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IPEDS ID: 234827
OPE ID: 00377100
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Central Washington University
400 East University Way, Ellensburg, Washington 98926-7501
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 98926
General information:  (509) 963-1111
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Campus setting:  Town: Distant
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  11,993 (11,112 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  20 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty473215
Research and public service02
Total graduate assistants-151
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,002$1,002$1,002$1,0020.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,200$9,795$10,285$9,780-4.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$9,200$9,795$10,285$9,780-4.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$22,139$22,785$23,316$22,482-3.6%
Off Campus$22,139$22,785$23,316$22,482-3.6%
Off Campus with Family$12,939$12,990$13,031$12,702-2.5%
On Campus$32,771$34,695$35,679$35,295-1.1%
Off Campus$32,771$34,695$35,679$35,295-1.1%
Off Campus with Family$23,571$24,900$25,394$25,5150.5%
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 Multiyear Tuition Calculator
Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$8,586
In-state fees$1,791
Out-of-state tuition$20,112
Out-of-state fees$1,791
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment plan
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,14585%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,05479%$7,447,317$7,066
Federal grants48736%$2,156,842$4,429
Pell grants48436%$2,064,074$4,265
Other federal grants997%$92,768$937
State/local government grant or scholarships38028%$2,648,742$6,970
Institutional grants or scholarships87465%$2,641,733$3,023
Student loan aid79159%$4,992,728$6,312
Federal student loans78759%$4,641,722$5,898
Other student loans302%$351,006$11,700
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid16,16156%$49,485,828$8,032
Pell grants3,85035%$16,033,189$4,164
Federal student loans5,52850%$38,500,318$6,965
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$14,374$15,250$15,189
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$8,866$8,622$9,388
$30,001 – $48,000$11,040$10,442$11,297
$48,001 – $75,000$16,540$14,824$16,084
$75,001 – $110,000$19,204$18,324$19,269
$110,001 and more$19,985$19,631$20,724
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment11,993
Undergraduate enrollment11,112
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,497
Graduate enrollment881
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 82%
Part-time: 18%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 1%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 3%
Hispanic/Latino: 13%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 1%
White: 59%
Two or more races: 6%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 10%
Non-resident alien: 3%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 81%
25 and over: 19%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 95%
Out-of-state: 5%
Foreign countries: 0%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 57%
Part-time: 43%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 12%
Enrolled in some distance education: 18%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 70%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 33%
Enrolled in some distance education: 16%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 51%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants4,9342,2932,641
Percent admitted82%80%83%
Percent admitted who enrolled41%45%38%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading420550
SAT Math430550
SAT Writing410500
ACT Composite1725
ACT English1726
ACT Math1625
ACT Writing59
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 79%
Part-time students: 55%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 42 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 52%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 43%
6-year: 51%
8-year: 54%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 24%
6-year: 52%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 48%
Female: 55%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 30%
Asian: 28%
Black or African American: 38%
Hispanic/Latino: 55%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 53%
Two or more races: 48%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 52%
Non-resident alien: 55%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization0---
Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies9---
Category total9---
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General606--
Biomedical Sciences, General17---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology18---
Environmental Biology4---
Exercise Physiology61---
Category total1876--
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science8---
Business Administration and Management, General84---
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other100d2d3d-
Business/Commerce, General--1-
Business/Managerial Economics8---
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry0---
Construction Management30---
Fashion Merchandising3---
Finance, General40---
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General33---
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management82-11-
Marketing/Marketing Management, General54---
Organizational Leadership7---
Retail Management0---
Retailing and Retail Operations11---
Special Products Marketing Operations12-0-
Tourism and Travel Services Management9---
Category total612d17d15d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Broadcast Journalism7---
Communication, General32---
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia0---
Mass Communication/Media Studies0---
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication--0-
Public Relations/Image Management66---
Radio and Television1---
Category total111-0-
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other--0-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance5---
Computer Science362--
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration--1-
Information Technology29-1-
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager26---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design8-1-
Category total10423-
Art Teacher Education3---
Biology Teacher Education1---
Chemistry Teacher Education0---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-0--
Drama and Dance Teacher Education00--
Early Childhood Education and Teaching12---
Earth Science Teacher Education0---
Education, General50--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-11--
Elementary Education and Teaching175---
English/Language Arts Teacher Education14---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education60--
French Language Teacher Education1---
Health Teacher Education0---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-8--
History Teacher Education16---
