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.
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)|
|Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew||BA|
|American Indian/Native American Studies||No Degree|
|Animal Behavior and Ethology||BS|
|Apparel and Textile Marketing Management||BS|
|Art History, Criticism and Conservation||No Degree|
|Art Teacher Education||BA|
|Art/Art Studies, General||BA|
|Aviation/Airway Management and Operations||BS|
|Bilingual and Multilingual Education||BA|
|Biology Teacher Education||BS|
|Business Teacher Education||BS|
|Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry||BA|
|Chemistry Teacher Education||BA|
|Chemistry, General||BA, BS|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other||BA|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||BS|
|Construction Engineering Technology/Technician||BA|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies||BA|
|Drama and Dance Teacher Education||BA|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General||BA|
|Early Childhood Education and Teaching||BA|
|Education, General||BA, BS|
|English Language and Literature, General||BA|
|English/Language Arts Teacher Education||BA|
|Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other||No Degree|
|Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other||BA, BS|
|Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General||BA, BS|
|Family and Consumer Studies||BA|
|Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other||BA|
|Fine/Studio Arts, General||BA|
|Food Science & Human Nutrition||BS|
|Foodservice Systems Administration/Management||BA|
|Foreign Languages and Literatures, General||BA|
|General Studies||BA, BS|
|Geology/Earth Science, General||BA, BS|
|Health and Physical Education, General||BA|
|Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other||BA, BS|
|Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other||BS|
|Human Services, General||BA|
|Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician||BA, BS|
|Industrial Safety Technology/Technician||BA|
|Information Technology||BA, BS|
|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/Mechanical Technology/Technician||BA|
|Music - Instrumental Performance||BA|
|Music Theory and Composition||BA|
|Natural Resources Management and Policy||BS|
|Office Management and Supervision||BA|
|Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management||BA|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching||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|
|Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other||BA, BS|
|Public Health, Other||BA|
|Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other||BA|
|Public Relations/Image Management||BA|
|Reading Teacher Education||BA|
|Safety and Health Management||BS|
|Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education||BA|
|Secondary Education and Teaching||BA|
|Social Sciences, General||BA|
|Social Sciences, Other||BS|
|Spanish Language and Literature||BA|
|Special Education and Teaching, General||BA|
|Speech Communication and Rhetoric||BA|
|Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor||BA|
|Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology||BA|
|Tourism and Travel Services Management||BA|
|Visual and Performing Arts, Other||BA|
|Voice and Opera||BA|
|Women's Studies||No Degree|
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