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Your chances of getting into Eastern Washington University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Eastern Washington University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Extremely Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at EWU is 97.1%.  Its admission rate is the 20th lowest in Washington.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into EWU and can you get accepted?

Eastern Washington University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 4,108 out of the 4,232 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely easy admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 78 percent on standardized admission tests. Eastern Washington University typically accepts and attracts "B" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.29. 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into EWU?

97% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Eastern Washington University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.29 or better
  • Earn B grades in high school
  • Score 990 on the SAT
  • Score 19 on the ACT


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into EWU are to have around a 3.29 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.29 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as EWU accepts 97% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at EWU is 3.29 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B letter grades and regularly score around 83-86 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #16 in Washington for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since EWU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.3 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Eastern Washington University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 2.88% Good
3.75 to 3.99 20.13% Good
3.50 to 3.74 18.18% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 15.08% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.3% Avg -
2.50 to 2.99 21.07% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 7.36% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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EWU SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Eastern Washington University.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Eastern Washington University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 460
Math 25th Percentile 420
Composite 25th Percentile 880
SAT Scores for Eastern Washington University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 560
Math 75th Percentile 530
Composite 75th Percentile 1090
Average SAT Score 990

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Eastern Washington University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at EWU is 990 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 880-1090. Students who get into Eastern Washington University score in the top 81 percent of all SAT test takers..  EWU ranks #18 in the state of Washington for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 990 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. EWU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 880 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 880, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 770, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Eastern Washington University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "neither required nor recommended".

View other colleges which accept students in the 990 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 985, you have around a 97% chance of being admitted. A 1090 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 98% chance of getting in.

Eastern Washington University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1090 and Above Good >98%
985 to 1090 Avg + 97%-98%
880 to 985 Avg - 94%-97%
775 to 880 Reach 90%-94%
Less than 775 Low <90%
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EWU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Eastern Washington University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 14
Math 25th Percentile 16
Composite 25th Percentile 16
ACT Scores for Eastern Washington University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 22
Math 75th Percentile 23
Composite 75th Percentile 23
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into EWU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to EWU is 19, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 16 and 23.  The school ranks #18 in Washington for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 19. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 16 and score in the score in the top 75 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 12.

21 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Eastern Washington University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Eastern Washington University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "neither required nor recommended".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into EWU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 19 score has around 97% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 99% with a 23 ACT score.

Eastern Washington University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
23 and Above Good >99%
19 to 23 Avg + 97%-99%
16 to 19 Avg - 95%-97%
13 to 16 Reach 91%-95%
Less than 13 Low <91%
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Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Eastern Washington University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,590 1,642 4,232
Accepted 2,536 1,572 4,108
Acceptance Rate 98% 96% 97%
Enrolled 784 521 1,305
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 33% 32%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Sep 10, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2024 has passed. Applications were due on Sep 10, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Eastern Washington University is $60.

Application Requirements

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

Eastern Washington University Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Eastern Washington University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Eastern Washington University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.29 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 990 and ACT of 19 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=235097 IPEDS survey data for Eastern Washington University.


Does Eastern Washington University prefer SAT or ACT?

78% of students submit their SAT scores to EWU. 21% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Eastern Washington University?

97% of those who apply are granted admission to EWU. Admission competition is and the college has extremely easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Eastern Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 880 and 1090. The average SAT score is 985. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Eastern Washington University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 16 and 23. The average ACT score is 19. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.