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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 States.
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
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 model.
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.
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
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.