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
- Is the Office of Admissions still open?
Yes! While the Office of Admissions is not meeting with visitors in person, 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 email@example.com. You can also schedule a phone or video appointment by selecting your admissions counselor’s photo in our Admissions Counselor directory.
- Can I still meet with an Admissions Counselor?
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.
- Is CWU currently offering in-person courses?
Yes, during Fall 2020 CWU is offering some on-campus courses. That said, about 70% of our Fall 2020 curriculum will be taught online. To read more, visit our Fall Guide
- How is the University responding to COVID-19?
You can learn more about the steps Central Washington University is taking and follow updates in response to COVID-19.
Future & Current Applicants
- My SAT/ACT test date was canceled due to COVID-19. Can I still apply?
Yes, we’d love for you to still apply to Central! Test scores are now optional for students applying for admission to the Fall 2021 term.
- Are there more ways to learn about CWU from the safety of my home?
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.
- Can I still come to campus for a tour and to learn more about the university?
Although campus is open for current students, we recommend signing up for a CWU Virtual Tour. Based on recommendations made by the Kittitas county health department, we may be able to accommodate single-family tours on campus. To learn more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- I am no longer able to complete all of my CADRs (College Academic Distribution Requirements). Will this affect my admission to CWU?
No, schedule changes due to COVID-19 will not affect a student's admission to CWU. If any additional information is needed after the final transcript is received, the Office of Admissions will reach out to the student directly.
- How will I send Central my final official transcript?
We suggest talking with your current school counselor about sending over your final official transcript. Central is still able to receive official transcripts online and through traditional mail
- Are there steps we can take since our finances look different now?
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”.
- What if I have more specific questions about my next steps?
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 our CWU Next Steps website for more information.
- My school is not open and can’t send my transcript to complete my application. What do I do?
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.
- I’m wanting to attend one of Central’s Centers. How can I get in contact with them?
CWU and all the University 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.
- Is there a Transfer specialist I can talk to?
Yes! The Transfer Center is a great place to get help and find amazing resources.