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WCU Student Brittney Windham

Brittany Windham finds her place in the Black Student Union

In seeking a university to attend, Brittney Windham hoped to find a school that had a Black Student Union she could join. During the spring semester of her freshman year, Windham joined Western Carolina University’s Black Student Union. Shortly thereafter, she entered the Miss Black Student Union pageant – and won.   

Latinx Students on Campus

Latinx Heritage Month

Here at WCU, we strive to create an environment in which everyone can feel welcome, regardless of their background. To celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, we're putting the spotlight on some of the organizations and staff members who help make this campus an inclusive place for all students.  

Students Studying

Lowering the Debt for WCU Students

$1.53 Trillion. That is the current estimated student loan debt in America, and it grows minute by minute. While those Western Carolina University undergraduates who owe student debt graduate with an average of $20,500 of debt - almost $17,000 less than the national average - our goal is to continue to provide options for students to incur as little debt as possible.   

Aaron Plantenberg and Jaelyn Wynn

Catamounts for Recovery offers a safe space for recovering students

Western Carolina University is doing its part to help those affected by this crisis. In addition to receiving counseling help at Counseling and Psychological Services, students can receive support from Catamounts for Recovery. A student-run organization, Catamounts for Recovery is a sober community of individuals supporting recovery from substance use and assistance with mental health issues.  

Chancellor Brown, First-Gentleman Dennis, Paws and students in front of the Chancellors Residence

Countdown to Cullowhee: 1 Day

Move-in day is one of the most exciting days on campus every year…new Catamounts and their parents are buzzing with anticipation for the opening of a new chapter. And upperclassmen return to continue their studies. Now that Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and her husband Dennis are all moved-in, they can’t wait for our students to arrive and begin another incredible academic year!  

Students on Campus

Countdown to Cullowhee: 2 Days

A familiar face, a friendly smile, an excited wave… As students return home Cullowhee, campus is filled with vibrant life once again. It’s time to gather with friends, catch-up, and kick off a new year school year full of opportunity.  

Student with an alarm

Countdown to Cullowhee: 3 Days

What about… Hit snooze once or twice… maybe three times, but be ready to hit the ground running. New professors and classes promise exciting opportunities to try something different, pick up a new skill, or get to understand the world from another view. Wake up, get out there, and decide to succeed as you chase after your future.  

Student in a hammock on campus

Countdown to Cullowhee: 4 Days

A morning breeze, a good book, sunshine coming through the trees, and the fountain splashing in the distance…If you’re looking for a moment of relaxation on campus or need somewhere to catch-up on your studies, tie up a hammock, sit back, and take it all in. Beauty and tranquility surround you.  

Band performer

Countdown to Cullowhee: 5 Days

The Cullowhee Valley is once again filling with the sounds of the Baddest Band in the Land. As the award-winning Pride of the Mountains marching band prepares for their return to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can bet you’ll hear the tick of a metronome and beating drums anywhere you turn.  

Cullowhee Countdown!  

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