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Transfer Student Resources

We are excited for you to start the next chapter in your college experience with us! We are here to support you during this transition and hope to help you build upon the strong foundation you have already built. 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 you be successful.

Your Orientation Experiences:

  • Start with CENTRAL 301: Your Orientation and Transition Portal

    CENTRAL 301: Your Orientation and Transition Portal is a course designed specifically for transfer students. We know you may already have some experiences that will assist you as you start at CWU. Our goal is to continue on that trend and expose you to campus-wide resources and services before you attend Links Orientation! CENTRAL 301 will prepare you for Links Orientation and your first quarter by providing deadlines and action items. These resources and services will ensure your transition to Central Washington University is seamless. You will be added to CENTRAL 301 the day after you accept your offer of admissions! You can register for Links Orientation at the end of this course!

    Orientation Registration Select image to start CENTRAL 301

    For students starting classes June 2020
    For students starting classes September 2020

  • Wildcat Day

    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!

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

    Due to concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, Central Washington University is taking the precautionary step of shifting Wildcat Day to an online format. This decision was not taken lightly and follows consultation with public health officials regarding social distancing for preventing the spread of the outbreak.

    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 will interact with faculty, staff, resources, and current students! 

    Wildcat Wednesdays*
    Every Wednesday, until April 29th 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! Check your email or this website each week for the topic for the following week. View our previous Wildcat Wednesdays on our homepage!

    Virtual Wildcat Day*
    On April 17th from 10:45am - 4:15pm, attend our virtual Wildcat Day! There will be a new session every 30 minutes. Learn from CWU campus resources and get your questions answered in real time! Our final schedule will include the following topics: Housing & Dining, Financial Aid, Student Life, Academic Programs, Placement Testing, First-year success tips, and Transfer sucess tips.

    *Subject to change

  • Links Orientation

    Links Orientation is required for most transfer students, depending on the department or major of interest. It is a 1 day event where you will meet other new students, learn about university resources, experience residence hall living, meet with an advisor, and receive priority registration for classes. Orientation is scheduled for June and July 2020.

    Register via CENTRAL 301


  • Welcome Week

    Welcome Week is designed for incoming transfer students and will help you feel at home at Central.  You will connect with other students, become familiar with campus and get acquainted with the many resources available to you. We want to help 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 we invite transfer students to attend sessions they feel are of value.

    2020 Dates: September 18 - 25

  • First Six Weeks

    The First Six Weeks programming picks up where Welcome Week ends. Orientation & Transition Programs, in collaboration with faculty and campus-wide staff, facilitate programs in the residence halls 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 four pillars of the first year experience; academic success, university navigation, responsible citizenship, and campus connections. Transfer students are welcome to attend any of these events.


  • Transfer Resources

Common Questions for Links Orientation

  • Where can I stay for Links Orientation?

    Room rental rate of $35 per person

    Residence hall rooms are available for students and guests in air conditioned buildings.

    Students and guests stay in the same residence hall but are not assigned to the same room

    Detailed information is available in CENTRAL 301


  • What will my schedule look like? (When can I arrive & leave?)

    Links Orientation is a one day event. Arrive between 8 and 9:30am where you will check in and participate in morning activities with any support networks. You can go on a tour, get your student ID card, visit campus offices, and ask questions and gather information at the resource fair.

    Links Orientation officially begins at 9:45am with a university welcome for you and your support networks. You will meet with orientation leaders and learn more about resources.

    To close the day, you will meet with faculty and academic advisors to create your class schedule. Orientation typically ends around 4pm. 


  • How much does orientation cost? (What do my fees cover?)

    Orientation fees for transfer students:

    $60 for students

    • Includes the presentations and events for the day, food, and publications

    $35 per guests over 10 years of age

    • Includes the presentations and events for the day, food, and publications
    • 6-10 yrs: $20
    • Under 6 yrs: No Fee

    $35 per person per night for lodging


  • I cannot afford the orientation fees, can you waive them?

    We want everyone to be able to come to Links Orientation that needs to. Because of this, we do have Links Orientation Fee Waiver Request Form. While we cannot guarantee that all fees will be waived due to the amount of requests, we may be able to offer a partial refund. We highly encourage you to fill a form out to see if there is any way that we can assist. The form can be found in the confirmation email after registering for Links Orientation.


  • How can I get to campus? Where do I park?


    • From Seattle: Take I-90 Eastbound to Ellensburg Exit #106. Turn left and proceed over the freeway, then follow the road (University Way) through the intersection with Main Street and continue for five more blocks.

    • From Yakima: Take I-82 North bound to I-90 Westbound for Seattle. Take the very first exit #109 towards campus. Take a right off the exit ramp and follow Canyon Road/Main Street to University Way. Turn right on University Way and proceed five more blocks.

    • From Spokane: Take I-90 Westbound to Ellensburg Exit #109. Take a right off the exit ramp and follow Canyon Road/Main Street to University Way. Turn right on University Way and proceed five more blocks.

    • From Wenatchee: Take U.S. 97 Southbound over Blewett Pass and follow signs to Ellensburg. Turn left at University Way (overpass over train tracks) and follow through the intersection of Main Street, then continue for five more block


    Please remember to bring your parking pass sent to you via email. We will have some passes available at check-in just in case.


  • Who should plan to attend Links Orientation?

    Most transfer students are required to attend depending on their program or major. To check, please reach out to your major department to see if orientation is required. 

    Anyone from your support system is more than welcome to join you as a guest. 


  • What is the cancellation policy?

    Cancellation/No Show Policy
    Links Orientation is required for transfer students in most majors.

    Need to change or cancel your reservation? To avoid fees, contact us at least 4 business days before your Links orientation session. Otherwise, if lodging was selected-you will be charged a lodging fee of $15 per night for each individual.

    How do I pay? When will I be charged?
    You will see estimated fees associated when you register for orientation, but we do not accept payment at registration. This is because we understand plans may change and that life happens. Fees will be charged to your student account about 1 week after your selected orientation session.

    Once a student or guest has checked into Links Orientation, the full fee will be assessed to their student account. The charge will be due at the start of the student's first quarter.

    What if I attend Orientation but I withdraw from CWU?
    If you are a transfer student that attends Links Orientation and decides not to enroll in classes or attend Central Washington University, unfortunately there is not a refund option available. This is because the $60 fee is specifically for the day’s event.