Spring Open Houses for Graduate & Professional Programs
As the leading provider of graduate education in Western North Carolina, Western Carolina University offers a rich array of graduate and professional programs in Asheville as well as in nearby Cullowhee and online. Make plans to learn more about all of your options at a monthly Open House conveniently located in South Asheville at Western Carolina’s facility in Biltmore Park Town Square. Drop in at your convenience for refreshments and a chance to meet with faculty and staff about graduate and professional studies at WCU.
LOCATION: WCU at Biltmore Park
28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 100 (beside P.F. Chang’s)
Biltmore Park Town Square
TIME: 5:30-7 pm (drop in at any time)
DATES: February 24, March 24, April 21, May 19, June 23
You will find that WCU's programs at Biltmore Park are designed for working adults, with most classes meeting in the late afternoons, evenings and some weekends. There is a schedule of classes (PDF) for programs at Biltmore Park and a separate schedule of classes for all programs offered by WCU.
As a member of the prestigious University of North Carolina system, WCU offers affordable tuition that is well below the national average for public universities. It may be helpful to review information about tuition and fees, and assistantships, grants, fellowships and awards for graduate students. WCU’s Financial Aid Office offers tips for student loans.
Whether you are just thinking about taking classes or already have enrolled as a student, you will find knowledgeable and courteous staff at Biltmore Park, who are happy to answer your questions, provide information, and guide you to the resources you need. If we can help you, please ask.
All programs in Biltmore Park are taught by highly qualified faculty who are experts in their field. Many bring years of professional experience and research to their classrooms, and all are committed to the success of their students. Your instructor will meet with you, by appointment, to provide academic advice and counseling and help you stay on track for graduation.
As part of their work, WCU faculty members are involved in using their scholarly learning in service to the community. The Boyer model of scholarship has earned national attention for WCU's focus on instructors who reach beyond traditional research and publications.
Specific academic programs are accredited by various private, non-governmental organizations
that seek to uphold and promote the quality of undergraduate and graduate studies.
Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, education specialist and doctor's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina University.
Tradition and History
Western Carolina University has been offering instruction in Asheville since 1937. Since then, program choices have been expanded to meet the needs of the community. As a result, there is a wide, informal network of faculty, staff, alumni, and regional leaders who assist students in various ways, including internships, employment information, etc.
WCU in Cullowhee
Western Carolina University, which was founded in 1889, is part of the University of North Carolina and enrolls more 10,000 students. WCU in Cullowhee, N.C. is located on a 600-acre campus in a scenic valley between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky mountains. Students in programs at Biltmore Park are welcome to participate in athletic, cultural and special events held on the Cullowhee campus.