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Eastern Washington University

Cheney, Washington

Eastern Washington University (EWU) is located in Cheney, Washington, a short drive to downtown Spokane, the state’s second-largest city. The geographic area provides shopping, concerts, cultural events and an abundance of outdoor activities throughout the year. EWU is a diverse, friendly, and student-centric university where students know each other and their faculty thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio. EWU offers more than 137 areas of study, including 9 master’s degrees, 39 graduate programs, and an applied doctorate. EWU is the best value in Washington.



Student Profile

Fall 2017 Enrollment
10,500 undergraduate students
90% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
5% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2017-2018 Academic Year
483 full-time faculty
193 part-time faculty
21 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2017
68% of first-year students live on campus
16% of all undergraduate students live on campus

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2017

76% of students began in Fall 2016 and returned in Fall 2017 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2017

52.17% of students graduated in 6 years (first-time full-time freshmen)


Nonresident aliens 4%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Black or African American 3%
White 58%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 7%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 9%

Academic Programs


College of Arts, Letters, & Education


Bachelor of Arts (BA): Art History, Studio Art | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Visual Arts (Elementary, Secondary) | Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): Studio Art, Visual Communication Design | Minors: Art, Art (Elementary, Secondary)

Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Early Childhood, Early Childhood & Special Education, Elementary, Literacy–Reading & Writing (Elementary, Secondary) | Minors: Early Childhood/Elementary, Environmental Education, Literacy—Reading & Writing (Elementary, Secondary) | Teacher Certification/Add-on Endorsements: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business & Marketing, Earth & Space Science, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Education, History, Social Studies, Special Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Creative Writing, English as a Second Language, Literary Studies, Technical Communication | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): English Education (Secondary) | Minors: Creative Writing, English, English as a Second Language, Linguistics, Technical Communication

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Film | Minors: Film, Film Studies, Screenwriting

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Humanities | Minors: Humanities

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Journalism Major News Editorial Option | Bachelor of Science (BS): Journalism: Public Relations | Minors: Journalism

Modern Languages and Literatures
Bachelor of Arts (BA): French, Spanish | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): French (Elementary, Secondary), Spanish (Elementary, Secondary) | Minors: French, French (Elementary, Secondary), German, German (Elementary, Secondary), Japanese, Spanish

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Music Major with Liberal Arts Option | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BME): Music—Instrument, Choral, General (Elementary, Secondary) | Bachelor of Music (BM): Instrumental, Performance, Jazz Performance, Music Composition, Piano Performance, Vocal Performance | Minors: Music

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Studies—Philosophical Studies | Minors: Philosophy

Physical Education, Health, and Recreation
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Outdoor Recreation, Recreation and Tourism Management, Therapeutic Recreation | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Health and Fitness (Elementary, Secondary) | Bachelor of Science (BS): Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Public Health | Minors: Aquatics, Experiential Education and Group Facilitation, Coaching, Personal Training

Religious Studies
Minors: Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Theatre | Minors: Theatre, Theatre (Elementary, Secondary)


College of Business and Public Administration


Business Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration (BAB): Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Management (General Business, Human Resource Management, Operations Management), Management Information Systems, Marketing, Professional Accounting | Bachelor of Science (BS): Data Analytics | Minors: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Analytics, Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Information Security, International Business, Management Information Systems

Business and Marketing Education
Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Business and Marketing Education/Secondary Major or Add-on Endorsement | Minors: Corporate Training

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Economics | Bachelor of Science (BS): Economics, Economics Computing Option | Minors: Economics, General Education Economics

Planning and Public Administration
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Urban and Regional Planning | Minors: Urban and Regional Planning

Health Informatics Technology and Management, Bachelor of Science (BS)


College of Health Science and Public Health


Communication Sciences and Disorders
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Communication Sciences and Disorders | Pre-Professional Program Requirements: Pre-Communication Sciences and Disorders

Dental Hygiene
Bachelor of Science (BS): Dental Hygiene

Health Science
Bachelor of Science (BS): Health Science

Health Services Administration
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Health Services Administration, Health Services Administration Long Term Care Option | Minors: Health Services Management

Bachelor of Science (BSN): Nursing

Public Health
Bachelor of Science (BS): Public Health


College of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics


Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Biology (Secondary) | Bachelor of Science (BS): Biology, with Biotechnology, with Pre-Medicine/Pre-Dentistry | Minors: Biology, Biology (Secondary)

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Chemistry/Biochemistry Major with General Option | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Chemistry/Biochemistry (Secondary) | Bachelor of Science (BS): with Biochemistry, with Forensic Science, with Pre-Med/Pre-Dent/Pre-Vet, with Professional Option, with Standard Option | Minors: Chemistry/Biochemistry, Chemistry/Biochemistry (Secondary), Environmental Chemistry

Computer Science
Bachelor of Science (BCS): Computer Science | Bachelor of Science (BS): Computer Science | Minors: 3D Animation, Computer Applications, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science Programming, Web Application Development

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Visual Communication Design | Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA): Visual Communication Design | Minors: Visual Communication Design

Earth and Space Science 
Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Earth and Space Science/Secondary | Minors: Earth and Space Science (Secondary)

Engineering and Design
Bachelor of Science (BS): Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Technology (Applied Technology, Construction Management, Design, Manufacturing) | Minors: Applied Technology, Construction Management, Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering | Pre-Professional Program Requirements: Pre-Engineering

Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science (BS): Environmental Science (Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology) | Minors: Environmental Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Geology Bachelor of Science (BS): Geology | Minors: Geology

Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Mathematics (Elementary, Secondary) | Bachelor of Science (BS): Mathematics | Minors: Mathematics, Mathematics (Elementary, Secondary)

Natural Science
Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Natural Science (Elementary) | Minors: Natural Science (Elementary)

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Physics | Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE): Physics (Secondary) | Bachelor of Science (BS): Physics | Minors: Physics, Physics (Secondary)


College of Social Sciences


Addiction Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Interdisciplinary Studies: Addiction Studies | Minors: Addiction Counseling and Prevention

Aging Studies
Minors: Agning Studies (Interdisciplinary)

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Anthropology | Minors: Anthropology, Archaeology

Children’s Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Children’s Studies

Communication Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Communication Studies, Communication in Public Relations Option | Minors: Communication Studies

Criminal Justice
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Criminal Justice | Minors: Criminal Justice

Disability Studies
Minors: Disability Studies

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Geography | Minors: Geography

Bachelor of Arts (BA): History | Minors: History, History (Secondary)

International Affairs
Bachelor of Arts (BA): International Affairs (Global Security Processes Concentration, Global Socio-Economic Processes Concentration, Global Public Policy Concentration)

Military Science
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Military Science | Minors: Military Science

Political Science and International Affairs
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Political Science, Political Science Pre-Law Option | Minors: Political Science

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Psychology | Bachelor of Science (BS): Applied Developmental Psychology | Minors: Applied Developmental Psychology, Psychology

Race and Culture Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Race and Culture Studies (Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies) | Minors: Race and Culture Studies(Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies)

Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Social Work

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Sociology | Minors: Sociology

Women’s and Gender Studies
Bachelor of Arts (BA): Women’s and Gender Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies with a Prior Learning Option | Minors: Women’s and Gender Studies


Undergraduate Research

EWU is committed to providing students with undergraduate research opportunities. EWU hosts the Annual Research and Creative Works Symposium at which more than 500 students present, show, act, sing, or display the results of their experiments, dramatic creations, and/or field research. Additionally, the University sends more students to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research than any other school in the Northwest. EWU also offers the McNair Scholars program, which provides qualifying, high-achieving, and PhD-focused undergraduates with research and scholarly opportunities. EWU’s graduates have even gone on to attend prestigious doctoral programs around the country.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles x
Musical theatre x
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  

Innovative Education

EWU ensures that students are getting the most out of their education by providing real-world and innovative educational opportunities. Students at EWU can now earn a BS in data analytics, which is integrated with the Microsoft Professional Preparation program. EWU is the only university in the nation to have Microsoft’s program integrated within a degree. What’s more, the University also has the only industrial robotics and automation program in a three-state area, where students get hands-on training with 10 industrial robots.

Health care is the heart of Spokane’s employment opportunities, and EWU’s programs partner closely with this greater health care community. EWU has launched a partnership with St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute to provide an outpatient clinic with physical and occupational therapy services, giving students experience in a clinical setting and a chance to impact the community.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Cultural and Gender Diversity, International Studies, Senior Capstone

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 170 248 236 193 100 115 5 1067

Student Life

EWU has a robust student life with 12 fraternities, 10 sororities, and 90 intramural club sports. In addition, EWU offers hundreds of academically related student clubs that provide students with avenues to explore interests ranging from literature to robotics. EWU participates in the NCAA Division I Big Sky Conference Athletics, with six men’s teams and eight women’s teams. The University has a recreational center, climbing wall, and ice rink, and offers student entertainment with comedians, concerts, outdoor and adventure trips, and leadership training. Student leadership opportunities are also available in student government, Community Engagement, Health and Wellness, and EPIC outdoor adventures.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing X
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

Academic Success

EWU prioritizes student success by offering multiple student support and mentoring opportunities. Professional advisors help each student pick the right classes to best fit their learning style as well as support them through graduation. The Writers’ Center and Program Leading to University Success (PLUS), located in the JFK Library next to the most popular campus coffee spot, both offer individual attention and guidance to help students succeed. The University’s First-Year Experience course introduces students to college life and provides a comprehensive background for success.

Career Preparation

Most students participate in internships, volunteer positions, and/or part-time jobs that provide a head start on their career—71 percent of students have professional experience before graduation. EWU gives students the opportunity to make business connections with its Young Professionals Network, where recent and future graduates network with business leaders in the community. Our Career Services staff provides mentoring, résumé workshops, and career development—even after students graduate.



4,444 total applicants
4,276 total admissions
1,648 total freshman enrollment

96.22% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2018-19 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Priority date: Feb 15

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2017

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 440 530
SAT Math 430 560
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 17 24
ACT Math 17 24
ACT English 16 23
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator



Expenses In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $6,257 $23,603
Fees $841 $841
Total $7,098 $24,444
Room and Board (on campus) $11,638 $11,638
Room Only $6,527 $6,527
Board Only $5,111 $5,111
Estimated Total On Campus $18,736 $36,082


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016

$13,873 first-year students
$8,175 all undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016

58.4% on average, the percentage of need that was met
12% of financial need students that had need fully met

$8,175 average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,210 average need-based loan