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Eastern Washington University

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Originally established as Benjamin P. Cheney Academy in 1882, the school underwent several name changes such as State Normal School in 1889, and Eastern Washington College of Education in 1937. After World War II, the institute added several graduate and undergraduate degree programs. In 1977, the Washington State Legislature finally renamed it as Eastern Washington University. Also referred to as EWU, Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public University located in small town of Cheney, Washington, United Sates. The main campus spans 300 acres of beautifully landscaped area. It also offers off-campus programs statewide in Seattle, Kent, Shoreline, Bellevue, Tacoma, Everett, Yakima, Spokane, and Vancouver.


Eastern offers high-class education to undergraduate students in more than 100 areas of study, at a reasonable cost. The outstanding academic programs, faculty and campus facilities are a part of the diverse community. EWU offers 10 master’s degrees, over 5 graduate certificates, more than 50 graduate programs of study and an applied doctorate program of physical therapy.

Eastern Washington University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the postsecondary institutional accrediting agency for a seven state region of the country. With the accreditation by the Northwest Commission, Eastern Washington University is qualified for access to federal funding for research, teaching, and student financial aid. EWU is also approved by the U.S. Attorney General for non-quota immigrant students; and the American Association of University Women. The academic excellence of Eastern’s graduate and undergraduate programs is recognized by its numerous accreditations.

Schools and Colleges:

Eastern Washington University presents a wide variety of academic programs for the students through its diverse academic units. The University is composed of the following schools and colleges: College of Arts, Letters & Education; College of Business & Public Administration; College of Science, Health & Engineering; and College of Social & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work.

Eastern is also home to several research institutes and centers. Women’s’ Studies Center aims to empower women to get justice and dignity through education, scholarship, and social change. Eisenhower Center/International Field Study is a program tailored for students who seek education abroad. English Language Institute (ELI) is committed to assist international students to integrate into the mainstream of EWU’s higher education.

Center for Farm Health & Safety conducts research and demonstration programs concerning health and safety of farm based population groups. Fisheries Research Center carries out a wide gamut of fisheries grants in the Columbia River Basin.

EWU Online:

Eastern Washington University offers a wide variety of credit courses to help you advance your degree and meet the general education core requirements (GECRs). You just need to have basic computer skills to be able to complete an online degree. EWU offers several online degree programs such as Children’s Studies Program; Dental Hygiene; Health Leadership Option; GIS Certificate; Minor Programs; and School Psychology Certification Program. With the help of technical support at EWU, you can find technical assistance such as Blackboard, electronic document, audio and video support.

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Each year, Eastern Washington University enrolls more than 10,000 students. The outstanding academic programs, well-qualified faculty members, and facilities at Eastern attract both domestic and international students to the beautiful campus. Students seeking admission must take either Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT). The test scores should be sent to EWU along with the complete online application form. The application deadline for the Freshman students are:

  • First week of March (Summer and Fall)
  • Mid of October (Winter quarter)
  • Mid for February (Spring quarter)

International students (whose native language is not English) must take one of the following tests: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL); or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Financial Aid

Eastern Washington University offers financial aid to needy and deserving students through various mediums. Students seeking financial aid must complete the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form before the mid of February. The types of financial aid offered by EWU are:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Loans
  • Tuition Waivers and Discounts
  • Federal and State Work-Study

Scholarships offered at EWU include University Honors Program and Scholarship; Presidential Scholarship; Dean’s Scholarship; EWU Special Honors Scholarship – National Merit Finalists or Semi-Finalists; Eastern Advantage Scholarship; EWU First Scholars; Departmental Scholarships; US Army ROTC Scholarships; and Athletic Scholarships.

Loans are the form of financial aid that need to be repaid by the students. Some of the loans offered at EWU include Federal Perkins Loan; Federal Direct Loan; Direct Parent PLUS Loan; and Direct Graduate PLUS Loan.

