As we enter Central’s 125th year, I’m delighted to extend warm greetings to each new and returning student. From the very beginning, teaching has been our priority. At CWU, you will benefit from personal attention in small classes taught by professors who are committed to hands-on, relevant, and inspiring learning.
We measure our success by your success. We seek to provide you with diverse, personalized, and distinctive opportunities for learning. There is a reason our motto is “Docendo Discimus,” which means, By Teaching, We Learn. It is our guiding principle and the reason we have become the fastest growing public university in the state of Washington.
One of the best things about Central is the sheer number of things you can do here. In addition to your classes, we offer extraordinary extracurricular activities ranging from student sports clubs and student government to community organizations and research teams. All will enhance your Wildcat experience and pay enormous dividends long after you graduate.
Another benefit to CWU is being able to take advantage of our marvelous location. Tucked in the shadow of the Cascades, Central is ideally situated for students wanting to explore the nearby mountains, rivers, and historic communities. Historic, friendly Ellensburg offers plenty of opportunities for dining, shopping, and community events.
It’s also my pleasure to welcome students learning at our eight satellite campuses throughout the state, including those from our newest center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. All of our university centers offer opportunities for students to earn degrees and certifications that can meet their individual needs.
We also welcome our online students. When it comes to online learning, few universities can compare to Central. In fact, the Center for Online Education recently ranked CWU as one of the top two online universities in the state of Washington.
I’d like to leave you with a closing message: take advantage of all the opportunities you’ll find at CWU. Attend performances and events, join clubs and organizations, volunteer, make friends, explore your surroundings, and get involved. At Central, you’ll find a learning environment with a strong foundation in the principles of respect, support, and encouragement. We believe that’s essential to achieving personal excellence.
I look forward to meeting you. Please introduce yourself when you see me around campus at an event-or even in the grocery store!
Welcome to CWU. I am glad you have decided to become a member of the Wildcat family.
James L. Gaudino