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Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University
Seal of Eastern Washington University
Former names
Benjamin P. Cheney Academy
State Normal School at Cheney
Eastern Washington College of Education
Eastern Washington State College
Motto Start Something Big
Established April 3, 1882
Type Public
Endowment $52,177,934
President Mary Cullinan
Provost Rex Fuller
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 13,453
Location Cheney, Washington, United States
Campus Rural College Town
300 acres (120 ha)
Colors Red and White[1]
Athletics NCAA Division IBig Sky Conference
Sports 12 Varsity Teams
Nickname Eagles
Mascot Swoop
Website .edu.ewuwww

Eastern Washington University (EWU) is a regional, comprehensive public university [3][4] located in Cheney, Washington, with programs offered at campuses in Cheney, EWU Spokane at the Riverpoint Campus and at multiple campus locations throughout the state.[5]

Founded in 1882, the university is academically divided into four colleges: The College of Arts, Letters & Education;[6] The College of Business & Public Administration;[7] The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics;[8] and The College of Social Science & Behavioral Sciences and Social Work.[9][10] A fifth college, The College of Health Science & Public Health, is set to open in the fall of 2014 and will be based at EWU Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus.[11][12]

As of fall 2014, Eastern Washington University enrolled over 13,000 graduate and undergraduate students at both its Cheney and Spokane campuses.


  • History 1
  • Campus locations 2
  • Academics 3
    • Overview 3.1
    • Admissions 3.2
    • Rankings 3.3
    • Research institutes & centers 3.4
  • Student life 4
    • Pence Union Building (PUB) 4.1
    • University Recreation Center (URC) 4.2
    • Campus housing 4.3
    • The Easterner 4.4
    • Willow Springs 4.5
    • Student organizations & Greek life 4.6
  • Athletics 5
  • Notable alumni 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Eastern Washington University was established in 1882 by a $10,000 grant from expressman Benjamin Pierce Cheney, and was originally known as Benjamin P. Cheney Academy to honor its founder. In 1889 the school was renamed State Normal School and in 1937 to Eastern Washington College of Education. The campus grew quickly in size following World War II. The school became Eastern Washington State College. During this era, Eastern added various graduate and undergraduate degree programs. In 1977, the school's name was changed for the final time to Eastern Washington University by the Washington State Legislature.[13]

In 1992, the core of the campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Washington State Normal School at Cheney Historic District.[14][15]

Campus locations

The main campus of Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney. A branch campus, known as the Riverpoint Campus is located in Spokane, Washington and is shared with Washington State University. EWU also offers degree programs in Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Seattle, Shoreline, Tacoma, Vancouver (Washington) and Yakima



EWU offers more than 100 fields of study, 10 master's degrees, seven graduate certificates, 55 graduate programs of study and an applied doctoral program of physical therapy.[16][17] A master's in social work is offered in Everett, Vancouver, and Yakima, and a master's in education is available in Kent. A creative writing Master of Fine Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, Child & Family Outreach Program, Communication Studies, Social Work Program (part-time Master's), Journalism, Alcohol & Drug Studies, and Counseling Education & Developmental Psychology programs are offered in Spokane.


The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies the university as Inclusive, since the university admitted eighty-two percent of those who applied to be freshmen in 2010. The average incoming freshman had a combined SAT score of 970 and a high-school weighted grade-point average (GPA) of 3.17 in 2010. 86% of freshmen in 2010 were from Washington.


  • Consumers Digest has ranked Eastern as a national Top 50 Best Value school. Eastern has also made three consecutive appearances in 201 Best Colleges For the Real World.[18]

Research institutes & centers

Eastern Washington University is home to a number of unique research institutes and centers, not limited to but including the following:

  • Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis—created in 2002 to "provide data and analysis about a variety of factors in the region that will be useful for businesses, communities and others as they plan for the future." Headed by Patrick Jones, Ph.D.
  • Women's & Gender Studies Center—Women's Studies programs at EWU empower women to achieve dignity and justice through education, scholarship, and social change.
  • Eisenhower Center/International Field Study—A program designed for students to travel abroad while earning college credit.
  • English Language Institute—ELI is committed to enabling qualified international students who have chosen to come to this program to integrate into the mainstream of higher education.
  • Center for Farm Health & Safety—Conducts research and demonstration programs involving Health and Safety of Farm-based population groups.
  • Fisheries Research Center— Performs a great variety of salmonid restoration studies including but not limited to: diet studies, population modeling, telemetry, bone regressions, bioenergetic modeling, water quality assessment, ecosystem modeling, surgical implantation of radio, acoustic and ultrasonic tags, and tributary sampling. Many reports written by the FRC can be found on the Bonneville Power Administration Website for reports:

Student life

Pence Union Building (PUB)

The Pence Union Building, or PUB, serves as the community center for Eastern Washington University. Its mission is to provide the student-centered facilities and services required by the University Community. The PUB consists of three floors that house among other things the campus bookstore, student government offices (Associated Students of Eastern Washington University, or ASEWU), Baldy's dining facility, office of student life, numerous conference rooms and the Multipurpose Room (MPR), which is used for large-scale presentations and campus events.

University Recreation Center (URC)

The University Recreation Center, or URC, is a Three-Level 117,699-square-foot (10,934.6 m2) Recreational Facility that was opened on campus in 2008. The state-of-the-art facility boasts a 19,455-square-foot (1,807.4 m2) multi-purpose arena that can operate as an ice rink and general purpose sports floor, 30-foot (9.1 m) Indoor Climbing Wall with 11 routes (1 simulated Ice Climbing) & 2 bouldering walls, Indoor Parking Garage (40 Metered Spaces), 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) fitness Center & gymnasium, campus dining facility known as "The Roost" and a 2-Lane 200 Meter Running Track.

