Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA 98926
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Central Washington University is one of the thirty-five public 4-year colleges in Washington. The campus is located in Ellensburg town.

According to the NCES 2017 report, a total of 12,901 students attend the school. In the 2017 fall enrollment, 2,133 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 1,557 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 73%). Every year 52% of the graduating class students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their studies.

Central Washington University's in-state tuition for the 2017-2018 academic year was $6,037, and fees were $1,866. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $20,144 and $1,866 respectively.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleDistant Town
Number of Students12,901
Student to Faculty Ratio19:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate73%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 6 6

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Institutional Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
04/01/1918 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT910 to 1100
ACT17 to 24
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Neither required nor recommended
Secondary school record Recommended
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $50
Graduates $50

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$201/credit
In State Students$201/credit
Out of State Students$671/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$292/credit
In State Students$292/credit
Out of State Students$670/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $9,045 $9,045 $30,195
ADN 70 $14,070 $14,070 $46,970
BSN 125 $25,125 $25,125 $83,875
FNP 50 $14,600 $14,600 $33,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 88% of Central Washington University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 36% $4,137
Other Federal Grant 9% $985
State Grant & Scholarships 32% $5,467
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 64% $3,521
Federal Student Loans 60% $5,188
Private Loans 3% $11,311


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$8,896
$30,001 to $48,000$10,635
$48,001 to $75,000$14,269
$75,001 to $110,000$18,309
Over $110,000$19,501

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Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Washington state board of nursing.
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926

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