It’s my pleasure to welcome you into the Wildcat community, a family of nearly 12,000 students, staff, and faculty. CWU offers a friendly, welcoming, and inclusive environment. Central strives to serve as an incubator of innovation, where you can expand your knowledge and get started on your journey of personal growth.
Central is well-known for several things: award-winning professors who know your name-and want you to succeed; experiential learning opportunities; a diverse student body; and a wide variety of academic programs-more than 135 majors. CWU also ranks as one of the most affordable options in higher education in many national college ranking surveys. Plus, for the fifth time in the past six years, Central has earned the prestigious INSIGHT into Diverstiy Higher Education in Diversity (HEED) Award.
One of the best ways to be successful is by getting involved and engaged in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Consider joining student clubs and organizations, club sports, musical productions, art shows, student media or any other out-of-the-classroom opportunities because that involvement will enrich your CWU experience.
I encourage you to explore Ellensburg and the surrounding areas. The campus is only minutes away from beautiful mountains, nature walks, hiking trails, river-rafting, snowboarding, skiing, and many other outdoor activities. Ellensburg itself offers a full schedule of special events as well as great dining and shopping.
At CWU, there are a variety of ways for you to learn. We offer a host of online classes and certifications. In fact, when it comes to online learning, we have several top-rated online degree programs including in education, business, information technology and administrative management, psychology, and professional writing and creative writing.
Additionally, students at any of our eight university centers and instructional sites located around the state can earn course credits and degrees that meet their individual needs while remaining close to home.
This catalog is designed to help you navigate your academic pathway to success while at CWU. It serves as your resource for courses, programs, and academically-related policies. Please review it so you can have a seamless journey to graduation.
Again, I welcome you to the Wildcat family and I look forward to seeing you on campus.
James L. Gaudino
Central Washington University