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Non-Traditional Students

A Non-Traditional Freshman is one who will be age 25 or older upon entering CWU. To qualify as a Non-Traditional Freshman you must provide the following documentation:

  • High school transcript showing at least a 2.0 GPA or a passing score on the General Education Development (GED) test
  • Satisfactory Compass, SAT or ACT scores*
  • Essay demonstrating entry-level critical thinking and communication skills** OR
  • Evidence of success outside the classroom and strong motivation to succeed in college

Students who have received college credit prior to high school graduation must have at least a 2.0 GPA in their college work.

*SAT or ACT scores may be used if the test is five years old or less.

**Essay questions for review by the Comprehensive Review Committee can be found in the Comprehensive Review Process section.

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The CWU First Year Experience (FYE) Brochure outlines the FYE program and explains how Central helps its students transition into their university careers.

Download the FYE Brochure.