#6 Best Public Universities in Washington

Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

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Eastern Washington University overview
Location Cheney, Washington
Online ewu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Town Fringe
Eastern Washington University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Eastern Washington University (EWU), situated in Cheney, Washington, is a public institution established in 1882. Positioned approximately 20 minutes southwest of Spokane, EWU's campus is characterized by a mix of modern and historic architecture, providing a reflection of its long-standing academic heritage within its contemporary growth. The university offers a broad spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs, with particularly recognized disciplines in fields such as social sciences, business, and education. While specific figures are not cited, EWU maintains a generally inclusive application process. The university provides on-campus housing options to accommodate its diverse student body. Eastern Washington University competes in NCAA Division I athletics, and while its athletic programs participate across a range of sports, it is most notably recognized for its achievements in football.

In the most recent statistical year 4,666 prospective students applied, and 4,485 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,368 enrolled in the school.  9,034 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,876 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $7,104 plus fees of $1,035. EWU is ranked 858 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












EWU is rated within the lower 37% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 4 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Eastern Washington University overview
SAT 880/1090
ACT 16/23
GPA 3.29

Applications Accepted

Eastern Washington University overview
Applications Due Sep 10, 2023
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend

Washington Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Eastern Washington University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,035
Room and Board $13,739
Budget for Other Expenses$3,867
Total One Year Cost$26,545

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Eastern Washington University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$800
Other Fees$1,035
Room and Board $13,739
Budget for Other Expenses$3,867
Total One Year Cost$44,935

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

46% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Eastern Washington University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 19%
Education 11%
Health Professions 10%
Social Sciences 8%
General Studies 8%

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