CWU is a charter member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, one of the top NCAA Division II athletic conferences in the nation. Conference teams have had a remarkable 65 NCAA Division II top-10 national team finishes in 14 of the 16 sports it sponsors. Conference student-athletes have earned 53 GNAC CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-American awards. The GNAC’s 10 members are located in one of the most picturesque areas of North America, covering five US states and one Canadian province.
CWU is located in historic Ellensburg, 100 miles east of Seattle, between the majestic Cascade Mountains and the mighty Columbia River. Four distinct seasons and annual rainfall of 9 inches provide the setting for backpacking, camping, fly fishing, mountain biking, snow skiing and river rafting just minutes from campus.
CWU is a public, master’s-granting, comprehensive university, providing high quality programs to about 10,000 students at nine Washington campuses and online. Central prepares them for success in a global economy through strong partnerships with 30 colleges and universities around the world. About a quarter of CWU students are people of color, and last year Central welcomed more than 400 students from 36 countries to our campuses.
CWU provides a unique learning environment with a commitment to hands-on learning, including faculty-mentored, undergraduate research. Another hallmark of the CWU experience is small classes that allow faculty to provide students with individual attention. Signature programs include accounting, aviation, construction management, engineering technology, geology, teacher education, music, theater, para-medicine, and wine business.