Catamount Gap

So now that you've been accepted to WCU, why wait for fall? Get a head start on your college career by participating in Catamount Gap! Students who qualify for financial aid can use their 2017-18 financial aid package during the summer and complete 6-8 credit hours over 5 weeks.

Interested in earning 6 credits in Europe this summer? Check out Catamount Gap Abroad!

How about honing your math skills? Participate in STEM Enrichment at NO ADDITIONAL COST!

Catamount Gap Friends

Photo by Gap 2016 alumnus Lindsay Kappius

Bridge the gap from high school to college life in an active investigation of how your academic, social, and personal success development are intertwined. This 5-week program, running June 25-August 1, 2018, provides students the opportunity to develop a network of faculty, staff, high-achieving upperclassman, and peers in an inclusive learning community environment. Students will receive academic support opportunities such as individualized tutoring and writing consultations, supplemental instruction group study sessions, and academic skill workshops, while earning 6-8 credits toward graduation depending on program track. Student also have the opportunity to participate in adventure activities such as hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, and rock climbing activites through Base Camp Cullowhee, and enjoy concerts and movies outdoors at the Catafount.

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Why a summer in Cullowhee?

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students have the exclusive opportunity for a special STEM Enrichment program at no additional cost where they can hone their math skills and prepare for college level mathematics.
  • Get a jump-start on your major, or earn liberal studies requirements if undecided.
  • Earn 6-8 credits toward graduation in just five weeks.
  • Receive individual support from the Writing and Learning Commons and Math Tutoring Center.
  • Be matched with a high-achieving peer mentor.
  • Learn the ins and outs of the university process during the slower-paced summer session.
  • Be introduced to several out of the classroom student clubs and organizations such as intramural sports, minority student organizations, and other leadership opportunities.
  • Go on a field trip within your learning community: previous years included trips to the Duke Energy Center, the Cherokee Heritage Museum, and a float down the French Broad River.
  • Connect with other students and build relationships with key faculty and staff members who will continue to support you throughout your time at the University.
  • Academic incentives and awards as well as other motivational techniques.
  • Enjoy the local community and adventure opportunities the mountains of Western North Carolina provides during the summer.

What Former Catamount Gap Students are Saying

Natalie Davis, Catamount Gap 2016: Honors College

Hugo Sanchez, Catamount Gap 2015

2018 Catamount Gap Dates

  • Move in: Monday, June 25
  • WCU Orientation - June 25-26
  • Summer Classes Begin - Wednesday, June 27
  • Summer Classes End - Wednesday, August 1
  • Closing Session - Wednesday, August 1
  • Fall Classes Begin - August 20

Catamount Gap Residence Hall

Check out where all Gap students will be housed, Central Drive.

Enroll Here!

You can find instructions on how to enroll on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for commonly asked questions.

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