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Thousand of Students Coming to CWU in July

Throughout July, more than 2,000 students—along with parents, family and friends—will come to Ellensburg to “Discover” Central Washington University, through the Discover New Student Orientation program. The total is up from the number that came through the program last year.

During the month, first-year and transfer students will begin the transition to college by touring campus and experiencing campus life, meeting with faculty and staff, gaining valuable information regarding programs and services, and enrolling for fall classes.

“The registration portion of Discover Orientation allows students to meet individually with advisors to assist them in understanding our general education requirements,” says Richard DeShields, CWU’s associate dean of Student Living and senior conduct officer. “It also allows them begin to identify their future majors or find out what resources they will have access to during their time as students to assist them in a chosen field of study.”

It also helps students select classes in a meaningful sequence, while promoting manageable course loads, and timely graduation.

Discover Orientation is the second phase of the university’s comprehensive, four-phase approach to acclimating newly admitted students. The next is Wildcat Welcome Weekend, which is planned for September 20 through 24. Fall quarter classes at CWU begin on September 25.

Media contact: Robert Lowery, CWU Public Affairs, 509-963-1487,

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