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Secondary Applications for Distance Learning

Admission to Distance Learning programs is a two step process. Step two is acceptance to the program. Programs will close applications by deadlines or once a program is at capacity. If a program is not listed on the application, that means it is no longer an option for the semester in which you are applying. For information on programs, visit our Distance Learning Programs page. You can view which programs are offered each semester, and basic information about the application process, on our Distance Learning Apply page. This page is devoted to step two, of the two-step process. 

Some programs do not require a separate application (step two application) but instead just review your official transcripts after they have been submitted to admissions to determine program acceptance. These programs include: all Business majors, Emergency and Disaster Management, Engineering Technology, Transient, and Undeclared.

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). 

Intent to Enrolls (ITEs)  are sent to students who are admitted to their programs through the Office of Distance Learning. ITEs are sent to students in programs who do not have their own decision dates (see below for programs that do) starting in February for summer/fall terms, and in September for spring terms.  Intent to Enroll forms are in lieu of an enrollment deposit, as distance students do not pay deposits.

Spring 2024 is now open.  All applicants need to have official transcripts on file for Admissions. Official transcripts are not something you upload to your application, but are instead sent from the school(s) you've attended. You will get emails regarding program applicaiton and any missing documents beginning in February or October. Note: the program only sends the secondary application to students who have official transcripts on file with Admissions & meet the minimum cumulative GPA for the program in which they applied (2.75 for degree seeking & 3.0 for non-degree).  The programs' decision timeline is March 31st for fall semester, and November 1st for spring.  They can close the applicaiton BEOFRE the decision deadline. Most of the time, the program will only make one round of decisions. Make sure you've reviewed their Admissions requirements on the program page.

RALC students - you need to email your RALC plan to distance@wcu.edu as soon as possible once you've applied. 

Applications for fall 2024 are now open. Applications for spring are closed. Please make sure you review the CJ Program requirements . Once you have reviewed the Admissions requirements, you can complete the CJ Program Application.  Completion Deadlines are November 1 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 15 for spring and May 1 for fall admission to ensure enough time to be accepted by these dates. No summer admission.

Fall 2025 application will open in November.  Fall 2024 is closed. Please review the Emergency Medical page for information on admissions requirements. If you believe you will meet those requirements you can complete the secondary application for admission (opens November 2024).   Fall admit only. Due April 1. You need to have both a University acceptance, all official transcripts submitted and program application on file by April 1, for you to be reviewed. Decisions will be given by May 1. 

Please contact RIBN Community College Counselor for your Community College, this information can be found on at ribn.wcu.edu. This webiste has a lot of great information about the program. When you have been fully admitted to the University you will get an email with the secondary application from Distance Learning (lroddick@wcu.edu). As a reminder, general acceptance into WCU does not guarantee acceptance into the program. If you are having issues with the WCU portion of your application and your RIBN counselor requests you reach out to WCU, please contact our office at distance@wcu.edu or 828-227-7397. 

 Please review the RN to BSN page for information on admissions requirements. If you believe you will meet those requirements you can complete the secondary application for admission. The secondary applicaiton for fall 2024 is now CLOSED. Spring 2025 will open June 1st. You must meet all pre-requisites before you can start the program, but you can have in progress courses the semester before you start (you will indicate in progress classes on your seconday application). Completion Deadlines are September 15 for spring terms, and March 15 for fall. This means you must have been accepted by the  University by this date, have all official transcripts in, and have your program application in for RN to BSN as well. We would recommend having your University application submitted and official transcripts sent by August 20 for spring 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. 

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