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So what are you doing after class? Grab a cup of coffee in one of our coffee shops. Relax under a 100-year-old tree near the SURC. Stop in for a quick Spin class at the Recreation Center. Take a walk through Sarah Spurgeon Art Gallery or enjoy the latest exhibit in the Museum of Culture and Environment. The list goes on and on.


Our students are talented, hard-working and full of good ideas. We encourage and empower them to bring their ideas to life. Hands-on opportunities are what we're all about. Our students are busy doing things that matter. Take a look at the opportunites you'll have at Central Washington University.

Former King County Executive and HUD Official Ron Sims Credits CWU for Success

Ron Sims, a 1971 graduate of Central Washington University (BS Psychology) and former King County Executive and Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Thursday credited the university…

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Story behind Smithsonian “Ashley’s Sack" uncovered by CWU Professor Mark Auslander

Professor Mark Auslander traced the 150 year history of “Ashley’s Sack”…

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June 10: Join us for commencement ceremonies at Tomlinson Stadium Saturday, June 10. We’ll host two ceremonies in Ellensburg, one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 1:00 p.m. Visit the commencement website for more details.

CWU Summer

June 29-July 18: CWU Orientation runs through July. First-year students experience a two-day program where you’ll meet other new Wildcats and experience life on campus. Transfer students take part in a one-day program. Visit our Orientation website for more information.

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Feb. 1
Spring Advising Begins
Feb. 13 - Mar. 10
Register for Spring Quarter
Feb. 20
President’s Day Holiday
Mar. 10
Classes End Winter Quarter
Mar. 14 - 17
Winter Quarter Finals
Mar. 17
End of Winter Quarter
Mar. 20 - 24
Spring Break
Mar. 20
Open Enrollment Spring Quarter
Mar. 28
Classes Begin Spring Quarter
Apr. 3
Spring Tuition and Fees Due
May 1 - Jun. 21
Register for Summer Quarter
May 8 - Jun. 23
Register for Fall Quarter (returning students)
May 29
Memorial Day Holiday
Jun. 2
Classes End Spring Quarter
Jun. 6 - 9
Spring Quarter Finals
Jun. 9
End of Spring Quarter
Jun. 10 & 12

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