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ASP Frequently Asked Questions

The dates for the 2021 ASP Summer Session are as follows:

  • First Day of Classes: Monday, June 28th
  • Final Day of Classes: Friday, July 30th
  • Closing Session: July 31st
  • Fall Classes begin: August 23rd

Students are free to leave campus on the weekends; however, they are strongly encouraged to stay and participate in ASP activities and trips.

IMPORTANT: Students paritcipating in the Academic Success Program (ASP) will be assigned to Allen Residence Hall for the Summer ONLY.

More information about Allen Residence Hall

You will need to make one tuition deposit ($150) and one residential living deposit ($150) for a total of $300. This covers both the summer and fall semesters and is non-refundable. The deadline to pay both deposits is Friday, April 30th, 2021, before 5 p.m.. If this deadline is not met you will likely lose your seat.

Visit Pre-Registration to access a complete list of items that need to be completed. Some of these include:

  • Pay your tuition and housing deposits
  • ASP participation agreement
  • Immunization form and residential living agreements for both summer and fall
  • CatCard picture and information
  • Final official transcript to be sent by your school upon your graduation

The summer costs include tuition, fees, room, board, and all ASP activities. The costs for the fall and spring semesters are at the regular school year rate. 2021 costs are yet to be determined but will be similar to 2019 costs below.

Costs for the 2019 ASP Session (7 hours):

In-State | Out-of-State

Tuition and Fees $1,786.19 I $2,857.19

Room (double occupancy) $694.00  | $694.00

Meal plan $738.88 | $738.88

Total: $3,208.65 | $4,279.65

If the student is not waiving health insurance, then there will be an additional fee added for Student Health Insurance. The amount for summer coverage (July) is yet to be determined, and will be posted here when available. This cost will be added to the student's bill and removed if the student waives the Student Health Insurance for the school year.

The deposits ($150 tuition and $150 housing) will be subtracted from the total summer charges. Note: Only one set of deposits ($300 total) needs to be paid and will cover enrollment for the summer and fall terms. Deposits are non-refundable.

(The University reserves the right to alter any charges without any prior notice upon direction from the appropriate governing authorities.)

Additional Costs:

The Orientation fee for students ($145) and parents ($100 each if staying on campus; $70 each if not staying on campus) must be paid separately at the time that you register for orientation. More information about Orientation will be sent in April. Finals program bills are due around June 2021.

Students in ASP are eligible to apply for federal financial aid to cover the cost of the summer program. Students wishing to apply for federal aid for summer should complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This version of the FAFSA is a different version than the one that will be used for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 academic year. Students should complete the 2021-2022 version of the FAFSA to receive federal financial aid during the regular academic year. Questions about financial aid should be addressed to the Western Carolina University Financial Aid Office at (828) 227-7290 or emailed to

There may be additional supplemental textbooks or other materials required that are not covered by your tuition and fees, but this does not usually exceed $100.00. In addition, you may want to have some spending money for meals out, activities, etc. ASP offers activities on weekends and evenings that may involve your being away from campus. Although these are usually free or offered at a reduced rate, you may need to pay for your meals and/or admission to the event.

All students are required to have health insurance through a private plan or the University Student Health Insurance plan. Students must enroll in or waive the Student Health Insurance plan online. The cost for the summer learning communities is yet to be determined for 2021 (2019 cost = $245.61, but can be obtained through the University Student Health Insurance plan. Students will be automatically enrolled and this charge will be placed on their account unless they opt out. Students can opt out through the Health Services website by accessing the patient portal. The option to opt out begins in May, 2021.

Students may participate in intramurals, attend movies and concerts, and get involved with campus leadership opportunities. Activities have included rock climbing, hiking, whitewater rafting, tubing, camping, canoeing, baseball games, regional/cultural tours, and picnics. Students are encouraged to be actively engaged and to make suggestions for special trips and excursions. 

The focus the program is on developing your reading and writing skills in order to enhance and support your successful transition to the rigors of college-level requirements and expectations. Therefore, you will take the following courses:

ENGL 190: First Year Seminar in Literature; 3 hr. credit (all students)

Liberal Studies Course: Students can choose from Political Science 169, Health and Wellness 123, and Psychology 150. Space limitations apply; 3 hr. credit

USI 130: University Experience; 1 hr. credit (all students)

The three classes are paired together to form a Summer Academic Theme. This allows the instructors to work together to relate the classes and provide a collaborative learning experience. These classes are small, approximately 20 per course section, so that the students receive personal attention from their instructors. Each Summer Academic Theme includes a field trip and a service learning component to involve the students and engage them in becoming responsible and active participants in learning.

It is required that you must earn a grade of at least C (no U's) in each of your summer courses and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to continue your enrollment at WCU in the fall. Students who don't meet the minimum requirements are suspended from reapplying for readmission until the following fall term of original application.

Your actual fall schedule will depend upon the specific courses you take during the summer session. However, most ASP students can expect their fall schedule to include 16 hours of course credit.