Federal and State grants include Federal Pell Grant; Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG); Federal Challenge Grant; EWU Grant; and Washington State Need Grant (SNG). Another form of financial aid includes tuition waivers that forego a fraction of your tuition fees for the state-supported courses.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Eastern Washington University presents a diverse mix of students from almost every state and more than 20 countries across the world. College life at Eastern isn’t just about academics but about enjoying the time of your life, building strong friendships and creating memories. The campus is home to more than 100 active student clubs and organizations, Big Sky Conference athletics and a Greek system. Students can join a club of interest or create a new one.

The student government is known as the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University. They work to encourage student involvement in activities and improve the quality of student life of EWU. It acts like the voice of student opinion, both formally and informally. The office of student activities organizes several events and activities such as Eagle entertainment, homecoming, and family weekend.

Greek life has a strong presence on the Eastern campus. There are several fraternities and sororities governed by National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC); Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC); and Panhellenic Council. Some of the Greek clubs are Alpha Omicron Pi (NPC); Lambda Theta Alpha (NALFO); Sigma Lambda Gamma (NALFO); Sigma Phi Epsilon; Phi Delta Theta; Pi Lambda Phi; Sigma Nu; and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Media and Publications:

The Campus Planner, published yearly by the Dean of Students, is a resource manual related to student life at Eastern Washington University. It contains information such as University addresses and telephone numbers, services, activities and programs available at the University. The Easterner, published weekly, covers campus news, issues in education, and student life. The Focus is a daily newsletter published and distributed during the academic school year by the Associated Students of Eastern Washington University. It contains information about campus activities and programs, opportunities (scholarships, internships, jobs), important announcements, housing, meetings and a popular ‘swap shop’ section.

Other University publications include ENews, an electronic newsletter for EWU alumni and friends; Eastern Magazine, a magazine for alumni and friends; DiscoverE Magazine, a research magazine; Square One, magazine for prospective students and parents.

Jazz 89.5 KEWU-FM is a non-commercial radio station serving Eastern and the surrounding Cheney and Spokane metropolitan areas.

Campus Facilities:

John F. Kennedy Library is the main University library located on the Cheney campus; and the Cooperative Academic Library Service (CALS) is located in Spokane. The libraries are well stocked with more than 700,000 volumes, over 5,000 print and various electronic journals. They also provide high-tech communications for global information resources.

Career Services at Eastern provide assistance to students and alumni in their desired job and career search needs. The services include full-time employment, internships, community service, career counseling, and much more. Check out the EagleAXIS, the online career management system that presents personalized career services to students and alumni.

Eastern Washington University’s breathtaking campus is just 17 miles from Spokane, Washington’s second largest city. Students are just 20 minutes away from the scenic lakes, stunning mountains and the Turnbull National Wildlife. These places of interest offer a range of activities such as fishing, hiking, biking, boating, wildlife watching and more.


Eastern features excellent dining locations throughout the campus offering food and beverage services. Students can have full meals or grab a snack between classes at the various eateries such as the Eagle Espresso, Baldy’s, Swoops, and the Eagle Express Market located in Pence Union Building; Morris Street Market located near the Streeter Hall; The Roost, located in the EWU Recreation Center; Tawanka Beverage Bakery Bistro (BBB) and Main Street Dining located in Tawanka Hall; and Thirsty Minds Espresso located in JFK Library.


Living on campus will enhance your college experience and boost your education at Eastern. Students will find a home away from home in the excellent housing facilities situated on and off campus. There are several well-equipped residence halls or apartments on the campus, which provide lots of dining choices and an amazing experience. The residence halls include Louise Anderson Hall, Brewster Hall, Dressler Hall, Dryden Hall, Morrison Hall, Pearce Hall, and Streeter Hall. Some of the facilities and services available in the residence halls are:

  • Wireless connectivity throughout the buildings
  • High speed Internet connection in each room
  • Laundry facilities and vending machines
  • Cable television in each room
  • Designated parking area
  • An academic environment
  • A well-resourced recreation and community center
  • Kitchenettes and modern kitchen facilities
  • Academic and social programming opportunities
  • Full-time professional live-in staff for maintenance

