Admission to Distance Learning programs is a two stage process. Stage one is acceptance
to the university. Stage two is acceptance to the program.
All programs are closed for summer and fall 2020 except for Business, Criminal Justice,
Undeclared and Transient or Non-Degree students. Emergency Medical Care is closed
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
- 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.
Business Admin and Law
Innovation Leadership and Entrepreneurship
Engineering Tech. (Hybrid)
Teacher Cert or RALC
Fall and Spring Only
Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM)
RN to BSN
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
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.
Step 2: 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
- Criminal Justice: Applications are now open for fall 2020. Please have both University and program application completed and accepted by November
15, 2019 to be considered for spring 2020. Completion Deadlines are November 15
for spring 2020 and June 1 for fall 2020. This means you must have been accepted by
the University by this date and have your program application in for CJ as well.
We would recommend having your University application submitted and transcripts sent
by October 15 2019 for spring 2020 and May 1, 2020 for fall 2020 admission to ensure
enough time to be accepted by these dates. No summer admission.
- Emergency Medical Care: The fall 2020 program application is now CLOSED. Fall admit only. Due January 15. As long as you have a University application in and
a program application in by January 15, you will be able to be reviewed. You can still
be working through the admissions office for this process as long as you have a supplemental
application on file.
- RN-BSN: Applications are closed for fall 2020. Spring 2021 applications will open in June. Completion Deadlines are September 10 for spring 2020 and March 15 for fall 2021.
This means you must have been accepted by the University by this date and have your
program application in for RN to BSN as well. We would recommend having your University
application submitted and transcripts sent by August 20 for spring 2020 and February 10
for fall 2020 admission to ensure enough time to be accepted by these dates. No summer
admission. The program does not make admissions decisions until after the deadline.
No summer admission.
- Birth to Kindergarten degree seeking, AIG, RALC and Alternative Licensure students: There is currently no supplemental application for these programs. If you are a
licensure only student (not degree) you will need to send verifcation of your bachelor's
degree and copies of your unofficial transcripts to Greg McLamb - email@example.com once you complete the University application. The programs' priority deadline are
March 20th and October 20th. If you are fully accepted to the University by the 15th
you will receive notification by the 20th. If not, you will have to wait till the
next monthly 15th-20th review cycle. This continues till the program is full.
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.