“I’ve been admitted—what now?” you may ask. Congratulations! Landing here is a good first step.
First, you may still need to determine if WCU is the best fit for you. As excited as we are that you have applied and have been admitted, we do not presume that an offer of admission means that you plan to enroll (or should enroll, for that matter). You may have been admitted to multiple colleges or universities. Have you visited to see which campus is the best fit for you? Your higher education is a tremendous investment. Be sure to take WCU for a test drive at an open house or through a campus tour. As much as we would like for you to enroll, we are most interested in enrolling students who have done their homework regarding college selection so that they find the perfect fit, perform well and graduate from WCU. Your first step is to make sure that WCU is the right place for you.
Once you know that you want to become a Catamount, you need to reserve a space in the entering class by submitting your tuition deposit. Acceptance to WCU does not ensure that a space is reserved for you—submission of the tuition deposit in advance of deadlines does so.
Do not forget to finish strong and to submit official final records of all high school or college work as well as any credit-bearing examination results (i.e., AP, IB or CLEP subject examination results). Remember that all admission offers are conditional upon the submission of timely official records showing successful completion of remaining coursework. Timely submission of college transcripts and examination results are very important in the credit assessment, advising and registration processes as well.
Speaking of advising and registration, the four important steps you must complete in order for advising and registration for your first term at WCU to occur are:
- Submitting Your Nonrefundable Tuition Deposit: This is our way of assuring that we will fill the entering class without overbooking the class. Think of your offer of acceptance as a declaration that you are eligible to fly. Think of your tuition deposit as guaranteeing you a boarding pass.
- Submitting Your Immunization Records: Completed immunization records are required by the state for your enrollment (they must be official health department or physician records). This also helps our health service professionals collect information to keep you healthy and safe.
- Completing CatWalk: CatWalk, our preregistration program, is designed to help you become familiar with course offerings and provide your academic adviser with information about your interests. Once the CatWalk completion period opens (you will receive notification from Advising), the same username and password that you used to log into Catamount Gateway will be used to log into CatWalk (do you remember the 9-2 number that you received in your acknowledgement letter?).
- Registering for Orientation: Orientation is required of first-time students. We know that the first year at a new institution is the highest at-risk timeframe in terms of student retention. We want to arm you with information that helps ensure your success. Multiple sessions will be available but select sessions will begin to fill when orientation registration opens so be sure to note orientation dates and registration timelines.
While these four steps are essential to being able to register, the path to enrollment has more steps than the key ones mentioned above. Your Next Steps provides more information about gaining admission to actually enrolling as a Catamount.