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Chances of getting into Central Washington University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate 
86%
Admission Difficulty for Central Washington University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 
How hard is it to get into Central Washington University and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Central Washington University is 86%.  It ranks #11 in Washington for lowest rate of acceptance. Central Washington University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 11,405 out of 13,263 applicants were admitted.

The school has easy admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 71 percent (SAT 930/1150 ACT 17/24). Central Washington University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.07. 15% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Central Washington University application fee is $50 and applications are due by Mar 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Central Washington University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Central Washington University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
930-1150
Applicants Submitting SAT 
82%
SAT Scores for Central Washington University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 470
SAT Math 25th 460
SAT Composite 25th 930
SAT Scores for Central Washington University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 580
SAT Math 75th 570
SAT Composite 75th 1150
Average SAT Score 1040

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Central Washington University?

Central Washington University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 73 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 930 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 820. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1040 out of 1600. Central Washington University ranks #15 in Washington for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 82 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Central Washington University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1150 and Above Good >92%
1040 to 1150 Avg + 86%-92%
930 to 1040 Avg - 76%-86%
820 to 930 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 820 Low <63%
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Central Washington University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
17-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
21%
ACT Scores for Central Washington University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 15
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 17
ACT Scores for Central Washington University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 23
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 20

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Central Washington University?

Admission data indicates that Central Washington University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 17 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 69 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 14 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 20 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score. 21 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Central Washington University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Central Washington University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
24 and Above Good >93%
20 to 24 Avg + 86%-93%
17 to 20 Avg - 78%-86%
14 to 17 Reach 67%-78%
Less than 14 Low <67%
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Central Washington University GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.07
Typical High School Grades 
B

What GPA do you need to get into Central Washington University?

Applicants need about average high school grades to get into Central Washington University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Central Washington University was 3.07 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #17 in Washington for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.07 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Central Washington University accepts 86% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Central Washington University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 1.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 11.0% Good
3.50 to 3.74 14.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 15.0% Avg +
3.00 to 3.24 16.0% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 30.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 11.0% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0.0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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Admission Statistics

Central Washington University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 7,868 5,395 13,263
Accepted 6,837 4,568 11,405
Acceptance Rate 87% 85% 86%
Enrolled 900 823 1,723
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 18% 15%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2022 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Central Washington University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Central Washington University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Central Washington University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Central Washington University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=234827 IPEDS survey data for Central Washington University.

FAQs

Does Central Washington University prefer SAT or ACT?

82% of students submit their SAT scores to Central Washington University. 21% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Central Washington University?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to Central Washington University. Admission competition is and the college has easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Central Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 930 and 1150. 82% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Central Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 24. 21% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.