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 2016-17 financial aid package during the summer and complete 6-8
credit hours over 5 weeks. A $500 scholarship and $500 stipend are also available to those who qualify!
Interested in starting early AND going abroad? Participate in Catamount Gap Abroad and spend 5 weeks in Germany this summer!
How about honing your math skills? Participate in STEM Enrichment at NO ADDITIONAL COST!
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 26-July 29, 2017, 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?
- Opportunity for a $500 stipend toward cost of attendance only available to Summer
Learning Communities (apply here)!
- Opportunity to apply for the $500 AIMS scholarship; to learn more about eligibility
and apply, click here!
- 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
- 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
- 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: last year's trips included trips
to the Duke Energy Center, the Cherokee Heritage Museum, and a float down the French
- 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
2017 Catamount Gap Dates
- Move in: Monday, June 26
- WCU Orientation - June 26-27
- Summer Classes Begin - Wednesday, June 28
- Summer Classes End - Friday, July 28
- Closing Session - Saturday, July 29
- Fall Classes Begin - August 21
Catamount Gap Residence Hall
Check out where all Gap students will be housed, Central Drive.
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.