The Catamount Connection Program provides a direct-entry pathway for Tri-County Community College students into Western Carolina University. This agreement will help provide a seamless transition for Tri-County Community College (TCCC) graduates interested in furthering their education at Western Carolina University.
Each year, more than 25 qualified students transfer from Tri-County 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.
To participate in the Catamount Navigator Program, students must meet several conditions, including:
Submit the CATAMOUNT CONNECTION APPLICATION FORM
Those that complete an A.A. or A.S. at TCCC 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 Tri-County 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 Tri-County students up for maximum success at both institutions.
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Associate Director of Admissions Regional Engagement