Eastern Washington University Reviews

  • 44 Reviews
  • Cheney (WA)
  • Annual Tuition: $26,529
82% of 44 students said this degree improved their career prospects
89% of 44 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 11/13/2023
  • Degree: MBA
"I had no issues with the professors during the 4 MBA courses I took. My issue is with the financial aid office and with one of the "enrollment specialists." Financial Aid - I required financial aid when I was originally pursuing the MBA at EWU. However, their system is clearly broken or mismanaged because the FAFSA funds apparently "never reached them" by the deadlines before courses started, causing me to either pay out of pocket EVEN THOUGH I was approved for financial aid, OR, be dropped from my courses due to non-payment and have to re-enroll the next quarter. I let them put me through this wild goose chase for financial aid for a few months until I dropped out of EWU altogether and enrolled in a different grad school. The "enrollment specialist" - I don't like calling people out by name, so I won't put hers here. HOWEVER, there is an unprofessional woman working for EWU that uses borderline abusive language when dealing with grad students. The first time I missed her call, she left a passive aggressive voicemail with a tone that shouldn't be used in the professional world. Her subsequent emails, anytime I dealt with her, were beyond rude. Here is a brief excerpt from our final email conversation (her typos included) - Her: "Whys did you drop your course? Will you be starting at a later time?" Me: "I am no longer enrolled at EWU." Her: "I know that. I asked if you will be starting at a later time." Clearly there is something missing here, whether it's customer service or just email etiquette. I don't know what purpose her emails serve. She should know I unenrolled from EWU, and that's that. Overall, if you don't want to deal with shady people or a financial aid office, I would steer clear of this school. If you can pay out of pocket and don't mind the occasional strange interaction with employees, EWU might work for you."
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2023
  • Degree: History
"I first enrolled into the online Master of Arts in History at EWU after wanting to change careers from my undergrad major. I was used to online only classes so that wasn't an issue. The problem came with extremely low quality instruction & academic standards: it didn't feel like Grad. School--honestly, I am not exagerrating when I say the first class had us copying and pasting answers into a worksheet & reading material published by the professor of the class--a clear conflict of interest in my opinion. Additionally, when there was actual work to be done & I did it, the same professor literally mocked me to my face about the "over-thoroughness" of my answers to the point of using winking emojis in the grades box--what kind of instructor criticizes a graduate level student (or any student for that matter!) over giving too detailed an answer? Most professors would fuss at you for not doing the required minimum, not for completing basic-level work. The second class I took (& the one that ultimately led to my transfer to another school) involved an extremely toxic classroom environment & an absentee professor who was literally never in the virtual classroom. We watched video lectures & ran the discussion forums ourselves. Everything was graded very late & parts of assignments we needed feedback on in order to do other bits were often not graded until it was too late--I had to wing it. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of EWU online if you want a high-quality, rigorous graduate-level History program. I was left deflated, disillusioned & broken in spirit after just 3 months there & wasted my time, energy & hard-earned money. Don't let them drag you down--go to a different school."
Pouya Baghaei
  • Reviewed: 12/8/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"Eastern Washington University has an extended program at Bellevue College, which is where I finished my associate degree. The school offers multiple undergraduate degrees at this location. It is particularly convenient because it allows you to travel to Eastern Washington and take the remaining of your classes on the main campus, or vice versa."
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
"Good school with more diversity than average. The curriculum is average and you will likely have the same professor more than once. It is a D1 school with a small school vibe. You will make life long friends and enjoy your time here if you branch out and join the many activities on campus."
  • Reviewed: 3/23/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"In attending EWU, it has its high and lows. You really have to navigate undergrad and Gen Eds on your own. The program that I entered is relatively small, so many professors and advisors didn't know how to help and guide you to get everything you need before you transfer campuses. Overall, if you can self motivate, you won't fall behind. But don't rely on anyone but yourself."
Nominal Education. Poor job prospects.
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2018
  • Degree: Political Science
"Job prospects after Eastern were really bad unless you're doing a medical related program. I think there are 3 reasons for this...Eastern's bad reputation amongst the business community, competition from better universities in the area (Gonzaga, Whitworth, and WSU), and Eastern Washington's lack of decent jobs (There is not 1 S&P 500 company based out of Spokane). If I had to do it all over again, I would not go to Eastern. After graduating, I had to beat the pavement for months for a decent job. In addition, the majority people I graduated with can't find a job or have low-paying jobs outside of the field they studied in (Bartender, Waitress, Sales Rep, etc.). I eventually went back to school at a private university and was getting good job offers the first semester! I was shocked."
Christopher Carver
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"The program adequately prepared me for my future graduate program and the internship to accompany it. All of the professors were helpful and knowledgeable in the field. I thought the educational component was great my only complaint from my time there would be the undergraduate internship where I was not challenged enough."
