Residential Living for Prospective Students

Students gather on the UC lawnWe’re glad that you are interested in Western Carolina University. It is our goal to provide you with a safe, clean, comfortable and wholesome living environment, while offering a variety of activities that will become a memorable part of your college years.

Living in the residence halls is an important decision and an integral part of your college career. On-campus living provides students greater opportunities to become involved with the university, to meet and develop relationships with a greater variety of people, and to participate in a living experience that is unique to university life.

Campus life is greatly enhanced by the comforts, conveniences, and experiences that living in a residence hall provides. Studies of college and university students across the country have shown that students who live on campus have higher graduation rates, higher GPAs, and report a greater satisfaction with their collegiate experience.

Freshmen are required to live on campus at Western Carolina University. This is advantageous because it means you will live in the heart of all the activity on campus and everything will be easily accessible. The majority of our freshman students take part in Western Carolina PEAKS, our transitional living learning community.     Transfer students are required to live on campus unless they are transferring in at least 18 hours or if they will be 21 years of age by February 1 of the initial enrollment year.

Graduate students have the option of living in Madison Hall.  Each of the thirty-five private rooms is air conditioned and has its own bath. Madison is a 24-hour quiet community and affords its residents 24-hour visitation.


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