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What to Expect During Orientation

Orientation consists of two onboarding opportunities. Admitted Student Days, which is an optional engagement opportunity during July. Week of Welcome is a required experience for all first-year incoming students. During these Orientation experiences, you will receive an introduction to CWU resources, and you will have an opportunity to connect with new and current students, staff, and faculty. Orientation is also an opportunity to take care of any checklist items. Make sure to visit the Next Steps webpage.

For your Ellensburg campus Orientation, take advantage of campus and housing tours, housing and dining information, hands-on resources, financial aid sessions, and student employment resources, among many other sessions.

You will also be introduced to your rights, responsibilities, and policies as a student.

Dedicated parent and support network programming is also available at Orientation: support networks are integral to students' success.

  • Week of Welcome

    We're excited to welcome you to CWU as a new student. During Week of Welcome, you'll experience dedicated programming to help you acclimate to CWU. Welcome events are also a time to take care of items on your checklist that will get you ready for your first day of class. Visit the Welcome Events page for more information.

  • UNIV 101: Transition to CWU (for First-Year Students)

    University 101 (UNIV 101) is an academic course designed to foster a successful transition to CWU and is brought to you by CWU Student Success. This graded course will promote a sense of belonging and discovery, stimulate engagement in curricular and co-curricular activities, and connect you to campus resources. Students with fewer than 45 credits are required to take UNIV 101 during their first quarter on campus.

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