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Catamount Gap

Get a Head Start on Your College Career!



So now that you've been accepted to WCU, why wait for fall? Get a head start on your college career by participating in Catamount Gap! 

This 5-week program, provides students the opportunity to develop a network of faculty, staff, high-achieving upperclassman, and peers in an inclusive learning community environment. Students will receive lots of academic support, earn 6-8 credits toward graduation, and have fun with friends ranging from outdoor adventures to movies and game nights!

  • Gap Classes run June 28th through July 30th, 2021.
  • Get a jump-start on your major or liberal studies requirements--students take USI 130, University Experience (or the corresponding Honors equivalent, USI 101) and two additional courses chosen based on the student's major, interests, and any transfer credit.
  • Connect with other students and make lasting friendships!
  • Build relationships with key faculty members who will continue to support you throughout your time at WCU.
  • Earn 6-8 credits--half a semester's worth of courses--in just five weeks!
  • Receive support from the Writing and Learning Commons, Math Tutoring Center, and Supplemental Instruction.
  • Be matched with a high-achieving peer mentor.
  • Learn the ins and outs of the university during the slower-paced summer session.
  • Go on a field trip! Classes have visited Duke Energy Center, the Cherokee Museum, and the French Broad River.
  • Enjoy the adventure opportunities the mountains of Western North Carolina provides during the summer.

For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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