Central Washington University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$6,318
2.4% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$16,014
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6.98%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
84.9%
11,017 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
11,658
86.6% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
54.7%
775 Graduates

About

Central Washington University is a higher education institution located in Kittitas County, WA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Central Washington University were Elementary Education & Teaching (287 degrees awarded), General Psychology (192 degrees), and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (139 degrees).

In 2019, 3,163 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Central Washington University. 58.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,860 degrees), 4.01 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (464 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Central Washington University is $6,318, which is $-15,708 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Central Washington University is $6,318, which is $-15,708 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,014.

In 2019, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 49% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$6,318
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Central Washington University was $6,318. The cost of tuition at Central Washington University is $-15,708 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$16,014
2019 Value
7.75%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Central Washington University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,014. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Central Washington University grew by 7.75%.

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Other Student Expenses

$9,975
Room and Board
$1,002
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Central Washington University was of $9,975 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,002. The cost of room and board decreased by 6.64% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
49%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Central Washington University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 4.62% with respect to 2018, when 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
6.98%
2017 Default Rate
209
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Central Washington University was 6.98%, which represents 209 out of the 2995 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Central Washington University received 11,017 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 6.74% annual growth. Out of those 11,017 applicants, 9,356 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 84.9% acceptance rate.

There were 11,658 students enrolled at Central Washington University in 2019, and 77% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Central Washington University has an overall enrollment yield of 23.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

84.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
9,356
Accepted Out of 11,017

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Central Washington University was 84.9% (9,356 admissions from 11,017 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 77.8%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 6.74%, while admissions grew by 16.5%.

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SAT Scores

77%
Submission Percentage
1,671
Scores Submitted

77% of enrolled first-time students at Central Washington University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Central Washington University has a total enrollment of 11,658 students. The full-time enrollment at Central Washington University is 10,098 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,560. This means that 86.6% of students enrolled at Central Washington University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Central Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.9% White, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 7.89% Two or More Races, 4.39% Asian, 3.94% Black or African American, 0.935% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.54% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Central Washington University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.5%), followed by White Male (24.2%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.3%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.4%), followed by White Male (20.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.26%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

86.6%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Central Washington University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 11,658 students. The full-time enrollment at Central Washington University is 10,098 and the part-time enrollment is 1,560. This means that 86.6% of students enrolled at Central Washington University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

71%
2019 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Central Washington University was 71%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Central Washington University had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,934
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,978
  3. Two or More Races
    920

The enrolled student population at Central Washington University is 50.9% White, 17% Hispanic or Latino, 7.89% Two or More Races, 4.39% Asian, 3.94% Black or African American, 0.935% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.54% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1,345 students (11.5%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 527 more women than men received degrees from Central Washington University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Central Washington University is white (1,860 degrees awarded). There were 4.01 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (464 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Central Washington University is Elementary Education & Teaching (287 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (192 degrees) and Criminal Justice - Safety Studies (139 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Central Washington University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Education (636 degrees awarded), Transportation (38 degrees), and Psychology (220 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Central Washington University are Elementary & middle school teachers (1,609,560 people), Secondary school teachers (555,344 people), Other managers (375,484 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (352,240 people), and Education administrators (345,691 people).

The most specialized majors at Central Washington University are Education (636 degrees awarded), Transportation (38 degrees), Psychology (220 degrees), Social Sciences (244 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (79 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Central Washington University are Surgeons, Chief executives & legislators, Computer hardware engineers, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at Central Washington University are Education (636 degrees awarded), Transportation (38 degrees), Psychology (220 degrees), Social Sciences (244 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (79 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Central Washington University are Elementary & secondary schools (3,179,463 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (560,457 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (367,852 people), Legal services (291,670 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (278,670 people).

The most specialized majors at Central Washington University are Education (636 degrees awarded), Transportation (38 degrees), Psychology (220 degrees), Social Sciences (244 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (79 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Central Washington University.
Most Common
  1. 287 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 192 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 139 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Central Washington University was Elementary Education & Teaching with 287 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

1,318
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
1,845
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 1,318 degrees were awarded to men at Central Washington University, which is 0.714 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (1,845).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 68 degrees were awarded to men at Central Washington University in Criminal Justice - Safety Studies, which is 0.907 times less than the 75 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 264 degrees were awarded to women at Central Washington University in Elementary Education & Teaching, which is 5.5 times more than the 48 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

28%
100% Completion Time
52%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 28% of students graduating from Central Washington University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 52% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 55% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (65.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Central Washington University is Female and Asian (65.2% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 8% of graduates (62 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,860 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    464 degrees awarded
  3. Unknown
    273 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Central Washington University is white (1,860 degrees awarded). There were 4.01 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (464 degrees).

8.63% of degree recipients (273 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    1,072 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    788 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    294 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Central Washington University is white female (1,072 degrees awarded). There were 1.36 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (788 degrees).

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Operations

Central Washington University has an endowment valued at nearly $39M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $7.06M (18.1%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Central Washington University had a total salary expenditure of $265M. Central Washington University employs 117 Lecturers, 92 Professors, and 89 Associate professors. Most academics at Central Washington University are Female Lecturers (65), Male Professors(57), and Male Lecturers (52).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Central Washington University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 213 employees, Service, with 151 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 128 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$39M
2019 Endowment
64.1%
growth from 2018

Central Washington University has an endowment valued at about $39M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Central Washington University grew 64.1% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $514k higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $7.45M - Federal
  2. $21.2M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Central Washington University received $7.45M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $21.2M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$120M
2019 Salaries
15%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Central Washington University paid a median of $120M in salaries, which represents 45.4% of their overall expenditure ($265M) and a 15% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 4.39% growth from 2017 and a 4.62% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$33.3M
Instructional Salaries
440
Number of Employees

In 2019, Central Washington University paid a total of $33.3M to 440 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Lecturer
Most Common Instructor
117 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
213 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Central Washington University were Lecturer with 117 employees; Professor with 92 employees; and Professor with 89 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Central Washington University were Office and Administrative Support with 213 employees; Service with 151 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 128 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Lecturer
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Lecturer

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Central Washington University was Female Lecturer with 65 employees, Male Professor with 57 employees, and Male Lecturer with 52 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Central Washington University.

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