Apr 24, 2024  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Success

The Office of the Dean of Student Success oversees the areas of Student Success, Student Development and Achievement, Health and Wellness, and Student Living, as well as serves in an advising capacity to the Associated Students of Central Washington University. The Dean and staff coordinate the work of committees dealing with student personnel policies, student discipline, and student academic and conduct grievances. The Office of the Dean of Student Success provides students educationally-purposeful programs, events, and services and activities that promote academic, personal, and professional growth within and beyond the classroom.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities provides a comprehensive array of resources, education, and crisis management services to support student success and development. The office is responsible for educating students about their rights and responsibilities as members of the CWU community, upholding community standards, and implementing the Student Conduct Code. In this role, the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities responds to reports of student concerns, including Behaviors of Concern reports. The office serves all CWU locations and students. This office is located in Bouillon 203 however, check-in is in the Dean of Student Success, Bouillon 204 (Phone: 509-963-1515).

Case Management
Case Management coordinates follow-up care for students in crisis or for students with higher needs and provides assessment and referral for students to appropriate resources and services. Case Management focuses on connecting students with appropriate resources and support to minimize the impact of an incident or behaviors on the specific student, other students, and faculty/staff, in order to balance an individual’s needs with those of the surrounding community. The office serves all CWU locations and students. This office is located in Bouillon 203, however, check-in is in the Dean of Student Success, Bouillon 204 (Phone: 509-963-1515).

The Office of Academic Success Initiatives
This office helps CWU students resolve academic problems, conflicts, and concerns. The Director hears complaints, coaches aggrieved students in effective conflict resolution communication, and, when necessary, mediates to help students and faculty arrive at fair and sustainable solutions. The Director also facilitates the academic appeals and grievance processes, the academic early alert system, and other Student Success special projects, particularly those involving students with serious academic challenges.

Student Development and Achievement

Student Development and Achievement (SDA), through innovation and collaboration, design and implement services to facilitate lifelong academic, career, and personal success. We promote equity to ensure access to postsecondary education and empower students to achieve their unique academic goals. SDA cultivates partnerships amongst students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding communities to support the University’s mission.

Undergraduate Advising

Academic Advising - First Year and Exploratory
Students who are undecided on a major and their exploring options work with Academic Advisors in the First Year and Exploratory Office, located in Bouillon 206 (phone: 509.963.2722). This office also administers the Student Transitions and Academic Resources (STAR) program. STAR is an intensive academic support program that assists academically at-risk students in completing transitions into, and through, and out of the university.

Academic Advising - Professional Advising
Located in Bouillon 205, Professional Advising provides academic advising to students who have decided or declared a major. This office also supports students in online majors, students attending a university center, and incoming transfer students. (Phone: 509.963.3423)

Freedman-Remak Student-Athlete Academic Success Center
The Freedman-Remak Student Athlete Academic Success Center provides academic advising for first year and undeclared student athletes at Central Washington University. The Center provides academic support for student athletes by offering study hall, tutoring services, and the Commitment to Higher Academic Milestones and Personal Success (CHAMPS) program.

For more information about academic support services for student athletes, call 509-963-3084 or visit www.wildcatsports.com.

Academic Achievement Programs: Student Support Services (SSS)
SSS is a federally funded TRIO program under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education. SSS provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. Students who are first generation, low income, or who have a disability are eligible for the program on a space-available basis. The program may also provide grant aid to current, active, SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants and are of freshman or sophomore status. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. SSS is funded 80 percent by a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and 20 percent by CWU.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) provides financial and academic support services to freshman students from migrant and seasonal farm-working backgrounds. The CAMP program, funded by a grant from the Department of Education, Office of Migrant Education, is designed to help students succeed as they begin their college careers and through their freshman year. CAMP students receive a variety of services including scholarships, stipends, tutoring, study skills training, mentoring, career planning services, and cultural enrichment opportunities. 

To qualify for the CAMP program, the student must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or eligible non-citizen
  • Have freshman standing (fewer than 44 quarter credits)
  • Meet criteria to determine migrant or seasonal farm-worker status:
  • Parent (or student, if independent) has worked for at least 75 days in the last 24 months in farm-work such as production of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, tree harvesting, or fish farming. Farm-work must be primary form of employment and be performed on a temporary or seasonal basis
  • OR student has participated in the Chapter 1 Migrant Education Program
  • OR student or parent qualifies for the WIA167 program

High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
The High School Equivalency Program is a federally funded program that provides service to migrant and seasonal farm working populations. The program conducts educational awareness, community outreach and recruitment throughout central Washington. The program recruits 110 program participants annually. All participants receive comprehensive GED preparation. This preparation consists of providing GED instruction, test preparation and tutoring services.   In addition, students are provided with career development services and educational and/or employment placement assistance.

