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Congratulations on your admission to Central Washington University!

We're excited to welcome you to the Wildcat Family

Now that you’re admitted to CWU, it's important to complete these next steps to finalize the enrollment process. The CWU Transfer Center is available to help you with the transfer process. Speak with current students and transfer advisors to learn about life on campus, transfer courses, or other general questions.

  • Confirm Enrollment

    Your first step as an admitted student is to confirm your enrollment in your Applicant Portal.

    Log in to your Applicant Portal to view your admission "Status Update", accept your admission using the "Confirm your Enrollment" button, then select your preferred orientation date. We recommend confirming your enrollment early, but the priority deadline to confirm is May 1 (for fall term). Log in to your Applicant Portal using the same email and password you used to apply for admission.

    Next, create your new student account. Your account will be your primary account for viewing/accepting your financial aid, signing-up for housing, registering for classes, and more. If you have any trouble creating your account, contact the CWU Service Desk at 509-963-2001.

    Action Items:

    Questions? Contact The Office of Admissions at 509-963-1211 or

  • Apply for Financial Aid

    We recommend all students apply for the FAFSA/WASFA before the priority deadline of February 1 for the upcoming academic year. Federal Aid remains available during the academic year for those who apply after February 1, but the sooner you submit your FAFSA/WASFA, the sooner you will receive your award package.

    CWU Merit Awards are based on academic merit. All new students who apply for admission by March 1 preceding the fall start will automatically be considered for merit awards, no separate application required. Additional scholarship opportunities are available and can be found on our CWU Scholarship website.

    Action Items:

    *The Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) is a free application for state financial aid for students who are not eligible for federal aid because of immigration status, including undocumented students. Submit your WASFA by February 1 through Ready. Set. Grad. for priority consideration.

    Questions? Contact the Office of Financial Aid at 509-963-1611 or email

  • Apply for Housing

    Housing is a great way to succeed in college! Studies have shown that students that live on campus do better in class, meet new friends, become involved, and graduate with their degree on-time. Housing and Residence Life offers traditional residence halls, a transfer-dedicated Living Learning Community, studios, one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Apartment rates include: water, heat, electricity, sewer and refuse services. Don't forget to learn more about our 15+ CWU dining locations and meal plan options before you apply.

    Action Items:

    Questions? Contact the Housing Office at 509-963-1831 or

  • Attend Orientation

    CWU Orientation is required for all incoming first-year students (including running start students) and strongly recommended for transfer students. Orientation helps you transition to college in the best way possible. Build connections with other students and engage with campus resources. Visit our Orientation website for additional information and to preview available orientation dates.

    Important Note (fall term only): If you have not already, be sure to select your orientation date through your Applicant Portal. After selecting your orientation date, continue to check your email regularly for important updates about orientation.

    Action Items:

    • Select your Orientation Date in your Applicant Portal (students starting fall term)
    • Check your email frequently for important updates from Orientation
    • Attend Orientation

    Questions? Contact the Orientation & Transition Programs Office at 509-963-2735 or

  • Prepare for Class

    If you've completed all action items above, you’re ready to attend class when your quarter starts! While you wait for the quarter to begin, please review the following information. Welcome to CWU!



    • There are two options for ordering textbooks. Students may purchase the books online from the CWU University Bookstore or they may purchase them a third-party.
    • Students who want to use their financial aid to purchase textbooks MUST use the CWU University Store option. Both bookstores sell CWU sweatshirts, t-shirts and various school supplies.

    Student E-mail Account

    • Every student admitted to CWU has access to a free CWU Outlook e-mail account. Outlook is the main e-mail source for CWU students. It will be important for you to check your CWU e-mail on a regular basis. 

    CWU Connection Card

    • Your CWU Connection Card will allow you to check out materials from the library, use the computer lab, and obtain discounts at some movie theaters. Just go to the CWU Card office, get your picture taken, and you'll be connected.

    Disability Services

    • Disability Services (DS) is in partnership with Central Washington University and is dedicated to creating an inclusive university culture that celebrates diversity. DS provides individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the education environment.

    • Students wishing to request disability accommodations should contact DS at (509) 963-2214  or visit the DS webpage.


    • Parking permits are available at the Parking Office in the Public Safety Building or at the Cashier's Office in Barge Hall. You can purchase your permit with a check or debit/credit card, however cash payments are only accepted at the Cashier's Office.

    • You can also complete a parking application online.

Have more questions?

Admissions: 509-963-1211
Financial Aid: 509-963-1611
Orientation: 509-963-2735