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Central Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1891. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,737, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 380 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Central Washington University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 51. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,976 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,502 (2013-14).
Nearly all students who attend Central Washington University (CWU), a public school in Ellensburg, are state residents. In fact, just about 5 percent of freshmen are from outside the state. CWU has about 30 clubs and organizations for students to check out, from the Rodeo Club to the Trombone Studio. Students can also get involved in several academic hubs on campus, including the Center for Excellence in Leadership and the Center for Student Empowerment. On the sports fields, the CWU Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Graduate students can complete degrees through the Central Washington University Department of Art, among other departments. Notable alumni of Central Washington University include Dallas Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna, who led the Wildcats to a national football championship while at CWU, and Doug Wood, chief operating officer of clothing manufacturer Tommy Bahama.
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Students come to CWU to learn from faculty passionate about teaching, in small classes that average just 18 students. Nationally recognized professors in chemistry, geology, history, music, physics and a wide variety of other fields provide the highest quality instruction and mentorship. CWU integrates academic and student life within Living Learning Communities-residence facilities that bring together students who share academic interests. The faculty engages students in deeper exploration of those interests through discussion, research, and community activities.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to Central Washington University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due July 1. The application fee at Central Washington University is $55. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 80.2 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||80.2%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||July 1|
The student-faculty ratio at Central Washington University is 18:1, and the school has 35.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Central Washington University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||25%|
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Central Washington University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 10,737, with a gender distribution of 49.1 percent male students and 50.9 percent female students. At this school, 24 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 76 percent of students live off campus. Central Washington University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA II|
Campus Info & Services
Central Washington University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Central Washington University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Central Washington University.
|Students who have cars on campus||N/A|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At Central Washington University, 62.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,192.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|In-state tuition and fees||$8,976 (2013-14)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$20,502 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$9,795 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data