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Eastern Washington University’s athletic department fields both men’s and women’s intercollegiate varsity athletic teams. The teams participate in several varsity sports such as basketball, cross country, football, tennis, golf, soccer, volleyball, and track and field. The teams are nicknamed as Eagles. Their mascot is Swoop, the Eagle. Red and white are the colors for Eagles. Eastern Washington University is affiliated with Division 1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The teams participate in the Big Sky Conference at the NCAA Division I (I – FCS for football) level. The University also has a cheerleading squad.

Sports facilities at Eastern include Roos Field, Reese Court, Tennis Courts, Sports & Recreation Field, Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse, Strenght & Conditioning Center, and Athletic Training Room. Eastern also houses an excellent recreation Center boasting a NHL-size hockey rink, climbing wall, sports courts and the state-of-the-art fitness center. EWU is the first academic institute in the nation to own a synthetic red turf football field.

Intramural Sports:

Eastern’s Intramural Sports (I.M.) is one of the largest student activity programs on the campus. Intramural sports programs offer more than 20 leagues each quarter with a great agenda of special events. This is an excellent way for students, faculty members and staff to relieve stress and have fun on campus. EWU IMS program promotes better health, development of teamwork, leadership skills, sportsmanship and focus on diversity while being perceptive of the competitiveness spirit in student participants.

Students can participate in the several club sports offered by the Club Sports Federation (CSF), recognized by Associated Students of Eastern Washington University. Some of the club sports include aikido, airsoft, archery, baseball, boxing, cheerleading, climbing, fastpicth, golf, fencing, colleybal, tennis, fishing, ice hockey, judo and karate.


Eastern Washington University boasts a long list of prominent alumni who have earned reputation in diverse fields. Some of the notable faculty and alumni are Ernie Afaganis, Canadian sportscaster; Jeff Ogden, former NFL Wide Receiver; Jess Walter, an eminent author; Scott West, United States Army general; Thomas Hampson, opera singer nominated for Grammy; Kurt Schulz, NFL player; Rodney Stuckey, NBA player; Raul Vijil, notable AFL player; Wayne Havrelly, TV News Anchor; and Edward Kienholz, eminent American installation artist.

Additional School Information

G.I. Jobs magazine (2010 edition) has declared Eastern as a Military Friendly School, an honor that ranks EWU in the top 15% of all colleges, universities and trade schools in United States.

The Princeton Review’s annual guidebook, The Best 300 Business Schools (2011 edition) ranks Eastern College of Business and Public Administration as one of the outstanding business schools in the country.


Eastern Washington University. 2011.

Miller, Frederic P. Vandome, Agnes F. McBrewster. Eastern Washington University. John. VDM Publishing House Ltd., 2010. Print.

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Ranks 19th in Washington and 890th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Washington and 170th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 14 0.12
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 16 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 30 0.25

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 14 0.13
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 4 0.04
Robbery 5 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 50 0.46
Larceny 230 2.14
Vehicle theft 16 0.15

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Cheney, WA 99004-2496
Surrounding communityFringe town (less than 10 mi. from an urban cluster)
Total Population14,407 (8,934 urban / 5,473 rural)
Households5,184 (2.46 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,465
Families3,139 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District5305

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1091st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,372 $7,372 $19,342
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $589 $589 $589
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $246 $246 $645
FT Graduate Tuition $10,335 $10,335 $23,981
FT Graduate Required Fees $589 $589 $589
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $345 $345 $799
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $21,626 $21,626 $33,277
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,626 $21,626 $33,277
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,311 $12,311 $23,962

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $7,240 $7,933 $7,240 $7,933 $16,919 $18,678
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,971 $8,412
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,600(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,971 $8,412
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,600(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,300(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,204 (2,221 male / 2,983 female)
Admitted 4,146 (1,665 male / 2,481 female)
Admission rate 80%
First-time Enrollment 1,579 (672 male / 907 female)
FT Enrollment 1,548 (657 male / 891 female)
PT Enrollment 31 (15 male / 16 female)
Total Enrollment12,791

