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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).

 

POINTS OF PRIDE

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 Best in Washington State for Enrollment Growth

CWU is one of the top universities in the nation for having a surge in enrollment applications during the past five years, according to 24/7 Wall Street, a national financial news and information website. CWU ranked 22nd in the country with an 89.9 percent increase during the last five years. Central was ranked first in the state of Washington.

• CWU Ranks Tops for Online College Affordability

CWU is a top 20 university in the nation for online college affordability, according to Study.com. The site, which ranks colleges and universities on a variety of criteria including quality, accessibility, affordability, and excellence of academic and student services, said CWU was the 19th most affordable online college and the only Washington state university in the list’s top 50 schools.

• CWU: One of Nation’s Best for Master’s Degree Programs

CWU ranked 47th out of 250 schools listed in a new national ranking of universities offering master’s degree programs. The ranking by Washington Monthly magazine considered graduation rates, earnings after graduation, cost and social mobility rank for each institution.

CWU Ranked as One of Top 35 schools in the West for ‘Best Bang for the Buck”

Central Washington University ranked as one of the top 35 schools in the west, among both public and private schools, for providing a quality education at an affordable price, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide.

• Money Magazine Rates CWU as a Best Value University

Money magazine ranked CWU as the fourth best value university in the state of Washington in its latest survey of best colleges in America ranked by value. Money said it weighed 19,000 data points, including tuition fees, family borrowing, and career earnings to create its 2019 listings.

 

CWU Stories

Find out what makes CWU a wonderful place to discover the world, make friends, and earn a degree. Flip through our online magainze CWU Crimson and Black

Campus

CWU has one of the most beautiful college campuses in the Pacific Northwest. Scroll through our campus photo album and see it for yourself!

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