Career Services    
Career Services is a free comprehensive career counseling and resource center designed to engage students as active participants in their career development from freshman year through alumni status. The central purpose of Career Services is to help students prepare for academic and career success. The office strives to serve the needs of individuals through these career-related classes, programs and events.

  • UNIV 103: For those who are not certain which major or career path is right for them, Career Services offers a two-credit course, called Career Exploration, on the Ellensburg campus. One-on-one counseling can achieve similar results over time if a student cannot take the class.
  • UNIV 301: This two-credit career management class helps students prepare for the transition from the classroom to the workplace. The focus of the course is on job search skills in pursuit of fulfilling employment.
  • Job Search Preparation: Career workshops are organized throughout the year to help students prepare for work or graduate school. To prepare for internship and career opportunities in the US and abroad, career counselors provide information on careers, developing strong resumes, CV’s and cover letters, practicing effective interviewing skills, learning successful internship and career job search strategies, including how to negotiate salary.
  • Career Counseling: Career counselors help students make major and career decisions through online assessments and determining skills, strengths, values, and interests. Counselors also assist students to apply for graduate school and post-bachelor studies.  Alumni experiencing career transitions are also welcome to meet with a career counselor. Counselors are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Bouillon 206 in Ellensburg, and at CWU-Lynnwood and CWU-Des Moines Centers.  Appointments are also available by phone, Skype or e-mail. We also serve online and University Center students.
  • Wildcat Career Network: The WCN database contains career information, job and internship opportunities, and enables students to sign up for on-campus interviews and career events. Students can access their account through their MyCWU account. Alumni can create an account through our website. There is no fee for this service.
  • Cooperative Education/Internships: Cooperative Education offers assistance to students wanting to earn credits for professional work experience while they are in school. Many departments require an internship as part of the major; others accept a limited number of hours toward graduation. An internship is an opportunity to combine career, social, and personal growth with the educational process. The student works with their department faculty and the Career Services Co-op coordinator to prepare for the process that leads to a successful, credit-bearing academic/work experience.
  • Career Fairs and Events: The department organizes career fairs and events throughout the year as an opportunity to network with employers, learn dining etiquette, interview with businesses, and meet with faculty for major selection, review graduate school opportunities, and more. On-campus interviews and information sessions take place on the main campus and the centers, between students and a variety of businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations, school districts, and the military. For further information: www.cwu.edu/career.

Educational Opportunity Center
Deciding where to go to college, figuring out how to pay for it, and completing all the necessary forms is complicated. The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is set up to help students gather the necessary information to make good decisions about their future educational plans and think clearly through the available options. EOC is available, principally, to help low-income adults who are the first in their family to attend college, work through the admission process. For further information, call 509-574-6895 or e-mail eoc_program@cwu.edu.

GEAR UP prepares ALL students to pursue and succeed in some form of post-secondary education and seeks to: increase parent involvement, professional development for teachers, community involvement, and collaboration with school staff. GEAR UP serves approximately 5,300 students from 11 school districts in central Washington. Participating students engage in university campus visits, college preparatory programs, academic support programs, and STEM related activities.

Learning Commons
The Learning  Commons encourages student success by offering a wide variety of instructional resources and peer tutoring services. In Ellensburg, the Learning Commons can be found in the Academic and Research Commons (ARC) on the first floor of the Brooks Library. Five key program areas are associated with the Learning Commons: 1) The Math Center provides academic support in quantitative skills for students in courses across the curriculum. Drop-in and scheduled tutoring sessions are available; 2) At the Writing Studio, trained peer tutors work with students of all levels and disciplines, guiding them toward effective written communication. Tutors meet one-on-one with students by appointment or drop-in 3) Peer Assisted Labs (PALs) provide free, out-of-class study sessions for historically difficult courses led by CWU undergraduate facilitators who have already taken and excelled in the course. 4) Online Tutoring offers tutoring in 15 different subjects, available 5am to midnight, 7 days per week during academic sessions; 5) Students enrolled in developmental coursework (Math 100A, 100B, 100C, and English 100T) are taught by Learning Commons faculty and regularly access tutoring services. Students can contact the Learning Commons by phone (509.963.1270) or via e-mail (tutoring@cwu.edu) with any questions.

