Central Washington University Overview
Central Washington University is a public institution located in Ellensburg, Washington. The location of CWU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.
What Is Central Washington University Known For?
- The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at CWU.
- In 2017-2018, 72% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, CWU bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $46,500 a year. That's about 14% more than their peers at other schools.
Central Washington University Rankings
CWU is ranked #7 out of 41 schools in Washington.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
CWU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CWU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards CWU has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Central Washington University?
Contact details for CWU are given below.
|Address:||400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501|
How Do I Get Into CWU?
You can apply to CWU online at: www.cwu.edu/admissions/online-admissions
Admission Requirements for CWU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||neither required nor recommended|
|High School Transcript||recommended|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into CWU?
Approximately 44% of accepted students are men and 56% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.
Average Test Scores
About 97% of students accepted to CWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 430 and 530. Math scores were between 480 and 570.
Can I Afford Central Washington University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CWU, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $6,019 a year. That adds up to $24,076 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at CWU is 5.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Central Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 547 graduate students at the school.
Of the 9,977 full-time undergraduates at CWU, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Central Washington University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||387|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,739|
Washington students aren't the only ones who study at Central Washington University. At this time, 20 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 56 countries are represented at CWU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam.
Online Learning at Central Washington University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at CWU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 4th most popular in Washington for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of CWU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Central Washington University was 23.3%. This is the #816 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CWU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CWU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CWU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CWU.
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Central Washington University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
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More about our data sources and methodologies.
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