Central Washington University

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School Overview

Central Washington University (CWU) is located approximately 110 miles east of Seattle, Washington in Ellensburg, Washington. It is a publicly assisted university that is expanding by renovating older buildings and building 2 to 3 new social science buildings. This expansion is due to CWU being the fastest growing university in Washington. It is expected that with the increased expansion and admissions that student enrollment will go from its current enrollment to well over 15,000 students in the next decade.

The university has three chief divisions which include Business and Financial Affairs, the Office of the President, and Academic and Student Life (ASL). ASL has four colleges: the College of the Sciences, the College of Education and Professional Studies, the College of Business, and the College of Arts and Humanities.

Another important division in ASL is the Department of Student Success. This provides opportunities like services, activities, events, etc. with education in mind to promote personal, academic, and professional growth both within and outside the classroom.

General Information

Admission Office

400 East University Way

Ellensburg, WA 98926-7463

(509) 963-1211

(866) 298-4968

Fax: (509) 963-3022

Contact: Lisa Garcia-Hanson

Director of Admissions
Main Address

400 East University Way

Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

(509) 963-1111


Total undergrads: 10,181

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,570

Degree-seeking undergrads: 9,688

Graduate enrollment: 481


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $55

Online application fee: $55
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 79%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $5,493 $5,724 $6,422 $7,110 +10.71%
Books and Supplies $924 $924 $972 $972 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,842 $8,052 $8,460 $8,901 +5.21%
Other $3,045 $3,114 $3,216 $3,216 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,304 $17,814 $19,070 $20,199 +5.92%
In-state Off Campus $6,417 $6,648 $7,394 $8,082 +9.30%
In-state with Family $6,417 $6,648 $7,394 $8,082 +9.30%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
In-state Tuition $7,689
In-state Student Fees $909
Out-of-state Tuition $17,172
Out-of-state Student Fees $909

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,131 73%
Grant or scholarship aid 874 56% $4,511,255 $5,162
• Federal grants 316 20% $1,239,057 $3,921
• Pell grants 316 20% $1,036,662 $3,281
• Other federal grants 244 16% $202,395 $829
Local and state government scholarships or grants 475 31% $1,750,411 $3,685
Institutional grants or scholarships 588 38% $1,521,787 $2,588
Student loan financial aid 818 53% $4,166,390 $5,093
• Federal student loans 818 53% $4,166,390 $5,093
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 2551 175 14
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 7
Asian Studies/civilization 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 85 6
Biology/biological Sciences, General 85 6
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 702 25
Accounting 254 25
Actuarial Science 9
Business Administration and Management, General 322
Business/office Automation/technology/data Entry 37
Fashion Merchandising 14
Office Management and Supervision 14
Retail Management 9
Special Products Marketing Operations 8
Tourism and Travel Services Management 35
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 95
Broadcast Journalism 9
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 1
Journalism 11
Public Relations/image Management 47
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 27
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Computer and Information Sciences, General 21
Education 483 77 2
Art Teacher Education 7
Biology Teacher Education 6
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 7 2
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 2 11
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 53
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 6
Elementary Education and Teaching 298
English/language Arts Teacher Education 9
Family and Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education 1
French Language Teacher Education 1
German Language Teacher Education 1
Health Teacher Education 5
History Teacher Education 16
Mathematics Teacher Education 14 6
Music Teacher Education 15
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 21
Reading Teacher Education 4
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 4
Spanish Language Teacher Education 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 16
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 36
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 6
Technical Teacher Education 7
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education 4
Engineering Technology, General 103
Computer Engineering Technology/technician 1
Construction Engineering Technology/technician 34
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/technician 7
Industrial Safety Technology/technician 36
Industrial Technology/technician 9
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology/technician 16
English Language and Literature/letters 37 6
English Language and Literature, General 37 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 38
Chinese Language and Literature 3
French Language and Literature 2
Japanese Language and Literature 12
Russian Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 20
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 74
Dietetics/dietitian 34
Emergency Medical Technology/technician (emt Paramedic) 10
Pre-nursing Studies 7
Public Health Education and Promotion 23
History 25 4
History, General 25 4
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 148
Corrections 13
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 135
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Humanities/humanistic Studies 1
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Mathematics, General 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 19 3
Gerontology 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 16
Natural Sciences 1
Nutrition Sciences 3
Natural Resources and Conservation 4 12
Environmental Science 4
Natural Resources Management and Policy 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 74 13
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 6 4
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 47 9
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 21
Physical Sciences 38 8
Chemistry, General 23 4
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences, Other 2
Geology/earth Science, General 8 4
Physics, General 5
Psychology 91 14 1
Counseling Psychology 6
Experimental Psychology 5
Psychology, General 91
School Psychology 3 1
Social Sciences 311 1 11
Anthropology 42
Anthropology, Other 9 1
Economics, General 26
Geographic Information Science and Cartography 11
Geography 34
Political Science and Government, General 26
Social Sciences, General 118
Sociology 56
Transportation and Materials Moving 50
Airline/commercial/professional Pilot and Flight Crew 22
Aviation/airway Management and Operations 28
Visual and Performing Arts 109 4
Acting 6
Art/art Studies, General 4
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics 2
Cinematography and Film/video Production 9
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 11
Film/cinema/video Studies 2
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 1
Fine/studio Arts, General 19
Graphic Design 22
Keyboard Instruments 2
Metal and Jewelry Arts 1 1
Music Management 3
Music Pedagogy 1
Music Performance, General 4 2
Music, General 14
Musical Theatre 1
Percussion Instruments 1
Sculpture 1
Stringed Instruments 1
Technical Theatre/theatre Design and Technology 2
Voice and Opera 3
Work and Family Studies 31 2
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 9
Family Systems 16 2
Foodservice Systems Administration/management 6
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Asian Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Music Theory/Composition B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Construction Management B
Fashion Merchandising B
Office Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B
Trade/Industrial Education B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Industrial Technology B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Chinese B
French B
German B
Japanese B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Occupational Health/Industrial Hygiene B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Gerontology B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services B
Public Policy Analysis B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Air Transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Central Washington University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (509) 963-1111
Website: www.cwu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.cwu.edu/admissions/online-admissions
Address: 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 11,658
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 52%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 940 (8% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,273
Out-of-state Tuition: $23,954
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $7,065

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Central Washington University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Central Washington University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 82
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 6222
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 394
Education 242516
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 102
English Language and Literature/Letters 133
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 273
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 7
Health Professions and Related Programs 1131
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 21
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 64
Natural Resources and Conservation 23
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 53
Personal and Culinary Services 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 3
Physical Sciences 152
Psychology 214
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 21
Social Sciences 4101
Transportation and Materials Moving 3
Visual and Performing Arts 2813
Grand total 4419266

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Central Washington University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,273
Out-of-state $23,954
Books and supplies $900

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,537
Out-of-state $24,404

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,760 90%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,651 85% $7,065
Student loan aid 1,103 57% $6,109

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 7,571 68% $7,913
Federal student loans 5,435 49% $6,593

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Central Washington University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Central Washington University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,017 4,726 6,291
Percent admitted 100% 83% 86%
Percent admitted who enrolled 20% 22% 18%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Central Washington University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 11,658
Undergraduate enrollment 11,111
Graduate enrollment 547

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Central Washington University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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