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Eastern Washington University Data & Information Overview

430 awards Ranking Badges
Fair Price Value for Your Money
97% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Eastern Washington University Ranked?

#647 Best Colleges in Nation
#14 Best Colleges in WA
Reading Teacher Education Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Eastern Washington University was awarded 430 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is reading teacher education.

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Overall Quality

EWU landed the #647 spot in College Factual's 2024 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,217 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This is an improvement over the previous year, when EWU held the #809 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 51 colleges in Washington, EWU is ranked at #14.

See all of the rankings for Eastern Washington University.

Is It Hard to Get Into EWU?

97% Acceptance Rate
62% Of Accepted Are Women

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 97%, Eastern Washington University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

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Eastern Washington University Faculty

20 to 1 Student to Faculty
77% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Eastern Washington University is 20 to 1, which is high when compared to the national average of 15 to 1. This may indicate that some of your classes will be larger in size than they would be at other schools. However, upper level classes will probably be smaller.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Eastern Washington University is 77%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  77 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Eastern Washington University

67% Freshmen Retention
27% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Eastern Washington University is 67%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  67 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full time students who obtain their bachelor's degree in four years or less. This rate is 27% for first-time, full-time students at EWU, which is lower than the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  27 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Eastern Washington University.

Eastern Washington University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,685 Full-Time Undergraduates
33.1% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
56.8% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 10,292 undergraduates at EWU with 8,685 being full-time and 1,607 being part-time.

How Much Does Eastern Washington University Cost?

$12,335 Net Price
34% Take Out Loans
$22,428 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of EWU is $12,335. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for EWU

$0-30 K$30K-48K$48-75$75-110K$110K +

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of EWU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At EWU, approximately 34% of students took out student loans averaging $5,607 a year. That adds up to $22,428 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at EWU is 4.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do EWU Graduates Make?

$52,667 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from EWU make about $52,667 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for EWU students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Eastern Washington University make the most money.

Location of Eastern Washington University

Washington State
8,685 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Located in Cheney, Washington, Eastern Washington University is a public institution. The location of EWU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for EWU are given below.

Contact Details
Address:526 5Th Street, Cheney, WA 99004-2496

Eastern Washington University Majors

74 Majors With Completions
2,690 Undergraduate Degrees
1,292 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 74 majors graduated from Eastern Washington University. Of these students, 2,690 received undergraduate degrees and 1,292 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular MajorsBachelor’s DegreesAverage Salary of Graduates
General Psychology143$31,677
Business Administration & Management133$39,839
Mechanical Engineering129$56,780
Teacher Education Subject Specific128$39,822
General Biology126$29,633
Interdisciplinary Studies99$35,667
Physiology & Pathology Sciences97$25,717

Learn more about the majors offered at Eastern Washington University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at EWU

55% Take At Least One Class Online
22% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 6,013 students took at least one online class at Eastern Washington University. This is a decrease from the 12,256 students who took online classes the previous year.

YearTook at Least One Online ClassTook All Classes Online

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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