Central Washington University

Website: http://www.cwu.edu/admissions

Student success is the focus and measure of everything Central Washington University does. Located just 100 miles east of Seattle, CWU educates students from all corners of the state and throughout the West. Students live and learn on a close-knit campus and in an historic college town, Ellensburg, Washington. Students choose CWU to avoid the anonymity of big schools and classes are small enough that professors know their students’ names and engage them directly in research as undergraduates.  Students choose CWU for programs that are among the best in the nation—geology, education, aviation, music, and accounting. They also choose CWU for programs that simply don’t exist anywhere else in the region, like wine business, sports marketing, and paramedicine.  CWU students get a chance to do what they’re learning as undergraduates. CWU is as committed to learning that takes place outside the classroom as what happens inside. Students don’t just learn about music, engineering, and geology, they experience it.

For students that have earned 90 or more college level courses, CWU has campuses co-located with community colleges throughout the state in Pierce County, Yakima, Moses Lake, Des Moines, Lynnwood, and Wenatchee.

Why CWU?

How much would I save with WUE?

Click here to find the most current tuition savings estimates available from WICHE.

NOTE: The rates shown are taken from WICHE's most recent annual Tuition and Fees Report (published in December) and do not include fees. We strongly encourage you to verify these rates with the admissions office of the institution where you want to enroll.

This institution offers the WUE rate to transfer students.

The WUE tuition rate applies to the majors listed below. If the major is not listed here, it is not eligible for the WUE rate:

Program Name   Degree Type(s)    
Accounting   BS    
Acting   BA    
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew   BA    
American Indian/Native American Studies   No Degree    
Animal Behavior and Ethology   BS    
Anthropology   BA, BS    
Anthropology, Other   BA    
Apparel and Textile Marketing Management   BS    
Art   BA    
Art History, Criticism and Conservation   No Degree    
Art Teacher Education   BA    
Art/Art Studies, General   BA    
Asian Studies/Civilization   BA    
Aviation/Airway Management and Operations   BS    
Behavioral Sciences   BS    
Bilingual and Multilingual Education   BA    
Biochemistry   BS    
Biology   BA, BS    
Biology Teacher Education   BS    
Business Administration   BS    
Business Teacher Education   BS    
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry   BA    
Chemistry Teacher Education   BA    
Chemistry, General   BA, BS    
Communication, General   BA    
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other   BA    
Computer and Information Sciences, General   BS    
Computer Science   BS    
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician   BA    
Construction Management   BS    
Creative Writing   BA    
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies   BA    
Culinary Arts and Related Services, Other   BA    
Dancing   BA    
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia   BA    
Drama and Dance Teacher Education   BA    
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General   BA    
Early Childhood Education and Teaching   BA    
Economics   BA, BS    
Education, General   BA, BS    
Elementary Education   BS    
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician   BS    
English Language and Literature, General   BA    
English/Language Arts Teacher Education   BA    
Environmental Science   BS    
Environmental Studies   BS    
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other   No Degree    
Exercise Physiology   BS    
Exercise Science   BS    
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other   BA, BS    
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General   BA, BS    
Family and Consumer Studies   BA    
Family Systems   BS    
Fashion Merchandising   BS    
Film/Cinema/Video Studies   BA    
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other   BA    
Fine/Studio Arts, General   BA    
Flight Technology   BS    
Food Science & Human Nutrition   BS    
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management   BA    
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General   BA    
General Studies   BA, BS    
Geography   BA    
Geology/Earth Science, General   BA, BS    
Gerontology   No Degree    
Graphic Design   BA    
Health and Physical Education, General   BA    
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other   BA, BS    
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other   BS    
History Education   BS    
History, General   BA    
Human Services, General   BA    
Industrial Education   BS    
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician   BA, BS    
Industrial Safety Technology/Technician   BA    
Industrial Technology/Technician   BS    
Information Technology   BA, BS    
Japanese Language and Literature   BA    
Journalism   BA    
Legal Professions and Studies, Other   BA    
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies   BA    
Linguistics (Minor Only)   No Degree    
Mathematics Teacher Education   BA    
Mathematics, General   BA, BS    
Mechanical Engineering   BS    
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician   BA    
Meeting and Event Planning   BA    
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other   BA    
Music   BA    
Music - Instrumental Performance   BA    
Music Education   BA    
Music Education   BA    
Music Theory and Composition   BA    
Natural Resources and Conservation, Other   BS    
Natural Resources Management and Policy   BS    
Nutrition Sciences   BS    
Office Management and Supervision   BA    
Pacific Area/Pacific Rim Studies   BS    
Paramedic   BS    
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management   BA    
Philosophy   BA    
Philosophy and Religious Studies, General   BA    
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching   BS    
Physical Sciences   BS    
Physics, General   BA, BS    
Political Science and Government, General   BA    
Pre-Dentistry Studies (Biology Major)   BS    
Pre-Law Studies (Law & Justice Major)   BA    
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies (Biology Major)   BS    
Pre-Pharmacy Studies (Biology Major)   BS    
Pre-Veterinary Studies (Biology Major)   BS    
Primate Behavior & Ecology   BS    
Psychology   BA    
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other   BA, BS    
Public Health   BS    
Public Health, General   BS    
Public Health, Other   BA    
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other   BA    
Public Relations/Image Management   BA    
Reading Teacher Education   BA    
Russian Language and Literature   BA    
Safety and Health Management   BS    
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General   BA    
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education   BA    
Secondary Education and Teaching   BA    
Social Sciences, General   BA    
Social Sciences, Other   BS    
Sociology   BA    
Spanish Language and Literature   BA    
Special Education and Teaching, General   BA    
Special Products Marketing Operations   BA    
Speech Communication and Rhetoric   BA    
Stringed Instruments   BA    
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor   BA    
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology   BA    
Theatre/Musical Theatre   BA    
Theatre/Performance/Acting   BA    
Theatre/Theater   BA    
Tourism and Travel Services Management   BA    
Visual and Performing Arts, Other   BA    
Voice and Opera   BA    
Women's Studies   No Degree    

