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Comprehensive Review Process

Central recognizes that many factors affect grades and test scores, so the university utilizes a comprehensive admissions review process. Freshmen applicants whose cumulative GPA is 2.99 or below and/or who are missing any of the high school CADR requirements, or transfer applicants whose GPA is below 2.5 from any previous college attended, are encouraged to submit the optional essay portion of the admissions application. The application will go through the comprehensive review process.

The essay questions, included on both the online and printed version of the application, are:

  • How have your past experiences influenced your academic record?
  • What are you presently doing to ensure your academic success?
  • What are your academic goals and how will CWU help you accomplish these goals?

You are encouraged to include your involvement and leadership contributions in your home, school, or community in your essay. Other students who may be reviewed through the comprehensive review process include those who have not completed high school, earned a General Education Development (GED) certificate, as well as students 25 or older who have poor academic histories and have not attended school recently. Applicants may be required to complete supplemental application forms and/or submit additional information or essays.