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International Prospective Student Resources

Types of Applicants

On the application form, you will need to identify yourself as one of the following:

  • Freshman (First-Year) Applicant
    • You are considered a freshman applicant if you have not attended a college or university after the completion of high school.
  • Transfer Applicant
    • You are considered a transfer applicant if you have previously attended another college or university for at least one year.
  • Post-Baccalaureate Applicant
    • You are considered a post-baccalaureate applicant if you have previously attended another university or college, and earned (or will earn) a U.S. Bachelor’s degree or a degree that is equivalent to U.S. Bachelor’s degree.

Online Application

Submit your application electronically via the online application. When applying online you must use a credit card to pay the $60 application fee. Please ensure you use a valid credit card to pay your application fee.

CWU considers applications on a rolling basis. That means that you’ll receive your admissions decision within a few weeks of the university receiving all of your application materials.

Proof of English Proficiency

Unless the international student is from Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or English-speaking provinces of Canada, they must provide Proof of English Proficiency.

Enrollment Deposit

International first-year students will need to submit a $400 enrollment deposit. This deposit will confirm your spot at CWU and allow you to complete the class registration process. Once the quarter begins, this deposit will be dispersed to your student account to cover tuition charges. This deposit is non-refundable. If you are unable to secure your F1 visa before classes begin, please contact about refund details.


If you plan to bring dependents (spouse or children) with you to the U.S., you must also submit a Dependent Form.

Financial Resources

For information on scholarships for international students, and other financial resources visit the International Financial Resources page.

Other Important Information:

  • Transcripts

    CWU requires an original, official transcript that shows a complete list of courses taken, grades received, and the number of credits awarded. The transcript should show the date of graduation (if you completed your studies) and any certificates, diplomas, or degrees received. Please note, for some countries, CWU may also need the official certificates and or diplomas of degrees received.

    If you are currently attending school, submit a transcript of work-to-date and request a final transcript to be sent upon completion of the course work or program.

    All official documents and transcripts for all colleges, universities, institutions and/or higher secondary/high schools should be sent directly to:

    Central Washington University
    Office of Admissions
    400 East University Way
    Ellensburg, WA 98926-7463

    All international transcripts, certificates, and diplomas must be submitted in the original language and accompanied by an official English translation. Translations must be completed from the institution attended, Ministry of Education, Consulate or Embassy OR you may have the translations processed and certified by University Language Services (ULS).

  • Students from India, Pakistan, and Nigeria

    If you have completed any secondary or university level schooling in India or Pakistan OR if you have completed any university level courses in Nigeria, CWU requires you to use one of the agencies listed below for a transcript evaluation:

    A complete course-by-course evaluation should be requested and submitted to CWU with a copy of the transcript.

    Send your transcripts directly to one of the evaluation agencies listed above and they will send CWU the information that we require.

  • Students from China

    All applicants with academic credentials from China must have an official verification report from CHSI*. You can begin your order on the CSSD Parchment Portal website. Your order will be sent directly to Central Washington University once complete.

    *CHSI: China Higher Education Student Information website is maintained by the Center for Student Services and Development (CSSD), Ministry of Education, P.R. China, CHSI is the only MOE-designed website for qualification verifications.

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