Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA

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

Website: www.cwu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
11,047
Undergraduate
Students
(51.2%) 5,651 Women
(48.8%) 5,396 Men
924
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
79% of 7,340 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.16
SAT Math
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $22,547
Out-of-state: $36,654
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,849
Out-of-state: $21,956
Room and Board
$10,684
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Freshman Award
$11,110
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$20,411
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Quarter
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
496
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 36% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Ellensburg Population
18,348
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Seattle
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Wildcat
Sororities
53% of women participate
Fraternities
47% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.9% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
15.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.7% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.6% White
11.6% Unknown
International Students
2.9% from 17 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
27.0%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required September 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
400 East University Way
City, State, Zip
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Phone
(509) 963-1211
Fax
(509) 963-3022
E-mail
admissions@cwu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
79% of 7,340 applicants were admitted
Women
81% of 4,031 applicants were admitted
Men
77% of 3,309 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,911 (33%) of 5,823 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,003 (31%) of 3,268 admitted students enrolled
Men
908 (36%) of 2,555 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.16
3.75 and Above
10%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
33%
2.00 - 2.49
5%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
Not reported
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
21 average
18-24 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
3%
Score of 24 - 29
25%
Score of 18 - 23
52%
Score of 12 - 17
20%
Score of 6 - 11
1%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
 
National Merit Scholar
Not reported
Valedictorian
Not reported
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $22,547
Out-of-state: $36,654
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $7,849
Out-of-state: $21,956
Room and Board
$10,684
Books and Supplies
$1,002
Other Expenses
$3,012
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003771
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
1,724 (91.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
1,452 (84.2%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,292 (89.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
258 (20.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$11,110
Need-Based Gift
Received by 785 (60.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,355
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 810 (62.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,316
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 411 (31.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2 (.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $567

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
8,638 (82.0%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
6,933 (80.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
6,564 (94.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
897 (13.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
68%
Average Award
$10,340
Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,861 (74.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $7,706
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,527 (69.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,269
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 143 (2.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
11 (.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,029

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
84%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$20,411
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Public Servants, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Public Servants, Veterans, Veterans' Children
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Quarter
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Acting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General
  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
  • Communication, General
  • Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Conducting
  • Construction Management
  • Corrections
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Cultural Resource Management and Policy Analysis
  • Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Earth Science Teacher Education
  • Ecology
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family Systems
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • General Literature
  • Geographic Information Science and Cartography
  • Geography
  • Geography, Other
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Gerontology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Nutrition
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
  • Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
  • Industrial Technology/Technician
  • Information Technology
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Journalism
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Legal Studies, General
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
  • Metal and Jewelry Arts
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Museology/Museum Studies
  • Music Management
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Musical Theatre
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  • Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies
  • Painting
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, Other
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General
  • Photography
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General
  • Public Policy Analysis, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Quality Control Technology/Technician
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Restaurant/Food Services Management
  • Retail Management
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • School Psychology
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Sculpture
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Special Products Marketing Operations
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Stringed Instruments
  • System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
  • Tourism and Travel Services Management
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education
  • Voice and Opera
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
  • Writing, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Education, Social sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
496
Part-Time Faculty
228
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 21% of classes
20-29 students: 36% of classes
30-39 students: 16% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 28% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 29% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 17% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,224,946
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
791
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Arts, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Chemistry
  • Child and Family Studies
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Counselor Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Foundations and Philosophy of Education
  • Geology
  • Health Education
  • History
  • Home Economics Education
  • Industrial/Management Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Natural Resources
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology--General
  • Reading Education
  • School Psychology
  • Special Education
  • Sports Management
  • Theater
  • Vocational and Technical Education

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Ellensburg Population
18,348
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Seattle
Campus Size
380 acres

Weather

Temperature
35.2 average low in January, 69.9 average high in September
Rain
70 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Ellensburg
Nearest Train Station
35 mile(s) from campus in Yakima

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, cooperative housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
31% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
69%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
alert update system: emergency notification across digital platforms, Rape Aggression Defense System: realistic self-defense for women

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Wildcat
School Colors
Crimson and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Soccer    
Softball    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
archery, bowling, equestrian sports, fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rock climbing, swimming and diving, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, wrestling
Men's Club Sports
archery, bowling, equestrian sports, fencing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rock climbing, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, rock climbing, skiing (cross-country), soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, sisters, brother 2 brother, cosplay, alpha kappa si, society of human resource management
Sororities
53% of women participate
Fraternities
47% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
11,047
Women
5,651 (51.2%)
Men
5,396 (48.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
9,473
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.9% Asian
3.8% Black/African-American
15.0% Hispanic/Latino
6.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.7% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
57.6% White
11.6% Unknown
International Students.
2.9% from 17 countries
Average Age
23
All Graduate Students
924

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
27.0%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
47.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
52.5%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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