for Construction Education)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NWCCU (Northwest Comm. on Colleges and Universities)

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Ellensburg, WA

350-acre campus in Ellensburg (population: 20,326), 110 miles from Seattle; branch campuses in Lakewood, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Seattle-Tacoma, Wenatchee, and Yakima. Served by bus; major airport serves Seattle; smaller airport and train serve Yakima (38 miles).

Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7512

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
31%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
89%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age
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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
12%
500-599
49%
400-499
34%
300-399
4%
700-800
1%
600-699
16%
500-599
44%
400-499
35%
300-399
4%
700-800
1%
600-699
6%
500-599
28%
400-499
47%
300-399
16%
200-299
2%
30-36
4%
24-29
14%
18-23
37%
12-17
37%
6-11
8%
30-36
3%
24-29
17%
18-23
47%
12-17
33%
30-36
2%
24-29
18%
18-23
37%
12-17
43%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $50
Common application accepted no
Application deadline March 1 (priority deadline)
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

64%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,932
Declined + 4,388
Total Received 12,320

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Essay
Recommendations

Considered

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Interview
Particular talent/ability
Standardized test scores
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Kathy Gaer-Carlton
Director of Admissions
P: 866 298-4968
F: 509 963-3022
admissions@cwu.edu

Financial Aid

57%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$10,533

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $6,170
Room $5,783
Board $7,283
Additional fees $1,191
Books & supplies $1,002
Total $21,429
Average Financial Aid - $10,533
Total with Avg. Aid $10,896
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Other

Financial Aid Office

P: 509 963-1611
F: 509 963-1788
financialaid@cwu.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Patty Snowden
Financial Aid Program Coordinator
patricia.snowden@cwu.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
rugby
soccer
softball
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
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Athletic Directors

Dennis Francois (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Kari Johnson (women's)
Swa
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Mascot
Wildcats
School colors
crimson and black

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Administrative Management
Anthropology
Anthropology Teaching
Art
Art Teaching
Asia/Pacific Studies
Athletic Administration
Biology
Biology Teacher Education
Business Administration
Business Education
Chemistry
Chemistry Teacher Education
Communication Studies
Community Health
Computational Science
Computer Science
Construction Management
Cultural/Environmental Resource Management
Early Childhood Education
Earth Sciences
Economics
Electronics Engineering
Elementary Education
English
English Education
English Literature
English/Professional/Creative Writing
English/TESOL
Exercise Science
Experimental Psychology
Family Studies
Family/Child Life
Family/Consumer Sciences
Fashion Merchandising
Film/Video Studies
Fine Arts
Flight Technology
Food Science/Nutrition
Food Service Management
Foreign Language Education
Foreign Languages
Geography
Geography Teaching
Geological Sciences
Geology
Gerontology
Graphic Design
Health/Physical Education
Higher Education
History
History Teaching
Individualized Studies
Industrial Education
Industrial Technology
Information Technology/Administrative Management
Integrative Human Physiology
Journalism
K-12 Physical Education Teaching
Language Arts
Law/Justice
Leisure Services
Literacy
Marketing Education
Master Teacher
Mathematics
Mathematics Teaching
Mechanical Engineering Technology
Mental Health Counseling
Music
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Theory/Composition
Music/Business
Nutrition
Paramedic
Philosophy
Physical Education
Physics
Political Science
Primate Behavior
Primate Behavior/Ecology
Psychology
Public Health
Public Relations
Recreation/Tourism
Safety/Health Management
School Administration
School Health Education
School Psychology
Science/Mathematics Education
Social Services
Sociology
Special Education
Theatre Arts
Theatre Arts/Secondary Education
Theatre Production
Theatre Studies
Visual Arts Teaching
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Programs Offered

  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Health Professions
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technologies
  • Vocational Arts
  • Other

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

14,972

total students

92%

in-state

8%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

96%

14,427
students

Female
53%
7,604

Male
47%
6,823

4%

545
students

Female
64%
349

Male
36%
196

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

70%

10,101
students

Female
52%
5,198

Male
48%
4,903

30%

4,326
students

Female
56%
2,406

Male
44%
1,920

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Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
3%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
12%
Hispanic/Latino
38%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
10%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
6%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

82%

Transfer applicants accepted

56%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Not Required/Recommended
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Required of Some
Standardized test scores Not Required/Recommended
Essay or personal statement Required of Some

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Winter: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Maximum transfered

135

quarter hours

Minimum transfers must complete

45

quarter hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

100%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Other
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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