Located in historic Ellensburg, Washington, CWU is about 90 miles east of Seattle in the beautiful Kittitas Valley. Nestled between the majestic Cascade Mountains and the mighty Columbia River, Ellensburg enjoys four distinct seasons perfect for backpacking, camping, mountain biking, snow skiing, river rafting, and some of the best fly-fishing in the nation. Ellensburg boasts a vibrant arts commun...ity that supports regional festivals celebrating jazz, Western music and art, film, and more.
Residents of the beautiful Kittitas Valley enjoy this quality of life at a lower rate than their urban neighbors: about $7000 per year less than the cost-of-living in Seattle; about $29,000 less annually than the cost to live and work in San Francisco.
CWU enrolls more than 10,000 students at the residential campus in Ellensburg, at satellite campuses around the state, and on the rapidly growing online campus, "Finish Line," which offers more online degree programs than any other university in Washington. Students benefit from personal attention in small classes and a unique commitment to hands-on learning, including faculty-mentored, undergraduate research. Signature programs include accounting, supply chain management, aviation, construction management, geology, teacher education, music, physics, theater, and paramedicine.