Welcome to Central Washington University

We look forward to helping you through the process of becoming a Wildcat. We understand that navigating the next steps after submitting your application can be both thrilling and a tad overwhelming. Rest assured, we're here to guide you through each milestone with personalized support. 

Next Steps

Our experienced advisors and friendly campus communities are committed to helping you complete any necessary requirements, from financial aid and housing arrangements to course selection and orientation. Your success is our priority, and we're excited to be part of your educational journey. Get ready to thrive, learn, and make many memories for your incredible future at CWU.
  • Next Steps Presentation

    Questions about your Next Steps? Sign up for our Next Steps Webinar Presentations hosted by CWU Admissions Counselors.

    Sign-up of the next steps presentations: Here!

  • Accept Your Admission

    Once you are admitted, confirm your enrollment by accepting your admission in your Applicant Portal.

    • Log into your CWU Applicant Portal using the same email and password you used to apply for admission.
    • If you have already created your MyCWU portal, simply log in to your MyCWU portal and use the Accept/Decline button in your Admissions Toolbox to make your decision official.
    • Refresh your CWU Applicant Portal and "Accept your Admission". 

    Confirming your admission lets CWU know you intend to enroll in classes. We recommend confirming your enrollment early, however, the priority deadline to confirm is June 1st for the Fall term.  Confirming your admission also opens your housing application, you can register for Orientation and secure scholarships for Fall 2024.

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    Apply to CWU
  • Create a MyCWU Account and Access Email

    MyCWU is your main portal for all things CWU, from registering for classes, checking financial aid, housing, support and more.

    • Please update your CWU account by visiting CWU Account Management. Have your CWU username and ID number handy.
      • A username was assigned to you after you submitted your application for admission. Your username is usually formatted as part of your last name and first initial(s).
        • For example, Wellington Wildcat’s username would be WildcatWel
      • Wildcat Tip: look for an email called "Information regarding your MyCWU account" sent from cwu.servicedesk@cwu.edu, this will have your CWU username and ID number listed along with other helpful information.
    • This username and password are different from the one you created to apply for admission.
    • Be sure to keep your username and password handy.
      • Wildcat Tip: CWU requires a password change every six months, watch for email notifications and instructions on changing your password so you don't get locked out!
    CWU Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
    • Every CWU student is required to have MFA to access their CWU account.
    • The recommended authentication method is the Microsoft Authenticator application   Please download the Microsoft Authenticator app through your mobile devices app store
    • An alternative authentication method is receiving a call on your personal phone. If you would like to authenticate via a call to your phone, simply click on “I want to setup a different method” when prompted to download the Microsoft Authenticator app
      • Wildcat Tip: If you get a new phone you will have to re-register your new device to log in to your CWU account.                              
    Access your CWU Outlook Email Account
    • Once you have access to the MyCWU portal, you can access your CWU Outlook email by clicking the CWU Outlook link inside the Applications block on the top right side of your CWU Home page.
      • Wildcat Tip: It is a good idea to install the CWU Outlook email account, to your smart phone and check your email regularly for updates.
    • You can also access your Outlook email from any browser by typing in Microsoft365.com and inputting your CWU username and password.
    • Your CWU Outlook email account is your primary point of contact for financial aid, advising, and other areas of campus. You will need to check this regularly for important communications.
      • Wildcat Tip: Your CWU outlook email account will only be accessible to you while you are a CWU student (once you graduate, you will lose access to the email account). 

    For technical assistance for your MyCWU, MFA or if you have not received an email with your CWU username, ID number and temporary password, please contact the CWU Service Desk at 509-963-2001.

    More Resources
    • Check out the Service Desk’s YouTube Video Playlist, click here!
  • Apply for Financial Aid

    Submit your FAFSA/WASFA 

    Students should plan to submit either a FAFSA or WASFA. We recommend you begin your process with the WASFA Questionnaire. A person may not be eligible or may choose not to apply for federal aid due to immigration status, federal loan default, or repayments owed to federal grants.

    If you are eligible for federal aid, you will be directed to submit your FAFSA through the US Department of Education website.

    The FAFSA becomes available January 1 for the next academic year. There is no submission deadline for WASFA/FAFSA.

    Apply for Scholarships 

    CWU Merit Awards are based on academic merit. All new students who apply for admission by April 1 (for fall start) will automatically be considered for merit awards, with no separate application required. Transfer students who apply for admission by August 1 (for fall start) will automatically be considered for merit awards, with no separate application required. Additional scholarship opportunities for students beginning in the fall are available on CWU Scholarships

    Accept your Financial Aid Package 

    Once you are offered a financial aid package, you will view and accept this offer through your MyCWU account. Once logged in, select "Financial Toolbox," then, "Accept/Decline Awards." 

    Complete Entrance Counseling/Promissory Note 

    If you accept loans, you must complete these federal requirements before your money will be released to CWU. Visit Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information. 


  • Apply for On-Campus Housing

    All first-year students are required to live on campus. The housing application becomes available on January 30th for the 2024-2025 academic year, and room selection is first come, first serve.

    Find out about our residence Halls before you apply for housing. Be sure to complete your CWU Housing Application early so you can room in the hall of your choice.

    You will also select a meal plan in your housing application. Learn more about our Dining Locations and Meal Plans before you apply.

    For fall 2024 quarter, you must select your housing before August 15th, otherwise a room and board contract will automatically be assigned to you. Once you confirm your admission, you can start the housing application process.

    Find out more about the Housing Application Process, and apply for your housing through your MyCWU account.

    Interested in learning about our Living Learning Communities (LLC)? Check out our website for more information.  Living-Learning Communities

    Transfer students are not required to live on campus but might enjoy CWU’s on-campus apartments, residence halls that are sophomore and above only, and our Transfer Living/Learning Community in Stephens-Whitney Hall.  See the Housing website for more information.

