First-Year Orientation

Catamount Gateway

Welcome to Western Carolina University! We are pleased that you will be attending the New Student Orientation program. The program is designed so that you will receive quality academic advising and become familiar with your new home-away-from-home.      

It is our goal at Orientation for students to leave with a class schedule for the upcoming fall semester.  In order to complete your class schedule you must have met the immunization requirements as set forth by the NC Dept of Health and Human Services for college students.  Those requirements include:
3 TDap or combination of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
2 MMR or combination of measles, mumps and rubella
Hepatitis B Series (3 Vaccines)

Click the link above to get detailed information regarding your specific immunization and documentation requirements.

Student Health Insurance

Make a Deposit! 

Students must email a digital photo to the CatCard Office (catcard@wcu.edu) or mail a hard copy photo to WCU CatCard Office, 205 Killian Annex, Cullowhee, NC, 28723 one week before your scheduled orientation session so that you can pick up CatCards at check in. 

This orientation program will end following your advising session when you receive your class schedule.

What to Bring

*All students and on-campus guests are asked to bring:

Bed Linens (Extra-Long Twin) Small Fan Pillow
Towel Toiletries Comfortable Walking Shoes
Light Jacket Rain Gear  Workout Clothing


Financial Aid Checklist

Where to Stay

All students attending orientation are required to stay on campus.  Each student will be paired with a student roommate on a first-come, first-served basis and will be housed with our orientation counselors as an introduction to student life. 

Registered Parents and Guests may opt to stay on campus for a $100 all-inclusive fee per person.  Parents/Guests that opt to stay on campus will be placed in Blue Ridge Hall

If Parents and Guests would like to stay off campus, please contact the Chamber the Chamber of Commerce at www.mountainlovers.com (828-586-2155) for a listing of accommodations.

The standard Parent/Guest fee is $70 per person for off campus guests. 

Optional Side Trips

First Ascent trips by Base Camp Cullowhee 



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