Veteran’s Center  
CWU’s Veterans Center opened in 2009 to aid service members and their families entering college. The center is committed to the academic success of its students by helping with the transition into student life and laying the groundwork for a satisfying career. Services include assisting with veteran education benefits applications, certifying enrollment, and locating additional resources veterans and their family members may need. Find more information at www.cwu.edu/veterans, or call 509-963-3028, or email: va@cwu.edu.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness is a collaborative integrated wellness model, which creates a culture that values health and wellness as a key component of success for students while attending CWU and in their future lives. The Associate Dean of Health and Wellness is located in Bouillon 204.

Recreation is committed to offering programs that provide personal and professional development for a diverse university community. Our nationally recognized facilities and services support the university mission by promoting an inclusive campus environment. Our programs contribute to the  holistic wellness of our patrons while providing co-curricular and extracurricular activities that complement other avenues of learning. Through excellent customer service and care for the individual, University Recreation seeks to provide a sense of belonging and community that enhances retention for students, faculty, and staff. Programs include intramural sports, collegiate sport clubs, personal training, group fitness, outdoor pursuits and rentals, climbing wall, challenge course, summer kid’s camp,  drop-in recreation, and a myriad of special events including films, lectures, interactive programs, and instructional courses.

  • The Recreation facilities include the Recreation Center and the Recreation Sports Complex. The Recreation Center offers strength training and cardio equipment, a 1/8 mile indoor jogging track overlooking 4 multi-purpose courts, and administrative offices for the department. The Recreation Sports Complex has a ¼ mile track and a lighted synthetic turf field.
  • Intramural Sports, also known as IM Sports, offers a variety of leagues per quarter. Sports range from the traditional, such as basketball, flag football, softball, and soccer to the non-traditional such as dodgeball, archery tag, and e-sports tournaments. Sports are offered in different levels of competition as well as different divisions such as coed, open, or women’s. Anyone (students, staff, and faculty), with a Recreation membership are eligible to participate in IM Sports.
  • The CWU Collegiate Sport Clubs Program is designed to provide opportunities for CWU Students with mutual interests in a sporting activity, to pursue their interests more in depth. Each club is formed and administered by their student membership. Student leadership, interest, and participation are essential elements of a successful sport club. The Collegiate Sport Club Program at CWU is designed to be a learning experience for members through their involvement in leadership, club administration, financial management, and event planning.  The leadership traits developed through these experiences are not only intended to benefit the students during their time on campus, but long after they leave the university. For a current list of clubs please visit www.cwu.edu/sport-clubs.
  • Personal training packages are available to all recreation center members. For a nominal charge, a personal trainer will develop a challenging workout routine specifically designed to meet an individual’s fitness goals.
  • Group fitness classes are available to all recreation center members as a part of their membership. From spinning to ballet, intense abdominal workouts to yoga, there’s something for everyone.
  • Outdoor Pursuits and Rentals provides memorable outdoor adventures via guided trips and equipment rentals to support students, their outdoor recreation desires, and their educational needs.
  • The 50-foot climbing wall in the Recreation Center offers bouldering and roped climbing, certification courses in top-rope belay and lead climbing, as well as academic classes, climbing competitions, youth programs, private events, and much more.  For current programs, please refer to www.cwu.edu/climbing-wall/.Challenge Course programming offers the opportunity to participate in team building activities to accomplish individual and group goals on both low-ropes elements and a state-of-the-art high challenge course for low-cost fee. Our staff will provide everything your group needs to successfully participate in the challenge course experience, including equipment and instruction, as well as a pre-event meeting to determine your group’s specific needs.
  • Camp C-Woo provides a quality day camp atmosphere for Ellensburg-area youth entering grades 1-5. Our primary function is to offer a safe environment where kids can have fun, make new friends, create unforgettable memories, and spend their summer with positive role models. The camp primarily operates during the summer months but has a variety of programs during the school year. For more information about Camp C-Woo please visit www.cwu.edu/rec/camp-c-woo.
  • The University Recreation Student Development area provides purposeful recruitment and training to personally and professionally develop each student employee.  Hiring is conducted on a quarterly basis for most program areas.  Through a thoughtful hiring process, leadership cohorts, campus collaborations, and networking opportunities, University Recreation student employees learn and enhance their skill set and will graduate from CWU as a more responsible, professional, and educated citizen.

