Central Washington University

1,276 reviews
  1. Ellensburg, WA
  2. 4 Year
B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B+
Central Washington University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Address
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Website

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
86%
SAT Range
870-1080
ACT Range
18-24
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$14,199/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $8,622/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,442/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,824/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,324/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,631/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
19:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
73%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.103 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.101 responses
57%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.101 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,753Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
17%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 58 responses
Report
  • Washintonian (native to washington)
    43%
  • Kind
    22%
  • Coastie (Seattle area natives)
    17%
  • Open. Willing to try new things/meet new people.
    10%
  • Conservsative
    3%
  • Diverse
    2%
  • Selfish
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
74%
of students say they don't have Greek life.90 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.126 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 68 responses
Report
  • Great for education majors
    32%
  • Diverse
    22%
  • Affordable
    21%
  • Involved. There's a place for everyone here
    10%
  • Distinguished
    7%
  • Cliquy and high school
    1%
  • Great baseball program
    1%

After Central Washington University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$44,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
87%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.71 responses

Reviews

1,276 reviews
  • Excellent
    158
  • Very Good
    452
  • Average
    548
  • Poor
    83
  • Terrible
    35
My experience at Central has been amazing. I love that it isn't that big but it is not too small either. Everyone is extremely helpful, genuine and nice. My favorite things about central is the people. The staff, professors and students are all very welcoming and amazing. The lady that cleans my dorm bathroom always asks me how my day is going and we make small talk, she always has a smile on her face and is very approachable. Every professor that I have had so far has genuinely cared about my education as well as leaving the class with new and important information. I have already met so many people from my first quarter here and everyone that I have met has treated me with such kindness and respect. Every single person is willing to help you with whatever you need. I love that!
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago
I love both programs! My career goals include teaching Elementary Education, in either an ESL, or Bilingual classroom. I hope to change the lives of all my students, with a sheltered classroom, student-centered, engaging content, and the instillation of an "I can" attitude. I have been speaking with my TESL professor, Dr. McCain about traveling to Honduras over the summer, and being part of a practicum with ESL, and Spanish-Speaking students. This experience intrigues me, because I have always been a so-called "majority," and never felt "out of place," or misunderstood life around me. I believe that TESL/Bilingual Ed is all about getting those students who feel out of place, to be comfortable in their shoes, proud of their culture, and proud of their academic success. :)
  • College Junior
  • Jan 29 2014
The overall experience at Central Washington University is great! The professors are very understanding, engaging, and helpful to those of us students who need the extra assistance. It is a very liberal campus that provides a comfortable environment for all types of students. Another thing that helps is that the professional pilot program is a little more affordable than many other colleges that offer the same program.
  • College Sophomore
  • 5 months ago