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FACULTY/STAFF DIRECTORY

 
Newly-Admitted Undergraduate Distance Students

Stage One (Accepted to WCU)

I was accepted to the University (stage one). What is next?

How will I know if I am accepted to a distance learning program

What happens if I am not accepted to a distance learning program?

Can I receive Financial Aid as a distance learning student?

Who do I contact about Veterans Benefits?

What are WCU's Technical Requirements?

Stage Two (Accepted to a distance learning program)

I received my stage-two/program acceptance letter. What is next?

Why must I submit the Intent to Enroll form?

I submitted the Intent to Enroll form. What is next?

How do I find out how my previous coursework transfers to WCU?

How do I access student services via the internet?

What classes should I register for?

How do I register for classes?

How do I order my textbook(s)?

How do I pay your tuition and fees


 Current Student Resource Page 


Stage One (Accepted to WCU)

I was accepted to the University (stage one).  What is next ?

Admission to a Distance Learning program is a two-stage process.  After you are admitted to the University your application information and transcripts will be reviewed by the program.  Distance Learning programs have a variety of deadlines, but most program admission decisions are made between April-June for the fall term and October-November for the spring term.  To learn more about when a specific program will be making stage two admission decisions please visit the program page or contact us at distance@wcu.edu or 1.866.928-4723.

How will I know if I am accepted to a distance learning program

All students will receive either written or electronic correspondence of their stage-two program admission decision.  Fall applicants are typically notified between April-June and spring applicants are typically notified between October-November.  All correspondence will be sent to the physical address or email address provided on the distance learning application.  You may make changes to your contact information by contacting the Office of Admission at admiss@wcu.edu or 1.877.WCU.4YOU.

What happens if I am not accepted to a distance learning program ?

Students who are not accepted to a distance learning program will receive either written or electronic correspondence of their stage-two program admission decision.  If the program has reached capacity and the applicant meets admission requirements they will be offered a "Change of Term" that will allow their university application to remain active for the next available term.  If the applicant does not meet program admission requirements they will be encouraged to take additional classes at their local Community College prior to re-applying to the program.  

Under certain circumstances applicants can take liberal studies classes as an undeclared student pending admission to a distance learning program. 

Can I recieve Financial Aid as a distance learning student ?

Yes.  In order to receive Financial Aid a student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This form is available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or on WCU's Financial Aid website.

WCU's Title IV school code number is 002981 (you will be asked for this code on the FAFSA)

Contact the Financial Aid Office at 828.227.7290 or finaid@wcu.edu.

Who do I contact about Veterans Benefits ?

To discuss educational benefits if you are now serving, have served, or are an immediate family member (spouse or child) of a current or past service member in any branch of the United States Armed Forces, please contact the Military Student Services Office at 828.227.7397, military@wcu.edu, or visit Military Student Services online.

What are WCU's Technical Requirements ?

Computer Requirements for All Students

WCU Minimum Computer Specifications for Students 


Stage Two (Accepted to a distance learning program)

I received my stage-two/program acceptance letter.  What is next ?

Carefully review your admission letter and all included information.  You will be asked to complete and return the enclosed intent to enroll form.  Many programs allow a very brief amount of time to return the intent to enroll form, please be sure that you are meet the required deadline.  Intent to enroll forms should be returned immediately to the Division of Educational Outreach/Distance Learning (distance@wcu.edu or 1.828.227.7115 fax or 138 Camp Building, Cullowhee, NC  28723). 

Why must I submit the Intent to Enroll form ?

In order for you to be eligible to self-register or electronically conduct business with WCU you must complete and return the Intent to Enroll form to the Department of Educational Outreach/Distance Learning.

***Many programs require that the form is returned by a specific date, please be sure that you meet required deadlines or your offer to the program may be withdrawn***

By signing the document, you agree to successfully complete any outstanding/pending or conditional requirements as communicated by the Office of Admission and understand that final admission to the university and your ability to register for classes may be contingent upon successful completion of these requirements.

I submitted the Intent to Enroll form.  What is next ?

After the form has been received and processed the Division of Educational Outreach/Distance Learning will send you a confirmation email with additional information regarding the upcoming semester.  New student should familiarize themselves with the Distance Learning Student Resource Page, the Distance Learning Student Resource Guide and all program requirements.

How do I find out how my previous coursework transfers to WCU ?

Your official transfer evaluation will be completed by the Registrar's Office after your Intent to Enroll form has been processed.  Transfer evaluations typically take about 2-4 weeks to complete.  

If you attended a N.C Community College you can view the N.C Community College course equivalencies or N.C Community College Liberal Studies equivalency chart.

NEW!  The course look-up-tool allows you to look up your transfer credits by institution.  If the class has been previously articulated at WCU you will see the transfer credit that is awarded for the class.

How do I access student services via the internet ?

  1. Go to the WCU home page: http://www.wcu.edu/
  2. Go to the “My CAT” link found to the right on the purple banner
  3. Enter your username (Student ID [92#] – no hyphens or dashes)
  4. Enter your password - (*Initially, your PIN has been set as 6 digits, first 2 for birth month, next 2 for birth date, and last 2 for last two digits of your birth year. If this doesn’t work, please try as your six digit code - first 2 for birth month, next 2 for last two digits of your birth year and for the last two digits enter 00 (zero, zero).   However, if you have changed your PIN, use your new number.
  5. Go to the “Personal Services” tab and review your information and resource information.
What classes should I register for ?

Please contact your academic advisor for assistance with planning your class schedule. 

Distance Learning Class Schedule

How do I register for classes?

  1. Go to the WCU home page: http://www.wcu.edu/
  2. Go to the “My CAT” link found to the right on the purple banner
  3. Enter your username (Student ID [92#] – no hyphens or dashes)
  4. Enter your password - (*Initially, your PIN has been set as 6 digits, first 2 for birth month, next 2 for birth day, and last 2 for last two digits of your birth year. If this doesn’t work, please try as your six digit code - first 2 for birth month, next 2 for last two digits of your birth year and for the last two digits enter 00 (zero, zero).   However, if you have changed your PIN, use your new number.
  5. Go to the “Personal Services” tab
  6. Go to “Student Tab”
  7. Click on  "Registration"
  8. Click on “Add/Drop Classes”
  9. Select a Term using the drop down box 
  10. Enter your schedule by entering the 5-digit Course Registration Numbers (CRN#)

The CRN# is a five digit number (i.e. 12250 BK 250 Intro Birth-Kindergarten).
When you finish entering all of your courses, click on the “Submit Registration” button.
A message will be displayed indicating the status of the request.

How do I order my textbook(s)?

You order your textbooks through the online bookstore. The bookstore has been set up as a secure server site. If you do not wish to pay by credit card, you may contact Pam Bryson at 1-866-272-4102. Your textbooks will  be shipped for a minimal fee via UPS and should arrive at your doorstep within 48 hours of your order.

How do I pay your tuition and fees ?

The bill payment information may be found here.
 
*Visit the Current Students Resource Page for additional information.

 

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