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Application Deadlines for 2022

Please note: All programs are now admitting for spring 2022, except for the Emergency Medical Care program. Emergency Medical Care is fall admit only.

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

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 Administration and Law
  • Engineering Tech (Hybrid)
  • Finance
  • Management (Starts Fall 2022)
  • Innovation Leadership and Entreprenuership
  • RALC
  • Special Credit
  • Transient
  • Undeclared

Fall and Spring Only

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM)
  • RN to BSN

Fall Only

  • Emergency Medical Care

Steps to Apply:

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 admiss@wcu.edu

Transcripts uploaded into the Slate application system are not considered official. Official transcripts must be submitted before Birth to Kindergarten, RN to BSN, Emergency Medical Care, or Emergency and Disaster Management will make a decision on admission (step 2 & 4). Official transcripts are sent electronically or via mail directly from the previous school(s) you attended. 

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. Please note: Programs have separate deadlines and closure dates from the University process (as some programs close sooner than others). Thus, you need to make sure you are following PROGRAM deadlines and closures. If you are still moving through the University Admissions (step 1) process and the program closes, this means you will not be able to enroll for that term (you must be accepted to both the UNIVERSITY and PROGRAM for admittance). 

  • Criminal Justice: Applications are now open for spring 2022.  Completion Deadlines are  November 15 for spring  and June 1 for fall. 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 15for spring 2020 and May 1 for fall admission to ensure enough time to be accepted by these dates. No summer admission.
  • Emergency Medical Care:  The fall 2022 program application is now open.   Fall admit only. Due April 1. You need to have both a University acceptance and program application on file by April 1, for you 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. Decisions will be given by May 1. 
  • RN-BSN:  The spring 2022 program application is now open. Completion Deadlines are September 29  for spring 2022 and March 15 for fall. 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  September 10th for spring 2022 and February 10 for fall  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, and works to have decisions to students within a month following the deadline. 
  • Birth to Kindergarten degree seeking, AIG, RALC and Alternative Licensure students:  The BK Degree Seeking students for spring 2022 will receive a link to the program application starting in September 2021. There is currently no supplemental application for licensure only (have a bachelor's adlready) students. 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 - gmclamb@wcu.edu 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.

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.

Transcripts uploaded into the Slate application system are not considered official. Official transcripts must be submitted before Birth to Kindergarten, RN to BSN, Emergency Medical Care, or Emergency and Disaster Management will make a decision on admission (step 2 & 4). Official transcripts are sent electronically or via mail directly from the previous school(s) you attended. 

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.

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