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Central Washington University: The Institution of Choice

Choice is a bit of a funny thing. Our lives are predicated by the choices that we make, and usually if we look back, many of us realize it only takes a few choices to send us down the path that we are currently on today. From how we treat people to the actions we carry out during the day, our choices often tell the true story of our character.

If you talk to our alumni and recent graduates, they will tell you that the best choice they made was to attend Central. Here, they found a home where they could develop into the amazing people they are today. The mission of Central will always be about student success, and by living out this mission we are committed to being the institution of choice.

With the first phase of Wildcat Day fast approaching, we are reminded why so many choose Central. With CWU offering over 125 degree programs, boasting a 19:1 student/faculty ratio, an average class size of 25 students, and an average cost of $3,000/quarter in tuition it is easy to see why the university recorded its largest incoming class in this past year.

From the Alumni Association perspective it is hard not to get excited about welcoming our future Wildcats and helping to connect these ambitious students with those that have come before them.

In late February, the Alumni Association sponsored a recruitment and networking event in Alaska to meet with new and prospective students before the Wildcats men’s basketball team took on Alaska Anchorage. This event was an opportunity to share with our Alumni the exciting things taking place on campus while also making sure that each new and prospective student had a chance to connect personally with our alumni, who could share from their own experience the support they received while attending CWU. Our next alumni and prospective student reception will be in Honolulu, on April 5th from 6-8pm at the Ala Moana Hotel.

In addition to welcoming our new Wildcats, offering alumni a reason to gather is a huge part of what we do. I would like to thank everyone who made the trip up and spent the day with us at Mission Ridge. In addition, we would like to invite you to join us at White Pass on March 11th. All current Alumni Association members will receive a $23.00 discount on their lift tickets (call 509-963-2160 for your promo code) and can meet us in the main lodge from 1-3pm to receive a member’s only gift. If you’re not a current member sign up today and will send you the promo code for this special offer in addition to all the exciting benefits you can take advantage of throughout the year. So come hit the slopes and remember to wear your crimson to get “Caught Red Handed” by our marketing team who will be handing out prizes on the slopes.

Although Central is committed to student success and access based education, sometimes the choice to attend college is taken out of the hands of even the most promising of students. Realizing that many of our students are coming from underprivileged backgrounds and are often the first generation in their family to pursue higher education, the Alumni Association will host a Happy Hour at Creekside West Bar and Grille with all of the proceeds going directly towards CWU student scholarships. This event will provide alums the opportunity to network with one another while raising money for scholarships.

In closing I would like to thank you for your active role and commitment to Central. I invite you to become a member if you have not already, or renew your membership if necessary. If you’re on the fence, feel free to take a look at the amazing benefits you will receive with your membership. Your generosity helps us push forward our commitment to advancing the institution. 

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.