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Your defining choice is one that you make every day. It's the choice to work harder than the person next to you, to fight for an ambition that seems impossible, to chase after a goal with persistent determination. Meet some of our students doing just that...

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Driver Blythe


Driver Blythe

Driver Blythe is well aware that many of his tribal peers don’t make it to college, whether because of a lack of support, drugs or alcohol abuse. His own academic achievement has led to a new goal - help the youth in his community excel and succeed.

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Ally Bevers


Ally Bevers

Nothing is unobtainable for Ally Bevers. Her perserverence and determination allowed her to overcome challenges and become a student of the Honors College while pursuing a double major in finance and mathematics. 

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Keion Crossen


Keion Crossen

It was at WCU that Keion Crossen went from a skinny high school kid that few people outside of his hometown of Garysburg knew, to developing into a seventh round NFL draft pick that added Super Bowl champion to his resume.

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Supporting Ambition

It's not the decision that defines you, but the determination to push past what you believe is possible and embrace your successes. The community here at Western Carolina University will challenge you to meet and exceed your goals during your time here and after graduation. Discover how WCU students are succeeding in and out of the classroom...

Share the Stoke for Geology - How One Student Strives to Protect the World We Live In

Share the Stoke for Geology - How One Student Strives to Protect the World We Live In

John Morgan spends a lot of his time searching in the woods for tiny trickles of water. Why? Because John believes that the better we understand the world that we live in, the more we can do to protect it.

July 15, 2019


Tumors Hamper But Don’t Stop Student from Living Her Best College Life

Tumors Hamper But Don’t Stop Student from Living Her Best College Life

At age 19, Victoria (Tori) Renfroe has about 30 years left to live, according to the hourglass she’s been handed by her doctors. That’s right, to age 49. Yes, she’s hopeful for a little more time, and with regular doctors’ visits, she might get it, she said. But in the meantime, she’s got college to finish, law school to attend, human rights to protect, a puppy to raise, a relationship to revel in and, well, you get the idea.

May 14, 2019


Engineering Students' Ingenuity Leads to a Trekking Pole for the Digital Age

Engineering Students' Ingenuity Leads to a Trekking Pole for the Digital Age

Almost as ubiquitous as hiking boots is a hiking stick, an age-old means to steady a climb, keep one’s balance, push aside brush and ease a descent. Now, add one more function: phone charger, thanks to the ingenuity of Western Carolina University engineering student Kyle Monaghan.

May 01, 2019


Dreams of Hosting a Latinx Student Leadership Conference Come True

Dreams of Hosting a Latinx Student Leadership Conference Come True

This time a year ago, Ricardo Nazario-Colón, Western Carolina University’s chief diversity officer, and his graduate assistant, Kevin Trudell, took 10 WCU students to the 28th annual National Latino Collegiate Conference at the University of Albany. As they were returning to Cullowhee, traveling on I-81 south in the middle of the night, someone blurted out, “We need to have our own conference.” The van erupted into cheers. For the rest of the ride, the students began brainstorming and dishing out assignments.

April 15, 2019


What Will Your Story Be?

Choosing a university is more than just a beautiful location (we have that too) or a degree program (over 120 options), it's about finding a supportive community that recognizes your potential and a program that will help you achieve your future.

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It's a tough decision, we understand that. If you're looking for an inclusive community that will support you through your time on our campus, all while preparing you to achieve your dream, choose Western Carolina University.

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