Enrollment Information

The Western Undergraduate Exchange Program Requirements for Central Washington

Please Note: WUE policies and requirements are subject to change without notice.

Eligible students must:
Be admitted to CWU
Complete the FAFSA -- students are not required to demonstrate financial need
Have residency in one of the participating WICHE states
Enter as a new freshman or transfer student seeking a 1st bachelor's degree (excluding senior transfer students)
Meet regular requirements for admission

There is no separate application process to be considered for the WUE--your admissions file will determine your eligibility. Once you've been admitted to CWU and completed your FAFSA, you will automatically be offered a WUE waiver if you qualify and if funds are available.

The WUE program does not apply to Summer Term or to Study Abroad programs.

Post-baccalaureate students, graduate students, or students seeking a 2nd bachelor's degree are not eligible to receive the WUE.

Are WUE waivers renewable at Central Washington?

Yes. They are renewable for up to four years (12 quarters) or 225 attempted credits, whichever comes first. This includes transfer credits depending upon incoming class standing:

Freshman (0-44.9 credits)--4 years or 225 attempted credits maximum, whichever comes first;
Transfer with sophomore standing (45-89.9 credits)--3 years, or 225 attempted credits maximum, whichever comes first;
Transfer with junior standing (90-134.9 credits)--2 years, or 225 attempted credits maximum, whichever comes first.
For the WUE to be renewable, students must:

Compete the FAFSA each year
Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information on Satisfactory Academic Progress, visit the Financial Aid Office website.
Maintain a minimum of 2.00 GPA cumulative every quarter.
Note: No application is necessary to renew a WUE. The award will be renewed for a subsequent year if students meet the above requirements.

Can I become a resident of Washington State while receiving the WUE at Central Washington?

No. Time accrued while receiving a WUE waiver will not count toward the length of time required to establish Washington State residency status. If you are or will be seeking Washington State residency, you must notify the Self-Help Office of Financial Aid immediately. If you obtain Washington residency after receiving this award, your award will be canceled retroactively and may be subject to fines. WUE criteria are subject to change at any time without notice.

Note: Residency is established through the Admissions Office. Please refer to the Office of Admissions for information.

Contact Information

Central Washington University 
Financial Aid - Barge Hall 115
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7495



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