Central Washington University (CWU)

Ellensburg, WA

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
General Natural Resources Management and Policy

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art/Art Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
General Philosophy and Religious Studies
German Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Jazz/Jazz Studies
Metal and Jewelry Arts
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance
Music Theory and Composition
Musical Theatre
Percussion Instruments
Professional, Technical, Business and Scientific Writing
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Stringed Instruments (Violin, Guitar, Ukulele, Harp)
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Voice and Opera


Major Bachelors Masters
Business Administration and Management
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Logistics and Materials Management
Other Business/Managerial Operations
Personnel and Retail Management and Organizational Behavior
Special Products Marketing Operations
Tourism, Travel, and Hotel Services Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Broadcast Journalism
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Public Relations/Image Management
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Bachelors Masters
Wine Steward / Sommelier


Major Bachelors Masters
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science Teacher Education
Educational Leadership and Administration
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
Technical Teacher Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Engineering Technology

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management
Family Systems
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Nutrition
Other Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Health and Physical Education
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Pre-Nursing Studies
Public Health Education and Promotion

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Biological and Physical Sciences
Computational Science
Nutrition Sciences
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Legal Studies
Pre-Law Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Exercise Physiology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Other Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Human Services

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Asian Studies/Civilization
Counseling Psychology
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
Learning Theory and Experimental Psychology
Political Science and Government
School Psychology
Social Sciences

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Policy Analysis

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
Other Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Science
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager

Transportation Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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CWU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4 of 5 Stars 6 Reviews

50% of students gave Central Washington University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 1986

Academics Rating

Tipical size for undergrad work classes. Nothing out of the ordinary. Profs try to be available and I did recieve good advice when needed. Work load was just right for that time of my life and still had time to do other things. Programs were stong and to the point.

Former Student - Last Attended 2000

Academics Rating

I was in the graduate program in education working on a Master's Degree in public school administration. Having already worked in the public schools for many years, I came to the program knowing a lot about school administration. While I learned a lot in the special education and the law class, the "principal" class was poorly instructed. It was a seminar style, in which the students read scholarly articles and presented the information to the class. I would have much preferred learning from the instructor who had been a public school administrator for 40 years and had a wealth of experience.

CWU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Retention Rate 74%
Minimum GPA to Graduate 2.00
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in June, July, September, December, and March.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Domestic Off-Campus Semester-Away Programs

  • Domestic Exchange Schools
  • Other: Member of National Student Exchange.

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Health Professions
  • Home Economics
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technology
  • Vocational Arts
  • Other: law and justice, mathematics

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Other: occupational therapy, physical therapy, engineering

Class Sizes at Central Washington University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 39%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 5%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 55%
  • 100+ Students: 1%
Fewer than 20 Students 39%
50 - 100 Students 5%
20 - 49 Students 55%
100+ Students 1%

Faculty at Central Washington University

Total Faculty 609
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 18
Full-Time Professors 434
Male Faculty 340
Part-Time Professors 175
Women Faculty 269

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