Eastern Washington University is a public, four-year institution of higher learning located in Cheney, Washington. Founded in 1882 by the funds received from a man named Benjamin Pierce Cheney, the school began as a small institution known as the Benjamin P. Cheney Academy. Seven years later, the school became State Normal School was to a preparatory school for teachers. The school was renamed yet again, 50 years later, to the Eastern Washington College of Education. After WWII and the prevalence of the GI Bill, the university expanded to include programs outside of the education field. As a result, the university dropped education from its name and became Eastern Washington State College. In the late 1970s, the university adopted its current name.
Today, the university offers programs in many areas throughout Washington including Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, Lakewood, Everett, Yakima, Kirkland and Bellevue. Eastern Washington University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.
Eastern Washington University has around 11,300 undergraduate students and a little more that 1,200 graduate students. Three quarters of students return to EWU for their second year and around half graduate within six years. The average age of all EWU students is 22 years old. An overwhelming percentage of students have in-state residency, while just five percent of students live outside of Washington. The male to female ratio is pretty even but there are slightly more female to male students at EWU. About 15 percent of students qualify as part-time. Two-thirds of the student population is Caucasian followed by 15 percent Hispanic students, five percent African American students, three percent Asian students and one percent Native American students. The university prides itself on providing hands-on, one-to-one education and has a 23:1 student to faculty ratio.
Tuition and fees as an in-state undergraduate student is around $2,457 per quarter or annual cost of around $8,000. Out of state students’ tuition and fees is a little more than $18,600 annually. Part-time students calculate tuition costs by how many credit hours he or she is taking. Part-time students cost per credit hour is $245 and $600 for in- and out-of-state students, respectively. EWU provides students with many financial aid resources to help finance tuition costs. Some of these financial aid resources include Federal Financial Aid, federal work study programs, private loans, scholarships and grants. Around 85 percent of EWU students were judged to have financial aid need and a little more than 80 percent of students were offered aid. One-fifth of students had their full financial aid needs met. The average indebtedness at graduation for an EWU student is approximately $23,600.
Eastern Washington University offers degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level. The most popular undergraduate areas of study include psychology, health sciences, education and business. Students who would like to earn their bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. Bachelor’s degree programs are designed to be finished in four years as a full time student. Master’s programs require an average of 50 credit hours to complete and can be completed in an average 18 months.
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Sector Of Institution:Public, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,374
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