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Get the facts about Central Washington University. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Central Washington University Ranked?

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2021 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 55 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

CWU is ranked #782 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 23 colleges in Washington, CWU is ranked at #18.

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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 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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Central Washington University  ( 430 to 530 )

SAT Math Scores for Central Washington University  ( 480 to 570 )
CWU received ACT scores from 20% 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 at Central Washington University is 19 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

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 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Central Washington University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Central Washington University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at CWU is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at CWU

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 11,111 undergraduates at CWU with 9,977 being full-time and 1,134 being part-time.

CWU Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 86.79 out of 100, CWU is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  86.79 out of 100
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How Much Does Central Washington University Cost?

The overall average net price of CWU is $15,175. 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 +
$9,810 $11,443 $15,549 $20,027 $20,955

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 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.

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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

Central Washington University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 110 majors graduated from Central Washington University. Of these students, 2,789 received undergraduate degrees and 297 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
Teacher Education Grade Specific 319 $43,000
Business Administration & Management 308 $38,700
General Psychology 192 $30,900
Accounting 139 $43,900
Criminal Justice & Corrections 139 $36,200
Teacher Education Subject Specific 110 $42,000
General Social Sciences 92 $36,400
Marketing 75 NA
Information Technology 68 NA
Finance & Financial Management 61 NA

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 2017-2018, 11,052 students took at least one online class at Central Washington University. This is an increase from the 4,770 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 11,052 3,180
2016-2017 4,770 1,855
2015-2016 4,050 1,743
2014-2015 3,816 1,638
2013-2014 3,463 1,506

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.


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