Central Washington University (CWU) is located in the heart of Washington State in the historic town of Ellensburg. CWU is close to just about everything!
To the north are the jagged Stuart Mountains and skiing at Mission Ridge. To the south lies the Yakima River Canyon Scenic Byway, which hosts cattle drives, marathons, and some of the best fishing in the United States. East of Ellensburg is the mighty Columbia River, carved out by sheets of ice and massive floods during the Ice Age. Ninety minutes west of Ellensburg lies Seattle, one of America's great cities, home to world-class cuisine, arts, and entertainment of all sorts.
The doors of the Washington State Normal School in Ellensburg opened in 1889. It became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961, and Central Washington University in 1977.
Central Washington University (CWU) is a dynamic, creative, and inclusive environment that promotes engaged learning and scholarship. It is distinguished regionally for the rigor of its curriculum and scholarship, for the excellence of its pedagogy, for the vibrancy of its co-curricular and residential experiences, for its commitment to providing access to higher education, and for its efforts to advance the social and economic health of the region. It is typified by an entrepreneurial spirit that establishes it as a national leader in higher education. It has a strong commitment to engaged learning and scholarship, internationalism, sustainability, inclusiveness, and life-long learning.
Today CWU is a comprehensive university that provides high quality programs to about 11,401 people at eight locations. CWU is co-located with community colleges in seven locations around the state, where students can complete baccalaureate degrees without leaving their communities. A new dual admission program allows students to be admitted to CWU when they are admitted to a community college, streamlining the admissions, advising, and transfer processes. "Finish Line" is an online campus launched in fall 2011 to enable people to complete degrees online. CWU serves more students on-line than any other comprehensive university in Washington State. CWU is a member of the NCAA Division II Greater Northwest Athletic Conference. Wildcats boast the winningest collegiate football record in the state. CWU is a perennial competitor in men's basketball, women’s volleyball, and cross country for both men and women (http://www.cwu.edu/athletics/).
Inspired by the forethought and vision of CWU students, The Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) is the pivot point for university conversations and activity of all kinds. It's the largest building on campus and one of the first facilities of its kind to combine both recreation and student life programs. It is home to a fifty-foot rock wall, an indoor jogging track, a four-court gymnasium, and strength training and cardio vascular areas. Work out in group exercise rooms, play with outdoor equipment rentals and then take it down a notch in locker-room saunas. You'll find a market-style dining area and the Wildcat Shop. The SURC is home to ASCWU student government, the Wellness Center, and the student radio station, 88.1 KCWU, "The Burg."