About CWU

Central Washington University has a long history of preparing graduates for successful careers in an ever-changing world.

At the Center of a Better Future

Beginning in 1891 as a teachers' college, we have continued our commitment to scholarship, public service, and our students’ success. Each year, our students graduate from CWU as well-educated citizens ready to move the world forward.

University Leadership

The University Leadership collaboratively drive our mission of becoming a learning community of equity and belonging.

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Welcome to Foundation, with your contribution, you can empower CWU student success for years to come.

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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity

Diversity and inclusion are at the core of CWU’s mission and vision. We aim to inspire and create spaces for all identities.

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CWU Offices

Discover CWU's campus community with crucial offices providing comprehensive support and services for students and faculty.

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Explore the different programs and resources of the Sustainability department.

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Media Resources

Experience CWU's Student Media Resources with news, arts, multimedia, and radio, bringing campus stories to life.

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Policies and Procedures

Visit the Resources and Reports page. We are now updating and upgrading systems to provide you information you may need.

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Central Washington University will be a model learning community of equity and belonging.


In order to build a community of equity and belonging, Central Washington University nurtures culturally sustaining practices that expand access and success to all students. We are committed to fostering high impact practices, sustainability, and authentic community partnerships that are grounded in meaningful relationships.

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CWU by the Numbers


LEED-Certificated Green Buildings


DEI Initiatives


Countries Represented


At CWU, our values serve as a solid foundation for creating a welcoming environment where diversity is celebrated, and students are empowered to thrive. Learn more about CWU Values.

Local Community

Our main campus in Ellensburg, WA has a vibrant local community that we encourage our students to take advantage of. Check out our Local Community.


The doors of the Washington State Normal School in Ellensburg opened in 1891, with a goal to educate future elementary and junior high teachers. Discover the CWU History.

CWU News

Submit your cost-saving ideas and win up to $10,000

May 22, 2024


CWU Board of Trustees announces 2024 Distinguished Faculty

May 22, 2024


Latinx student leaders explore career options, build networks at national conference

May 22, 2024


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