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Eastern Washington University

Cheney, WA

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About This Campus

Eastern Washington University (EWU) is a public university in Cheney, Washington. Founded in 1882, the university is academically divided into six colleges: Arts, Letters & Education; Business & Public Administration; Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics; Social Sciences; Health Science & Public Health; and University College. EWU offers over 100 fields of study and 10 master's degrees. Cheney is located approximately 20 miles from downtown Spokane and students are able to use the bus to go back and forth between the two locations. EWU was named the 2019 recipient of the #1 College of Diversity in Washington State by Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED). Some of the things that EWU is known for include having the first Children's Studies major in the nation, access to the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge for Biology studies, Creative Writing's annual Get Lit program and, of course, The Inferno,the only red football turf in all of college football.

Location Information

Cheney and neighboring city Spokane, are the perfect balance of small-town and city life, of silent rolling farmland and technology conventions, rodeos and skate parks, roadside diners and international cuisine. With a population of 12,446, Cheney is smaller than the Eastern student body. Campus is the heart of town. Part suburb, part true college town, Cheney is home to Cheney Rodeo Days (which is amazing, by the way) and one of the state’s smartest and most talented school districts.

Helpful Information

The Cheney and Spokane areas offer unique outdoors and amazing attractions, an arts scene and delectable dining, along with a historic, yet future oriented communities. From whitewater rafting to downhill adventures and cultural events, there is plenty of out of classroom activities for NSE students.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Cheney
Population | 564,236
Enrollment | 12,607
Language | English
Calendar | Quarter
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 09/25-12/12
Winter | 01/06-03/20
Spring | 03/30-06/12

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 3%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 15%
Two or more | 7%
White | 58%
Other | 13%
International | 0%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: According to class standing
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Communication Disorders, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Social Work.

Computer Science, Education, Engineering, Exercise Science

Notable Academic Programs

  • Childhood Studies - It was the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Biology/Life Science - Students are able to utilize Students may be able to utilize the nearby Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Geology - There will be a Geology field trip course to Hawaii during the spring of 2021 to study volcanoes in Hawaii.
  • Acting - We have a theater on campus which is home to one play each term that usually runs and our EMAF program has its own studio, so there are a lot of opportunities for students to gain acting experience.

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • African American Studies
  • Animal Behavior and Ethology
  • Animation and Special Effects
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Asian Studies
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Chinese
  • Choral Music
  • Communication
  • Community Health
  • Counseling
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Epidemiology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Fine Art
  • Food Science
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Government
  • Health Education
  • Health Services/Hospital Administration and Management
  • Historic Preservation
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Relations
  • International Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Merchandising and Buying Operations
  • Military Sciences
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Native American/American Indian Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Painting
  • Performance and Directing
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health
  • Public Relations
  • Radio and Television Studies
  • Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Technical Writing
  • Technology Education
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Toxicology
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Studies
  • Visual Arts


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 525.00 paper, N/A computer or 71.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Quarter are current as of 06/22/21

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Quarter - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $2293.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Quarter
  • Host Payment: 18 ($199.42 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($199.42 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003775

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Quarter

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Year Host Mandatory
Housing Deposit $125 Year Host Mandatory
Recreation Fee $65.00 Quarter Host Mandatory
Health Service Fee $127 Quarter Host Mandatory
Technology Fee $40 Quarter Host Mandatory
Transportation Fee $25.00 Quarter Host & Home Mandatory
PUB- Pence Union Building Fee $85.00 Quarter Host Mandatory

Important Notes: The Transportation Fee of $25 per term, provides the student with the ability to take the bus in Cheney and/or Spokane by just showing their student identification.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/22/21

On-Campus Housing Per Quarter
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 10% living on campus
  • Single: $4306.50 (includes meals)
  • Per quarter unless otherwise noted
  • Students must live on campus
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Please check current rates here: https://www.ewu.edu/housing/pricing/. $125 deposit required.

Meal Plans

  • Campus Meal Plans
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1000 declining balance plan.
Notes About Meal Plans
EWU Dining Services and Housing & Residential Life currently offer two meal plan options for students living on-campus, a base meal plan or an upgraded meal plan. The current base meal plan is $1,500 a quarter. Please check https://www.ewu.edu/housing/pricing/ for current plan information.


Figures per Quarter are current as of 06/22/21

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.


  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: COVID

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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