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First-Year Students

We are excited for you to start your college experience with us and are here to support you during this transition. Below, you will find additional information regarding your Orientation experience, as well as answers to common questions. We encourage you to utilize the many resources available and contact us if you have any questions.

Your Orientation Experiences


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Orientation consists of several experiences hosted by Orientation leaders, where students are able to build community with other students, learn about university resources, and discover what CWU has to offer.

The focus is to confirm your class registration, and includes important transition needs, such as supplemental financial aid, housing, and dining information.

There will be opportunities for you to meet other new students, learn about university resources, and have a positive experience getting to know CWU.

Orientation sessions in summer 2022 will be in-person, one-day sessions with optional activities.

Navigate to your Applicant Portal to select your Orientation date.

Other Orientation Experiences:

  • Welcome Week

    Welcome Week will help you feel at home at Central. You will continue to build connections with other students, become familiar with campus, gain wellness strategies, and learn about CWU procedures, expectations, and how to contribute to the community. We want to help prepare you for a successful academic experience. In addition to many fun activities, there will be several valuable educational sessions and workshops.

  • First Six Weeks

    The First Six Weeks supplements content that you will receive during Welcome Week. Components of the First Six Weeks are woven into CWU's University 101 class. Orientation staff, faculty, and campus-wide staff facilitate programs in your residence halls and around campus. Topics address the academic and transitional issues new students typically face during the first six weeks on campus. Each event is categorized into the four pillars of the first year experience: academic success, university navigation, responsible citizenship, and campus connections.

  • UNIV 101: Transition to CWU (for First Year Students)

    University 101 (UNIV 101) is an academic course designed to foster a successful transition to CWU and is brought to you by CWU Student Success. This graded course will promote a sense of belonging and discovery, stimulate engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities, and connect you to campus resources. Students with fewer than 45 credits are required to take UNIV 101 during their first quarter on campus.

  • Wildcat Success Days: Your Resource Refresher

    Wildcat Success Days are resource refreshers where various resources and services are available to answer questions you may have. These events are an opportunity to receive support in order to conclude one quarter and prepare for the next. Support services include: Advising, Career Services, Academic Success Center, Disability Services, Diversity and Equity Center, Recreation Center, Housing and Residence Life, Student Involvement, Student Employment, Financial Aid, Office of The Registrar, Student Living, Information Services, College Assistance Migrant Program, Wellness Center, Dining and more.

Common Questions for Orientation:

  • What tasks do I need to complete for Orientation?

    During your visit, our goal is to ensure that all your questions are answered and that you have a connection for any future questions. If you are a student with an interest in science or majors with an emphasis in mathematics, you should consider completing the quantitative reasoning testing prior to your academic advising session. Later this spring, we will send you a request to submit additional registration information. Watch your registered personal email and/or Applicant Portal for updates.

  • Do I need to take any placement tests?

    Typically, most students that have math or English college credits do not have to take a placement test. If you do not have any math or English college credits, you will need to take the quantitative reasoning and academic writing placement tests. The ALEKS math test is a two-part test; the first one you take can be online and the second one you take has to be proctored in an online format. The ACCUPLACER English test is one test that needs to be taken in a proctored environment online. CWU and most community colleges offer these tests virtually.

    Note: “Bridge to College Mathematics” is not used for quantitative reasoning placement.

  • What is the best way to get in touch with the Orientation team?

    We encourage you to reach out to us via email at You can also reach out to us via phone at 509-963-2735. We look forward to helping you!

  • I took Running Start courses in high school. Will Orientation look different for me?

    Students with Running Start credits are defined as First-Year students regarding orientation and housing. While you are required to attend Orientation, we do have different pathways/options that are designed to support students at various times. If you are a Running Start alum, we encourage you to select your Orientation date as soon as possible. If you have completed the majority of your general education curriculum, you should consider what major you intend to pursue so that the academic advising staff can best assist you during orientation. While students with over 45 transferable credits are not required to take UNIV 101 we, Orientation and Transition Programs, encourage you to consider taking it to help ensure you transition smoothly to CWU.

  • How much does Orientation cost?

    Currently there is no registration fee for Orientation. We encourage you to think about your travels and to consider bringing a guest to support your visit. Some meals will be provided. You will receive additional information once you register for your Orientation date.

  • How can I access my CWU Outlook email?

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    • Desktop: The quickest way is to use the “Outlook” link under the “MyCWU” dropdown on all CWU webpages.

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  • How can I change my Orientation date?

    To change your date simply call or email CWU Admissions at 509-963-1211 and

  • When will I meet with an Academic Advisor?

    Once you have confirmed that you will attend CWU, Advising will send an advising intake form to your CWU email account. Based on your answers, you will be assigned to an advisor and advising area. Your advising area or advisor will reach out to you with additional information about class recommendations, registration, and how to schedule an appointment or register for an advising session.

    Is it okay if I don’t have a major in mind yet? Absolutely! We have Exploratory Advisors who can help guide you in the direction of your interests and skillsets.

  • I am unable to make it to any of the Orientation sessions. What can I do?

    We will offer virtual options for incoming students that are out of the region during the in-person sessions. You can email for additional information.

  • When is move-in day for fall 2022?

    Currently, we plan to hold on-campus housing move-in on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2022 (subject to change). Watch your CWU email for additional details. Please note, sessions with required training begin during this weekend.