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! Students who qualify for financial aid can use their 2017-18 financial aid package during the summer and complete 6-8 credit hours over 5 weeks.

Check out what some of our summer faculty have to say about their Catamount Gap courses!

Participating in STEM Enrichment? More info available via the link.

For students interested in traveling to Germany before their freshman year, check out Catamount Gap Abroad!

Catamount Gap by the Numbers

  • $105: money waved per credit, summer vs. fall

    A bar chart displaying the Cost to Attend Catamount Gap by the numbers


  • $840: money saved when enrolled in 8 summer credits
  • $50,000: available in summer stipends for those who qualify
  • 26%: students with a perfect 4.0 GPA in summer 2017 Catamount Gap
  • 49%: Gap 2017 students with Dean's List designation or better
  • 3.30: average summer GPA in Catamount Gap 2017
  • 86%: Gap 2017 students who would recommend that their friends attend a summer program

About Catamount Gap

Bridge the gap from high school to college life in an active investigation of how your academic, social, and personal success development are intertwined.

This 5-week program, running June 25-August 1, 2018, 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 academic support opportunities such as individualized tutoring and writing consultations, supplemental instruction group study sessions, and academic skill workshops while earning 6-8 credits toward graduation depending on program track.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in adventure activities such as hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, and rock climbing activities through Base Camp Cullowhee, and enjoy concerts and movies outdoors at the Catafount.

2018 Catamount Gap Dates

  • Move in: Monday, June 25
  • WCU Orientation - June 25-26
  • Summer Classes Begin - Wednesday, June 27
  • Summer Classes End - Wednesday, August 1
  • Closing Session - Wednesday, August 1
  • Fall Classes Begin - August 20

Explore Our Academic Themes

Why a summer in Cullowhee?

  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) students have the exclusive opportunity for a special STEM Enrichment program at no additional cost where they can hone their math skills and prepare for college-level mathematics.
  • Get a jump-start on your major, or earn liberal studies requirements if undecided.
  • Earn 6-8 credits toward graduation in just five weeks.
  • Receive individual support from the Writing and Learning Commons and Math Tutoring Center.
  • Be matched with a high-achieving peer mentor.
  • Learn the ins and outs of the university process during the slower-paced summer session.
  • Be introduced to several out of the classroom student clubs and organizations such as intramural sports, minority student organizations, and other leadership opportunities.
  • Go on a field trip within your learning community: previous years included trips to the Duke Energy Center, the Cherokee Heritage Museum, and a float down the French Broad River.
  • Connect with other students and build relationships with key faculty and staff members who will continue to support you throughout your time at the University.
  • Academic incentives and awards as well as other motivational techniques.
  • Enjoy the local community and adventure opportunities the mountains of Western North Carolina provides during the summer.What Former Catamount Gap Students are Saying


Catamount Gap Residence Hall

All Catamount Gap students will be housed in Norton Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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