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Transfer Student Resources

We are excited for you to start the next chapter in your college experience with us! We are here to support you during this transition and hope to help you build upon the strong foundation you have already built. We encourage you to utilize the many resources available and contact us if you are unable to find an answer. Many students are the first in their family to go to college and we want to help you be successful.

Your Orientation Experiences:

Start with CENTRAL 301: Your Orientation and Transition Portal

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Central 301 Homepage

CENTRAL 301: Your Orientation and Transition Portal is a course designed specifically for transfer students. We know you may already have some experiences that will assist you as you start at CWU. Our goal is to continue on that trend and expose you to campus-wide resources and services before you attend Links Orientation! CENTRAL 301 will prepare you for Links Orientation and your first quarter by providing deadlines and action items. These resources and services will ensure your transition to Central Washington University is seamless. You will be added to CENTRAL 301 the day after you accept your offer of admissions! You can register for Links Orientation at the end of this course!

Orientation Registration Select image to start CENTRAL 301

For students starting classes June 2020
For students starting classes September 2020

Wildcat Day

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Wildcat Wednesdays

Wildcat Day is an optional event for admitted students and their support networks. You will be introduced to academic majors and campus resources, learn about clubs and organizations, and explore campus!

Todos Somos Familia is a Spanish language orientation during each Wildcat Day for Spanish speaking support networks. You and your support networks will receive valuable information about what to expect at CWU.

Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Central Washington University is taking the precautionary step of shifting Wildcat Day to an online format. This decision was not taken lightly and follows consultation with public health officials regarding social distancing for preventing the spread of the outbreak.

The virtual wildcat experiences will highlight and inform you on housing, academics, student involvement, placement testing, campus life and more. Over a series of videos and live streaming you will interact with faculty, staff, resources, and current students! 

Wildcat Wednesdays*
Every Wednesday, until April 29th from 12 - 1pm, Orientation and Transition Programs will partner with students and CWU campus resources on topics that will assist you in your transition to Central! Check your email or this website each week for the topic for the following week. View our previous Wildcat Wednesdays on our homepage!

Virtual Wildcat Day*
On April 17th from 10:45am - 4:15pm, attend our virtual Wildcat Day! There will be a new session every 30 minutes. Learn from CWU campus resources and get your questions answered in real time! Our final schedule will include the following topics: Housing & Dining, Financial Aid, Student Life, Academic Programs, Placement Testing, First-year success tips, and Transfer sucess tips.

*Subject to change

Links Orientation

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Students Connecting

Links Orientation is required for most transfer students, depending on the department or major of interest. It is a 1 day event where you will meet other new students, learn about university resources, experience residence hall living, meet with an advisor, and receive priority registration for classes. Orientation is scheduled for June and July 2020.

Register via CENTRAL 301

Welcome Week

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Move In

Welcome Week is designed for incoming transfer students and will help you feel at home at Central.  You will connect with other students, become familiar with campus and get acquainted with the many resources available to you. We want to help prepare you with valuable educational sessions and workshops.
As a transfer student, you have the option to design your own orientation experience. Welcome Week is only mandatory for first-year students but we invite transfer students to attend sessions they feel are of value.

2020 Dates: to be determined...

First Six Weeks

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Wildcat Cup

The First Six Weeks programming picks up where Welcome Week ends. Orientation & Transition Programs, in collaboration with faculty and campus-wide staff, facilitate programs in the 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. Transfer students are welcome to attend any of these events.

Common Questions for Links Orientation

  • Where can I find COVID-19 updates?

    You can find updates about COVID-19 here. Additionally, you will find parent and student q&a's and #CWUtogether resources.

  • Is Links Orientation still happening in person?

    Due to COVID-19, Links Orientation has shifted to online modalities and will not be taking place in person. You are welcome to read our announcement from 04/17 here.

  • How much does orientation cost? (What do my fees cover?)

    Orientation fees for transfer students:

    $60 for students

    • Includes the cost associated with creation and support of course materials, presentations, publications, and anticipated Welcome Week and First Six Weeks events
  • I cannot afford the orientation fees, can you waive them?

    During the times of COVID-19, we are unable to waive orientation fees.

  • When is move in day?

    The first day of classes is Spetember 11th. Move in will begin September 5th. Watch your mail for additional details, dates and times.

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

    We encourage you to reach out to us via email at and ask that you give us 24 hours to get back to you. In most cases we are able to respond same day. You can also reach out to us via zoom for live assistance! Please note that hours for zoom are M-F, 9AM-5PM PST except during the noon hour for lunch. We look forward to helping you!

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Cancellation/No Show Policy
    The $60 Links Orientation Fee is assessed to all incoming transfer students.

    How do I pay? When will I be charged?
    Fees will be charged to your student account in September. This will allow financial aid to cover these costs. The charge will be due at the start of the students' first quarter.

    What if I withdraw from CWU?
    If you are a transfer student that decides not to enroll in classes or attend Central Washington University for the fall 2020 quarter you will not be assesed the orientaion fees. If you decide after the fees have been applied please contact us to have the fees reversed.

  • What tasks do I need to complete for Orientation?

    The recommended self paced tasks are to take care of are reading through Central 301 to become familiar with the various resources available to you as a CWU student. After that, we ask that you fill out the updated registration form (has a video at the top of the page) at the end of Central 301. This will provide advisors with information they need to support you with class registration taking place in June 2020. We encouarge you to also check out previous Wildcat Wednesday recordings and q&a's on our website!