Your application to WCU begins with a strong academic record. We particularly look for:
Competitive high school coursework or its equivalent: You must document that you have fulfilled the high school Minimum Course Requirements (MCR) as established by the UNC Board of Governors unless you meet one of the following conditions:
- You are at least 24 years old
- You have earned an associate of arts, associate of science, associate of fine arts or bachelor’s degree
- You have completed the 44-hour general education core at a North Carolina community college
- You have earned credit for at least six semester hours of courses with grades of C or better in each of the following areas: English, mathematics, science, social science and foreign language
Whether transfer applicants attended public, private or home school; North Carolina or out-of-state high school; or high school equivalency programs, they must have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and have satisfied the Minimum Course Requirements (or qualify for an exemption) as established by the UNC Board of Governors:
- Four units of English
- Two units of social studies (one in U.S. history)
- Four units of mathematics (algebra I, algebra II, geometry and an advanced unit of mathematics beyond algebra II)
- Three units of science (life science, physical science and a laboratory course)
- Two units of one language other than English
Competitive college performance:
- The more credits you earn and the higher your collegiate GPA, the greater likelihood you have of gaining admission to the university.
- Completion of a college degree or other recognized body of work such as the 44-hour general education core at a North Carolina community college strengthens an applicant’s record (and may benefit the student in terms of credit policies).
- Performance in college courses taken in early or middle college or other high school dual-enrollment courses can affect an admission decision because all undergraduate college work attempted factors into your cumulative higher education GPA.
- Good academic and social standing, eligibility to continue at or return to your most recent institution attended, performance in most recent work, and the length of time since college work has been attempted are examples of other factors that weigh into an admission decision.
- The cumulative GPA as listed on each college transcript will be the primary GPA used to calculate your higher education GPA. Because colleges vary in repeat policies, grading systems, whether developmental course grades are included within the GPA calculation, etc., such differences will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Background checks may be required for applicants based on information provided on the application. In these cases, you will be required to submit a background check as part of the application process. For more information, click here.
Go to Your Records for more information about required versus recommended submission of records and other information that may factor into an admission decision.
Academic Program Requirements - The Office of Admission is responsible for making admission decisions pertaining to enrollment at WCU at the undergraduate level but not to a specific program of study. Some undergraduate programs have established admission requirements beyond admission to the university. For more information, go to Academic Program Requirements.
Computer Requirement - All newly admitted degree-seeking undergraduate students are required to have a computer. Read the complete requirement.