We look forward to welcoming you to the Wildcat family. CWU Orientation provides two connection opportunities for incoming students: New Student Orientation and Week of Welcome, which are required activities for all first-year students attending the Ellensburg campus.

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As you begin your Wildcat journey, we want to ensure a smooth and engaging onboarding experience. The Orientation team is committed to providing you and your support network with the necessary tools, resources, and support you'll need to have a successful and rewarding time at CWU.

What to Expect

Learn about what will happen at your orientation sessions and answers to frequently asked questions.

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New Student Orientation

Get excited! New Student Orientation kicks off your journey at CWU with insider tips and fun for all.

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Week of Welcome

Week of Welcome is a required orientation experience designed to help you build connections at CWU. Learn more here.

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Centers and Online Orientation

Read more information about your orientation and where you need to go for your specific education.

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Additional Resources

View Additional Resources for after your orientation such as advising and student involvement.

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Jump Start

Participate in Jump Start for access to mentoring, special programs, and connections your first year at CWU.

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Orientation and Jump Start Staff

Get to know the people behind Orientation.

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Week of Welcome 

Week of Welcome is the second required orientation experience you'll attend, which is designed to help you build connections at CWU. You will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with campus, connect with other students, develop wellness strategies, and learn about procedures, expectations, and contributing to the community. At Week of Wlecome, you'll prepare for a successful academic experience with fun activities, educational sessions, and workshops to kick off your journey. Learn more about Week of Welcome.

Week of Welcome Dates for Fall 2024: Friday, September 20th- Tuesday, September 24th.

No registration will be required as attendance is required.

Move-In Guide

We are excited to have our Wildcats back on campus! Review the 2023 Move-In Guide to get yourself ready for the academic journey ahead.

Welcome Guide

Welcome to CWU! Explore our 2023 Welcome Guide to help you feel comfortable on and off campus.

Support Network Key Dates

Are you the support network for an incoming student? Review all the key dates you need to stay connected to your student, no matter how close or far you may be.

Prepare to Be a Student

Visit the Next Steps page to make sure that you have completed all the necessary steps to prepare for your first day of classes. 

Admissions Next Steps

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