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. For more information about how CWU is handling COVID-19 and protecting our students, visit our #CWUTogether website.
Next Steps Presentations
Questions about next steps? We invite you to join us for a 30-minute Next Steps presentation for instructions and a guided walkthrough about how to complete your next steps. Register for a Next Steps presentation today!
- 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 MyCWU.edu student account. Your MyCWU.edu 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 MyCWU.edu account, contact the CWU Service Desk at 509-963-2001.
- Log in to your Applicant Portal
- Confirm your Enrollment
- Select your Orientation Date (students starting fall term, Ellensburg campus)
- Create your new MyCWU.edu Account
Questions? Contact The Office of Admissions at 509-963-1211 or email@example.com.
- 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.
- Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or WASFA*
- Apply for Scholarships (optional)
- Check your email frequently for important updates from Financial Aid
*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.
- 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.
- Apply for On-Campus Housing via your MyCWU.edu account
Questions? Contact the Housing Office at 509-963-1831 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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!
- Please visit the CWU Immunizations website to learn more about immunizations, submitting proof of vaccination, and information about exemptions.
- For additional information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the CWU Emergency Information Resources website and review the frequently asked questions.
- 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 (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?
Financial Aid: 509-963-1611