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The world needs builders, doers, and leaders who care. In careers and communities, Wildcats do the work that moves the work forward.  We know you will do something great, and it starts wherever you are today.

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Central Washington University is the ideal setting for learning and self-discovery. It's the kind of place that motivates and inspires you to achieve your dreams. With more than 135 majors and 32 master's programs, seize the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Undergraduate Admissions

At CWU, we are here for your future. Start your undergraduate application today.

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Graduate Admissions

Apply to the School of Graduate Studies and Research

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Take a tour of our campus or attend one of our Wildcat Preview Days. Plan your visit today!

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Campus Locations

Central Washington University’s presence can be felt across Washington state. From our main campus located in Ellensburg to our University Centers, we offer degrees and certifications that align with the demands of today's job market, supporting you and your future. Check out all of our Campus Locations.

Join Us Online

At CWU, we offer a variety of online programs and courses designed to provide you with a flexible and accessible education. Study at your own pace and access course materials from anywhere through Online Learning at CWU.

Are You in High School and Wanting to Take College Courses?

We have options. At CWU, our College in the High School program enables high school students to take CWU courses taught by their approved instructors at their own school campus. More than 6,000 high school students participated in this program last year.

We also invite eligible high school juniors and seniors to enroll in our Running Start program at Ellensburg, Sammamish, and online. Our Running Start program allows you to take college courses, completely tuition-free during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Plus, the credits earned from these courses are generally transferable to other colleges and universities and can even count towards high school graduation requirements. 

Transfer Guide

Transfer students, please check out CWU’s Official Transfer Guide.

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Welcome Book

Discover why Wildcats call CWU home, check out CWU’s Welcome Book.

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CWU News

CWU selects new executive director of Institutional Effectiveness

September 21, 2023


State of the University address scheduled for September 29

September 20, 2023


New exhibit to open September 28 at Sarah Spurgeon Gallery

September 18, 2023


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