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Academic Advising

First Year Students

During your first year, you will be assigned to an academic advisor that can help you:

  • Make the transition to the university
  • Explore majors/minors or other areas of professional study
  • Interpret and learn university academic requirements, policies, and procedures.
  • Become more self-reliant and self-reflective in your decision making
  • Develop an academic plan to earn your degree
  • Connect with appropriate resources on campus

Since your advisor during your first year is likely to have over 200 assigned advisees, you should plan in advance to call or stop by the First Year and Exploratory Advising in Bouillon 206 to request an appointment. 

First Year Experience

FYE helps incoming students maximize their first year by getting comfortable on campus, connecting with the university, and starting to think of CWU as home. Find out more by downloading the FYE brochure.

The University Catalog

The Central Washington University Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog is your official source of information which includes academic policies, university procedures, and detailed descriptions of courses and program requirements. All catalogs are online at:

First year students follow the catalog they were given when they first entered the university to complete the general education requirements. Once you are accepted into your major, you need to follow the catalog which was active when you are admitted into your major. As an example, a student admitted into a major during fall quarter of 2019 would follow the major requirements listed in the 2019-20 catalog. The CWU catalog has a five-year life span.

If you do not attend CWU for two consecutive quarters, excluding summer, you must reapply to your major and follow the requirements in the most current catalog.

AR Report/CAPS

AR (Academic Requirements) Reports analyze the credits you have earned at CWU, the public two– and four-year schools in the state of Washington, and selected out-of-state two– and four-year schools. AR provides you and your advisor with information on how your courses meet the General Education, major, minor, and graduation requirements. If you do not understand your AR report, you may visit your academic advisor for help. For information on AR, and to request your own report, log onto MyCWU.

University 101

UNIV 101 is a required course for entering freshmen that assists students with learning about the University's policies and procedures, selecting a major, advising for general education and other forms of support.

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