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Frequently Asked Questions

The dates for the 2021 Catamount Gap are as follows:

  • Classes begin: Monday, June 28th, 2021
  • Classes end: Friday, July 30th, 2021

IMPORTANT: Students participating in Catamount Gap will be assigned to Allen Residence Hall for the Summer ONLY.
more information about Allen 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.

After you submit your Program Participation Agreement, visit the Pre-Registration to access a complete list of items that need to be completed. Some of these include :
• Pay your tuition and housing deposits
• 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 learning community activities. The costs for the fall and spring semesters are at the regular school year rate. Below are the costs for 2018 Catamount Gap. 

Room (double occupancy):  $712.00

Meal Plan (60 Block Meals + $191.53 Declining Balance):  $710.46

Tuition and Fees

6 Credit Hours

In-State:  $1,532.02
Out-of-State: $2,449.02


7 Credit Hours

In-State:  $1,786.19
Out-of-State:  $2,857.19


8 Credit Hours

In-State:  $2,041.36
Out-of-State:  $3,265.36

Total Cost

6 Credit Hours

In-State:  $2,953.48
Out-of-State: $3,871.48


7 Credit Hours

In-State:  $3,208.65
Out-of-State:  $4,279.65


8 Credit Hours

In-State:  $3,463.82
Out-of-State:  $4,687.82

*Single rooms are available for $897.00, but are limited. Contact Residential Living for more information.

Orientation Costs:
The Orientation fee must be paid separately at the time that you register for orientation. More information about Orientation will be available soon.

About Deposits: Please refer to item #2.

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

Health Insurance:
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 $245.61 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.

 Supplemental Course Materials/Supplies/Texts:
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.

Spending Money:
In addition, you may want to have some spending money for meals out, activities, etc. We will offer many optional activities on weekends and evenings that may involve your being away from campus. Some activities will be free and others offered at a reduced rate through university partners. For some you may need to pay for your meals and/or admission to the event.

Parking Permits: 
Summer Parking permits will be available for around $65. Students must bring proof of insurance and vehicle registration along with the parking permit form.

Students in Catamout Gap are eligible to apply for federal financial aid to cover the cost of the program. If you are interested in financial aid for Summer School, you must also complete FAFSA for 2021-2022. You may apply for summer FAFSA now by clicking this link. Questions about financial aid should be addressed to the Western Carolina University Financial Aid Office at 828.227.7290 or emailed to

Students may participate in intramurals, attend movies and concerts, 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.

2021 Activities & Events Waiver Form

The focus of the MAPS Summer program is to introduce you to the rigor of college study and help you make the transition from high school to college life and learning among a group of peers with similar interests. You will be in 3 courses with total credits ranging between 6-8 credit hours. A typical line up will be similar to this: 

• Liberal Studies Course 1; 3 hr. credit

• Liberal Studies Course 2; 3 hr. credit

• USI 130: University Experience; 1 hr. credit OR USI 101: Honors Forum

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 experiential components and a service learning component to involve the students and engage them in becoming responsible and active participants in learning. 

You will continue to receive attention and support from the Mentoring and Persistence to Success Office (MAPS) throughout the fall and spring of your first year at WCU. As a leader of your class peers, you will find many opportunities ahead!

Yes, all 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.

Students who plan to bring a vehicle for the summer will need to complete a summer vehicle registration form and bring with them to orientation . Students must have their vehicle registration card and proof of insurance with them in order to obtain a permit.

Students who are planning to have a vehicle on campus for the fall semester can register online prior to their arrival this summer and will receive their fall parking permit in the mail at their home address in July. Registration will be available online in late spring.

However, we strongly encourage you to stay on campus on the weekends to be able to participate in scheduled activities.

Due to the rigorous nature of the courses and a summer schedule that allows you to earn 6-8 credits in only 5 weeks, you are discouraged from having a job during the MAPS summer session. 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 summer entry students have reported several benefits such as:
• Gaining early confidence in college-level classes
• Earning 6-8 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)
  • Phone
  • 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)
  • Television

A more extensive list of items

Due to space restrictions and the use of residence halls during the summer leading up to fall, students may be unable to move into their fall room. Details on this will be made available at a future date.

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