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Colleges / Central Washington University

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%
Acceptance Rate90%

About Central Washington University (CWU)

Central Washington University is a public, state university in the town of Ellensburg, Washington. Central Washington University (CWU) was founded in 1891. The university enrolls around 9,257 students a year, including 8,743 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Central Washington University

It is moderately difficult to get into Central Washington University (CWU). The acceptance rate at Central Washington University (CWU) is 90%. In 2022, 8,881 out of 9,862 total applicants were accepted.

Central Washington University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 90%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 5%

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Central Washington University (CWU) Campus Tours

Central Washington University is located in Ellensburg, Washington, near Seattle.

If you are interested in seeing Central Washington University (CWU) for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Ellensburg, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Yakima Air Terminal, Seattle-Tacoma International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Central Washington University and Ellensburg are like without leaving home.

College Info

400 East University Way Ellensburg, WA 98926

Campus Setting: Small Town

Central Washington University (CWU) Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Central Washington University (CWU) is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Central Washington University (CWU) is Mar 1.

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Central Washington University (CWU) Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Central Washington University (CWU) is like? There are approximately 9,257 students enrolled at Central Washington University (CWU), including 8,743 undergraduate students and 514 graduate students. 87% percent of students attend school full-time, 94% percent are from WA and 6% percent of students are from other states.


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