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
  • 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.

Land Acknowledgement

Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region.

This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

ALL IN - The EWU Creed

As a member of the Eastern Washington University community, I will exemplify the traits of an Eastern Eagle: Grit, Grace, Gratitude and Greatness. I pledge to uphold these principles in all aspects of my collegiate experience and beyond, because I am ALL IN.


Draw upon my passion and inner strength to create personal, academic and social change so that every Eagle thrives.


Foster a culture of respect, inclusivity, commitment and honesty, and celebrate diversity.


Act with honor, integrity and accountability in my interactions with students, faculty, staff and neighbors.


Strive for excellence as an engaged Eagle and scholar by contributing to the greater good of the community.

Fast Facts

2021-22 Facts at a Glance

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


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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.