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
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.
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,
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.