Future Students

FAQ - Future Students

Future Students

How do I apply to CWI?

To apply for credit programs there are 5 easy steps to get you started; visit Applying to CWI to choose the application process that most represents you and your program of choice.


What is the Compass Test and where can I take it? Do I need it?

These tests are basic skills assessments used for placement in appropriate Math and English courses at CWI.

  • COMPASS/ACT/SAT scores are used in conjunction with high school transcripts for admission for students still in high school.
  • These scores are used for advising purposes for students who have completed high school or a GED.

CWI offers free placement testing to students that have applied to CWI and paid the one-time application fee! View Assessment Services for more information on testing, including testing center hours, and computers skill testing.

What if I am undecided and don’t know what area of study to choose?

CWI MyPlan.com can help and is a new online tool for CWI students. Students can review their skills, interests and values, identify majors & career fields as well as research other colleges/universities! If you would like to take the free assessments, please contact Lori Yellen, Advisor for the College, Career, Transfer Center, at (208) 562-2421 or at loriyellen@cwidaho.cc.

What kinds of programs and degrees are offered at CWI?

From Information Technology to Elementary Education, CWI offers a wide-variety of lower division transfer / general education courses & professional technical education degrees.

Do I need transcripts to attend CWI?

If you are a degree-seeking student, official transcripts are required as part of the admission process. If you attended another college or university, you may also be able to transfer previous coursework for pre-requisites into CWI coursework using official transcripts.

  • Transfer students, who have not completed an Associate degree or higher at a regionally accredited institution, will need to submit official high school or GED transcripts. Transfer students who have received a college degree must also submit final high school or GED transcripts if chosen for financial aid verification. 
  • For those seeking Financial Aid, we may ask for official copies of all previous college/university transcripts as part of the verification process.
  • CWI will accept faxed high school or GED transcripts as official if they are faxed directly from the institution at which they were completed to 1.888.562.3216 with a cover letter on letterhead, marked "official" clearly on the transcript, and that have an official school signature/stamp on the transcript. Transcripts from colleges within the state of Idaho and TVCC may also be accepted in this manner as official.
  • All other out of state college/university transcripts must be mailed from your institution to be considered official. Please send your official transcripts to: One Stop Student Services, MS 3000, P.O. Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653.
How do I apply for CWI Health Programs?

To learn more on the special admission process as well as deadlines to the CWI Health programs of Dental Assisting, Nursing, & Surgical Technology, see our Professional Technical Degrees.

When can I apply to CWI?

CWI accepts applications at any time, but special deadlines apply for health programs and some professional technical programs have certain semester only start times. View the steps to apply for more detailed information.

What is One Stop Student Services?

One Stop Student Services is the easiest way to get answers and information about the College of Western Idaho (CWI). Students can apply, register for classes, review grades, accept financial aid awards, view and pay bills, and much more, all at one convenient location.

One Stop Student Services is also a resource for students seeking answers to Frequently Asked Questions and general information regarding financial aid, registration, and student accounts. The majority of student transactions can be accomplished online at myCWI.cc or in person at any One Stop Student Services location.

One Stop specialists are available to assist students by email, by phone at 208.562.3000, or in person at any One Stop Student Services location Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We're here to help! Visit Maps & Campus Locations for more information on all One Stop Student Services locations.