Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501


Type 4 year
Control Public
Campus size Medium
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Quarter
Total enrollment 11,971
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 7%
Student to faculty ratio 18:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,700 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Central Washington University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 7,255 applications and 5,783 students were granted admission. Central Washington University is at the #78 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 23% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 97% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT960 to 1150
ACT18 to 24

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

Central Washington University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $19,710 and in-state students paid $5,907.

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $12,440
In State Tuition
National Average = $6,695
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $17,196
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 89% of Central Washington University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 38% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,363 (which is 1.6% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Central Washington University in 2016-2017, was 988, which is 60% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,179 (which is 2.3% below the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,432
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,302
Financial aid
National Average = 85%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Central Washington University has enrolled a total of 11,971 students (9,991 students full-time and 1,980 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 11,971 students, 1,462 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 48% men and 52% women and 11,119 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 852 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 1,743 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 57%

Hispanic: 14%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 11%

Two or more races: 6%

Asian: 4%

Black/African American: 4%

Non-resident alien: 3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 1%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Central Washington University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 39% 466 38
Education 14% 172 0
Psychology 6% 73 0
Social Sciences 6% 67 0
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, And Fitness Studies 4% 45 0
Natural Resources And Conservation 4% 43
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 31
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 2% 26 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 2% 22 0
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 2% 20 1

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 46%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Central Washington University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $32,738

The typical median income of Central Washington University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $18,600. Last year, out of the total 3,032 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 2,395 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,479 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,934 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $18,600 $30,300
Employment Rate 79% 78%
Total Graduates 3,032 2,479

Campus Location

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Nearby Colleges

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28.8 mile away
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