For students looking for a college experience in the Pacific Northwest, Central Washington University offers a good range of academic programs in a rural setting. Located in a small town in Washington state, the pioneer spirit remains an integral part of the character of the university. In addition to the main campus, the university also has University Centers at eight other locations, offering a variety of programs to students in those communities.
The university was founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School. The campus was located in Ellensburg as a consolation prize to the city, which lost its attempt to be the state capital of Washington state.