Eastern Washington University

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526 Fifth Street

Cheney, WA 99004

Phone: (509) 359-6200
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#60 Overall Score: 34 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Eastern Washington University is a public institution that was founded in 1882. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,360, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 330 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Eastern Washington University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 60. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,302 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,584 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Eastern Washington University, a regionally-based comprehensive university with more than 12,000 students, is located in Cheney, Wash., within the Spokane metropolitan area.

EWU has a reputation for providing quality access to all students, as well as for faculty who challenge those students to succeed in the classroom. In recent years, faculty members have received five National Science Foundation (NSF) grants. Eastern has made a name for itself on the national level as well. For instance, the university has been chosen to host the prestigious 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). And in 2010, Eastern captured the NCAA Division I Football Championship.

EWU excels in the preparation and advanced training of professional practitioners in careers of service to others in the public and private sectors. It offers access to a diverse population of students who are educated in a broad range of fields such as education, culture and the arts, social work, health sciences and business. A particular emphasis on STEM-related fields such as science, technology, engineering and math make it an attractive choice for those interested in this high demand field.

The graduate program in creative writing and doctorate in physical therapy are considered among the top programs nationally. Forensic science majors have the unique chance to learn from a state crime lab located on campus.

A state-of-the art new residence hall is centered in the social hub of campus, which includes a Recreation Center recognized nationally for its commitment to green building features. The university's main academic building has also been completely renovated to include modernized classrooms with new technology while meeting new environmentally-friendly standards.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1882
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $21,004,811


When applying to Eastern Washington University, it's important to note the application deadline is May 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 15. The application fee at Eastern Washington University is $50. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 79.7%
Application deadline May 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Eastern Washington University is 23:1, and the school has 33.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Eastern Washington University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate 20%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 18%
Education 10%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Psychology 9%
Social Sciences 8%

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Student Life

Eastern Washington University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 11,360, with a gender distribution of 44.9 percent male students and 55.1 percent female students. Eastern Washington University is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 12,587
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Eastern Washington University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Eastern Washington University also offers campus safety and security services like late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Eastern Washington University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Eastern Washington University, 66.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,520.

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 $8,302 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,584 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,015 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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