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2018
  • Degree: Communications
"The communications department at EWU is full of highly trained, educated and experienced instructors. Not only do they pass on their skills to you within the curriculum but they practice those skills with and on you to provide high quality education and interpretation of the skill."
Don't recommend
  • Reviewed: 5/13/2018
  • Degree: Social Work
"This MSW program is a joke, you learn nothing, the course material is repetitive. As a student you need to hold the professors and instructors accountable they forget to post class material online, they extend deadlines because they forgot to mention things, some professors have the students teach the class. It's ridiculous, I literally do not understand how this program is even accredited. Go somewhere else."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I received an excellent education and assistance in obtaining a job after graduation. My professors knew me and were available to answer questions. I would choose the same school again."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"I had some great teachers and a pretty well rounded education."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2017
  • Degree: Business
"EWU is a great school. I obtained both my bachelor's degree and MBA from Eastern. Professors are very knowledgeable and I really enjoyed my classes. Both their Cheney and downtown Spokane campuses are great!"
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Eastern Washington University is a great place for you if you have not yet figured out what major you'd like to take in the future. The small class setting gives you optimal interaction with your teachers and other students. I did not feel uncomfortable when asking a question in class, knowing that I was encouraged to do so."
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
"Great programs for undergraduate degrees! Not as great for graduate degree programs. Great professors - very kind and willing to help you if you come to them. You need to be self motivated and go after what you want, since it is unlikely that they will offer you the information without you asking."
Sarah Saville
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"Eastern Washington University had a fantastic program. The classes I took were never too large, usually anywhere from 15-30 students per class. My teachers took the time with each student to make sure we understood the material and were engaged with classes. During my time there, I began working at a behavioral health hospital and have recently been accepted to a master of social work program."
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2017
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"Transferring from a community college to a university was somewhat intimidating for me. After my first quarter enrolled at EWU this feeling subsided. I was pleased with how organized the admissions office was and how well my adviser was able to map out quarter by quarter what classes I needed to take and when. I was able to receive my degree in the estimated time and had great support from my professors when needed. The Cheney campus is well kept and has plenty great hide away spots for quite study time. I enjoyed the "college experience" at this campus as it was professional but was still able to have fun. If you are looking for a great university with a beautiful campus in a small town, EWU is the place for you!"
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2017
  • Degree: Child Development
"While Eastern Washington University is located in the small town of Cheney, the University itself does not mirror that small time feel. The Campus is robust and the student demographics diverse. It's also got the athletics in their football team and is only 20 minutes away from Spokane's night life. The psychology department is amazing! I did not start my undergrad initially at Eastern I was a transfer student and I was bringing way more credits than AA and I was really worried I wouldn't get all of them transferred equivalent. After connecting with the director of the department all he needed were the syllabi from my previous classes to review and match up with Eastern's class options. Seamless transfer and overall great experience. Glad I transferred."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"This is a great college with knowledgeable professors. It's in a small and safe town."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2017
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Eastern is a great place to get a quality degree. Professors cared and prepared me well for my future career."
Julie Gallis
  • Reviewed: 9/10/2016
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"When choosing which collage to go to, Eastern Washington University (EWU) was the smart choice for me. At the time, all I knew was that EWU was a 25-minute drive from home, the tuition was reasonably priced, I received a scholarship there, and I could live at home with my parents and therefore save money. My parents encouraged me to go there even though I wanted the "college experience" at a bigger college across the country. They persuaded me to go to Eastern because and I came to a realization that I didn't want to leave college financially devastated and ultimately I am at an advantage being close to my family, friends, and resources. By my senior year at EWU, I had been commuting from Spokane to Cheney and then back to Spokane for work for four years. I began to understand why my parents pushed me to attend EWU. The education I had received was top notch. I flourished there without even knowing it. Yeah I received good grades and remained motivated in school, but perhaps I maintained that was because I had a network and community close to me at all times, I made wonderful friends, I could afford buying those nice jeans I wanted because I lived at home, and best yet, my education there made me a resourceful and critically thinking student. When I started noticing areas where I struggled in school, I found help and received accommodations from campus resources. The help I have received catapulted my study power and performance as a student. In addition, I am thankful that Eastern prepared me for my studies to come in graduate school. My degree in undergraduate perfectly aligned with the requirements for the graduate program I will be starting this fall, Physical Therapy. Therefore, I did not have to take any extra courses for the application to EWUs graduate program. And lastly, I am thankful to have become certified in Disability Studies. Upon looking through EWUs course catalog my junior year, I stumbled upon three, five credit, courses for a Certificate in Disability Studies. This small University employed a passionate, enthusiastic, accommodating professor that was perfect for teaching the courses. There, I learned more than a textbook could ever teach me about disability. The experience was raw and life changing. So, thank you Eastern Washington University for providing the stepping stones for me to build the foundation for my journey to be an empathetic, compassionate, and analytical Physical Therapist one day soon. EWU was the best worst decision I have ever made."