CWU Transfer Center
210 Bouillon Hall
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 963-1390

Bouillon 210 Lounge Hours:

Monday 10am-4pm, Tuesday 10am-3pm, and Wednesday-Friday 10am-4pm.

Thinking about transferring to Central?

Students considering transferring to CWU should know that around 40% of our students are transfer students and we welcome more. CWU recognizes and values the strengths, diversity, and talents of our transfer students!

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Pre-Admission Advising

The Transfer Center offers pre-admission advising for transferring undergraduate students, which includes general education requirements and basic information about major options, along with referral to the advisor responsible for any program CWU offers. We can assist you via phone, email, Zoom/Skype, or in person . . . and while we’re usually in Ellensburg, we visit many community colleges around the state on a regular basis. You can email us at or see our Upcoming Visits.

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The application itself, fees, deadlines, admission criteria and other information can be found on the CWU Admissions website.

Admissions also maintains a helpful Transfer Guide publication that many students find informative.

Transfer MAPs

These planning documents show pathways to transfer for students in certain majors and answer the critical questions students ask when they are contemplating a transfer: What will it cost? How long will it take? What careers can I get? What courses should I take prior to transfer? Who can I contact with further questions? They make planning to transfer to CWU easy!

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Early Transfer Admission+

The purpose of the Early Transfer Admisson+ program is to provide a smooth and successful transition for students from a participating community or technical college to Central Washington University (CWU). Students who participate in the program are considered fully admitted to the community or technical college and conditionally admitted to CWU. They benefit from access to resources at both institutions. The application fee is waived for these students, and they are get early access to CWU services such as Exploratory Advising and Career Services.

How Credits Transfer

How many credits will transfer? Once you apply for admission and submit official transcripts, you will receive a transfer credit evaluation. In the meantime, you can look up your credit equivalencies to CWU in the Transfer Equivalency System, and our counselors and peer ambassadors can help if you need it!

Students transferring in with a transferrable associate's degree from a Washington community college are considered to have their general education complete or almost complete (see chart for details). Degrees from some out-of-state schools are also recognized as satisfying general education.

Reverse Transfer

It's possible to finish your Washington state transferrable associate's degree that you began at a community college at CWU instead. Not only do you earn an additional credential (the associate's degree), it satisfies all or most of CWU's general education requirements. You can learn more about this process, called reverse transfer, by talking to the Transfer Center or your CWU academic advisor.

Did you earn an Associate's of Applied Science? Consider a BAS!

Our Bachelor of Applied Science degrees were built for students transferring in with an AAS degree (also known as an applied or technical degree). Continue your education and increase your employability with one of these transfer-friendly programs.

90-Credit Majors

Certain CWU majors can be completed in 2 years, all a student needs to be able to complete them is a transferrable associate’s degree.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Remember to apply for Federal Student Aid or Washington State Financial Aid. CWU has expert counselors in the Financial Aid office who can answer your questions.

Incoming transfer students may apply for hundreds of scholarships by filling out a single application on the Scholarship Central website, which opens November 1 and closes March 1 for the following academic year. There is also a merit-based $1000 tuition waiver for students with a strong academic record at their previous institution (3.5 for Ellensburg campus and 3.25 for University Centers/Online). Applicants will automatically be considered, no separate application is required. Additional details can be found on the Admissions Scholarships page.