Welcome to CWU

Welcome to Central Washington University, a university with the major you want, professors who care, hands-on learning, a safe and friendly campus, a vibrant community and an extraordinary value!

Our focus is on experiential, relevant learning that provides our graduates with real-world understanding of how to use what they learn. As an established statewide leader on issues of diversity (we’ve earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine in six of the last seven years), CWU prides itself in nurturing a culture of student development that allows you to become who and what you were meant to be.

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My involvement with CWU’s GameOn! Program was the best because it gave me valuable real-world experience doing what I love. It also lead me to some of my best experiences at Central… through these amazing opportunities, I made life-long friendships and was motivated to keep growing as a person. Central is a place where students can feel like they belong and find support and inspiration through getting involved."

- Angel Guzman

En Español

¡Bienvenidos a la Familia Wildcat de Central Washington University! Como padres o guardianes de un estudiante nuevo, usted tiene un gran parte en la transición de su estudiante a Central. Central a colectado una variedad de recursos para ayudarle a usted (y a su estudiante) tener gran éxito. ¡Bienvenidos a CWU!

    Admisión A Primer Año Para Los Padres

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply?

    Applying to Central only takes a few minutes of your time. Fill out an online application on our Apply page, pay a $60 application fee (or provide an approved waiver) and submit your official high school and/or college transcripts.

  • How much is Central?

    Students from all over the nation choose CWU because they now they’ll receive a quality education with personal attention at an affordable cost. Central consistently ranks as a top college for value and return on investment and was ranked as a “Top Value College” by US News and World Report. For information about expected costs, visit our Tuition Calculator.

  • How long does it take to apply?

    Most students can complete their application for admission in 20-30 minutes. Have your high school and/or college transcripts accessible to make it easier on you.

  • What are the admission requirements?

    Admission varies based on your student type (First-Year Student or Transfer Student). Students should have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be considered for admissions.