Student Medical Clinic
Services are offered at the Medical and Counseling Clinic building (southeast corner of the campus). The Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. when classes are in session. The Clinic is closed on weekends, holidays and during academic breaks. When the Clinic is closed, emergency medical services are available at Kittitas Valley Community Healthcare, and Kittitas Valley Urgent Care. The cost of hospital care is at the student’s expense. Medical appointments are available through the patient portal at the Clinic’s website or can be made by phone (509-963-1881), Monday through Friday. It is imperative that you log onto the student portal and complete the required forms prior to your first medical appointment.  The Clinic bills insurance for the initial medical appointment. If you do not have insurance, your student account will be billed $50. There is no charge for all follow-up office visits. There will be charges for any ancillary services provided (e.g., labs, x-rays, etc.). More information on appointments can be found at: www.cwu.edu/medical-counseling/your-first-appointment.

The medical staff provides routine and urgent-care services, including care for medical problems such as illnesses, injuries, and infections (e.g., colds, flu, and sexually transmitted infections). It offers customary primary care services including care of chronic illness, routine physical examinations, sports physicals, travel medicine, women’s health services (e.g., pap smears, pregnancy testing, long term contraceptives and reproductive counseling), and diagnostic laboratory tests/X-rays. In keeping with the educational mission of the university, emphasis is placed on education regarding wellness, prevention and treatment of illnesses.

Counseling Services
Students registered for 6 or more credits pay the medical and counseling fee (5 or more credits for summer session) and are thereby eligible for services. All counseling services are provided free of additional charge. Counseling Services are available Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm when classes are in session; during the summer quarter, hours are 8am-12pm and 1pm - 3pm. Afterhours and during weekends, students are directed to the local crisis line (509-925-4168) for professional support and access to local crisis intervention when needed.

Counseling Services(509-963-1391) operates on the basis of a brief treatment model. Counseling Services include urgent mental health care, individual, couple, group counseling, and educational workshops. Common student issues include transitional/adjustment concerns, relationship difficulties, disordered eating and body image concerns, stress, trauma, anxiety, an/or depression, among others. Group counseling opportunities routinely include coping with anxiety, therapeutic lifestyle change for depression, bipolar support, personal growth, and relationship difficulties. Special programs for campus groups are available upon request (e.g. education and outreach) as are limited psycho diagnostic testing services. Counseling Services are private and confidential within the limits of the law. A copy of the clinic’s privacy policy is available at www.cwu.edu/medical-counseling. Counseling Services is committed to providing services that are culturally affirming and responsive for all students, particularly those from traditionally underserved and underrepresented groups.

Wellness Center
The CWU Wellness Center is located in SURC 139. The Wellness Center promotes positive health behaviors and encourages social connections that support student success. The Center uses health promotion theory and campaigns, programming, individual assessments, and consultation, along with peer-to-peer outreach to improve the health of individual students and our campus. Using data and feedback from students, the Wellness Center addresses issues that are most prevalent or impactful. The topic areas currently prioritized are:

  • Alcohol, marijuana and other drugs
  • Sexual health
  • Violence prevention and response to sexual assault and other forms of power-based personal violence
  • Nutrition and physical activity
  • Positive mental health and resiliency
  • Recovery support
  • Positive body image and eating disorder prevention
  • Sleep

The University has a comprehensive alcohol education and prevention program.  Parental notification is one part of CWU’s comprehensive sanctioning procedure for underage alcohol and marijuana use. CWU supports all local, state and federal laws pertaining to controlled substances and as such, cannabis is not allowed on any CWU premise.

Violence Prevention and Response Coordinator   
Students impacted by sexual violence or other forms of harassment may call 509-963-3214 and leave a message and/or drop by the Wellness Center at SURC 139. Services include confidential consultation, referral, advocacy, information and crisis response for victims, survivors, and significant others. Those experiencing an emergency are still encouraged to contact 9-1-1. For more information about Central’s comprehensive response to power-based personal violence, please visit www.cwu.edu/wecare.

Student Living

As Student Living:
We promote a safe and equitable campus in which we encourage holistic student development and well-being. We strive to positively impact the success of our students and staff and we do this through purposeful connections. We are located across the campus in various buildings. The Associate Dean for Student Living can be found in Bouillon 204.  http://www.cwu.edu/student-success/student-living  963-2736.

