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Central Washington University: Narrative Description


400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1891. Setting: 380-acre small town campus. Endowment: $9.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5208 per student. Total enrollment: 9,985. Faculty: 535 (364 full-time, 171 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 22:1. 4,230 applied, 83% were admitted. 9% from top 10% of their high school class, 30% from top quarter, 67% from top half. Full-time: 8,335 students, 52% women, 48% men. Part-time: 1,060 students, 56% women, 44% men. Students come from 33 states and territories, 27 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 2% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 22% 25 or older, 34% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at National Student Exchange. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $4278 full-time, $130.60 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $11,799 full-time, $381.60 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $369 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to location. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and location. College room and board: $6402. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 50 open to all. Most popular organizations: International Business Club, Marketing Club, Associated Students of CWU. Major annual events: Homecoming, Parents' Weekend, Drug Awareness Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 3,140 college housing spaces available; 2,194 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Central Washington University Library with 434,424 books, 1.1 million microform titles, 1,469 serials, 9,230 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 720 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Ellensburg is a small university town in central Washington. The climate is mild and dry. The community has several churches, three libraries, a hospital and infirmary. Ellensburg may be reached by railroad, bus lines, and Interstate 90 and 82. Local recreation includes camping, hiking, river rafting, rodeo, snow sports, fishing, hunting, boating, skiing and golf. There are many job opportunities available at the university. Various civic and fraternal organizations are active in the community.

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