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Support Network Resources

Succeeding in college can be quite challenging. Having someone to listen to or lend a kind word or helping hand can make a huge difference. You may be a parent, guardian, partner, sibling, friend or advocate. With all the roles you fill, we want to thank you and welcome you to the Wildcat family.

We encourage you to utilize the many resources available and contact us if you are unable to find an answer. Many students are the first in their family to go to college and we want to help your student be successful.

Wildcat Guides: Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021 (coming in Sept)

Orientation Experiences

CENTRAL 101: Your Orientation and Transition Portal

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CENTRAL 101: Your Orientation and Transition Portal is a course designed to expose students to campus-wide resources and and prepare them for their first quarter by providing deadlines and action items. These resources and services will ensure their transition to Central Washington University is seamless.

Support network members can view a copy of CENTRAL 101 (in January 2021) so that you see what your students see. There are some portions that will not show because it has student specific information but your student will see that as they will be logged into CWU's network when they completed the course. Your student will register for Links Orientation at the end of CENTRAL 101!

1st Quarter at Central: Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021

Opening Date & Link:

Register Now January 1, 2021 April 1, 2021 January 1, 2021

Wildcat Day

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Wildcat Wednesdays

Wildcat Day is an optional event for admitted students and their support networks. You will be introduced to academic majors and campus resources, learn about clubs and organizations, and explore campus! View the 2021 Wildcat Day schedule.

Todos Somos Familia is a Spanish language orientation during each Wildcat Day for Spanish speaking support networks. You and your student will receive valuable information about what to expect at CWU.

Wildcat Wednesdays
Most Wednesdays, from 12 - 1pm, Orientation and Transition Programs will partner with students and CWU campus resources on topics that will assist you in your transition to Central! The virtual wildcat experiences will highlight and inform you on housing, academics, student involvement, placement testing, campus life and more. Over a series of videos and live streaming you and your student can interact with faculty, staff, resources, and current students! View our previous and upcoming Wildcat Wednesdays on our homepage!

Virtual Wildcat Day
Recordings from April 17th can be viewed on our homepage.

Links Orientation

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Students Connecting

Links Orientation is a series of experiences and 1:1 support that will aid you in your transition to CWU. There will be opportunities for you to meet other new students, learn about university resources and receive priority registration for fall quarter classes.

Support networks are encourage to participate in Wildcat Wednesdays. We believe you are vital to your student's success and want you to have as much information as possible to help encourage your student. Most sessions are designed for both students and their support networks to attend. There are some sessions that are created for students and support networks to attend individually.

Wildcat Guide Fall 2020 Volume I

Welcome Week

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Move In

Welcome Week is an event for all incoming students and will help your student feel at home at Central. Your student will continue to build connections with other students, become familiar with campus and get acquainted with the many resources available to them. We want to help prepare your student for a successful academic experience. In addition to many fun activities, we have planned several valuable educational sessions and workshops. There will be in-person and online options.

Welcome Week participation will count toward the final grade in your student's University 101 course.

2020 Dates - September 4- 12

Fall 2020 Wildcat Guide: Volume II

Common Questions for Links Orientation

  • Where can I find COVID-19 updates?

    You can find information about COVID-19, parent and student Q&As and #CWUtogether resources on COVID-19 Updates.

  • Is Links Orientation still happening in person?

    It will be happening we are making a final determination regarding modalities by the end of April.

  • What tasks does my student need to complete for Orientation?

    The recommended reading through CENTRAL 101 to become familiar with the various resources available to your CWU student. After that, we ask that your student fill out the registration form at the end of CENTRAL 101. This will provide advisors with information they need to support your student with class registration. We encourage your student to also check out previous Wildcat Wednesday recordings and Q&A's on our website!

  • When is Move in day?

    On-campus housing move-in is scheduled for September 17. Watch your CWU email for additional details.

  • How much does orientation cost?

    First-Year Student Orientation Fee:

    $200 for incoming first-year students (regardless of orientation format)

    • Includes cost of providing orientation sessions, staffing for orientation office, publications as well as other programs such as Welcome Week, First Six Weeks, Wildcat Success Day and other ongoing programming.

    Transfer Orientation Fee:

    $60 for incoming transfer students (regardless of orientation format)

    • Includes the cost associated with creation and support of course materials, presentations, publications, and anticipated Welcome Week and First Six Weeks events.

    *All orientation fees will be added to your student account at the beginning of the quarter*

  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Cancellation/No Show Policy

    Orientation fee is assessed to all incoming students regardless of their orientation format.

    How does my student pay? When will my student be charged?

    Fees will be charged to your student account in September. This will allow financial aid to cover these costs. The charge will be due at the start of the students' first quarter.

  • What is the best way to get in touch with the Orientation team?

    We encourage you to reach out to us via email at You can also reach out to us via zoom for live assistance! Please note that hours for zoom are M-F, 9AM-5PM PST except during the noon hour for lunch. We look forward to helping you!