#5 Best Public Universities in Washington

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, Washington

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Central Washington University overview
Location Ellensburg, Washington
Online cwu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Central Washington University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Ellensburg, Washington, Central Washington University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 10,767 prospective students applied, and 9,523 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,371 enrolled in the school.  8,611 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,565 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $6,656 plus fees of $2,029. Central Washington University is ranked 587 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2023 U.S. Colleges Ranking.



Central Washington University is rated within the lower 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards
Very Easy
Central Washington University overview
SAT 930/1150
ACT 17/24
GPA 3.08
Applications Accepted
Central Washington University overview
Applications Due Mar 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Washington Resident Tuition
In State Costs for Central Washington University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$2,029
Room and Board $13,938
Budget for Other Expenses$2,922
Total One Year Cost$26,445
Out of State Resident Tuition
Out of State Costs for Central Washington University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$2,029
Room and Board $13,938
Budget for Other Expenses$2,922
Total One Year Cost$42,973

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Average Salary After 10 Years
$47,800 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
56% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Central Washington University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 29%
Education 16%
Social Sciences 14%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 4%

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