About Eastern

EWU is a driving force for the culture, economy, workforce and vitality of Washington state. Our graduates think critically and make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Mission & Vision

Eastern Washington University expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.

EWU achieves its mission by:

  • Enhancing access to higher education in the Inland Northwest and beyond by recruiting and supporting traditional college-bound students, non-traditional students, and those from underserved populations;
  • Delivering high-quality academic programs that undergo regular, rigorous review informed by data and assessment of student learning;
  • Delivering a high-quality co-curriculum designed to develop the intellectual, cultural, personal, and practical aspects of students’ lives; and
  • Promoting student success by supporting student engagement and timely degree completion.

Our three core themes are accesslearning and completion.

Vision Statement

Eastern Washington University is a driving force for the culture, economy, workforce and vitality of Washington state. Our graduates think critically and make meaningful contributions to both their career fields and their communities. EWU is the public university whose students, faculty, staff and alumni make profound and significant contributions to the economic and social vitality of the region. EWU remains the best value for higher education in the state.

Fast Facts


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Eastern Washington University was founded in 1882 by a $10,000 grant from expressman Benjamin Pierce Cheney, originally known as Benjamin P. Cheney Academy to honor its founder. In 1889, the school was renamed State Normal School at Cheney and in 1937 to Eastern Washington College of Education. After becoming known as Eastern Washington State College, the school 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.

2018-2019 Facts at a Glance

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EWU Named #1 College of Diversity in Washington by HEED

Eastern is a recipient of the 2019 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, a national honor recognizing colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Logos: HEED Awards honors in English and Spanish languages

Colleges of Distinction Designations

Graphic: EWU's "Colleges of Distinction" Designations for 2018-2019 are for Public Schools, Business, Education, Engineering and Nursing

By demonstrating continued dedication to high-impact educational practices, Eastern Washington University has been named one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction.

This recognition shows Eastern has created a truly unique learning environment where students not only earn their college degree and valuable life experience, but they also participate in innovative learning opportunities. Examples of those innovative learning opportunities include the First-Year Experience, service and community-based learning programs, diversity initiatives, study abroad and global learning programs, interdisciplinary programs, undergraduate research, capstone projects and internships.

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