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Congrats on your admission to a CWU University Center.

We’re excited to have you join the Wildcat Family at CWU!

Now that you're admitted to CWU, there are a few steps to complete before you begin your education goals. We're here to help if you have any questions.

So, what's next?

  • Step 1. Confirm Admission

    Set up your MyCWU account.

    • Your MyCWU account will allow you to view your "To Do's", Financial Aid, receive updates, and more.
    • Using your CWU username go to Wildcat Password.
    • Your username was given to you after you submitted your application for admission (Wildcat Pro Tip: check your email and look for mail from CWU Service Desk).
    • This username and password is different from the ID you used to apply for admission.
    • Be sure to change your password and keep your username and password handy. We recommend on your phone, so you always have it.
    • For technical assistance for MyCWU, or if you have not received an email with your temporary password, please contact the CWU Service Desk at 509-963-2001.

    Confirming your admission

    • Confirming lets CWU know you intend to enroll in classes.
    • We recommend accepting as soon as you're admitted
    • May 1st is the priority deadline for fall quarter

    Send your final transcripts (if necessary)

    • If you are currently enrolled at a high school or college, please send a final transcript after you have finished your final courses. If you do not send a final transcript, you may not be able to register for future courses at CWU.
  • Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

    Even if you don't think you qualify, we recommend you apply for financial aid and scholarships. Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 for priority consideration for all sources of funds. FAFSA is free and secure: you should never pay to submit your FAFSA.

    • Federal Aid remains available during the academic year for those who apply after March 1. The sooner you submit your FAFSA the sooner you will receive your award package.
    • Check your email frequently. You may be asked to verify your financial aid information through the Financial Aid office. The verification process could take some time, but our offices will help you through it.
    • Scholarships (for Fall term only) are based on academic merit. You will automatically considered for CWU Fall Scholarships if you apply to CWU before March 1st. Students that apply after March 1st will be awarded based on available funding. Visit for more information.
    • Other scholarships are available through Scholarship Central, which can be found in your MyCWU portal.

    Questions? Contact the office of Financial Aid at 509-963-1611,, or get more information at CWU's Financial Aid website

  • Step 3: Register for Orientation

    Orientation is strongly encouraged for center students. This is also a great time to meet other students as well as staff and faculty.

    At orientation you can:

    • Learn about student services and resources
    • Meet with faculty, staff and other students
    • Have questions answered by academic and student services representatives

    To register for orientation or for more information, visit your University Center online or call them directly.

  • Step 4: Prepare for Class


    • There are two options for ordering textbooks.
      • Students may purchase the books online from the CWU University Bookstore or they may purchase them from a third-party.
      • Students who want to use their financial aid to purchase textbooks MUST use the CWU University Bookstore option. The bookstore also sells CWU sweatshirts, t-shirts, and various school supplies.

    Student E-mail Account

    • Every student admitted to CWU has access to a free CWU Outlook e-mail account. Outlook is the main e-mail source for CWU students. It will be important for you to check your CWU e-mail on a regular basis.

    CWU Connection Card

    • Your CWU Connection Card will allow you to check out materials from your host community college library (if applicable) and the Ellensburg campus library, as well as use the computer lab. Visit your university center campus to receive a CWU Connection Card.

    Disability Services

    • Disability Services (DS) is in partnership with Central Washington University and is dedicated to creating an inclusive university culture that celebrates diversity. DS provides individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to fully participate in and benefit from all aspects of the education environment.
    • Students wishing to request disability accommodations should contact DS at (509) 963-2214 or visit the DS webpage.


    • Pierce County and the Moses Lake Center both offer free parking to students. For all other locations, please contact the University Center you will be attending to purchase your student parking permit.