  • Complete Your Pre-Advising Survey

    Complete your Pre-Advising Survey

    • Incoming students should complete the pre-advising survey (link below) to provide additional information to their academic advisor.
    • First-year students will receive a preliminary fall class schedule prior to their orientation and will be scheduled to meet with an advisor during their orientation to finalize their fall class schedule.
    • In early April, transfer students will receive information with instructions for scheduling an advising appointment. Appointments for transfer students will be available starting in late April.
    Check your CWU Student Email
    • Academic Advisors will send important information about advising and class registration to your CWU Outlook email account. Check your CWU Outlook email often after accepting your admission to CWU. 
    Complete any Placement Tests and Send Scores
    • You will receive additional information from your advisor regarding necessary course placement requirements. 
    • Academic Writing Directed Self-Placement: Students who have not completed ENG 101 will receive information about completing the Directed Self- Placement assessment for Academic Writing. Click here to see more information about this assessment.
    • Math/Quantitative Reasoning Placement: Students who have not completed the general education quantitative reasoning requirement or who need to qualify for a higher-level math course may need to complete a placement assessment. You will receive information from advising about requirements for Math or Quantitative Reasoning placement based on your planned major and/or previous coursework.
      • Students may qualify for an exception if they:
    Register with Disability Services (if applicable) 
    • Disability Services provides individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the education environment. If you require an accommodation, visit the Disability Services to register.

  • Register to Attend Orientation
    New Student Orientation

    New Student Orientation is your first step in the onboarding and orientation process as a Wildcat. During New Student Orientation session you will:

    • Connect with departments such as Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Housing & Residence Life, and Dining Services
    • Learn about Move In and Week of Welcome in September 2024
    • Meet CWU faculty, staff, and other students

    Incoming first-year students are REQUIRED to attend an New Student Orientation session. Incoming transfer students are welcome, but not required, to attend a New Student Orientation.

    New Student Orientation registration will open on February 1, 2024. Incoming first-year and transfer students will receive communication about how and where to register for an New Student Orientation session. The event dates, times, and activity schedule will be released soon. 

    Have questions about New Student Orientation? Don’t hesitate to contact the Orientation team at cwu.orientation@cwu.edu

    New Student Orientation dates for 2024:

    • April 20th
    • July 9th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 25th, 26th and 29th.
    • Click Here to register for New Student Orientation! You will need to log into your applicant portal to register.

    Transfer Student Orientation

    Transfer Student Orientation is your orientation experience as a Wildcat. During Transfer Student Orientation session you will:

    • Connect with departments such as Financial Aid, Academic Advising, Housing & Residence Life, and Dining Services
    • Learn about specific Transfer student resources
    • Meet CWU faculty, staff, and other students

    Incoming transfer students are REQUIRED to attend an Transfer Student Orientation session.

    Transfer Student Orientation registration will open soon. The event dates, times, and activity schedule will be released soon. Date: September 23 & 24, 2024.

    Week of Welcome 

    Week of Welcome is the second REQUIRED orientation experience designed to help you build connections at CWU. You will have the opportunity to connect with other students, become familiar with CWU, gain wellness strategies, and learn about CWU procedures, expectations, and how to contribute to the community. We want to help prepare you for a successful academic experience. In addition to many fun activities, there will be several required educational sessions, workshops, and connections. No registration is required since it's mandatory experience.

    Week of Welcome 2024 Friday September 20th - Tuesday September 24th.

    Transfer Student Week of Welcome will be held Monday September 23rd and Tuesday September 24th at the Ellensburg Campus. This is REQUIRED for all Ellensburg Transfer students.

    Are you at one of our University Sites and Centers?

    Orientation is strongly encouraged for center students. This is also a great time to meet other students as well as staff and faculty.

    At Orientation you can:

    • Learn about student services and resources
    • Meet with faculty, staff and other students
    • Have questions answered by academic and student services representatives

    To register for Orientation or for more information, visit your University Site or Center or call them directly. A Virtual Orientation is offered quarterly specifically for our Site, Center and online students. Check your CWU email often for registration details.

    Learn more about Orientation
  • Prepare for Your First Day

    Purchase your Course Materials 
    • You may purchase the required course materials from the Wildcat Shop or from a third party. You will receive information about required and additional course materials through your Canvas portal and from the faculty members teaching your courses. 
    • Campus bookstores sell CWU sweatshirts, t-shirts and various school supplies. 
    • Students who want to use their financial aid to purchase course materials MUST purchase through the Wildcat Shop

    Get your Connection Card (for students attending a CWU Campus) 
    • Your CWU Connection Card is your student ID. This card will allow you to check out materials from your host community college library, the Ellensburg campus library, and use the computer lab. Visit your university center campus to receive a CWU Connection Card. 
    • On the Ellensburg campus, your card is also used for Dining Dollars and Wildcat Bucks, to swipe into certain buildings and rooms on campus, and to obtain discounts to some local businesses.  
    • To receive your Connection Card, upload your photo and pick up your card when you come to campus. To upload your photo, either download the GET Mobile app or visit GET and log in with CWU credentials. Once in the app, click on "Quick Links" to upload your photo. 

    Purchase your Parking Permit (if Applicable) 
    • Parking permits are available at the Parking Office in the Public Safety Building or at the Cashier's Office in Barge Hall. You can purchase your permit with a check or debit/credit card, however cash payments are only accepted at the Cashier's Office. 
    • You can also complete a Parking Application Online

Additional Resources

Are you transferring in or an international student? We have additional resources for you!

Transfer Students

International Students

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