Western Carolina University

Welcome to the Western Carolina University Online Application
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If you wish to make application to an undergraduate distance program, please click here for the appropriate application.  For application to all graduate programs, click here.
Please click here to view our Returning Applicant Policy 

Spring 2016

First-Year CLOSED

Regular Transfer CLOSED

Returning OPEN CLICK HERE to Apply


Summer 2016

First-Year OPEN

Regular Transfer OPEN

Returning OPEN


Fall 2016

First-Year OPEN

Regular Transfer OPEN

Returning OPEN


If you wish to make application to an undergraduate distance program, please click here for the appropriate application.  For application to all graduate programs, click here.











Last updated: 12/4/2015 12:36:00 PM ET

How to Apply

  1. After reading the instructions, please complete the online application as thoroughly as possible. Your failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information on this application will be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission, or dismiss you after enrollment. When you are finished, click the 'SUBMIT' button on the left column of any application screen. Print the application agreement statement that appears after you submit the application. Return the printed application agreement statement to the Office of Admissions at least thirty days before the beginning of the semester for which admission is desired.
  2. Applicants must pay the nonrefundable application fee of $65.
  3. Have a copy of your transcript sent from your high school and each college you have attended. High School seniors who have taken classes at a college/university need to send all college transcripts to Admissions.
  4. Take the Scholastic Assessment Test I (SAT I) or American College Test (ACT) and have your scores sent to WCU--Code 5897 (for SAT I) or Code 3172 (for ACT). (All public universities in North Carolina require scores for the writing section of the SAT or ACT. The writing section of the test is included with the SAT, but if you are taking the ACT you must make sure to register for the "ACT Plus Writing".)

Additional Information

Click on the link below for information on:

Admission Requirements
New Student Orientation

High School Transcripts

Most North Carolina public high schools now have the capability to electronically send official high school transcripts to all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities through CFNC.org. We encourage you to visit your school counselor to verify coursework and grades prior to requesting an electronic transcript.

In order to send electronic transcripts, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled, or enrolled at the time of graduation, at a participating public high school in North Carolina.
  • Make sure you have entered the following information in the This is Me section of Your Profile:
    • First and Last name - This must match your NC SID name (use the name that appears on your report card, or check with your high school counselor).
    • NC Student Number (formerly NCWISE Student ID) - This can also be found on your report card.
    • E-mail address
    • Gender
    • Date of birth
    • My Account is connected to (the high school where you are currently enrolled, or were enrolled at the time of graduation)
If these conditions are met, you are ready to proceed to the Transcript Manager. A successfully requested transcript should be received by the college within 1-2 business days.

Important Announcement:

  • If you graduated in summer 2012 or before, you will need to contact your high school directly to request a transcript. Please note this is a temporary process change for electronic transcripts until NC DPI migrates historical data from NC WISE to PowerSchool.

If these conditions were met when you submitted your CFNC.org online application, you will then be presented with the option to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution.

If you submitted an online admission application through another website or university portal, we encourage you to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution from the CFNC Transcript Manager (located under the Apply tab → To College → Transcript Manager).

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC  28723
In-state telephone: (877) 928-4968
Out-of-state telephone: (877) 928-4968
Fax: (828) 227-7319
E-mail: admiss@wcu.edu
Website: www.wcu.edu
How to Use the Western Carolina University Online Application

To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup lists (where applicable).

After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be re-entered prior to submittal.

When you have completed the application please check your work. When you are ready, click the 'SUBMIT' button located on the left column to submit the application.

Click here if you have any technical questions or need assistance with this online application.

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