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Central Washington University (CWU) is one of three state-supported comprehensive regional universities in Washington State. Like the other regional universities, CWU began as a normal school, became a College of Education in 1937, a state college in 1961, and a comprehensive university in 1977. Offering bachelors and masters degrees in more than 125 majors, the university enrolls approximately 10,000 students and has a faculty-student ratio of 17:1. With its robust focus on inclusivity and diversity, CWU enrolled 30% minorities in the 2013 freshman class. CWU enrolls and graduates the largest percentage of Hispanic/Latino students of any public baccalaureate institution in the state. The university holds regional accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Excellence in teaching is the core of the university’s mission, and faculty engage in scholarship, invention, and creative activity to support teaching, to advance knowledge, and to provide outlets for creative expression. Externally sponsored grants and contracts funded during academic year 2014-15 totaled more than $11.8 million. The largest awards were from the US Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. CWU faculty and alumni have received numerous honors and recognition, including CEO of the year, National Teacher of the Year, National Principal of the Year, and national-level recognition in many disciplines from music to physics.
The University has been very successful in adding and maintaining modern, state-of-the-art facilities. In recent years, campus construction and remodeling projects have included impressive science facilities, a beautiful, new music building, with a 600-seat concert hall and a 300-seat recital hall, a major remodel to the education building, and a new, spacious student union and recreation facility. In all, there are 56 academic and 32 auxiliary buildings.
CWU plays a key role in the economic, educational and cultural vitality of the community and region. Faculty, staff, and students contribute research and service in the public interest. In addition, the University provides instructional and library resources for the community and partners with other educational service providers to enrich access and opportunity to education for citizens of the region. Each year more than 350 dramatic and musical performances, art and museum exhibitions, lectures, and athletic events are open to campus and community members.
The Community and Region
CWU’s exceptionally beautiful and well-maintained residential campus occupies 367 acres in Ellensburg, the largest city and county seat of historic Kittitas County. The city is situated in the geographic center of the state and on the Eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains. Stretching over 700 miles from British Columbia, through Central Washington, and into Oregon, the Cascades divide Washington State into a “wet west” and an “arid east”. The Cascades are tall, with several mountains boasting an altitude above 10,000’ feet, with its highest peak at the active stratovolcano of Mount Rainier. The Northern Cascades are home to its namesake national park (Northern Cascades National Park), the lake-resort city of Chelan, and the historic railroad town of Skykomish. The Northern Cascades are known as a world-class destination for hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, whitewater rafting, boating, skiing and snowboarding.
As one of Washington’s founding communities, Ellensburg’s downtown is composed of beautiful brick buildings largely constructed between 1889 and 1917, and located just three blocks from the CWU campus. Weekends bring delicious local food, fresh produce, regional crafts, and eclectic entertainment downtown at the Kittitas County Farmer’s Market. Over the years, Ellensburg has a gained a reputation as one of the healthiest cities in the state, and has been praised for its “compact, walkable streets, where 14.3 percent of residents commute by foot, one of the highest percentages in the state”. Ellensburg is home to many top arts and cultural events in Washington, including Jazz in the Valley, Dachshunds on the Parade, Buskers in the ‘Burg, and Sprit of the West.
Ellensburg is located approximately 100 miles and under 2 hours away from the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metropolitan area. With an estimated population of more than 3,600,000, Seattle Metro is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the United States. The “Puget Sound” is home to many natural attractions including the Seattle Unit National Historical Park, offering a glimpse into the history of the Klondike Gold Rush, the Big Four Ice Caves, and the 700+ islands and reef scattering of the San Juan Islands. Top employers either headquartered or with a large presence in the region include Microsoft, Amazon, Seattle, Starbucks, Boeing, Costco, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, and Qwest Communications.
Also located around 2 hours away from Ellensburg are the “Tri-Cities” of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, set at the confluence of the Yakima, Snake, and Columbia rivers. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, one of the United States Department of Energy’s major national laboratories, is a major economic engine for the area. Kennewick is known for more than a hundred wineries and regionally well-known microbreweries. The Columbia River Plateau contains many natural and historical attractions including the Hanford Site, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and Multnomah Falls. The Columbia River Gorge provides the perfect setting for windsurfing and kiteboarding, whitewater rafting or a scenic cruise.
For more information about CWU and the community in Ellensburg, please visit http://www.cwu.edu/community