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Eastern Washington University is a public comprehensive state university. The main campus is located in Cheneymarker and has a branch campus in Spokanemarker, Washingtonmarker. As of fall quarter 2008, it had an enrollment of 13,895.

Eastern offers more than 100 fields of study, 10 master’s degrees, four graduate certificates, 55 graduate programs of study and an applied doctoral program of physical therapy. Eastern is the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington. Enrollment continues to increase, with 19 consecutive quarters of growth since 1997. Eastern offers degree programs in Bellevuemarker, Everettmarker, Kentmarker, Seattlemarker, Shorelinemarker, Tacomamarker, Vancouvermarker and Yakimamarker. 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 Spokanemarker.


EWU was established in 1882 by a $10,000 grant from expressman Benjamin Pierce Cheney, and originally known as Benjamin P. Cheney Academy to honor its founder. In 1889 the school was renamed to State Normal School and once again 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. Around that time period, Eastern added various graduate and undergraduate degree programs, however graduates found it difficult to find employment with degrees rated slightly below those earned at local community colleges. In 1977, the school's name was changed for the final time to Eastern Washington University by the state legislature.



  • According to U.S. News and World Report, Eastern ranks among the top ten public masters degree granting universities in the Western United States.
  • 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.

Notable attributes

  • Eastern is the only university in the country with a state crime lab and digital state archives building located on its campus. Eastern is home to the Washington State Patrol Regional Crime Lab, and the Washington State Digital Archives building.

  • Eastern is the only public university in the state of Washington offering students: an undergraduate forensic science emphasis in chemistry, an entry-level bachelor's degree in dental hygiene, an accredited bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning, a graduate degree in urban and regional planning with an emphasis in tribal planning, an emphasis in filmmaking and a major in interdisciplinary children's studies.

  • Eastern is host to a ROTC program as well and is one of the few colleges in the country to offer Military Science (the academic term for ROTC) as a major. Five brigadier generals in the U.S. military graduated from Eastern – including Brig. Gen. Neal Sealock, who negotiated the release of American naval aviators held captive in China in 2001.

Research institutes and centers

  • 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.
  • Teaching & Learning Center—created to "collaborate with educators in the University to invest in themselves as teachers, scholars, artists, and community leaders."
  • Women's' Studies Center—Women's Studies programs at EWU empower women to achieve dignity and justice through education, scholarship, and social change.
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Activity—created to "attract and retain an expert faculty member to strengthen and expand the College’s entrepreneurial curriculum and to assist the broader community with better-prepared entrepreneurs to succeed in business."
  • 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.


Eastern Eagles athletic logo.
Woodward Field
Eastern's sports mascot is the Eagle, named "Swoop," and its colors are red and white. The former mascot of the school was the "Savages", which was dropped in 1973 when the student body voted to change to the Eagles. (See Native American mascot controversy.) EWU athletic teams participate in the Big Sky Conference at the NCAA Division I (I - FCS for football) level. The club hockey team participates in the American Collegiate Hockey Association, Division II, Western Region. The club baseball team is in its 14th year of participation in the National Collegiate Baseball Association, Western Mountain Conference West. The Division I baseball program was dropped in 1992. The Men's Soccer Team Participates in the NIRSA NCCSL and was 2007 Region VI Champions.

The EWU football team plays at Woodward Fieldmarker, recently expanded and renovated in 2005 to seat 12,000 with a grass turf. The field was named after one of the university's first head coaches. Quarterback Erik Meyer, who played from 2001-2005, won the Walter Payton Award in 2005 for the best player in Division I-AA football and set the I-AA career passing efficiency record at 166.5. The Eagles basketball and volleyball teams also compete on nearby Reese Courtmarker in the Special Events Pavilion, with a capacity of 6,000. The university's most prominent sports have traditionally been its football and men's basketball teams with the women's volleyball team having some good years, finishing the season in the Division 1 top 25 in 2003 (oddly, because they lost the Big Sky Championship game, they were the only top 25 team excluded from the tournament). Originally an NAIA school until joining the Big Sky Conference, the Eagles gained major prominence in the NAIA and Division II winning National and Regional championships, including a National championship in Wrestling (the sport was dropped in the 80's). In 2007, point guard Rodney Stuckey was drafted 15th overall by the Detroit Pistons. The Kentwood High School standout ended up at EWU when he failed to meet NCAA requirements.

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

A video appeared online Youtube showing what seemed to be a women's basketball game interrupted and rickrolled, and received over two million views. However, it turned out to be a hoax and it was filmed over several games.

Rivalry Games

The EWU-UM Governors Cup is the annual college football game between the University of Montanamarker Grizzlies and the Eastern Washington University Eagles. Traditionally, it is in the middle of the regular season, played on the Saturday alternating between Woodward Fieldmarker and Washington-Grizzly Stadiummarker each year.

National championships

  • 1977-Wrestling (NAIA)
  • 1982-Men's Cross Country (NCAA Division II)

Famous faculty and alumni


  1. EWU Facts

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