Central Washington University

Central Washington University Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Central Washington University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Central Washington University was awarded 369 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is pre-nursing studies.

Overall Quality

CWU is ranked #708 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when CWU held the #782 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

CWU also holds the #17 spot on the Best Colleges in Washington ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into CWU?

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 86%, CWU has a fairly liberal admissions policy. However, don't just assume you'll get in! Put together a good application and make sure you include all requested documents and materials.

Average Test Scores

About 69% 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 470 and 580. Math scores were between 460 and 570.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Central Washington University  ( 470 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Central Washington University  ( 460 to 570 )
CWU received ACT scores from 15% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 24.

ACT Composite Scores for Central Washington University  ( 17 to 24 )

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Central Washington University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used as a measure to gauge how much access students will have to their professors - the lower the number, the better. At Central Washington University, this rate is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Central Washington University is 63%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  63 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central Washington University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Central Washington University is 70%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  70 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At CWU this rate is 29%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  29 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Central Washington University.

Central Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,518 undergraduates at CWU with 9,235 being full-time and 1,283 being part-time.

How Much Does Central Washington University Cost?

The overall average net price of CWU is $15,397. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CWU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$9,875 $11,423 $15,744 $20,133 $21,256

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of CWU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CWU, approximately 58% of students took out student loans averaging $6,315 a year. That adds up to $25,260 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CWU is 6.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do CWU Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from CWU make about $46,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future CWU graduates since it is 17% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Central Washington University make the most money.

Location of Central Washington University

Central Washington University is a public institution situated in Ellensburg, Washington. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Ellensburg draws many to the area.

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Contact details for CWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
Phone: 509-963-1111
Website: www.cwu.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cwu.wildcats
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CentralWashU

Central Washington University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 113 majors graduated from Central Washington University. Of these students, 2,883 received undergraduate degrees and 305 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 334 $45,256
General Psychology 211 $31,439
Teacher Education Grade Specific 207 $45,410
Criminal Justice & Corrections 143 $41,912
Accounting 143 $47,173
General Social Sciences 108 $38,649
Teacher Education Subject Specific 106 $43,351
Marketing 83 NA
Information Technology 77 NA
General Biology 62 $30,687

Learn more about the majors offered at Central Washington University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at CWU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2019-2020, 10,833 students took at least one online class at Central Washington University. This is an increase from the 10,718 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 10,833 7,145
2018-2019 10,718 2,971
2017-2018 11,052 3,180
2016-2017 4,770 1,855
2015-2016 4,050 1,743

Learn more about online learning at Central Washington University.

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Notes and References


*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.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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