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 Central Washington University

Central Washington University - Ellensburg, WA

400 East University Way, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501

General information:(509)963-1111
Awards offered:Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Award of less than 1 academic year
Campus setting:Town: Distant
Campus housing:Yes
Student population:11,320(10,770 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:21 to 1
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Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC(Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance learning opportunities
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for student's children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
More than 3%
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Detailed Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
Tuition and fees
In-state $6,422 $7,110 $7,827 -9%
Out-of-state $16,685 $17,751 $18,597 -5%
Books and supplies $972 $972 $972 0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board $8,460 $8,901 $9,000 -1%
Other $3,216 $3,216 $2,928 10%
Off Campus
Room and board $8,460 $8,901 $9,000 -1%
Other $3,216 $3,216 $2,928 9%
Off Campus with Family
Other $3,216 $3,216 $2,928 10%
Total Expenses 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 %change 2010-2011 to 2011-2012
On Campus $19,070 $20,199 $20,727 0%
Off Campus $19,070 $20,199 $20,727 0%
Off Campus with Family $10,610 $11,298 $11,727 0%
On Campus $29,333 $30,840 $31,497 -3%
Off Campus $29,333 $30,840 $31,497 -3%
Off Campus with Family $20,873 $21,939 $22,497 -5%
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $7,050
In-state fees $956
Out-of-state tuition $17,721
Out-of-state fees $956
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of Plan Offered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan X
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year 2012-2013
In-state tuition $8,112
In-state fee $956
Out-of-state tuition $18,096
Out-of-state fees $956
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2010-2011
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Any student financial aid 1,362 82% --
Grant or scholarship aid 1,118 67% $6,691,473 $5,985
Federal grants 543 33% $2,510,535 $4,623
Pell grants 524 31% $2,128,284 $4,062
Other federal grants 397 24% $382,251 $963
State/local government grant or scholarships 383 23% $1,734,951 $4,530
Institutional grants or scholarships 986 59% $2,445,987 $2,481
Student loan aid 1,016 61% $6,133,282 $6,037
Federal student loans 1,012 61% $5,719,895 $5,652
Other student loans 47 3% $413,387 $8,795
All Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Number receiving aid Percent receiving aid Total amount of aid received Average amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid1 6,156 56% $42,517,448 $6,907
Pell grants 3,697 33% $15,609,927 $4,222
Federal student loans 6,088 55% $41,766,821 $6,861


Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price $11,788 $13,248 $13,775
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
$0 - $30,000 $14,300 $8,411 $8,747
$30,001 - $48,000 $14,411 $11,105 $10,978
$48,001 - $75,000 $13,821 $15,648 $15,579
$75,001 - $110,000 $13,444 $17,146 $17,800
$110,001 and more $13,252 $18,035 $18,676

• Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.

• Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.

• Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same total cost of attendance minus grant aid.


• An institution's net price calculator allows current and prospective students, families, and other consumers to estimate the net price of attending that institution for a particular student.

Fall 2011
Total enrollment 11,320
Undergraduate enrollment 10,770
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment 1,624
Graduate enrollment 550

Undergraduate application fee (2012-2013):$50

Graduate application fee (2011-2012):$50

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2012

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 4,558 2,108 2,450
Percent admitted 78% 75% 82%
Percent admitted who enrolled 75% 31% 30%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPA X
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record X
Completion of college-preparatory program X
Formal demonstration of competencies X
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) X
Recommendations X
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Test scores:Fall 2011(enrolled first-time students)

Students submitting scores Number Percent
SAT 1174 85%
ACT 326 24%.
Test Scores 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile**
SAT Critical Reading 440 560
SAT Math 450 560
SAT Writing 430 530
ACT Composite 18 24
ACT English 17 24
ACT Math 17 24
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2010 and Returned in Fall 2011

Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 43 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2011.


NCAA Division II (with football)MenWomen
All Track Combined 70100
Baseball 34-
Basketball 1519
Football 106-
Soccer -29
Softball -28
Volleyball -20


Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities04/01/1918 Accredited


Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics

Didactic Program in Dietetics

11/01/1980 Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation

Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

09/01/1967 Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

01/01/1954 - 07/01/2011Accredited


Illegal weapons possession001
Drug law violations4435 49
Liquor law violations896264
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Illegal weapons possession 001
Drug law violations 382039
Liquor law violations 523435
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 164
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 002
Aggravated assault 003
Burglary 181317
Motor vehicle theft 432
Arson 011
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls 2009 2010 2011
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter 000
Negligent manslaughter 000
Sex offenses - Forcible 163
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only) 000
Robbery 001
Aggravated assault 001
Burglary 171013
Motor vehicle theft 000
Arson 001
• (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
• The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
• These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see


Default Rate4.6%
Number in default102
Number in repayment2,179

• For further information on default rates please visit the Cohort Default Rate Home Page. This school's six-digit OPE ID is 00377100

Aid Programs

• Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL)

• Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)


Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.

