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.
Transition Pathways are offered to guide your successful transition to college. You
will be introduced to the academic, procedural, and social elements of your new community.
Our Objective is to help you make a seamless and holistic transition to your new community
at WCU and to help you:
Connect you with other students
Connect you with the college
Connect your present college experience with your future goals and plans
Find the Pathway that Works for You
In this one-hour course, you will learn about campus resources, procedures and policies,
as you learn to negotiate college life. You will have opportunities to integrate
your classroom learning with extra-curricular activities and residence hall programming
as you discover your place in your new community. Learn more about these courses
Learning Communities foster integrated learning environments that have the potential
to provide a significant impact on learning outcomes and establish a strong support
network. A Learning Community is a set of linked courses that place students with
similar interests together in two or three courses. Learn more!
In a Living-Learning Community (LLC), students are organized into living-learning
cohorts and are co-located in the same residence hall. These communities connect your
college transition course with residential programming.
The First Year Seminar allows you to become a member of your new community in a dynamic
environment and to experience intellectual life at the university level. Taught by
professors with a passion for the subject and a passion for teaching, these courses
are designed to encourage exploration of new ideas, examine a range of academic topics,
challenge you to set high goals for your academic career, and promote a lifelong love
of learning. First Year Seminars count as a core Liberal Studies requirement for all
degree programs. Learn more!
What is a Transition Pathway course?
This subject of this course is you. It is intentionally designed to promote your self-awareness
and personal success - in college and in life after college - by empowering you with
flexible skills and strategies that are applicable across subjects (transferable,
cross-disciplinary skills) and across time (durable, life-long, learning skills).
You will learn about University academic programs and policies and how to function
within the University environment.
You will find out where to go for help and information, and learn strategies for working
with faculty, staff, and administrators.
You will learn about majors offered at Western and discover which ones are most suited
to your abilities and interests. If you do know what you want to major in, you will
receive guidance in planning courses and experiences to prepare for your major.
You will learn to appreciate the meaning of higher education, and how it helps you
learn about yourself, and share the experience of making new academic and social friendships.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in Service Learning, as you integrate
various academic and co-curricular experiences.
You will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences, identify new understandings
and perspectives, and explore original creative expression.
Involvement in campus activities will be encouraged and supported in order to help
you build connections to the University community.