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Admissions Covid-19 Updates

Frequently Asked Questions

We know that this is uncertain times for all of us, but the Admissions team at Central Washington University wants you to know that we are still here to help you through it. We’ve put together this page of information to help address common questions students are having and hopefully reduce some of the stress you may be facing. We know that you have questions and we want you to know we are here to help. 

We want to stay connected with you and help you achieve your educational goals. Please contact us if you have any questions or text us at 509-213-1813 and one of our student Wildcat Ambassadors will get back to you as soon as possible. We hope to see you on campus as soon as permissible. We're here for you.

First-Year Undergraduate Admissions

A: Yes! While the Office of Admissions is not meeting with visitors in person at this time to comply with the state’s stay-at-home order, we are still available to answer your questions! You can get a hold of us from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday via phone at 509-963-1211, via text at 509-213-1813, or email at You can also schedule a phone or video appointment by selecting your admissions counselor’s photo in our Admissions Counselor directory. 

A: Yes! Our admissions counselors are here for you! Although we are not on campus, our admissions counselors are working remotely on a regular schedule Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Please reach out to your Admissions Counselor directly to schedule an advising appointment with them. 

A: The fall quarter enrollment confirmation priority date is now June 1. We are committed to working with every student and family that needs additional time. 

*Please note that the enrollment confirmation date is not a deadline at CWU but rather a priority processing date for us to begin working with students and families on important next steps in the transition to college including housing, orientation and processing financial aid documents.   

A: Yes. At this time, on-campus courses are scheduled as planned. All impacted students will be notified immediately if this changes. Keep an eye on your CWU email for those changes.  

A: You can learn more about the steps Central Washington University is taking and follow updates here in response to COVID-19. 


Future & Current Applicants

A: Yes, we’d love for you to still apply to Central! Test scores are now optional for students graduating in the class of 2020. Please know that if your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0, be ready submit a personal statement in with your application and contact us if you have any questions.   

At CWU, we want all students to thrive in our learning community. We understand that your GPA is just one indicator of your ability to be successful in college. Because your cumulative GPA is below 3.00, we’d like to hear your story when you address all three prompts. In a few paragraphs, tell us about: 

1.) Your past academic experience. 

2.) Any challenges you have faced and overcome. 

3.) Your plans to be successful at CWU. 

A: We understand that the cancellation of testing dates is placing additional pressure on the graduating class of 2021 students. Central is currently exploring the right approach for this challenge, and we will soon have an update on any changes to requirements for submitting SAT or ACT scores. For now, try not to stress but if you have questions feel free to reach out and we can chat more with you.  

A: Yes! We have many opportunities for you to learn all about Central virtually including online campus tours and phone or video appointments with your Admissions Counselor.  Visit for more info

A: While we truly wish you could come visit campus; our physical campus is not currently open to the public. But there are a variety of ways to see buildings and spaces, interact with current students, and ask questions of staff no matter where you are. Check out the online experiences to make connections and feel some Wildcat Pride! 

A: No, schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a students admission to CWU. If any additional information is needed after the final trascript is received, the Office of Admissions will reach out to the student directly.


Admitted Students

A: We suggest talking with your high school counselor about sending over your final official transcript. Central is still able to receive official transcripts online and through traditional mail.   

A: Yes, we are encouraging students to still sign up for our summer Links orientation at this time. For the most up to date information, you can visit Orientation's website or contact them at (509) 963-2735; 

You can also tune in to Wildcat Wednesdays hosted by Orientation throughout the month of April to get more of your questions answered.  

A: Yes, we are still encouraging students to sign up for housing for Fall 2020. For more information please visit Housing’s website or call (509) 963-1831. 

A: Students can request to have their Financial Aid reevaluated if their family's income has dropped by 25% or more since filing the FAFSA. Students will need to book an appointment with a financial aid counselor and request a form for “Revision or Change of Circumstance”.  

A: Our Admissions counselors would be happy to talk with you and will do their best to answer your question in this uncertain time. You can schedule a phone or video appointment by selecting your admissions counselor’s photo in our Admissions Counselor directory.  You can also visit for more information.


Transfer Students

A: You should be able to go online to your current institution’s register page and request an official transcript to be sent to us. If your college is unable to send your official transcript, please contact the Office of Admissions and we will be glad to work with you.  

A: CWU and all the Centers are committed to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. At this time, all CWU center staff are working remotely. While staff are observing social distancing protocols and working remotely, CWU is open to serve you online and over the phone. You can find the contact information for each center below.   To contact the University Center's, visit

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