1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Central Washington University - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


Central Washington University

Central Washington University

Bobak / Wikimedia Commons

Central Washington University Description:

Central Washington University is a public university that grants bachelor's and master's degrees. The university is located in Ellensburg, Washington, a small historic city situated just east of the Cascade Mountains. The area is ideal for students who enjoy outdoor activities. Seattle is a two-hour drive to the east and Spokane is three hours to the west. The university also has six off-site centers located throughout Washington State. Students can choose from over 100 majors and numerous pre-professional programs. Business and education are both extremely popular among undergraduates. On the athletic front, the CWU Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Admissions Data (2013):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 11,268 (10,737 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2013 - 14):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,976 (in-state); $20,886 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,002 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,795
  • Other Expenses: $3,012
  • Total Cost: $22,785 (in-state); $34,695 (out-of-state)

Central Washington University Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 81%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 65%
    • Loans: 60%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,533
    • Loans: $5,740

Scholarships for Central Washington (powered by Cappex.com)

Most Popular Majors:

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Psychology, Social Science

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 25%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 53%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Central Washington University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.cwu.edu/~pres/mission.html

"Central Washington University's mission is to prepare students for responsible citizenship, responsible stewardship of the earth, and enlightened and productive lives. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni serve as an intellectual resource to assist central Washington, the state, and the region in solving human and environmental problems.

Qualified faculty and staff create a community that encourages and supports the emotional, personal, and professional growth of students from a variety of backgrounds. The university works with community colleges to establish centers throughout the state and employs technology to extend the reach of its educational programs.

The university community values teaching as the vehicle to inspire intellectual depth and breadth, to encourage lifelong learning, and to enhance the opportunities of its students. The faculty develop and strengthen bachelor's and master's degree programs in the arts, sciences, and humanities; in teacher education; in business; in the social services; and in technological specializations. A strong liberal arts foundation; applied emphases; opportunities for undergraduate research, creative expression, and international study; and close working relationships between students and faculty are hallmarks of the undergraduate experience. Graduate programs develop partnerships between faculty and students to extend scholarship to important areas of research and practice."

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.