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There are many resources available to support students, both academically and socially, while they attend Central Washington University. Please take advantage of them:

MyCWU Account
You have been sent a letter with your MyCWU username and directions to set up your account. If not, please contact the IT Helpdesk at (509) 963-2001. Through your account, you are able to access many resources available to CWU students, such as your student email. If you need assistance in navigating the MyCWU website, visit MyCWU Help for more information.

Running Start Advising
Running Start students are required to meet with the Running Start advisor each quarter before they can register, but are encouraged to meet with the advisor on a more frequent basis to troubleshoot any problems, discuss future academic or career plans, select courses to take for specific degrees or academic goals, and get help with university and scholarship applications. Call 509-963-1351 (Ellensburg) or 425--392-2110) to schedule an appointment.

Running Start Peer Mentoring (Ellensburg only)
The CWU Running Start Peer Mentors are students who have participated in the Running Start program at Central Washington University and serve as a resource, a helping hand, a sounding board, and a referral service. They provide support, encouragement, and information to Running Start students in their first year of the program. One of the great things about Running Start Peer Mentors is that they have participated in the Running Start program at CWU and can give advice about navigating college life, overcoming challenges, and help new students find success in the program.

Disability Services
Disability Services carries out Central Washington University's mission to "inspire intellectual depth and breadth, to encourage lifelong learning, and to enhance the opportunities for its students."  DS facilitates full participation, universal access, and reasonable accommodation to meet the unique needs of each person with a disability. Students wishing to request disability accommodations are responsible for contacting Disability Services.

Brooks Library
The Brooks Library provides access to a myriad of academic resources, technological support, and staff who can help students with their studies.

OnlineTutoring (Sammamish and Online)
CWU Online Tutoring: Learning Support Services (OLSS) provides one-on-one writing tutoring for students enrolled in online majors and those who attend university centers.Writing tutors are available seven days a week, Monday through Sunday.

University Writing Center (Ellensburg only)
Writing consultants at the University Writing Center work with students of all levels and disciplines. Consultants can help students with brainstorming, outlining, developing a thesis, organizing, formatting, etc. Sessions can focus on academic papers, business letters, resumes, and other writing. This is a free service that students can access in person or online.

University Math Center (Ellensburg only)
The University Math Center offers assistance and resources to students taking math courses at CWU.

Peer-Assisted Labs (PALs) (Ellensburg only)
Peer-Assisted Labs are a place for students to stop by and study, get help with homework, connect with and form study groups, and get FREE tutoring from trained peer-leaders who are majors with very high GPAs in the field of study. PALs are available to any student currently enrolled at CWU.

Career Services
Career Services is a comprehensive career counseling center designed to engage students as active participants in their career development from freshman through alumni. The central purpose of Career Services is to help students prepare for academic and career success. A career counselor can help with selecting a major, personal career inventories, on-line assessments, resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills and preparation, successful job search strategies, employer research, career direction, and other services.

Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) (Ellensburg only)
The Student Union and Recreation Center (SURC) features dining options, the bookstore, recreation and student life programs, and other services like the campus radio (88.1 The Burg), laptop checkout, outdoor pursuits and rentals, the recreation center, and information center.

Student Wellness Center (Ellensburg only)
Through coordinated efforts in health promotion and prevention strategies, the Wellness Center program strives to enhance the overall health of the campus and community.

Clubs & Organizations (Ellensburg only)
Students are able to join clubs relating to a variety of academic, career, and social pursuits. See the link above to view a list of current clubs available to students.

Student Media
CWU features a variety of different media that students can utilize to participate on campus and get involved including The Burg Radio Station, Pulse Magazine, HYPE Online, the Campus Life Podcast, and The Observer newspaper.

University Recreation (Ellensburg only)
The Recreation Center offers two floors of health and fitness options including a 50-foot climbing wall with two arches for bouldering, a strength training area, fitness and cardio equipment areas, an elevated 1/8-mile jogging track, a four-court gymnasium, two group exercise rooms, and locker rooms with saunas and a sports medicine room. Note: Students do pay a fee for membership to the Recreation Center. Students under 18 will need to have a parent sign a waiver for them to use the Recreation Center.

Scholarships are available for your first year as a fully matriculated CWU student. Please visit the Scholarship Office website for complete scholarship information including the General Scholarship Application.

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