Levern Hamlin Allen Residence Hall

Western Carolina University is honored to name its newest addition to campus in recognition of Levern Hamlin Allen. This new residence hall will house a community of 600 diverse students pursuing their dreams, and it will bear the name of an ambitious alumna who helped open the door for the opportunities they enjoy today. Allen completed a post-secondary education program at WCU in the summer of 1957. She was the first African-American student at what was then Western Carolina College, and she later served on the WCU Board of Trustees.

Honoring a Trailblazer


Levern Hamlin Allen

WCU's upper campus residence hall will bear the name of the first African-American student to enroll at WCU and among the first to be admitted to any of North Carolina's all-white universities.

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Building the Future


An aerial photograph of the construction of Levern Hamlin Allen Hall

See images from the construction of this five-story, 170,000-square-foot residence hall that will house a community of 600 diverse students pursuing their dreams.

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Looking Back


 Levern Hamlin Allen with her scrapbook from 1957

Take a look back at WCU in 1957, when it was Western Carolina College, by exploring Levern Hamlin Allen's scrapbook from her summer on campus here in Cullowhee.

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Breaking Barriers

Images from Allen's time at WCU

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