Disability Services
Disability Services is committed to supporting and sustaining an inclusive campus that recognizes disability as diversity. We are dedicated to ensuring individuals with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in the educational process and university experience.

Disability Services facilitates full participation, universal access, and reasonable accommodation to meet the unique needs of each person. The office provides this support by individualizing the accommodation process and facilitating creative approaches to eliminating barriers.

 Disability Services is located in Hogue 126 and can be reached at DS@cwu.edu or by phone at (509)963-2214. Employees seeking accommodations can contact Human Resources at (509)963-1202.

Student Involvement
The Department of Student Involvement is dedicated to enriching students’ experiences outside the classroom by providing social, cultural, recreational, and educational programs, services, and apprenticeships. Student Involvement is comprised of the functional areas including ASCWU-Student Government, Diversity and Equity Center, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, KCWU 88.1 the ‘Burg Radio Station, and Student Union and Activities. The office of Student Involvement enriches student’s university experience through active commitment of four CORE Values:

  • CONNECTION. Community is the most important part of the CWU experience for our students. We believe that a connection to where you live and learn as well as a sense of belonging is an important aspect of being a Wildcat.
    • At CWU “connection” means that students have an opportunity to find their place of belonging and make meaningful connections with other students, staff and faculty.
  • OPPORTUNITY. Engagement, by definition, is not something that can be accomplished alone or created by an individual. We believe it is important that students have opportunities with others whose personalities, beliefs, and cultures, are different from their own.
    • At CWU “opportunity” means that students will have intentional conversations with other students, staff, faculty, and leaders in the Wildcat community.
  • REFLECTION. The CWU community is continually impacted by individual decisions and actions. We believe that inquiry and critical thinking play an important role in shaping congruence between behaviors and beliefs.
    • At CWU “reflection” means that students will have an opportunity to process and make meaning of their student involvement experience.
  • EMPOWERMENT. A fully developed student involvement process includes all of its members taking ownership and being invested in creating a space that is welcoming and inviting for all. We believe that being in relationship with others leads to communities of empowerment, meaningful dialogue, and a sense of belonging.
    • At CWU “empowerment” means that students actively participate in the community and are catalysts for change.

Office location: SURC 263
Phone: 509-963-1691
Website: http://www.cwu.edu/student-involvement/home

ASCWU - Student Government
The Associated Students of Central Washington University (ASCWU) is the student government board elected by the CWU student body to serve as policy-development officers. Executive responsibility is vested in the seven-member ASCWU-Student Government with the Executive Director of Student Involvement serving as the primary advisor. As a vehicle from which students may share different views, the ASCWU is an integral part of the shared governance of CWU. The ASCWU Student Government recognizes and approves student clubs, student organizations, and student appointments to committees in order to serve and represent a variety of student needs and interest areas. 

Office location: SURC 236
Phone: 509-963-1693
Website: http://www.cwu.edu/ascwu/

Center for Leadership and Community Engagement
The (CLCE), with endowments by David Wain Coon and Don and Verna Duncan, serves CWU students and our community with leadership development programs and educational service opportunities which promote positive social change and servant leadership. Through inclusive and intentional high-impact practices, students are provided opportunities to enhance and develop individual competencies to better understand self, others, citizenship and service.

Signature programs include:

  • Experience Leadership Project (ELP) - A three-day retreat in the Cascade Mountains designed for first-year students, where they learn how to get involved at CWU, enhance their leadership skills and build a network of support.
  • Wildcat Leadership Academy (WLA) - All students are welcome to participate in this two year leadership certificate program that allows for personal leadership development and service to the greater community.
  • Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) - Each Fall, students come together for a year-long exploration of leadership through culture, discovering how each culture varies and how to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
  • Leadership Conference - An annual conference where students gain knowledge and insight from national and local leaders.
  • Earth Week Programs including Yakima River Clean Up - A series of events dedicated to making a difference by bettering the environment and educating all who affect it.
  • Holiday Extravaganza - Every Fall, CWU student volunteers gather to create a winter wonderland of holiday crafts and activities for K-5 children and their families.
  • Chavez-King Leadership Institute for Social Change - An Institute that seeks to foster a generation of active and engaged student leaders committed to civic responsibility, diversity, and social justice in local and global contexts.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration and Tribute - A weeklong celebration that consists of various civil rights activities with K-5 children, documentary and speech screenings, and a presentation addressing past and current social justice efforts.
  • Leadership Transcript - Use this to supplement employment, graduate school and scholarship applications, and document your college years.

