Student success is at the heart of everything we do at Western Carolina, beginning
with our admissions decisions and carrying through graduation and beyond.
The goal of our Office of Student Success is to provide the support needed to ensure
each student reaches his or her academic potential, including identifying the right
field of study and completing a degree that will lead to opportunities beyond WCU.
Anchors of Success
Located in Killian Annex, the Advising Center offers comprehensive academic advising
to undeclared and declared undergraduate students at Western Carolina University.
The Center provides a holistic approach to advising by addressing students' academic
and social potential. Advisors help students select proper courses, choose careers
and appropriate majors, to understand university academic policies and procedures,
and to cope with the transition to college.
Career and Professional Development
WCU’s Center for Career and Professional Development works to support students in
the identification and integration of career and academic goals with real-world experiences.
It facilities on- and off-campus work opportunities, internships and more. They assists
students in the articulation of professional competencies to succeed in post-graduate
Finish in Four
The Finish in Four is Western Carolina University's pledge to provide students with
the resources and guidance necessary to successfully complete their undergraduate
degree in four years. In Finish in Four, students will work with campus professionals
to create a clear roadmap for success.
Western Carolina offers a Math Tutoring Center that provides drop-in tutoring as well
as scheduled one-on-one sessions and workshops.
In addition, WCU’s Writing and Learning Commons provides one-on-one writing tutoring,
course tutoring for small groups and workshops on writing, research and academic skills.
Office of Student Retention
The Office of Student Retention implements targeted advising interventions for students
in need of additional support to be successful. Through collaboration with cross-campus
partners, the office identifies these students and provides academic case management,
advising students and connecting them with campus resources.
Office of Student Transitions
The Office of Student Transitions at WCU will help you connect the pieces as you transition
into college life. Our office aims to foster opportunities that will empower students to thrive in transition,
as they become co-creators of their college experience.
The Office of Student Transitions offers shared academic experiences for freshmen, resources for transfer students,
Mentoring and Persistence to Success
Mentoring and Persistence to Success provides comprehensive programs and holistic
services designed to connect first generation, low income, and independent students
with resources on campus.
We seek to empower students to achieve academic and personal goals, and guide them
to graduation from Western Carolina University. Services include specialized advising, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and more.
Office of Accessibility Resources
The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) is dedicated to inclusion and ensuring
equal access for individuals with disabilities by providing campus-wide accessibility
services and reasonable accommodations for eligible students. The OAR partners with
faculty and operates a full-scale Test Proctoring Center for students with disabilities.
Other services provided include accessible technology assistance, accommodation plans,
consultation, coaching, fulfilling alternative textbook orders, training, and outreach
to support campus partners and the success of students.
High Impact Practices (HIPs)
High Impact Practices are defined by the Association of American Colleges & Universities
as teaching and learning practices that have been "widely tested and [...] shown to
be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, especially historically
underserved students, who often do not have equitable access to high-impact learning."
At WCU, High Impact Practices are quickly becoming a major focus in all colleges,
as we seek to provide the very best experiential and classroom learning opportunities
for our students.