Central Washington University


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Central Washington University

In-state Tuition

$5,238 / year

Out-of-state Tuition

$13,949 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

April 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Music Library and Education Curriculum Library

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 536,469 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 900 current serial subscriptions.
  • 1,214,235 microforms.
  • 8,220 Audio/Visual items.
  • 21,582 e-books.

Museums & Art

Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute; Center for Spatial Information – Pacific Northwest Regional Office for the National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations in America (RGIS); Anthropology Museum; Japanese Garden; and Art Gallery.



  • Students are required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Microsoft

Campus Resources

  • 687 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 50 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 0 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 600 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 2,050 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is available.
  • 84% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in some of the college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 1,400 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance


reading, math, writing


minority student, career, military, personal, veteran student, academic, older student, psychological, birth control, other


co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 43% of students live in school housing.
  • The school does not provide assistance for off-campus housing.

Types of housing available

  • 23% of housing units are Singles.
  • 40% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 13% of housing units are Triples.
  • 24% of housing units are Apartments.
  • In total, there are 24 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 17% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 71% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 84% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 35% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Annual Events: Jazz in the Valley, Wildcat Week, Homecoming Weekend, Boo Central, Ware Fair, Spa Day, Student Appreciation Day, Performances by the Wind Ensembles and Chorus, Wildcat Madness, Wellington’s Wildfire, Student Lobby Day, Presidential Speaker Series. Quarterly Events: Theatre Productions, Orchestra Concerts, College Concerts, and Jazz Nights.
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station
  • In total, there are about 138 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Alpha Eta Rho, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, CWU Honors Club, DEC
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Baptist Student Ministry, Campus Ambassadors, Generation Church University, Catholic Campus Ministry, Campus Crusade for Christ, Christian Fellowship (Chi Alpha), Jewish Student Organization, LDS Student Association, Philosophy and Religious Studies Club, Salt, Northwest Collegiate Ministries
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Asian Student Alliance, Culture Club, Filipino American Student Assc. (FASA), International Student Assoc. (ISA), Japanese Language and Culture
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Accounting Club, Actuarial Science Club, American Choral Directors Assoc. , American Institute of Graphic Arts(AIGA), American Sign Language Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Safety Engineers, American String Teachers Assoc. , Anthropology Student Association(ASA), Arnold Air Society, Association of Construction Mgrs. , Association Of Managemat Information System, Astronomy Club, Biology Club, BoogieCats, Bowling Club, Central Ice Hockey, Central Theatre Club, Chemistry Club, Circle K, College Democrats, College Republicans, Environmental Resource Mgt. Assoc. , Exercise Science Club, Family and Consumer Science Student Assoc. , Family Studies Club, Fashion Merchandising Club, Geology Club, Health Education Club, History Club, Hot Lava Burn Monkey, Inst. of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Interior Design Club, Int’l Association of Jazz Educators, Kyokushinkai Karate, Lacrosse, Law & Justice Club, Marketing Club, Master of Science in Organization Development, Mechanical Contractors Association, Music Ed. Nat’l Conference, N. W. Entertainment Alliance, National Broadcasting Society, National Home Builders Association, National Science Teachers Association Student Chapter, No Touching Ground, Non-Traditional Students Club, Nutrition Science Club, Orchesis Dance Company, Outdoor Adventure Club, P. E. Club, Percussionist Anonymous, Pinnacle, Political Enlightenment Society, Pre-Med Club, Pre-Optometry, Progressive Student Union, Psychology Club(Psi Chi), Public Relations Student Society of America, Recreation Club, Rodeo Club, Roots & Shoots, Silver Wings, Soccer Club, Society for Human Resource Management, Sociology Club, Student Art Council, Student Athlete Advisory Club, Student Council for Exceptional Children, Student Washington Education Association, Students Affiliate of the American Chemical Society, SwingCats, The Association for Computing Machinery, Travel & Tourism Club, Trombone Club, Trumpet Club, Writer’s Forum
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Observer (weekly), Quest (Monthly), Hype (quarterly)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): SeaTac, Washington (110), Yakima, Washington (40)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Seattle, Washington (108)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Ellensburg, WA (3)
  • Public transportation does not serve the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.


  • School employment is available.
  • 24% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 3,000
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.
  • There are 0 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • 0% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 0% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Offered on campus
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, other

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