The CLCE recognizes that every student has leadership capacity and will have ample opportunities to demonstrate leadership throughout their lifetime. Through various programs, workshops and resources, CWU students are equipped to make a positive impact within their communities. From short-term volunteering to intense capstone service programs, individuals are encouraged to use their disciple-specific knowledge in order to address community-based social, political and environmental economic justice issues.

Office location: SURC 256
Phone: 509-963-1850
E-mail: clce@cwu.edu
Website: www.cwu.edu/leadership-engage.

Diversity and Equity Center (DEC)
Located in the heart the heart of campus in Black Hall 101 the DEC aspires to promote equity, inclusion and social justice through programs, outreach and partnerships.   The DEC is home to an all inclusive space where students can live the CWU Multicultural experience. Within co-curricular and extracurricular initiatives, the DEC advocates and nurtures a campus community who recognize and celebrate diversity, facilitates inclusion and creative expression. Our signature, thematic, and outreach programs include Heritage months, Identity development and Ally workshops, and many more. In all cases students and staff work together to define programming and outreach efforts. DEC provides resources to students, faculty, and staff on a variety of topics related to underrepresented populations and the intersectionality of identities. Students are welcome in the DEC to hang out and to participate in the activities.  Come check out the DEC and see how we can support you!

Office location: Black Hall 101
Phone: 509-963-2127
Website: http://www.cwu.edu/diversity

KCWU-FM (88.1 the ‘Burg)

KCWU-FM is as an out-of-classroom learning laboratory utilizing a real-world broadcast environment to foster lifelong communication, public speaking, workplace accountability, teamwork, and leadership skills important for successful citizenship and success in any chosen career.

KCWU-FM is CWU’s student run, nationally award-winning Radio Station. Operating out of a state-of-the-art living media laboratory, the student broadcasters master speaking and presentation skills while performing as music DJs, newscasters, sportscasters, talk show hosts, production and imaging talent and brand, marketing and event specialists. The multi-platform approach of on-air, on-line and in-person serves the CWU student body and community, and fosters a culture of professionalism, diversity and inclusion.

Student Union and Activities
The Student Union serves as a centralized hub of student activity on campus. The state-of-the-art fusion facility is combined with a Recreation Center and houses the university bookstore, multiple dining options, banking, multiple student programming and service areas, and the student government. The welcoming, inclusive environment provides meeting, lounging and studying spaces in addition to a vast array of activities presented daily that contribute to students’ sense of belonging. Seamless, quality services through Student Union Operations include centralized scheduling, event coordination, and technical support of university facilities for all university and non-university events. Our Campus Activities program offers a variety of events including music, comedy, speakers, concerts, performances, movies, and special events such as Homecoming, Family Weekend, Boo Central, Ware Fair, CWUp Late and Student Appreciation Day. Wildcat Tickets provides university-wide event ticketing and support. The Publicity Center offers a full slate of creative services to promote campus events, programs and departments, and is also home to Hype, a multi-platform communication approach to spreading the word about campus events and opportunities for students to get involved outside the classroom. Student employees throughout the Student Union units gain hands-on experience and professional portfolio/resume development, and can take pride in their part in making the Student Union a vibrant hub for student life. 


Orientation and Transition Programs
At Central Washington University, we place special emphasis on each student’s transition to the CWU campus. Through research and our own experience, we know that the foundations built through these intentional experiences are key to a student’s success. Once you are admitted to CWU, New Student Programs will pick up where the Admissions Office leaves off for both first year and transfer students. Making the commitment to spend your college career at CWU is a major decision. With this in mind, it only makes sense that the CWU community welcomes you by providing a comprehensive guide as you make this transition. We have designed a four-phase orientation program to aid you as you acclimate to life at Central. Your participation in orientation is required, please see our website at cwu.edu/orientation for additional details. This is certain to increase your success at CWU. That’s why we have created an orientation program with a wide array of options and opportunities to suit your needs. 

Phase I of New Student Orientation is Wildcat Day: Rolling Out the Crimson Carpet, the first component of Central’s four-tiered new student orientation program. This program is designed to introduce students who are accepted for the fall  quarter and your parents/guests; provide you with information about academic departments and majors; and provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about Central. This event regularly attracts more than 1,000 incoming students and guests each weekend. Attendance is strongly recommended.

