11,047
Students
Financial aid thermometer
10,340
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
79
79%
Acceptance Rate
Small town
Setting
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Overview

Central Washington University is a Comprehensive institution located in Ellensburg, WA, in a small town setting.

Location & Contact

Address 400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA  98926-7463
United States
Contact Ms. Kathy Gaer-Carlton
Director of Admissions
Email: admissions@cwu.edu
Phone: 509-963-1211
Fax: 509-963-3065

Majors & Degrees

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Related Checkmark
Biology/biological Sciences Checkmark
Biomedical Sciences Checkmark
Cell And Molecular Biology Checkmark
Ecology Checkmark
Environmental Biology Checkmark
Exercise Physiology Checkmark
Microbiology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Actuarial Science Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
Business Administration, Management And Operations Related Checkmark
Business/managerial Economics Checkmark
Construction Management Checkmark
Finance Checkmark
Human Resources Management Checkmark
Logistics, Materials, And Supply Chain Management Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Organizational Leadership Checkmark
Restaurant/food Services Management Checkmark
Retailing Checkmark
Special Products Marketing Checkmark
Tourism And Travel Services Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Broadcast Journalism Checkmark
Communication Checkmark
Digital Communication And Media/multimedia Checkmark
Journalism Checkmark
Public Relations/image Management Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer And Information Systems Security Checkmark
Computer Science Checkmark
Data Modeling/warehousing And Database Administration Checkmark
Information Technology Checkmark
System, Networking, And LAN/WAN Management Checkmark
Web Page, Digital/multimedia And Information Resources Design Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Biology Teacher Education Checkmark
Chemistry Teacher Education Checkmark
Drama And Dance Teacher Education Checkmark
Early Childhood Education Checkmark
Education Checkmark
Elementary Education Checkmark
English/language Arts Teacher Education Checkmark
Family And Consumer Sciences/home Economics Teacher Education Checkmark
French Language Teacher Education Checkmark
History Teacher Education Checkmark
Mathematics Teacher Education Checkmark
Music Teacher Education Checkmark
Physical Education Teaching And Coaching Checkmark
Sales And Marketing/marketing And Distribution Teacher Education Checkmark
Science Teacher Education Checkmark
Social Science Teacher Education Checkmark
Spanish Language Teacher Education Checkmark
Special Education Checkmark
Technical Teacher Education Checkmark
Trade And Industrial Teacher Education Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Engineering Physics/applied Physics Checkmark
Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
Computer Engineering Technology Checkmark
Electrical, Electronic And Communications Engineering Technology Checkmark
Industrial Production Technologies Related Checkmark
Industrial Safety Technology Checkmark
Industrial Technology Checkmark
Manufacturing Engineering Technology Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering/mechanical Technology Checkmark
Occupational Safety And Health Technology Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
Creative Writing Checkmark
English Checkmark
Writing Checkmark
Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Associate Bachelors
Apparel And Textile Marketing Management Checkmark
Family And Consumer Sciences/human Sciences Checkmark
Family Systems Checkmark
Human Nutrition Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
French Checkmark
German Checkmark
Japanese Checkmark
Russian Checkmark
Spanish Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Dietetics Checkmark
Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Paramedic) Checkmark
Prenursing Studies Checkmark
Public Health Checkmark
Public Health Education And Promotion Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
Behavioral Sciences Checkmark
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies Related Checkmark
Museum Studies Checkmark
Nutrition Sciences Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Science Checkmark
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Kinesiology And Exercise Science Checkmark
Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Management Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Philosophy And Religious Studies Checkmark
Religious Studies Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Chemistry Checkmark
Environmental Chemistry Checkmark
Geological And Earth Sciences/geosciences Related Checkmark
Geology/earth Science Checkmark
Physics Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Human Services Checkmark
Public Policy Analysis Checkmark
Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
Criminal Justice/safety Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Economics Checkmark
Economics Related Checkmark
Geographic Information Science And Cartography Checkmark
Geography Checkmark
Geography Related Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
Social Sciences Checkmark
Sociology Checkmark
Transportation And Materials Moving Associate Bachelors
Airline Pilot And Flight Crew Checkmark
Aviation/airway Management Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Acting Checkmark
Art Checkmark
Ceramic Arts And Ceramics Checkmark
Cinematography And Film/video Production Checkmark
Drawing Checkmark
Film/cinema/video Studies Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts Checkmark
Graphic Design Checkmark
Jazz/jazz Studies Checkmark
Keyboard Instruments Checkmark
Metal And Jewelry Arts Checkmark
Music Checkmark
Music Performance Checkmark
Music Theory And Composition Checkmark
Musical Theater Checkmark
Painting Checkmark
Percussion Instruments Checkmark
Photography Checkmark
Playwriting And Screenwriting Checkmark
Sculpture Checkmark
Stringed Instruments Checkmark
Theater Design And Technology Checkmark
Voice And Opera Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

7,340
Applied
5,823
Accepted
11,047
Enrolled
79%
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Female Admissions

4,031
Females Applied
3,268
Females Accepted
81%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

3,309
Males Applied
2,555
Males Accepted
77%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.16
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
A minimum high school GPA of 2
Required for some programs Interview

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen March 1st Not reported Yes
Out of state Fall freshmen Not reported Not reported Yes
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer March 1st Not reported Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 21 18 24

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

6,037
In-state
20,144
Out-of-state
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Fees

1,812
Full-time student fees
10,684
Room & board
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered No
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

10,340
Avg. Financial Aid Package
11,110
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
6,135
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
4,180
Avg. Loan Aid
1,029
Avg. Grant Aid
7,706
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
95% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
68%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
14%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

11,047
Total undergrad students
3%
International Students
5%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 14.53%
Black or African American 3.68%
White or Caucasian 55.95%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.63%
Asian 3.8%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.7%
Two or more races 6.53%
Other 11.32%

Gender

Male (48.85%)
Female (51.15%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Cooperative housing
Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 31%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
Student-run television station Checkmark
Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression, Yakima River Clean Up and Waffle Night

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities
Greek sororities
Local fraternities
Local sororities
More
non-Greek clubs recognized by student government
Most popular organizations:
SISTERS, Brother 2 Brother, Cosplay, Alpha Kappa Si and Society of Human Resource Management

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
Student patrols Checkmark
Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
alert update system: emergency notification across digital platforms, Rape Aggression Defense System: realistic self-defense for women

Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery No Checkmark No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 2 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Bowling No Checkmark No
Cheerleading No Division 2 No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football No Division 2 Checkmark
Golf No Checkmark No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Rock Climbing Checkmark Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark Checkmark
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo No Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Archery No Checkmark No
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Bowling No Checkmark No
Cheerleading No Division 2 No
Cross-country Running No Division 2 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football No No No
Golf No Checkmark No
Ice Hockey No Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Rock Climbing Checkmark Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark Checkmark
Skiing (cross-country) Checkmark No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Track And Field No Division 2 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee No Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 2 Checkmark
Water Polo No Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No

Faculty

724
Total Faculty
18:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 496
Part-time - 228
Male - 385
Female - 339