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Catamount Connection Program - RCC

A Guaranteed Transfer Program to Western Carolina University

The Catamount Connection Program provides a direct-entry pathway for Randolph Community College students into Western Carolina University. This agreement will help provide a seamless transition for Randolph CC (RCC) graduates interested in furthering their education at Western Carolina University.

Catmount Connection Program RCC

WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown (left) and Shah Ardalan, president of Randolph Community College, sign a memorandum of understanding that will guarantee admission to WCU for all RCC students that meet certain requirements.

Each year, qualified students transfer from Randolph CC to WCU to pursue degrees in more than 120 majors, minors, and concentrations including education, engineering, criminal justice, forensic science, nursing, biology, chemistry, environmental science, and psychology, just to name a few.

Western Carolina University offers some Distance Education degree completion programs in addition to programs offered on the main campus in Cullowhee. The Biltmore Park Instructional Site in Asheville also allows some undergraduate degree completion programs.



Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the Catamount Connection Program, students must meet several conditions, including:

  • Be a currently enrolled student at Randolph Community College in a degree-seeking capacity.

  • Submit WCU Application for Admission and records by the university deadline.

  • Submit application fee or waiver and fulfill all commitment action steps.

  • Be in good standing at RCC and other institutions attended.

  • Demonstrate good citizenship and conduct.

  • Earn and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 at RCC and a minimum GPA of 2.20 in the most recently completed academic term.

  • Earn an associate’s degree from RCC in a college transfer program or in an applied program for which an articulation agreement exists.

  • Enroll at WCU within one academic year (within the next two regular terms or fall/spring semesters) of completion of the associate’s degree.

  • Submit the Catamount Connection Application Form

    • This is in addition to applying to WCU

Although the Catamount Connection Program does guarantee admission to WCU for those RCC graduates who meet the requirements, it does not guarantee admission into a specific degree program. Some programs of study at WCU have their own programmatic admission criteria, standards, policies, processes and deadlines.


  • Those that complete an A.A. or A.S. at Randolph C.C. are guaranteed admission to WCU, provided all eligibility requirements above are met.

  • The onset of the NC Promise tuition plan, which reduces the cost of in-state tuition to $500 per semester at WCU has resulted in a significant increase in the number of students transferring to WCU from community colleges.

  • The Program affords RCC students access to information about academic programs, faculty, and staff at the WCU Campus who will facilitate their transition to WCU.

  • This program prioritizes the ability to receive admission, financial aid, and orientation communications early in the transition process, which sets RCC students up for maximum success at both institutions.

Apply Now

  1. Submit the Catamount Connection Application Form
  2. Click here to submit your appropriate application to WCU:
  3. Visit our transfer information page on what to submit, scholarships, and other resources for transfer students at

Heather Hill


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Heather Hill
Associate Director of Admissions Regional Engagement



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