Admission to Distance Learning programs is a two stage process. Stage one is acceptance to the university. Stage two is acceptance to the program.
Business Admin and Law
Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Engineering Tech. (Hybrid)
Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM)
RN to BSN
Emergency Medical Care
Complete and submit the online application. (If you are a returning student, please make sure to check our Readmission Policy.) Pay the $65 application fee and submit official copies of all required transcripts. The $65.00 application fee is non-refundable. Send transcripts and other application materials to:
Western Carolina University
Office of Admissions
110 H.F. Robinson
Cullowhee, NC 28723
If you are sending your transcript via secure electronic transcript service, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit Supplemental Application to the program, if required. Some programs do not require a separate application but instead just review your official transcripts after they have been submitted to admissions to determine program acceptance.
Once University Admissions has all of your materials (supplemental applications go to the program, not Admissions) they will make a decision and send you a letter notifying you of your university admission decision. This is the end of stage one.
If you are accepted by the university, then your application materials and supplemental application (if required, see above programs requiring supplemental applications) will be reviewed by the program. This can take several days to several weeks, depending on the program and your university admission date. Once a decision is made, you will be notified via email and provided with an Intent to Enroll form. Follow the instructions on the form and return the form as directed.
After you return your ITE, you will get one final email with all the instructions
you need to contact your advisor and prepare to register.
The timeline for completion of the application process varies for most programs. EMC and RN-BSN generally takes 8-10 weeks from the deadline to begin sending out decisions, but it could take longer depending on the number of applicants and available seats. Most other programs take 1-3 weeks from the completion of stage one to making an offer of admission to stage two. Again, this could take longer during peak enrollment periods.