As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, Western Carolina University provides
educational opportunities to residents of the state’s western region and attracts
students from around the globe to explore the area’s vast resources.
At Western Carolina University, we view our admissions process as our opportunity
to build the community that defines our institution. We look for people eager to explore
and ready to redefine success.
Programs and courses at Western Carolina are designed to provide hands-on, applied
experience. Students engage with communities across the region as they practice their
profession in real-world environments.
Western Carolina’s unique mountain location helps fuel a vibrant campus community
with more than 170 student clubs and organizations as well as a busy performing arts
calendar and the campus’s own adventure guide service.
Western Carolina is home to 16 Southern Conference athletic teams with more than 375
student athlete competitors. WCU strives to inspire student-athletes to compete like
champions on the field and in the classroom.
Western Carolina was founded to serve the region it calls home, and that has not changed.
WCU continues to focus on regional development initiatives, engaged service and community
programs. It also partners with alumni and donors to ensure access to higher education
for deserving students in the region and beyond.
On-campus living provides you with opportunities to enhance your classroom experiences
and develop new networks of friends. The people you meet in your residence hall could
easily become your future business partners, colleagues, or friends for life.
Through life in the residence hall, you can learn to appreciate the value of differences
and foster a deep respect for learning. Living in a residence hall can help you reach
your full potential as an individual and as an engaged member of society.
Below you'll find some helpful information while living on campus:
Room Selection for Continuing Students
Room selection for continuing students is done on a tiered system with different room
selection time periods. Your room selection tier is based on whether you can stay
in your current room or if you are moving to another room or building.
While living on-campus in a Residence Hall all of your mail will be delivered to the
Student Mail Center located on the second floor of the University Center. Mail is
delivered to each resident's mailbox before the end of the day.
Your new address will be:
Student's Name Western Carolina University 245 Memorial Dr. Suite ________ Cullowhee, NC 28723
If you have questions or a problem with your mail, you can speak to someone in person
at the Student Mail Center Monday-Friday 10:30am-5pm orcall 828.227.3241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: If any part of your address is wrong, your mail will take longer to reach you. Students will receive email notifications to their Catamount email for any packages received
at the Student Mail Center. Students are responsible for checking their Catamount
email account regularly.
Living with a Roommate
Most students who live in our residence halls will have a roommate. Sharing a room
with another person is similar to any other relationship; to be successful it requires
openness, flexibility, and respect. Right from the beginning, it is very important
to communicate openly with your roommate.
Learning to live with another person, to acknowledge and respect each others differences,
and to allow one another the space to grow are some of the most valuable parts of
the residential experience.
Your enjoyment of campus life will depend, to a great extent, on the thoughtful consideration
you demonstrate for your roommate and your neighbors.
Prior to move in, talk to your roommate:
Who is bringing what (refrigerator, tv, etc.) and what will be shared?
Food - allergies and sharing food
Music and television - How loud and what time of day/night?
Overnight guests - Is its okay? When? How often?
Visitors - Do you want friends visiting and hanging out in your room?
Having a secret word between the two of you for use when one of you is getting tired
and wants the visitors to leave
Are you both neat freaks or can you both stand a little mess?
As a new student, we highly recommend that you and your roommate complete a Roommate
Agreement form soon after your arrival to campus. We encourage all residents to take
this seriously, as it lays the foundations and groundwork for boundaries within your
living space. It also assists you in discussing concepts that you may not have thought
about prior to coming to college and sharing a room.
Basic responsibilities and rights of students living on campus:
The right to study and sleep without undue interference from noise, guests, etc.
The right to expect that your personal belongings will be respected and used only
with your permission.
The right to resolve grievances and assert your point of view. (Residence Life staff
members are available for assistance in resolving conflicts.)
The right to read and study free from undue interference in one’s room. (Unreasonable
noise and other distractions inhibit these activities.)
The right to a clean living environment.
The right to free access to one’s room, personal space, and facilities without pressure
from your roommate.
The right to privacy.
The right to be free from fear of intimidation, physical, and/or emotional harm.
The right to ensure that guests respect the rights and privacy of the host’s roommate
and other residents.
The right to expect reasonable cooperation in the use of “room-shared” appliances
(TV, telephone, refrigerator, etc.).
The right to have guests who will be expected to respect the rights of the host’s
roommate and other residents of the floor and hall.
The right to live in a secure environment.
The right to have individual differences respected. Acts of intolerance directed toward
an individual on the basis of gender, race, religion, or sexual orientation will not
be permitted in the residence halls.
The best way to resolve disputes is to be up front and to talk about the problems.
If you are having difficulties conversing with your roommate, speak with your RA.
He or she will be glad to assist you.