Central Washington University

Central Washington University

Central Washington University or CWU is an accredited four year educational institution, located in Ellensburg, Washington. The university was founded in 1891. It originally started off as a teacher's college, which is still one of the primary majors today.

The CWU campus is comprised of 350 acres. It offers various degrees and programs through different centers located in Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee and Yakima, Washington.

The students, alumni and athletes of CWU are known as the Wildcats and their colors are crimson and black. The sports team of CWU takes part in NCAA Division II and is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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Contacting Central Washington

Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg , WA 98926-7501
General Phone: (509) 963-1111

Central Washington Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management591business management, accounting, actuarial science, fashion merchandising
Education and Teaching563educational administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, art education, business teaching, English teaching, ...
Liberal Arts406Asian studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, English, humanities, ...
Security and Law Enforcement140corrections, criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy139nutrition sciences, parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, health and physical education, exercise science, dietitian
Therapy and Counseling128psychology, counseling psychology, experimental psychology, school psychology, community health services
Science122biology, natural sciences, chemistry, geology, geological and earth sciences, physics
Engineering Technician100engineering technology, electronics tech, industrial tech, industrial safety tech, mechanical engineering tech, construction engineering tech, computer engineering tech
Media76communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, public relations
Family and Social Work67family and consumer science, human nutrition, foodservice management, human services, public policy analysis
Office and Administration63office management, office data entry
Transportation49commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Law47legal studies
Music31music, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, voice, music management, jazz, violin, guitar, and strings, music pedagogy ...
Computer Science and Engineering19computer and info science
Design18graphic design
Drama and Performing Arts15drama, theatre design, acting, theatre arts management
Photography and Commercial Art14film studies, cinematography, photography, drawing
Religion and Philosophy14philosophy, religion
Fine Arts13painting, sculpture, ceramics, metal and jewelry, fine arts studies
Art Studies11art studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine11EMT paramedic
Conservation and Resource Management9natural resources management
Medicine2gerontology, public health courses

Number of programs and degrees for Central Washington in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree16826
Bachelor's degree2,485103

Central Washington Student Body

In 2007-2008, Central Washington had a total enrollment of 10,505 students (9,995 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 92%
Graduate 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 71%
Black 3%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 6%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 24%
20-21 28%
22-24 24%
25-29 10%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Central Washington Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 38 %

Central Washington Room and Board (2007)

Central Washington offers campus housing for 3,060 of its 9,995 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Ellensburg, Washington for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Washington Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Central Washington Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440540
SAT Math440550
ACT Verbal1723
ACT Math1723
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrecommended
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT87%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT22%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Central Washington Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,724
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,596
Room and board $ 8,052
Books and supplies $ 924
Other expenses $ 3,114

Financial Aid:
Central Washington participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 377100)

Central Washington Faculty

Central Washington has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Lecturercalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*3$81,820

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year87$78,67641$74,369
Associate professoracademic year68$62,47833$61,929
Assistant professoracademic year60$55,75556$55,092
Lectureracademic year47$42,14235$40,702
All faculty totalacademic year262$62,669165$58,197

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Central Washington Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Track Great Northwest Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports04848

Central Washington Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Fashion Merchandising

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Sales & Marketing Oper/Marketing & Distribution Teacher Education
Social Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technology, General
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Nutrition
Human Services, General
Public Policy Analysis

Fine Arts
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Metal and Jewelry Arts

Legal Studies, General

Liberal Arts
Anthropology, Other
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
Japanese Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management

Public Health, Other

Jazz/Jazz Studies
Music Management and Merchandising
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Nutrition Sciences
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Office And Administration
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Cinematography and Film/Video Production
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Experimental Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Central Washington Apart:

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Number of students
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Top 7%Central Washington Number of students
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 9%Central Washington % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 12%Central Washington % of degrees in business and management
% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Central Washington % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in office and administration
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 14%Central Washington % of degrees in office and administration
% of degrees in music
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Central Washington % of degrees in music
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Central Washington % of degrees in security and law enforcement
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 18%Central Washington Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in engineering technician
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Central Washington % of degrees in engineering technician
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
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Top 20%Central Washington Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked On-campus day care
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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