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Modified Open House sessions for prospective students to begin Oct. 24

By Bill Studenc

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Western Carolina University will pop up the tents for prospective students and their families and friends as the university holds Open House on Saturday, Oct. 24, with a new outdoor format to meet safety protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Open House gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s wide array of award-winning academic programs, and find out the important details of topics such as financial aid.

Students are asked to select an arrival time when they register online. Arrival times start at 8:30 a.m. and repeat every hour until 12:30 p.m. Once on campus, students and their families will walk approximately 1.5 miles around campus visiting departmental representatives located in tents around campus.

Lunch will not be available at campus dining locations. Visitors are encouraged to eat before or after attending their selected Open House time.

Prospective students and their families are expected to follow all Catamounts Care guidelines while on campus for Open House. Residence halls and academic buildings will not be open for guests to tour.

Preregistration for Open House and more information are available by going to or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 828-227-7317 or toll-free 877-928-4968.

For interested students who cannot attend the Oct. 24 event, Open House also will be held at WCU on three other Saturdays – Nov. 14, Feb. 20 and March 20. In addition, weekday campus tours are available year-round by appointment for students and their families, with information at

Another opportunity to learn about the university is through WCU On Tour, with representatives available to answer questions following a formal presentation in locations across North Carolina. On Tour events are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, in Greensboro; Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Raleigh; and Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Charlotte. These events also have been adjusted to meet current state guidelines and WCU’s Catamounts Care community standards.

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