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You’re currently in high school or have earned less than 40 college credits.

Steps to Apply

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission.

    Every advantage goes to the early applicant.
  2. Submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.
If applying online, you must submit the fee through your application portal.

    CWU will accept the College Board or ACT fee waiver, or you may submit the CWU Request for Application Fee Waiver form and accompanying documentation.
  3. Submit an official transcript
    Submit a transcript from your high school. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Central Washington University via the address below. Final official transcripts must be submitted upon completion of course of study and must include graduation date. Note: Homeschool students and international students have special instructions for high school transcripts.

    Office of Admissions
Central Washington University
400 E University Way

    Ellensburg, WA 98926
  4. Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT.
    The SAT or ACT is required of all applicants except those who are transferring in from another school.

Admission Requirements

Please note the following admission requirements for first-year college students.

  • Applicants with a 3.4 cumulative GPA or higher and have satisfied the CADR requirements (see below) will be automatically admitted regardless of ACT or SAT score

    • Applicants must still submit an ACT or SAT test scores.  Test scores are required if you are applying for Financial Aid and also used for scholarship consideration and for placement into English and Math courses at CWU.
  • Applicants with a 3.00 - 3.39 cumulative GPA who have satisfied the CADR requirements will be considered for admission based on grades AND test scores.
    • For applicants with CADR deficiencies, Admissions will take into account, grade trends, course rigor, senior year course schedule, and ACT/SAT scores.
  • Applicants with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 - 2.99 Central recognizes that many factors affect grades and test scores, so the university utilizes a holistic admissions review process. In this process we consider grade trends, course rigor, senior year course schedule, and ACT/SAT scores. Applicants will be required to complete supplemental application forms, submit additional information and an essay.
  • The following is a recommended high school curriculum:
    • 4 years of English
    • 4 years of Mathematics
    • 2 years of Foreign Language
    • 2 years of Science
    • 3 years of Social Science
    • 1 years of fine, visual, or performing arts

Note: Other students who may be reviewed through the admissions 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. Homeschool students and international students have an adjusted standard in this area.

Priority Deadlines

Deadline TypeApply Before
Fall QuarterFebruary 1
Winter QuarterNovember 1
Spring QuarterMarch 1
Summer QuarterJune 1

Note: Applications submitted after priority dates will still be considered for admission.

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