The Department of Residential Living offers a variety of programs and events specifically
designed to promote student success. In partnership with faculty and staff from across
campus, Residential Living provides regular study halls, academic workshops, and a
variety of involvement and social activities.
Western Carolina PEAKS is our residential first-year experience for freshmen. PEAKS
is a caring community that provides new students with a strong foundation for their
academic career at WCU. PEAKS offers students opportunities focused on helping them
transition to WCU and succeed both personally and academically. The PEAKS program
works with students to help them connect with others and meet the academic challenges
of college. PEAKS students develop meaningful relationships with faculty and staff
and work to clarify their goals and aspirations.
The supportive community in PEAKS is continued in EXTREMES for sophomores and juniors
living on campus. EXTREMES is a cooperative venture of faculty, staff and students
to support the continued development and success sophomores and juniors. Students
who participate in EXTREMES programs will better define academic and personal goals,
create a map of coursework for future semesters, and keep a checklist of activities
to be completed to stay on track to graduate.
Residents also have the opportunity to gain leadership experience by getting involved
with their Residence Hall Council or the Resident Student Association. Through these
organizations, students represent their halls on a variety of campus-wide topics and
work directly with the Department of Residential Living’s leadership team. Students
also have the opportunity to represent WCU at various state, regional, and national
These communities encourage learning both in and out of the classroom. Students with
similar interests and goals take classes together and are housed together on themed
floors. Living – Learning Communities have a high degree of faculty and staff involvement
and make the student experience richer and more meaningful.
Academic Success program
Located in Scott (two floors) and Walker Hall (one floor), the Academic Success Program
(ASP) enrolls students during the summer prior to their first year of college. Students
continue as a community of learners enrolled in a leadership course focused on civic
band of brothers
Located in Scott Hall, this community focuses on leadership through the thematic lens
of masculinity. Students explore opportunities to express emotions in an appropriate
manner and in a setting where individuals rely on one another for support toward reaching
and utilizing their potential.
Located in Walker Hall, students in this community are challenged to look at the world
through different eyes and think critically about differences they see. Topics such
as diversity, civic engagement, globalization, and personal responsibility are explored.
Global Awareness & Citizenship
Located in Walker Hall, students in this community will look at culture and its powerful
impact on our lives and perceptions. They will discuss crossing cultures and how to
be mindful and open to new learning in that journey. They will consider what it means
to have a global worldview. The aim of this community is to develop an awareness of
the realities, opportunities, and complexities of the world outside of the United
Located in Harrill Hall, this community examines the principles of leadership through
the thematic lens of sustainability. Students examine concepts of sustainable development
and global climate change evaluating the ecological, social, and economic impacts
in our society and beyond.
Located in Scott Hall, this floor is intended to serve students who apply to participate
in the Freshman Leadership Initiative or Cat Camp. The goal of this floor is to provide
a brief introduction to widely known leadership theories using an interdisciplinary
Located in Harrill Hall, this program invites science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics majors to become a part of a supportive living learning community. Learn
from faculty and peers, live in an environment that supports academic success, gain
hands-on research experience (other benefits include priority registration and a scholarship),
and build a network of colleagues and friends.
Secrets of Powerful Women
Located in Scott Hall, this community examines the relationship between leadership
and women's empowerment. Students will explore their personal strengths, skills, and
values that will prepare them to be an active participant throughout their holistic
career at Western Carolina University.
Located in Walker Hall, this community is designed for future teachers and it explores
what it means to be a leader in the field of education. This community is also an
Academic Learning Community, which enrolls students in a class for the spring semester.