"I was able to make friends and have fun while still doing something productive with
-- Samantha D, 2018 Catamount Gap Student
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!
WHY Catamount Gap in the Summer?
USI 130: The University Experience (1 credit)
Introduction to the university and to higher education. Discussion of issues involved in the transition from high school to college like time management, brain-based studying techniques, etc. Overall emphasis on academic and career planning and personal development.
- Health 111: Stress Management (HEAL 111)
- Psychology 150: General Psychology (PSY 150)
- Art 104: Introduction to the Visual Arts (ART 104)
- Geology 141: Earth History and Prehistoric Life (GEO 141)
- Education 190: Teachers, Schools and Society (EDCI 190)
These classes are small, approximately 20 to no more than 25 students per course section, so that students receive personal attention from their instructors.
Study Hall Sessions:
In addition to the coursework above, students are required to attend study hall sessions from Monday to Thursday.
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 2022-2023. You may apply for summer FAFSA now. Questions about financial aid should be addressed to the Western Carolina University Financial Aid Office at 828.227.7290 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. We will update with 2023 costs ASAP, but below are the costs of 2021 Catamount Gap:
|2021 Catamount Gap||In-State||Out-of-State|
|Room (double occupancy)||$709.50||$709.50|
|Tuition and Fees, 7 Credit Hours||$1,786.19||$2,857.19|
|Tuition and Fees, 8 Credit Hours||$2,041.36||$3,265.36|
|Total Cost, 7 Credit Hours||$3,245.78||$4,316.78|
|Total Cost, 8 Credit Hours||$3,500.95||$4,724.95|
*Single rooms are available for additional cost, but are limited. Contact Residential Living for more information.
If the student is not waiving health insurance, then there will be an additional fee added for Student Health Insurance. The amount for summer coverage (July) is yet to be determined. This cost will be
added to the student's bill and removed if the student waives the Student Health Insurance
for the school year.
The deposits ($150 tuition and $150 housing) will be subtracted from the total summer charges.
Note: Only one set of deposits ($300 total) needs to be paid and will cover enrollment for the summer and fall terms. Deposits are non-refundable.
The Orientation charges for students and guests must be paid prior to attending orientation. More information about Orientation will be sent in April.
(The University reserves the right to alter any charges without any prior notice upon direction from the appropriate governing authorities.)
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.
For more information, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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