Western Carolina University offers opportunities to early college high school graduates who have demonstrated the competitive ability to complete a rigorous high school curriculum and maintain college-level academic work.
As an early college high school student, you’ll receive the best of both worlds. Early college high school students have the option to either enter as a transfer student, or enter as a first year student. If you choose to enter as a first year student, you will still reap the benefits of being able to participate in programs such as Western Peaks or Freshman Leadership Institute and still gain the benefits of campus living. While you have to decide whether to apply as a transfer or first year, keep in mind that the total amount of your college credit will determine your class standing (freshman: 0-29 hours; sophomore: 30-59 hours; junior: 60-89 hours; senior: 90 or more hours), which may positively affect things like priority registration, parking privileges and degree program completion. Successful completion of the associate of arts, associate of science or associate of fine arts will allow you to enter as a transfer student. If you do not complete one of these degrees, you will be required to apply as a first year student. Complete of one of these degree programs through a North Carolina community college will fulfill all liberal studies requirements for a degree at WCU, regardless of which application type you elect. (NOTE: Earning an associate degree or fulfilling the liberal studies program does not assure that a student can complete a bachelor’s degree from WCU in two years. Academic program admission requirements, course prerequisites and course sequencing vary from program to program and affect the time it may take to earn a degree. Review the program requirements of your intended major for more information.)
All early college high school students must submit the following items:
(Exemptions may apply towards high school transcript and standardized test scores)
To apply, click here. As an Early college applicant, you can choose whether to apply as a first year or a transfer student. However, please keep in mind the impact of this decision. We have compiled a list of some of the differences here.
Admitted early college high school students should submit an official final college transcript prior to enrollment. Once this transcript has been evaluated, students earning an associate degree will be awarded Western Carolina University credit and enter at junior academic standing, regardless of whether they chose to apply as first year or transfer.
What We Look for in an EC Student:
As a selective institution, a competitive applicant is a student who has:
When reviewing each applicant’s credentials, our admission counselors consider a student’s entire academic record, including high school and college-level work, and while a student’s qualifications may be competitive, admission is not guaranteed.
For more information about WCU and our admission requirements, follow the links for a first-year applicant or contact the Admission Office at 1-877-WCU-4YOU (1-877-928-4968) or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .