College in the High School Overview


The Central Washington University College in the High School (CiHS) program allows high school students to take CWU courses from approved high school instructors without leaving their high school campus. Students grades 9-12 are able to participate in the program.

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Student Participation Guide

What students need to know about College in the High School, and after

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Quick Links for Processes and Deadlines

Short cuts, if you know what you're looking for.

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Information for Instructors

Application process & training, class procedures, resources and support from CWU

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Administrator Participation Guide

What the District and Building Administrators need to know

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Counselor Pathway

High school counselors play a pivotal role, when helping students achieve their higher education goals.

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Program Resources

Program Resources and quick links to answer frequent questions.

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CWU Resources for our Partners

Partner Resources Offered by CWU.

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About Us

Allow us to introduce ourselves and this winning program for high school students.

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College in the High School

Welcome to College in the High School. Start your higher education journey early!

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CiHS Information Request

Request form to be contacted soon by a member of the CWU College in the High School staff.

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CWU College in the High School has partners in all regions of Washington State

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We pride ourselves on our accessibility, our transparency and our responsiveness.

Registration is online, so everyone can be kept in the loop and up to date. The website and additional print materials support the process right from the first look into CWU CiHS, and the staff in Ellensburg is experienced, informed and courteous. Help is a call or an email away.

College in the High School Participation Guides

Collaboration between high school teachers, district administrators and students and their parents/guardians is coordinated with Central Washington University faculty and diverse state/national agencies by the College in the High School office at CWU.

School Administrators, Counselors, Instructors, and Students & Parents are invited to peruse comprehensive material included in the Participation Guides for Administrators, Counselors, Instructors and Students & Families, and contact us with any questions.

Additional information and resources are available through CWU.



CWU College in the High School News

National Accreditation Achieved
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Central Washington University’s College in the High School (CiHS) program achieved national accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) in spring 2022 after a multi-year process. Read full story.

Governed by state and national regulations

CWU College in the High School is a comprehensive, consistent and sound provider of university education within the high schools of Washington State because this program adheres to rules, codes, policies and accreditation requirements from state and national entities. Learn more about the state and national influences on College in the High School.

Learn more about High School Partnerships, program comparison (Running Start, CiHS, AP), mission and vision.

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