We are excited for you to start the next chapter in your college experience with us and are here to support you during this transition. Below is additional information regarding your orientation experience, as well as answers to common questions. We encourage you to utilize the many resources available and contact us if you have any questions. If you will be enrolled at one of the CWU Centers (non-Ellensburg campus), visit the CWU Centers and online students page.
Your Orientation Experience
Orientation consists of several experiences hosted by orientation leaders where students are able to build community with other students, learn about university resources, and discover what CWU has to offer.
The focus is to confirm your class registration and include important transition needs, such as supplemental financial aid, housing, and dining information.
There will be opportunities for you to meet other new students, learn about university resources, and have a positive experience getting to know CWU.
Orientation sessions in summer 2022 will be in-person, one-day sessions with optional activities.
Navigate to your Applicant Portal to select your orientation date.
Other Orientation Experiences:
- Welcome Week
Welcome Week will help you feel at home at Central. You will continue to build connections with other students, become familiar with campus, and get acquainted with the many resources available to you. We will prepare you with valuable educational sessions and workshops.
As a transfer student, you have the option to design your own orientation experience. Welcome Week is only mandatory for first-year students, but as a transfer student, we invite you to attend sessions as you choose.
- First Six Weeks
The First Six Weeks supplements content that you will receive during Welcome Week. Orientation staff, faculty, and campus-wide staff facilitate programs online and around campus. Topics address the academic and transitional issues new students typically face during the first six weeks on campus. Each event is categorized into the dimensions of wellness or dimensions of student life: social, cultural, environmental, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, occupational, and financial.
Transfer students are encouraged to attend any of these events.
Common Questions for Orientation:
- What tasks do I need to complete for Orientation?
During your visit, our goal is to ensure that all your questions are answered and that you have a connection for any future questions. Later this spring we will send you a request to submit additional registration information. Watch your registered personal email and/or Applicant Portal for updates.
- What is the best way to get in touch with the Orientation team?
We encourage you to reach out to us via email at email@example.com. You can also reach us by phone at 509-963-2735. We look forward to helping you!
- How much does Orientation cost?
Currently there is no registration fee for Orientation. We encourage you to think about your travels and to consider bringing a guest to support your visit. Some meals will be provided. You will receive additional information once you register for your Orientation date.
- How can I access my CWU Outlook email?
- Desktop: The quickest way is to use the “Outlook” link under the “MyCWU” dropdown on all CWU webpages.
- Mobile: On mobile devices it is second row on the left when you click on the chevron.
- Hyperlink: Navigate to https://outlook.com/owa/cwu.edu
- How can I change my Orientation date?
To change your date simply call or email CWU Admissions at 509-963-1211 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When will I meet with an Academic Advisor?
Once you have confirmed that you will attend CWU, Advising will send an advising intake form to your CWU email account. Based on your answers, you will be assigned to an advisor and advising area. Your advising area or advisor will reach out to you with additional information about class recommendations, registration, and how to schedule an appointment or register for an advising session.
- I am unable to make it to any of the Orientation sessions, what can I do?
We will offer virtual options for incoming students that are out of the region during the in-person sessions. You can email CWU.Orientation@cwu.edu for additional information.
- When is move-in day for fall 2022?
Currently, we plan to hold on-campus housing move-in on Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2022 (subject to change). Watch your CWU email for additional details.
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