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Student Success

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Student success is at the heart of everything we do at Western Carolina, beginning with our admissions decisions and carrying through graduation and beyond. The goal of our Office of Student Success is to provide the support needed to ensure each student reaches his or her academic potential, including identifying the right field of study and completing a degree that will lead to opportunities beyond WCU.

View the WCU Report on First Year Student Retention & Strategic Recommendations  (published December 2017)

View the Student Success strategic plan: "2016-2020 Commitment to Student Success"  (published October 2016)

View the 2016 Summer Session Annual Report
View the 2015 Summer Session Annual Report

Anchors of Success

Academic Advising

Located in Killian Annex, the Advising Center offers comprehensive academic advising to undeclared and declared undergraduate students at Western Carolina University. The Center provides a holistic approach to advising by addressing students' academic and social potential. Advisors help students select proper courses, choose careers and appropriate majors, to understand university academic policies and procedures, and to cope with the transition to college.

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WCU Tutoring

Tutoring session at the WCU Writing and Learning Commons.

Western Carolina offers a Math Tutoring Center that provides drop-in tutoring as well as scheduled one-on-one sessions and workshops. In addition, WCU’s Writing and Learning Commons provides one-on-one writing tutoring, course tutoring for small groups and workshops on writing, research and academic skills.

Math Tutoring center

writing and learning commons

Finish in Four

Students who commit to finishing their undergraduate degree in four years graduate with less debt and enter the job market or graduate school earlier than students who take longer to finish their degree. The Finish in Four is Western Carolina University's pledge to provide students with the resources and guidance necessary to successfully complete their undergraduate degree in four years. In Finish in Four, students will work with campus professionals to create a clear roadmap for success.


Office of Student Transitions

The Office of Student Transitions at WCU will help you connect the pieces as you transition into college life. Our office aims to foster opportunities that will empower students to thrive in transition, as they become co-creators of their college experience. The Office of Student Transitions offers shared academic experiences for freshmen, resources for transfer students, and more.


Mentoring and Persistence to Success

Mentoring and Persistence to Success provides comprehensive programs and holistic services designed to connect first generation, low income, and independent students with resources, empower them to achieve academic and personal goals, and guide them to graduation from Western Carolina University. Services include specialized advising, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and more.


High Impact Practices (HIPs)

High Impact Practices are defined by the Association of American Colleges & Universities as teaching and learning practices that have been "widely tested and [...] shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, especially historically underserved students, who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning."  At WCU, High Impact Practices are quickly becoming a major focus in all colleges, as we seek to provide the very best experiential and classroom learning opportunities for our students. 


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