As a part of the event we offer Todos Somos Familia for Spanish speaking families. More information, including a schedule of events, will be posted early in the new year at cwu.edu/orientation. WELCOME WILDCATS!

Phase II of New Student Orientation is a two-day program for first year students and parents/family held in June and July. The program allows you to meet with academic advisors who will help you register for classes, participate in social events with other incoming students, and attend valuable programs that feature campus resources and services. Programs include academic requirements and expectations, housing services, dining services, and financial aid. Parent/family-only sessions are offered to assist with the transition to the university. Faculty and administrators are available throughout the program to assist with parent and student needs. Students with fewer than 40 transferable college credits, and/or who are Running Start students, are required to attend Orientation.

Transfer students have an option of a one day orientation session in June or July. Transfer students are expected to attend.

For further questions, call New Student Programs at 509-963-2735 or check out our website at  www.cwu.edu/orientation/

Phase III of New Student Orientation is Wildcat Welcome Weekend (W3). It picks up in the fall where Orientation left off. W3 is a first-year-focused program that begins on move-in day (Sept. 14). Students will participate in a weekend filled with many fun and informative activities and sessions. Attendance is required to receive credit for University 101.

Phase IV of New Student Orientation is the First-Six-Weeks Programming. It is intentionally designed to help students adjust during the critical first six weeks of their first year at CWU. Attendance at first-six-weeks programming is required as part of a student’s University 101 class.

Orientation dates and registration information are available online at www.cwu.edu/orientation/

Housing and Residence Life
University Housing provides well-maintained housing facilities, with an emphasis on student development, as part of the university’s academic environment, and works to augment classroom instruction with a learning environment that is supportive of students’ educational goals, personal and interpersonal growth, and cultural awareness. 

CWU is a residential university with most Ellensburg students living on or near campus. The residence halls and apartments can house 4,200 students. CWU’s residence halls offer students a variety of quality living experiences and options.

The residences are within a few minutes’ walk of any classroom, library, or dining hall, which offers considerable convenience and flexibility to students. Residence hall and apartment staff provides crisis intervention and educational, cultural, social, and community services programs, as well as coordinating behavioral problem-solving interventions in cooperation with the Dean of Student Success.

The residence halls offer a diverse selection of communities and environments.  The residence halls, which house between 35 and 476 occupants, offer programs and environments to enhance classroom experiences. Furniture, basic cable service, wireless internet, utilities, and coin-operated laundry facilities are also provided. Many halls have their own pool table, piano, or ping-pong table.  All residence halls and apartments are smoke-free.

Living and Learning Communities (LLCs) are available for students interested in the following areas: Education, Science Talent Expansion Program, Aviation, Music, Casa Latina, Business, International House, Leadership House, ROTC, Social Science, and William O. Douglas Honors College. Students may request a residence hall offering a living-learning enrichment opportunity. Hall staff and faculty from these areas of interest collaborate to provide residents with educational and social activities that integrate their field of study, enhancing their residence hall experience.

Since college is a total learning experience, Central requires all freshmen/first year students who are under 20 years-of-age to live in the residence halls for one academic year. Running Start students under 20 years-of-age, regardless of class standing, must also fulfill the live-in requirement. Students requesting an exception to the policy must apply through Housing and Residence Life.

CWU also maintains 450 apartments (studio, one, two or three bedrooms) designed for single students and those with families. The apartment complexes offer activities for residents that focus on their needs and priorities. Complexes feature programs and facilities that support students emotionally, socially and academically.  These programs might include wellness, self-defense, cultural awareness, lifestyle planning, career planning, and recreation. Many activities for children and families are presented, such as holiday events, child safety awareness programs, domestic violence prevention programs, and career planning.
At different times of the year, demands for apartments may exceed availability. For this reason, waiting lists are provided. To be eligible for apartment housing, a student must be currently enrolled in and must maintain at least 7 credit hours of coursework.

Students who are required to live in residence halls are not eligible to live in the apartments. Each apartment resident is required to sign a lease, which provides for renting an apartment on a month-to-month basis. Written notice must be given at least 30 days prior to vacating an apartment.  Pets are not allowed in any area of CWU housing. Central Washington University abides by all state and federal laws pertaining to service animals in on campus housing.