Skip to main content

Apply for Undergraduate Online Programs


Admission to Distance Learning programs is a two stage process. Stage one is acceptance to the university. Stage two is acceptance to the program.

Spring 2019 Distance Applications have closed, but Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 applications are open. Please contact us if you have any follow up questions. 

Before you start the application:

  • If you are interested in one of our Graduate Degree Programs, please visit the Graduate School's Application Page for more information.
  • Please check the undergraduate admission requirements to make sure you meet the admission standards. (NOTE: Because all current Undergraduate Distance Learning program offerings require advanced standing and/or specialized credentials, the Distance Learning Application IS NOT designed for entering freshman seeking full-time enrollment.)
  • Make sure to visit the Program page to verify that you meet their admission requirements, too.
  • Check the available terms for your program of choice.

All Semesters

Business Admin and Law
Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Engineering Tech. (Hybrid)
Teacher Cert or RALC
Special Credit

Fall and Spring Only

Criminal Justice
Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM)

Fall Only

Emergency Medical Care

Steps to Apply:

Step 1: 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. Send transcripts and other application materials to:

Western Carolina University

Office of Admissions 

102 Camp Building 

Cullowhee, NC 28723

Step 2: Submit Supplemental Application to the program, if required. Please know applications for all programs are now closed for Spring 2019. The programs below will be next accepting for fall 2019. 

  • Criminal Justice: Priority Deadlines July 1 for fall 2018. November 17 for spring 2019. No summer admission.
  • Emergency Medical Care: Fall admit only. Due January 15.
  • RN-BSN: March 10 deadline for fall. September 10 deadline for spring.

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: 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.

Step 5: 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.


Office of Web Services