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Freshman

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 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher* and have satisfied the CADR requirements have met the admissions requirements. Complete your application prior to February 1 for fall quarter to guarantee your admission. No personal statement or essay required!
  • Applicants with a 2.00 - 2.99 cumulative GPA* who have satisfied the CADR requirements will be considered for admission through a comprehensive review process, which takes into consideration: high school GPA, SAT or ACT test scores, personal statement, high school grade trends and course rigor. For those with a 2.00 - 2.49, personal statement is required.
  • Applicants who do not meet the CADR requirements will be considered for admission through a comprehensive review process which takes into consideration: high school GPA, SAT or ACT test scores, personal statement, high school grade trends and course rigor.

*SAT or ACT test scores are required for English and Math placement. In addition, these scores are required for financial aid and scholarship consideration.

At CWU, we want all students to thrive in our learning community. We understand that GPA is just one indicator of your ability to be successful in college. As your cumulative GPA is below 3.00, we’d like to hear your story. In 2-4 paragraphs, tell us about your past academic experience, any challenges you have faced and overcome, and your plans to be successful at CWU.

  • 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.

Take the Next Step to Becoming a Wildcat.

Admissions@cwu.edu