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Big Sky Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Big Sky Conference

ACT Test Admission

1030th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 22%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 16 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23

SAT Test Admission

894th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 86%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 420 / 540
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 430 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 850 / 1090

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,640
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 93 73 219 109 35 1,992 186 2,792
Accounting 1 1 3 5 52 8 71
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 2 1 3
Anthropology 1 1 13 1 17
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 5 5
Art Teacher Education 1 5 6
Asian Studies/Civilization 1 1
Athletic Training/Trainer 9 1 12
Biology Teacher Education 1 3 1 5
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 5 7 5 1 84 9 117
Business Administration and Management, General 23 4 16 12 137 10 208
Business Teacher Education
Business/Managerial Economics 4 2 6
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 2 1 9 2 15
Child Development 2 2 6 4 1 34 2 52
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 1 1 1 14 2 20
Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling 2 2 2 12 1 19
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 3 2 63 5 75
Counseling Psychology 1 1 22 24
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 2 3 1 6
Creative Writing 1 1 22 2 27
Criminology 3 16 2 1 56 2 85
Curriculum and Instruction 22 1 23
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 1 3 3 1 58 9 77
Developmental and Child Psychology 1 1 2 2 3 38 48
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 5 1 8
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 13 2 16
Economics, General 1 1 2 1 1 15 1 22
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programs
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 1 2
Educational/Instructional Technology 13 4 17
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 2 3 11 21 1 38
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 9 10
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 1 3 4 5 1 28 6 48
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 28 4 35
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 3 27 1 31
Environmental Science 9 2 11
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 7 8
Finance, General 3 3 1 43 9 65
Fine/Studio Arts, General 1 1 1 12 16
French Language Teacher Education 1 1 2
French Language and Literature 4 1 5
Geography 1 7 8
Geology/Earth Science, General 9 2 11
Graphic Communications, General 1 3 27 32
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator 1 1 1 3
Health Teacher Education 5 5
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 10 11
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1 2 24 30
History, General 1 34 4 42
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1 5 6
International Relations and Affairs 1 1 3 1 14 3 25
Journalism 1 2 14 19
Keyboard Instruments
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 1 5 1 2 57 2 69
Latin American Studies 1 1
Management Information Systems, General 2 1 4 3 15 2 28
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2 3 5 1 52 2 71
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 21 23
Mathematics, General 2 1 15 19
Mechanical Engineering 1 5 1 14 23
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 1 1 1 1 9 1 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 4 7 13 4 4 116 16 168
Music Teacher Education 1 9 10
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General 2 2 13 17
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 1 1 26 1 31
Operations Management and Supervision
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General 1 2 26 1 30
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 1 7 8
Philosophy 1 12 1 15
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General 1 1 2
Political Science and Government, General 5 5 2 26 1 39
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1 2 6 1 10
Psychology, General 1 7 19 4 2 115 7 161
Public Administration 4 3 2 19 1 30
Reading Teacher Education 1 4 1 33 2 43
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 2 1 3 3 58 3 72
School Psychology 1 1 1 15 1 19
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 13 13
Social Studies Teacher Education 3 7 10
Social Work 6 30 5 10 90 16 160
Social Work, Other 6 1 8
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 3 3
Sociology 2 6 1 9
Spanish Language Teacher Education 4 1 1 6
Spanish Language and Literature 5 5 2 12
Special Education and Teaching, General 4 25 3 32
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 5 4 4 4 76 8 110
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 2 2 1 28 10 43
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 3 3
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 1 1
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 3 9 1 13
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy 1 6 8
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 2
Women's Studies 1 1 1 4 1 8

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1660th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $66,118 ($69,494 male / $56,303 female)
Number of FT Faculty 459 (254 male / 205 female)
Number of PT Faculty 724
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $12,380,445

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