The cost to build the URC was $26.3 million, an amount which was jointly funded by the University and by students through a $65 per quarter activity fee. $28.6 million in revenue bonds were issued by the University in order to build the facility and pay the costs of issuance. The University funds the center's annual operating costs as part of its general operating budget.

The URC has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification for its environmentally friendly construction.

Campus housing

Eastern Washington University has eight residence halls, and each one has its own personality. Discover the hall that's best for your personality and preferences.

Brewster Hall, built in 2002, houses students 19 years of age and older. Brewster is located squarely in downtown Cheney offering students increased accessibility to community resources and businesses. Located on the main floor of Brewster Hall is Brickhouse Deli- a specialty sandwich shop run by the university.

Dressler Hall was built in 1966. It is conveniently located behind the Pence Union Building (PUB) and is the closest hall to the Phase and Athletic Center. The majority of residents are freshmen. Dressler's most popular residential program is an annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament.

Dryden Hall was built in 1965 and is located one block from the Pence Union Building. This hall caters to a more mature population of residents 21 and over.

Louise Anderson Hall, also known as LA Hall is centrally located directly across from the Pence Union Building (PUB) along Elm Street. The building was recently remodeled in 1999 and features a plethora of amenities found no where else on campus. LA Hall is a diverse living environment that typically houses upper class students, however all students are welcome.

Morrison Hall, Built in 1970, is located about one block from the center of campus.

Pearce Hall was built in 1964 and is the largest residence hall on campus. Pearce Hall is a community which is composed primarily of first year students.

snyamncut, EWU's newest residence hall, snyamncut (pronounced: sin-yam-en-suit), is the Salish word for place of gathering, with the connotation of it being a special place of emotional attachment-a place of the heart. It was a special meeting place for the Spokane Tribe; an area that was mainly used for rest, relaxation and decision-making.

Streeter Hall, opened in 1968, is located on the north side of campus, near three other residence halls and approximately one block from the Pence Union Building.

Eastern Washington University also has apartments for students with families and single graduate students. The three apartment complexes are Anna Maria, Holter House, and the Family Townhouses. For more information regarding the University Apartments see University Apartments.

The Easterner

The Easterner is the student newspaper of Eastern Washington University. The Easterner provides the latest campus news, sports and opinions to students, faculty, alumni and the surrounding community. All content in The Easterner is either produced or chosen by students from the University. The Easterner is distributed in print form on a weekly basis throughout the Cheney campus, Cheney business district, The Spokane Center, Riverpoint Campus and at various Spokane businesses.

Willow Springs

Willow Springs is the literary journal of Eastern Washington University. It was founded in 1977 and is published biannually.

Visit the websiteWillow Springs for more information.

Student organizations & Greek life

The Office of Student Activities oversees more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus that cater to a wide variety of interests and activities.

  • EWU Eagle Pride.
  • Scary Feminists / VOX (Voices for Planned Parenthood).
  • Active Minds.
  • MEChA

EWU is the only regional university in Washington that has an active Greek system on campus. As of the 2012–2013 school year, there are five IFC Fraternities, four NPC Sororities, six NPHC Chapters and seven NALFO Chapters that are currently active.

The five IFC Fraternities are Sigma Nu Beta Theta Pi, Delta Chi, Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Phi Delta Theta. The four NPC Sororities are Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, and Gamma Phi Beta.

The seven NALFO Organizations are Lambda Theta Alpha, Kappa Delta Chi, Gamma Alpha Omega, Sigma Lambda Gamma, Alpha Pi Sigma, Sigma Lambda Beta, and Omega Delta Phi.


Roos Field

Eastern Washington University offers club, intramural, and varsity sports. Its twelve varsity men's and women's sports teams compete in the Big Sky Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I as the Eastern Washington Eagles. The most-prominent athletics facilities on campus are Roos Field, Reese Court and the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse. EWU has three national championships, including football (2011 – NCAA Div. I FCS), wrestling (1977 – NAIA) and men's cross country (1982 – NCAA Div. II).

The Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League held the majority of their summer training camps at EWU, from 1976 to 1985 and from 1997 to 2006, from late July to mid August.

Notable alumni


  1. ^
  2. ^ "EWU - Facts at a Glance". 
  3. ^ Washington State Four-year Institutions
  4. ^ "Colleges and Institutions in Washington". 
  5. ^ "EWU - About EWU". 
  6. ^ "EWU - CALE Home". 
  7. ^ "EWU - CBPA Home". 
  8. ^ "EWU - College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics". 
  9. ^ "EWU - CSBSSW Home". 
  10. ^ "EWU - Academics at Eastern". 
  11. ^ EWU creates new College of Health Science and Public Health
  12. ^ "EWU - EWU Creates New College". 
  13. ^ Davis, Hugh (June 14, 1977). "Eastern changes few". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). p. 19. 
  14. ^ Emerson, Stephen (April 1992), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Washington State Normal School at Cheney Historic District (PDF), retrieved February 5, 2015 .
  15. ^  .
  16. ^ "EWU - Programs by College/School". 
  17. ^ "EWU | Academics at Eastern". Retrieved August 20, 2012. 
  18. ^ EWU Facts
  19. ^ Weaver, Dan (October 2, 1983). "Local boy makes good". Spokesman-Review. p. D1. 
  20. ^ Taylor, Ihsan. "Best Sellers – The New York Times". Retrieved December 11, 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Eastern Washington University Athletics website
  • The Easterner – student newspaper
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