College in the High School
Phone: (509) 963-1351
Fax: (509) 963-1690

College in the High School Overview

The Central Washington University College in the High School (CiHS) program allows high school students to take CWU courses from approved high school instructors without leaving their high school campus. Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade are able to participate in the program.


  • Students can accelerate their academic studies by earning college credit while attending high school without giving up their high school experience.
  • Students have the opportunity to experience college level work in a familiar environment.
  • Completing rigorous high school coursework and earning college credit can strengthen the student’s college application as well as help meet basic college and university requirements.
  • Students applying to CWU prior to high school graduation will be given the $500 Early Scholar Tuition Waiver, provided they have earned a 3.00 cumulative GPA or higher in their CWU courses.
  • The undergraduate CWU application fee will be waived for students who participated in the CWU CiHS program.
  • Low cost: 10th, 11th, and 12th graders can register using the Cornerstone funding model, which costs $55 per credit ($275 for a 5 credit class). Alternatively, Juniors and Seniors have the potential to earn college credit for free through the College in the High School state subsidy, if the school applies for the Washington State OSPI grant and receives the award. Eligible students can enroll through either or both funding models.
  • Students can earn up to 15 Central Washington University credits per term in high schools where sufficient classes are offered.

CWU College in the High School, by the numbers (2019-2020 academic year):

5,497 students across the state turned in
9,769 registration forms (total), for
47,647 college credits earned concurrently with their high school credits.

364 approved CWU instructors at
140 high schools around the state working for
120 different school districts taught
65 unique courses of study.

$275 is the cost of a Cornerstone class through CWU College in the High School, while
$1374 is the cost of a 5 credit class for a student on campus, including fees.

covid icon CiHS Updates for 2020-21, and Changes Due to Covid-19

Since most high school students continue to be challenged by remote or online learning, we strive to keep everyone informed.

Accommodations by CWU include:

  • Block schedule availability
  • Math prerequisite alternative
  • Accuplacer accepts remote proctoring
  • Special grading option for CiHS Fall Term Courses.
  • OSPI and COP guidance on reopening

CiHS Updates for Spring 2020, and Changes Due to Covid-19

    College in the High School Pathways

    Collaboration between high school teachers, district administrators and students and their parents/guardians is coordinated with Central Washington University faculty and diverse state/national agencies by the College in the High School office at CWU.

    The Pathways are guides for the CiHS program participants, and provide details regarding processes, expectations, responsibilities and printable forms, sorted by the most likely consumer.

    School Administrators, Counselors, Instructors, and Students & Parents are invited to peruse comprehensive material included in all College in the High School Pathways and contact us with any questions.

    See map of CiHS partner school locations

    In partnership with CWU Faculty, Staff and Administration

    Central collaborates with high schools to offer rigorous classes taught by approved instructors, set expectations, provide student progress and evaluation structure, administer registrations, financials, grades and credits, and renders support and opportunity to all students.

    Governed by state and national regulations

    CWU College in the High School is a comprehensive, consistent and sound provider of university education within the high schools of Washington State because this program adheres to rules, codes, policies and accreditation requirements from state and national entities. Learn more about the state and national influences on College in the High School.

    Learn more about High School Partnerships, program comparison (Running Start, CiHS, AP), mission and vision.