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Eastern Washington University Data & Information Overview

540 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
79% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Eastern Washington University Ranked?

#809 Best Colleges in Nation
#16 Best Colleges in WA
Reading Teacher Education Highest Ranked Major

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Eastern Washington University was awarded 540 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is reading teacher education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, EWU is ranked #809 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when EWU held the #867 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

EWU also holds the #16 spot on the Best Colleges in Washington ranking.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Washington University.

Is It Hard to Get Into EWU?

79% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women
76% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Eastern Washington University is 79%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that EWU is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 76% of students accepted to EWU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 460 and 560. Math scores were between 420 and 530.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Eastern Washington University  ( 460 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for Eastern Washington University  ( 420 to 530 )
EWU received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 16 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Eastern Washington University  ( 16 to 23 )

Learn more about Eastern Washington University admissions.

Eastern Washington University Faculty

21 to 1 Student to Faculty
77% Full Time Teachers

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 Eastern Washington University, this rate is 21 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Eastern Washington University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Washington University

71% Freshmen Retention
24% On-Time Graduation Rate

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 Eastern Washington University is 71%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  71 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 EWU is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

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

Eastern Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,685 Full-Time Undergraduates
33.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,292 undergraduates at EWU with 8,685 being full-time and 1,607 being part-time.

How Much Does Eastern Washington University Cost?

$12,335 Net Price
51% Take Out Loans
$25,212 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of EWU is $12,335. 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 EWU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$7,657 $8,595 $12,224 $17,266 $18,760

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 EWU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At EWU, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $6,303 a year. That adds up to $25,212 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at EWU is 4.0%. 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 EWU Graduates Make?

$52,667 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from EWU make about $52,667 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for EWU students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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

Location of Eastern Washington University

Washington State
8,685 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Cheney, Washington, Eastern Washington University is a public institution. The location of EWU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for EWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 526 5Th Street, Cheney, WA 99004-2496
Phone: 509-359-6200

Eastern Washington University Majors

74 Majors With Completions
2,343 Undergraduate Degrees
876 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 74 majors graduated from Eastern Washington University. Of these students, 2,343 received undergraduate degrees and 876 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
General Psychology 143 $31,677
Business Administration & Management 133 $39,839
Teacher Education Subject Specific 128 $39,822
General Biology 126 $29,633
Interdisciplinary Studies 99 $35,667
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 97 $25,717
Accounting 85 $49,862
Communication & Media Studies 83 $32,026
Marketing 79 $35,280
Mechanical Engineering 77 $56,780

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

Online Learning at EWU

93% Take At Least One Class Online
49% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 11,479 students took at least one online class at Eastern Washington University. This is an increase from the 3,825 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 11,479 6,050
2018-2019 3,825 967
2017-2018 3,490 583
2016-2017 2,999 533
2015-2016 2,432 440

Learn more about online learning at Eastern 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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