Your classes will primarily consist of ENGL 101: “Freshman Composition” and  four Liberal Studies courses or classes that may be an introduction to your major. Additionally, all ASP students will be enrolled in a one-hour credit course, USI 131: Thriving in College. The purpose of the course is to provide you with enhanced support throughout the Fall semester. It is meant to assist with your continuing transition to college and will help to motivate you in successfully completing your college education as well as developing leadership and other skills.

You will receive a copy of your fall schedule when you attend orientation and will be able to discuss any changes to your schedule with your advisor. You also will have an opportunity to meet with your advisor during ASP.

In addition to the summer programs and activities, ASP students are also supported and monitored throughout their first year of enrollment. Academic advisors are assigned to work with the students throughout their first year and serve as their primary resource and support person.

ASP students will also be enrolled in USI 131: Thriving in College, as described above. In the fall semester, ASP students are also assigned to a Peer Mentor. The mentors are upperclassmen who have become successful students. Mentors serve as a role model and a supportive peer educator for the ASP students and assist them by providing information and guidance throughout their first year.

Throughout their first year, ASP students’ academic progress is monitored through the use of a progress reporting system. Each semester, the faculty for each student are notified that the students are participating in the program and are asked for feedback throughout the semester. The faculty are asked to give information detailing the student’s grades, participation, and attendance in addition to other comments about their progress in each course. This information is shared with the student’s advisor so that follow up can be made with the students and appropriate interventions can occur.

Yes, ASP students are required to bring a computer this summer in order to start working on the necessary skills you will need before the fall semester begins and to ensure that you have access as needed. Students should bring a laptop computer that meets WCU's computer requirements. Check out the Computer Requirement web page for more specific information.

Yes, you are allowed to have a car this summer. You will be able to purchase a summer parking permit at orientation. However, we strongly encourage you to stay on campus on the weekends to be able to participate in ASP activities.

Due to the rigorous nature of the courses, you are discouraged from having a job during the summer session of ASP. It is important that you use your time to focus on your academic performance and you will also be required to participate in out-of-class activities. However, you are encouraged to seek employment during the regular school year.

Former ASP students have reported several benefits such as:

  • Gaining early confidence in college-level classes
  • Earning seven hours of course credit before the fall semester begins
  • Learning their way around campus
  • Becoming familiar with instructor expectations
  • Improving writing skills, reading comprehension, and vocabulary
  • Making good friends and meeting people on campus
  • Having fun while learning and improving chances of success in college
  • Getting individual attention from instructors and staff
  • Feeling at home at WCU before the fall semester begins

Plan to bring only essential items for the time you will be on campus this summer, as space is limited. Suggested items include:

  • Appropriate clothing (There is no dress code, but you are encouraged to dress respectfully. There will be functions that require you to dress more professionally, such as the Closing Session & Awards Program. So, you may want to bring a pair of slacks, polo shirt, dress, etc.)
  • Closed-toe shoes (Required for service projects)
  • Clothes that can get dirty (Required for service projects)
  • Swimsuit
  • Alarm clock (with battery backup)
  • Telephone
  • Fan
  • Umbrella
  • Towels and other linens
  • Extra-long sheets, mattress pad, pillow cases, etc.
  • Waste basket
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hangers
  • Laundry detergent
  • Laundry basket
  • Bathrobe
  • Soap/toiletries/shower bucket
  • Sunscreen
  • Shower shoes
  • School supplies
  • Computer (Required)
  • Surge protector

Optional items that you could coordinate with your roommate before your arrival include:

  • Refrigerator (4.6 cu. ft or 5 amps or less)
  • Microwave (800 watts max)
  • Stereo
  • Television

A more extensive list of items is available here. Residence halls for ASP students in the summer and in the fall are to be determined.  

Due to space restrictions and the use of residence halls during the summer leading up to fall, students are unable to move into their fall room. 

Many students often wonder why participation in ASP is required as a condition of their acceptance to WCU for the fall semester. It can be somewhat of a shock to read your admission letter and see that you are being asked to attend summer school. 

Western Carolina University is very concerned with how well entering students begin their WCU experience because beginning has so much to do with whether you will finish (graduate) and how well you will finish. Because admission to WCU is competitive, because WCU uses past performance and standardized test scores to make comparisons among applicants, and because many academic programs at WCU have competitive admission requirements, some applicants may present credentials that point toward potential success at WCU but may contain one or more warning flags, as compared with students who have been offered standard admission. Some applicants present solid courses and grades, but standardized test scores may not be as competitive. Other applicants may have started slowly in high school but then turned things around, or they may have weak subjects that damage their cumulative GPAs while their standardized test scores compare favorably. Each year, a select group of applicants are offered the opportunity to participate in the Academic Success Program (ASP). This first-year program begins in the summer (it runs for five weeks from the end of June to early August) and continues into the fall and spring terms to help ensure first-year success. Admission is competitive and space is limited for this opportunity.

To receive individual feedback concerning your specific situation, please contact your admission counselor in the Office of Admission at 828.227.7317.

In rare cases, you may be able to opt out of ASP if your grades and/or SAT scores improve. However, each student is strongly encouraged to participate in the program. If you feel that your admission for the fall should be reconsidered, you must contact the admissions office at 828.227.7317. Changes in your admission term do not take place automatically.

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