Central Washington University (CWU) is a public educational institution located in Ellensburg, Washington, United States. Founded in 1891, CWU is affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the National Athletic Association. The university operates in the education, higher education, and university industries.
CWU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the American Chemical Society, the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET, and the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. The institution follows the motto "Docendo discimus" and is an instance of both an organization and an educational institute.