College Deliberately: Central Washington University

Central Washington University is a large, public, four-year University that emphasizes culture, career and character located in the town of Ellensburg, WA. It is known for Elementary Education and Teaching, Accounting and Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

Central Washington University

place 400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
phone Phone: (509) 963-1111
web Web: https://www.cwu.edu/
  • Central Washington University is also known as:
    Central Washington University, CWU


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Institution Accreditation Agency Status First Accredited Next Review
Central Washington University Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities Accredited 1918-04-01 2025-10-01
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Student Centeredness

1.9 of 10
The extent to which the institution’s website emphasizes students, as opposed to research, athletics or other pursuits, compared with peer institutions.

Student Services

Students with disabilities:
5% of students registered with learning or other disabilty.
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Bachelor’s degree
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Central Washington University is in NCAA Division II with football. The largest three sports are:
Sport Total Athletes
Football Men’s 108
Baseball Men’s 41
Other Sports Men’s 38

The complete list of sports at Central Washington University is available for members.

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Tuition for Central Washington University is in the 28.1 percentile of all colleges and universities, which we classify as affordable.
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Sentiment for tweets that say ‘Central Washington University’ or an alias (see above). Twitter limits its API to the previous 7 days or 18,000 tweets. This chart shows the average daily sentiment of tweets containing Central Washington University within those restrictions.
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