Transition Pathways

FYE LogoFirst year students are expected to enroll in one of the Pathways offered to guide a successful transition to college.  You will be introduced to the academic, procedural, and social elements of your new community. You may learn more about each of your options below.  For more information about your first-year transition experience, please visit the FAQs page!

 Find the Pathway that works for you!


Learning Communities
Learning Communities foster integrated learning environments that have the potential to provide a significant impact on learning outcomes and establish a strong support network. A Learning Community is a set of linked courses that place students with similar interests together in two or three courses. Learn more about Learning Communities here

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)
In a Living-Learning Community (LLC), students are organized into living-learning cohorts with a particular theme, thus the classroom and the living room reinforce and promote integrated learning. These communities connect residential life with one course or even a full academic cohort. Learn more about Living-Learning Communities here.

FYE College Transitions
In this one-hour course, you will learn about campus resources, procedures and policies, as you learn to negotiate college life.  You will have opportunities to integrate your classroom learning with extra-curricular activities and residence hall programming as you discover your place in your new community. Learn more about these courses here

FYE Summer
Launch your First-year Experience at Western Carolina University this summer. To learn more about this exciting opportunity to begin your transition early, visit here! Participation agreements are due by May 1. Learn more about summer admissions here




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