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Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate90%

Central Washington University (CWU) Admissions

Central Washington University is moderately difficult to get into. Around 90% of applicants get into Central Washington University each year. Out of 9,862 applications received in 2023, 8,881 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Central Washington University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 3/1 and the fee for the application is $50.

Central Washington University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Central Washington University's admissions stats.

Central Washington University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 5%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 1%
Waitlist No

Central Washington University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Central Washington University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 3 1

Applying Early to Central Washington University?

Central Washington University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Central Washington University Admissions

Transferring to Central Washington University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Central Washington University

Central Washington University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Central Washington University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Central Washington University

What does Central Washington University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Interview Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Central Washington University for more information on admission factors.

Central Washington University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Central Washington University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Central Washington University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Transcript of High School Record
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Central Washington University?

Students admitted to Central Washington University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Central Washington University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 5% of Central Washington University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 1% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

More Information on Transferring to Central Washington University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Central Washington University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Central Washington University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Central Washington University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Central Washington University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Central Washington University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Central Washington University accept transfer credits?

✅ Central Washington University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Central Washington University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Central Washington University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Central Washington University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Central Washington University?

❌ No, Central Washington University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Central Washington University's acceptance rate?

✅ Central Washington University's acceptance rate is 90%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Central Washington University?

❌ Central Washington University does not offer early decision.

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Central Washington University (CWU) Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Central Washington University (CWU)? Central Washington University (CWU) is a somewhat selective institution. The Central Washington University (CWU) acceptance rate is 90%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Central Washington University (CWU) SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Central Washington University (CWU) GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Central Washington University (CWU), the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.09. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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Application Deadline

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