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Steps to Apply as a Transfer Student

If you have fewer than 40 transerable college credits, you are a first year student.

  1. Complete and submit your official application for admission.
    Every advantage goes to the early applicant.
  2. Submit a non-refundable $60 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 all colleges attended, current through the time of application. Transcripts will be considered official only when sent directly from the institution to Central Washington University via 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.

    Central Washington University
    Office of Admissions
    400 E University Way
    Ellensburg, WA 98926-7463
  4. Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT (optional)
    This applies only if you have completed less than 40 transferable quarter credits post-high school.

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Admission Requirements

Please note the following admission requirements for transfer students.

  • Generally, transfer students who have completed at least 40 college-level transferable credits with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and/or have earned a Washington State community college Direct Transfer Associates Degree will be admissible.
  • Transfer students attending a University Center need to have at least 90 credits or a transferrable associates degree or direct transfer agreement completed.
  • If your GPA is between a 2.0 and a 2.49, your application will go through the Comprehensive Review Process. Applicants may be required to complete supplemental application forms, submit additional information and an essay.
  • If you have fewer than 40 quarter credits post high school, then you will need to provide CWU with your test scores, college and high school transcripts.
Priority Deadlines
Deadline Type Apply Before
Fall Quarter March 1
Winter Quarter

November 1

Spring Quarter March 1
Summer Quarter June 1

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

Community College Transfers

Washington Transfer Students

  • Generally, transfer students who have completed at least 40 college-level transferable credits with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and/or have earned a Washington State community college Direct Transfer Associates Degree will be admissible.
  • If your GPA is between a 2.0 and a 2.49, your application will go through the Comprehensive Review Process.

Out of State Transfer Students
Students may transfer up to 135 quarter credits to CWU, with a maximum of 105 credits from lower division (100-200 level) courses. In general, CWU will accept credits earned at other accredited institutions.

  • Generally, transfer students who have completed at least 40 college-level transferable credits with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and/or have earned a Washington State community college Direct Transfer Associates Degree will be admissible
  • If your GPA is between a 2.0 and a 2.49, your application will go through the Comprehensive Review Process.
  • If you have questions about transferring to Central Washington University please contact our Admissions Office.

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