PROGRAMBachelor's degree Master's degree Award of less than 1 academic year
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies Colleges
Asian Studies/Civilization2--
Category total2--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Colleges
Biology/Biological Sciences, General24-
Exercise Physiology15--
Category total954-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services Colleges
Actuarial Science3--
Business Administration and Management, General54--
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other--6
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry50-1
Fashion Merchandising2--
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management--47
Office Management and Supervision32--
Retail Management2--
Special Products Marketing Operations16-21
Tourism and Travel Services Management1--
Category total7232075
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs Colleges
Broadcast Journalism5--
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia1--
Public Relations/Image Management5--
Speech Communication and Rhetoric26--
Category total90--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services Colleges
Computer Science21--
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster--1
Category total21-1
Education Colleges
Art Teacher Education6--
Biology Teacher Education2--
Chemistry Teacher Education1--
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-3-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education014-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching56--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-6-
Elementary Education and Teaching51--
English/Language Arts Teacher Education17--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education-11-
French Language Teacher Education1--
Health Teacher Education1--
History Teacher Education1--
Mathematics Teacher Education142-
Music Teacher Education11--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching21--
Reading Teacher Education-2-
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education1--
Social Science Teacher Education1--
Spanish Language Teacher Education0--
Special Education and Teaching, General141-
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth-14-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-6-
Technical Teacher Education10--
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education5--
Category total43659-
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields Colleges
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician39--
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician1--
Engineering Technology, General-6-
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other0--
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician1--
Industrial Technology/Technician13--
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician10--
Category total1076-
English Language and Literature Letters Colleges
English Language and Literature, General114-
Category total3114-
Family and Consumer Sciences Human Sciences Colleges
Family Systems235-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General105-
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management4--
Category total3710-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Colleges
Chinese Language and Literature1--
French Language and Literature1--
German Language and Literature1--
Japanese Language and Literature1--
Russian Language and Literature5--
Spanish Language and Literature5--
Category total37--
Health Professions and Related Programs Colleges
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)9--
Pre-Nursing Studies9--
Public Health Education and Promotion1--
Category total69--
History Colleges
History, General2115-
Category total2115-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services Colleges
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies2--
Category total180--
Legal Professions and Studies Colleges
Legal Studies, General1--
Category total26--
Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities Colleges
Humanities/Humanistic Studies1--
Category total1--
Mathematics and Statistics Colleges
Mathematics, General1--
Category total8--
Multi Interdisciplinary Studies Colleges
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other12-7
Nutrition Sciences55-
Category total1957
Natural Resources and Conservation Colleges
Environmental Science1--
Natural Resources Management and Policy-13-
Category total1213-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies Colleges
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General414-
Kinesiology and Exercise Science111-
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General11--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies1--
Category total5925-
Philosophy and Religious Studies Colleges
Religion/Religious Studies1--
Category total19--
Physical Sciences Colleges
Chemistry, General91-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other6--
Geology/Earth Science, General13-
Physics, General1--
Category total304-
Psychology Colleges
Counseling Psychology-9-
Experimental Psychology-6-
Psychology, General11--
School Psychology-7-
Category total9922-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions Colleges
Human Services, General20--
Public Policy Analysis, General1--
Category total25--
Social Sciences Colleges
Anthropology, Other40-
Economics, General8--
Geographic Information Science and Cartography--11
Political Science and Government, General9--
Social Sciences, General139--
Category total373011
Transportation and Materials Moving Colleges
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew16--
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations10--
Category total26--
Visual and Performing Arts Colleges
Art/Art Studies, General1--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production15--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General62-
Film/Cinema/Video Studies3--
Fine/Studio Arts, General151-
Graphic Design16--
Jazz/Jazz Studies1--
Keyboard Instruments2--
Music Pedagogy-1-
Music Performance, General13-
Music Theory and Composition1--
Music, General1--
Musical Theatre5--
Percussion Instruments3--
Stringed Instruments7--
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology3--
Voice and Opera2--
Category total10910-
Grand total22120794