Mathematics Teacher Education291--
Music Teacher Education246--
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching21---
Reading Teacher Education-4--
Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education0---
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education0---
Spanish Language Teacher Education3---
Special Education and Teaching, General181--
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other-0--
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor-3--
Technical Teacher Education0211-
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education0---
Category total3283611-
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics1---
Category total1---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician1---
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician0---
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician16---
Engineering Technology, General-13--
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other0---
Industrial Technology/Technician14---
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician2---
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician26---
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician35---
Category total9413--
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing3d---
English Language and Literature, General116--
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing--1-
Writing, General27d---
Category total41d61-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management10---
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management--1-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General30--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other0---
Family Systems166--
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management3---
Human Nutrition17---
Category total4961-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature0---
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General0---
French Language and Literature3---
German Language and Literature2---
Japanese Language and Literature7---
Russian Language and Literature4---
Spanish Language and Literature6---
Category total22---
Health Professions and Related Programs
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)17d---
Pre-Nursing Studies13---
Public Health Education and Promotion25---
Public Health, General0---
Category total81d---
History, General117--
Category total117--
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Police Science0---
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies194d6d--
Category total194d6d--
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Studies, General0---
Pre-Law Studies0---
Category total0---
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, Other0---
Mathematics, General12---
Category total12---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral Sciences28--
Biological and Physical Sciences00--
Computational Science-0--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other20d1d0-
Nutrition Sciences32--
Category total25d11d0-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science0---
Environmental Studies5---
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other-17--
Natural Resources Management and Policy-1--
Category total518--
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General03--
Kinesiology and Exercise Science554--
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General24---
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-15--
Category total7922--
Personal and Culinary Services
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other--0-
Wine Steward/Sommelier--0-
Category total--0-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General6---
Religion/Religious Studies7---
Category total13---
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General75--
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other6---
Geology/Earth Science, General157--
Physics, General16---
Category total4412--
Applied Behavior Analysis-5--
Counseling Psychology-7-0
Experimental Psychology-3-0
Psychology, General148d---
School Psychology-2--
Category total148d17-0
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Human Services, General30---
Public Administration-18--
Public Policy Analysis, General1---
Category total3118--
Social Sciences
Economics, General8---
Economics, Other4---
Geographic Information Science and Cartography2-20-
Geography, Other13---
Political Science and Government, General23---
Social Sciences, General148d---
Category total314d-20-
Transportation and Materials Moving
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General0---
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew25---
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations15---
Category total40---
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General9---
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics-1--
Cinematography and Film/Video Production20---
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General66--
Film/Cinema/Video Studies0---
Fine/Studio Arts, General140--
Graphic Design18---
Jazz/Jazz Studies1---
Keyboard Instruments1---
Metal and Jewelry Arts01--
Music Pedagogy-2--
Music Performance, General41--
Music Theory and Composition10--
Music, General130--
Musical Theatre8---
Percussion Instruments0---
Playwriting and Screenwriting1---
Stringed Instruments2---
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology5---
Voice and Opera5---
Category total11615--
Grand total2,671212510
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 365
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 6
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $7,387
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $6,536
Full-time students: 87%
Part-time students: 50%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined65123
Other Sports4238
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities4/1/1918 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics11/1/1980 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1967 -  Accredited
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship4/1/1992 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs3/7/2006 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession110
Drug law violations341526
Liquor law violations504842
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations3299
Liquor law violations272322
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter010
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible61
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault232
Motor vehicle theft510
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible61
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault001
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For 2013 Line M was changed from 0 to 1 because one Arson occurred in a On-Campus Student Housing Facility.
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate5.9%6.6%7.9%
Number in default180194197
Number in repayment3,0052,9082,487
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)