"It's amazing and I wouldn't take it back for anything because now, as I'm entering
in the fall, I can do anything." -- Bridget W, ASP Student
Western Carolina University offers the Academic Success Program (ASP) as an opportunity
for students to begin their college experience early and to prepare them for success
in college and beyond. This program is designed to provide a full year of support
to facilitate a successful first-year experience and to help students develop skills
to excel in their college career. It helps motivate them to set higher goals in school
and in life and holds them accountable for demonstrating attitudes and behaviors that
coincide with reaching their goals.
ASP is a conditional admission program in that students who are invited to participate MUST successfully complete a 5-week (June 26th - July 28th, 2023) intensive summer program.
Students are enrolled in to seven credit hours of courses, all of which count toward
graduation, and participate academic, social, and transitional support events, workshops,
and seminars. The highly structured learning community environment is designed to
guide and support students as they prepare for and transition in to their first college
“Keep doing what you are doing because I loved everything about it!”
“It was one of the best experiences ever!”
“y'all did excellent. Thanks so much…”
What was your most enjoyable experience in the Summer?
"The flexibility of a schedule and having a sense of freedom.”
"Meeting new friends that I will have in the fall"
"Going to hike a waterfall"
"Meeting new people and learning new things with them."
"Going hiking and water rafting"
"making memories with new friends"
If you like numbers, check out some of our survey results concerning the Summer:
97% I am excited to return to WCU for the fall semester
94% I am confident in my ability to succeed academically at WCU
94% I will use academic skills presented during ASP during my career at WCU
94% My faculty engaged me in the learning process
95% I will use academic support resources available at WCU during my career at WCU
91% I had support from WCU faculty and staff during the ASP
85% said they developed meaningful relationships with their professors.
85% said they would recommend a friend attend a summer learning community (like ASP)
94% said at ASP, I learned about time management skills
88% At ASP, I learned about goal setting
91% At ASP, I learned about self-care tips; managing physical and mental health
Students take a freshman seminar, a liberal studies course, and a transition course.
More in-depth information about the structure of ASP, including a typical schedule,
can be found on our Summer Academic Structure page!
Move-in: Wednesday, June 21, 2023 (late move-in is allowed on June 22 morning for
WCU Orientations: Thursday and Friday, June 22 and 23, 2023
MAPS Orientation: Saturday, June 24, 2023
Classes begin: Monday, June 26, 2023
Classes end: Friday, July 28, 2023
Closing Ceremony and Move-out: Saturday, July 29, 2023
4. You might have filled out the 2023-2024 FAFSA for your potential Fall enrollment
which will apply to Fall 2023, Spring 2024, and Summer 2024. If you would like to apply for financial aid for the summer ASP Program, please fill
out the 2022-2023 FAFSA which will provide funding for Summer 2023.
Finally, please follow these steps to finish applying to WCU:
Then, refer to the Admitted Students site and follow the step-by-step instructions (if you have not done so already).
Finally, you will log in to your MyWCU account, the same account you used to apply
to continue the admission process. Log onto MyWCU using your 9-2 number (student ID number) which you will find in your acknowledgment