Central Washington University (CWU)

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Central Washington University can be found in Ellensburg, WA, a public college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 13,000 students enrolled per year at Central Washington University.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT exam scores to CWU. A score within the range of 950 - 1170 on the SAT exam, or 17 - 24 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. We were able to estimate the CWU average GPA (2.80 - 3.25) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. About 80% of all students which applied were accepted at Central Washington University, and from those that were granted acceptance around 23% continued on to enroll. When applying historical data, we have projected that the CWU acceptance rate 2021 will be around 77%. You can get more information from the admissions office website at cwu.edu.

Overall CWU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Central Washington University was reported as 84.9% in Fall 2020 with over 11,000 applications submitted to CWU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • CWU ACT Scores: 17 - 24
  • CWU Average GPA: 2.80 - 3.25

How Hard Is It to Get into Central Washington University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Central Washington University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Central Washington University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 79.7%
  • 2017-2018: 86.3%
  • 2018-2019: 78.2%
  • 2019-2020: 84.9%
  • Projected CWU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 76.8%

How Does CWU Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Central Washington University is fifty percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of Washington-Tacoma Campus87.3%
Seattle University78.5%
University of Washington-Bothell Campus74.1%
Concordia University-Portland57.3%
Eastern Washington University95.7%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to CWU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 580
Math480 - 590
Total Score950 - 1170
ACT®Score Range
English15 - 23
Math16 - 24
Composite Score17 - 24
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