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Central Washington University or CWU is an accredited four year educational institution, located in Ellensburg, Washington. The university was founded in 1891. It originally started off as a teacher's college, which is still one of the primary majors today. The CWU campus is comprised of 350 acres. It offers various degrees and programs through different centres located in Des Moines, Lynnwood, Moses Lake, Pierce County, Wenatchee and Yakima, Washington. The students, alumni and athletes of CWU are known as the Wildcats and their colors are crimson and black. The sports team of CWU takes part in NCAA Division II and is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Profile of Central Washington UniversityCentral Washington is in a town not particularly near any major cities, in Ellensburg, WA. The school is classified as a public college. Students at Central Washington earn degrees up to the Master's degree.

Course Topics

There is a relatively broad range of courses and programs available at the school. The most common major fields study at Central Washington include security and law enforcement.

Central Washington Selectivity

The school does not admit all applicants. The middle range of verbal SAT scores in 2007 was 430 to 550 for students at Central Washington. While math SAT scores among applicants varied, those accepted commonly had scores between 440 and 550.

Some professors at the school are awarded tenure, allowing the school to retain good faculty members.

Student Enrolment

Central Washington, in 2007, had 10, 505 students (9, 563 full-time equivalent).

Student Life
Dorm living is common. Athletic teams at Central Washington belong to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for major sports. Central Washington Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management632business management, accounting, fashion merchandising, actuarial science
Education and Teaching470elementary school teaching, early childhood education, teacher education, physical education teaching, history teaching, math teaching, music teaching, drama and dance teaching, . . .
Liberal Arts315social services, sociology, anthropology, English, political science, history, interdisciplinary studies, geography, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement215criminal justice and safety
Science131biology, chemistry, geology, physics, geological and earth sciences, natural sciences
Family and Social Work122family and consumer science, food and nutrition, human services, foodservice management, public policy analysis
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy115exercise science, parks and recreation management, health and physical Education
Engineering Technician113construction engineering tech, mechanical engineering tech, industrial safety tech, industrial tech, engineering technology, electronics tech, computer engineering tech
Therapy and Counselling84psychology, community health services, school psychology, experimental psychology, Counselling psychology, organizational psychology
Media64communication studies, public relations, journalism
office and Administration61office data entry, office management
Transportation36commercial pilot and flight crew, aviation operations
Music30music, music performance, voice, violin, guitar, and strings, conducting, music management
Computer Science and Engineering27computer and info science
Design19graphic design
Drama and Performing Arts15acting, theatre design, drama, theatre arts management
Nursing and Emergency Medicine14EMT paramedic
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy, religion
Fine Arts10painting, ceramics, fine arts, metal and jewelry
Photography and Commercial Art6photography, drawing
Conservation and Resource Management4natural resources management
Art Studies2art studies
Contact: Central WashingtonCentral Washington University

400 East University Way

Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

General Phone: (509) 963-1111


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