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About CWU


Welcome to Central Washington University, home of the Wildcats.
A public, four-year university located in historic Ellensburg, Wash.


Central’s commitment to hands-on learning and discovery and individual attention takes students beyond the limits of the classroom and books. Students get to do what they’re studying in real-world, professional settings, which makes learning exciting and relevant.

Each year CWU graduates thousands of well-educated citizens who are ready for high-demand careers in the workforce: construction management, accounting, engineering technology, teacher education, wine business, paramedicine, aviation, and more.

CWU prepares students to succeed in a global economy through strong partnerships with 30 colleges and universities around the world. Last year we welcomed more than 400 students from 36 countries to our campus.

Central Washington University's Ellensburg residential campus encompasses 380 acres. There are also six university centers (Des Moines, Lynnwood, Pierce County, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, and Yakima) and two instructional sites (Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Sammamish).




CWU Honored for Diversity

For the fifth time in six years, CWU is a recipient of the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

CWU Ranked One of Top Online Colleges in Washington

Central Washington University was chosen as one of the top two online colleges in the state of Washington by

• Central is ‘Best Value’ College

CWU joined the University of Washington and Bellevue College as the top public universities in the state of Washington for return on investment (ROI) in a new survey by, an online college rating company.

• CWU Ranked as Top Ten Online One-Year Master’s Program

CWU’s master of science in Information Technology and Administrative Management is ranked one of the top ten one-year online master’s degree programs in the U.S., according to

CWU Ranked as One of Top 40 schools in the West for ‘Best Bang for the Buck”

Central Washington University ranked as one of the top 40 schools in the west, among both public and private schools, for providing a quality education at an affordable price.

• Top 5 percent Globally in Business Programs

The CWU College of Business has earned the prestigious accreditation of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5 percent of business schools globally earn the designation.

• ‘Veterans Supportive Campus’

CWU has been formally recognized as a “Veteran Supportive Campus” by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.


North Campus Expansion

Watch a livestream of construction of the new North Campus Expansion projects.

CWU Brochure

Find out what makes CWU a wonderful place to discover the world, make friends, and earn a degree.

Campus Tour

CWU has one of the most beautiful college campuses in the Pacific Northwest. Click here and see it for yourself!

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