Associate Degrees or Technical Certificates

College of Western Idaho (CWI) offers more than 20 Associate of Art and Science majors and 30 hands-on associate degree and technical certificate tracks to choose from. Whatever your plans, you will be well prepared at CWI. We will help you get ready to meet your career goals and progress toward the certificate or degree of your choice, regardless of prior educational experience.

Steps for New Students - Degree Seeking

We accept applications year round and there are no deadlines to apply except for certain health programs.

Note: You only need to complete and submit the application for admission one time to apply at CWI. This applies to all Associate Degrees and Professional Technical Degrees/Certificates. If you have questions about what program best fits you, please call 208.562.3000 to set up an appointment with an Enrollment Specialist.

2. Pay the one-time $25 application fee

Pay $25 application fee online with VISA/Mastercard/Discover, by phone at 208.562.3000 with VISA/Mastercard/Discover, by mail with a check, or in person at any One Stop Student Services location with Cash/Check/VISA/Mastercard or Discover.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

You may qualify for financial assistance. Apply for financial aid online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. FAFSA School Code - 042118

4. Turn in Admission Items

  • 16 years and older
    • Submit one of the following:
      1. An official* accredited high school transcript. Current high school students can submit an official 6th or 7th semester transcript but will need to submit a final transcript after graduation.**
        OR
      2. An official GED transcript
        OR
      3. Official 6th or 7th semester home school transcript. Students will need to submit a final transcript after graduation.**
*Transcripts brought in person must be in the original, sealed envelope from the institution. Opened transcripts will be considered unofficial.
 
**Transfer students who have not received a college degree from a regionally accredited institution, will need to submit official high school or GED transcripts. 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 transcripts must be mailed to: One Stop Student Services, MS 3000, P.O. Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653. High School transcripts with six or more semesters of posted grades will be accepted, but final high school transcripts showing graduation are still required. Transfer students who have received a college degree must also submit final high school or GED transcripts if chosen for financial aid verification.

5. Take the CWI placement test (COMPASS®) or submit a copy of your ACT or SAT scores.

Placement test scores are used to place students in appropriate coursework, not to determine admission status. If you did not take the Compass for admission, do not have college level ACT scores, or do not have college coursework in math and English you will need to take the Compass before you can register for math and English courses. You are also required to take the Compass to register for many Professional Technical programs. To send ACT scores to CWI, please use ACT college code 0932. Visit Assessment Services for information on COMPASS testing »

6. Attend an Orientation, Advising, Registration (OAR) Group Session

All new students are strongly urged to attend. You will be given tips about how to be successful in college, given important catalog information, shown how to know which classes to take, and advised on how to use the myCWI registration system. We also cover financial aid and transfer information. RSVP online at http://oar.youcanbook.me/.

7. Purchase Books

Books can be purchased at the CWI Nampa Campus, Ada County Campus or online through the bookstore.

8. Pay Tuition

You can pay tuition with cash, credit card, payment plan, sponsor payment, or financial aid.

  • Online: Pay online by check, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover by logging into myCWI
  • Mail: Make your check payable to: College of Western Idaho. Write your student identification number on the bottom left of the check, and mail it to:

    College of Western Idaho
    One Stop Student Services
    MS 3000
    PO Box 3010
    Nampa, ID 83653
     
  • In Person: Come see us in person at any One Stop Student Services location or call us at 208.562.3000 with your credit card information.

Additional Requirements

Strongly recommended items for prerequisite information and potential scholarship eligibility:
  1. Submit official high school or GED transcripts* 
  2. Submit official college or university transcripts from regionally accredited institutions*
  3. Submit recent (within three years) ACT test scores, SAT test scores, or all three sections (Math, Reading, and Writing) of the COMPASS® test scores

*Transfer students who have not received a college degree from a regionally accredited institution, will need to submit official high school or GED transcripts. 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 transcripts must be mailed to: One Stop Student Services, MS 3000, P.O. Box 3010, Nampa, ID 83653. High School transcripts with six or more semesters of posted grades will be accepted, but final high school transcripts showing graduation are still required. Transfer students who have received a college degree must also submit final high school or GED transcripts if chosen for financial aid verification.