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Seal of Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington College
State Normal School at Cheney
Benjamin P. Cheney Academy
|Motto||Start Something Big|
|Established||April 3, 1882|
|Endowment||$18.5 million (2016)|
|Provost||Scott A. Gordon|
|Campus||Rural College Town|
300 acres (120 ha)
|Colors||Red and White|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I - Big Sky Conference|
Eastern Washington University (EWU) is a public university in Cheney, Washington, with programs offered at campuses in Cheney, EWU Spokane at the Riverpoint Campus and at multiple campus locations throughout the state.
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.
As of fall 2014, Eastern Washington University enrolled over 13,000 graduate and undergraduate students at both its Cheney and Spokane campuses.
Eastern Washington University was established in 1882 by a $10,000 grant from expressman Benjamin Pierce Cheney, and was 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.
The school grew quickly in size following World War II and became Eastern Washington State College. During this era, Eastern 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.
EWU offers over 100 fields of study, 10 master's degrees, seven graduate certificates, 55 graduate programs of study and an applied doctoral program of physical therapy. A master's in social work is offered in Everett and Vancouver, 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 Spokane.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies the university as Inclusive, since the university admitted eighty-two percent of those who applied to be freshmen in 2010. The average incoming freshman had a combined SAT score of 970 and a high-school weighted grade-point average (GPA) of 3.17 in 2010. 86% of freshmen in 2010 were from Washington.
Eastern Washington University is home to a number of research institutes and centers, including the following:
The Pence Union Building, or PUB, is the community center for Eastern Washington University.
The University Recreation Center, or URC, is a Three-Level 117,699-square-foot (10,934.6 m2) Recreational Facility that was opened on campus in 2008. The facility has a 19,455-square-foot (1,807.4 m2) multi-purpose arena that can operate as an ice rink and general purpose sports floor, 30-foot (9.1 m) Indoor Climbing Wall with 11 routes (1 simulated Ice Climbing) & 2 bouldering walls, Indoor Parking Garage (40 Metered Spaces), 17,000-square-foot (1,600 m2) fitness Center & gymnasium, campus dining facility known as "The Roost" and a 2-Lane 200 Meter Running Track.
The cost to build the URC was $26.3 million, an amount which was jointly funded by the university and by students through a $65 per quarter activity fee. $28.6 million in revenue bonds were issued by the university in order to build the facility and pay the costs of issuance. The university funds the center's annual operating costs as part of its general operating budget.
Eastern Washington University has eight residence halls.
Brewster Hall, built in 2002, houses students 19 years of age and older. Brewster is located squarely in downtown Cheney.
Dressler Hall was built in 1966. It is located behind the Pence Union Building (PUB) and is the closest hall to the Phase and Athletic Center. The majority of residents are freshmen. Dressler's most popular residential program is an annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
Dryden Hall was built in 1965 and is located one block from the Pence Union Building. This hall caters to residents 21 and over.
Louise Anderson Hall, also known as LA Hall is centrally located directly across from the Pence Union Building (PUB) along Elm Street. The building was remodeled in 1999.
Morrison Hall was built in 1970 and is located about one block from the center of campus.
The singular circular tower Pearce Hall was built in 1964, and is the largest residence hall on campus. Pearce Hall is a community which is composed primarily of first-year students.
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Streeter Hall opened in 1968; on the north side of campus, it is near three other residence halls and approximately one block from the Pence Union Building.
EWU also has apartments for students with families, single graduate students, and single students older than 25. The three apartment complexes are Anna Maria, Holter House, and the Family Townhouses.
The Easterner is the student newspaper of Eastern Washington University. The Easterner provides the latest campus news, sports and opinions to students, faculty, alumni and the surrounding community. All content in The Easterner is either produced or chosen by students from the university. The Easterner is distributed in print form during the fall, winter and spring quarters on a weekly basis throughout the Cheney campus, Cheney business district, and the Riverpoint Campus. The Easterner maintains an independent website  and Facebook page  from the university. The first student newspaper, "The State Normal School Journal", was published on October 10, 1916. The weekly publication changed its name to "The Easterner" in 1951.
Northwest Boulevard is the literary journal of Eastern Washington University. It was founded on September 22, 1993.
The Office of Student Activities oversees more than 100 student clubs and organizations on campus that cater to a wide variety of interests and activities.
EWU is the only regional university in Washington that has an active Greek system on campus. As of the 2015-2016 school year, there are five IFC Fraternities, four NPC Sororities, five NPHC Chapters and eight NALFO Chapters that are currently active.
The five IFC Fraternities are Beta Theta Pi, Pi Lambda Phi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kappa Sigma and Phi Delta Theta. The four NPC Sororities are Alpha Omicron Pi, Alpha Phi, Alpha Xi Delta, and Gamma Phi Beta.
Eastern Washington University offers club, intramural, and varsity sports. Its twelve varsity men's and women's sports teams compete in the Big Sky Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I as the Eastern Washington Eagles. The most-prominent athletics facilities on campus are Roos Field, Reese Court and the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse. EWU has three national championships, including football (2010 - NCAA Div. I FCS), wrestling (1977 - NAIA) and men's cross country (1982 - NCAA Div. II).