Welcome to Western! Please register for one live orientation session based on your primary location: Biltmore Park, Online, or Cullowhee.
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
28 Schenck Parkway, Suite 102
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Thursday, August 18, 2022
University Center Grand Room
Our campus partners have created introduction videos so you can learn more about the services and resources available as a graduate student. Explore the service units offered in Cullowhee, Biltmore Park, and Online!
How do I know about the decision on my admission?
You will receive an email with instructions on how to log-in to view your application decision. Be sure to read the letter carefully and follow all instructions.
How do I find my admission letter?
If you receive an offer for admission and accept it, you will receive your official admission confirmation via email. We do not mail print copies, although we encourage you to print or save this email for your records (or post on your refrigerator!).
How do I know who my advisor is?
Your admission confirmation letter will include your advisor’s name. You can arrange an appointment with your advisor in the Academic Success section of myWCU. Contact information for your advisor can be found in the Faculty/Staff Directory.
How do I know my Student ID number?
This will be included in your admission confirmation letter. (This is also called a 92 number.) Be sure to include your Student ID number in any email you send the Graduate School so we can easily locate your records.
What if my plans change, and I am unable to attend for the term I applied for?
You MUST contact the Graduate School to request a deferral. Failing to do so WILL result in deactivation of your student record, and you will have to reapply and pay the application fee. Deferral WILL require program approval and are only for accepted students.
What is myWCU?
myWCU is a secure portal for applicants, students, faculty and staff designed to make accomplishing tasks and finding information easier. myWCU allows you to register for classes, review class schedules, check grades, view financial aid information, and pay account balances. myWCU is located at https://mywcu.wcu.edu/ or from the Western Carolina University home page https://www.wcu.edu/, under Quick Links
What if I have a registration hold on my student record?
If you have a hold, you will see a notice at the top of the page when you log-in to myWCU. You’ll be informed about the type of hold and how to resolve it.
How do I know what classes to take?
Your program advisor can give you information on your plan of study and what classes you should register for.
How do I find the schedule of classes?
When do I register for classes?
You should register for classes as soon as you can after registration opens for the term. You can find registration dates on the Registrar's web page. Typically, fall and summer registration opens around the end of February. Spring registration opens around the end of October.
How do I register for classes?
You will find registration in the “Classes and Registration” section of the left hand menu on myWCU. The Registrar’s page has useful information on the registration process.
When do I pay?
Tuition and fees are not due until the first day of the term. Some programs require a deposit to hold your seat. Check your admission letter for this information.
How much does it cost to attend Graduate School?
Please refer to the Tuition and Fees web page for costs associated with your program of study
How do I apply for financial aid?
Information about how to apply for financial aid and scholarships is available online.
Are there other forms of financial assistance available?
Please monitor the Graduate School web page for other sources of financial assistance that may be available.
Individual programs may also have financial assistance or graduate assistantships available - check with your advisor or graduate program director.
What happens if my in-state/ out of state residency changes?
The Graduate School has no control over in-state tuition or residency. Residency is determined by the Residency Determination System (RDS).
If you have questions about changing your residency, please contact the Registrar's Office at 828.227.7216.