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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Provost’s Welcome

 Welcome to Central Washington University!

At Central Washington University, we like to say: “You belong here.”

It is a simple but powerful message that I believe correctly expresses how we feel about our students at Central Washington University. It means that at Central, you will find professors who know your name and want you to succeed. It means we are a university where you are welcome to become the person you want to be. It means an affordable education from top-notch faculty who teach the subjects you want to know.

One of the best ways to succeed at Central is by getting involved in available co-curricular activities ranging from student sports clubs and student government to community organizations and research teams. Join a club, play a sport, or volunteer with a student organization. Getting involved enhances your Wildcat experience and provides lifelong benefits and friends.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Ellensburg, home of CWU’s residential campus, is an amazing place. Located on the east side of the Cascades, we are minutes away from fantastic mountains, nature trails, the Yakima River, and a host of other outdoor recreational opportunities. The community offers plenty of choices for dining, shopping, and community events.

Of course, one of the advantages of choosing Central Washington University is that we offer a variety of ways for you to learn. Students at one of our eight university centers or facilities can earn course credit and degrees that meet their individual needs while allowing them to remain close to home.

Additionally, Central provides a host of online classes and certifications. In fact, when it comes to online learning, few universities can compare to CWU. Several of our programs, including psychology, professional and creative writing, and information technology and administrative management, have been named among the nation’s top online programs, and last year a national college rating website named Central the best value online school in the state of Washington.

By enrolling at Central, you have taken an important step by becoming a member of the Wildcat family. We are diverse and inclusive-CWU was recently the only Washington state university given the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award-along with being friendly and welcoming. At Central, you will find a nurturing environment with a strong foundation in the principles of respect, support, and acceptance.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to meet and know our students; so, when you see me around campus or in the community, please introduce yourself.

Welcome to Central-a place where you truly do belong!


Katherine Frank
Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life