“I’ve been admitted—what now?” you may ask. Congratulations! Landing here is a good first step.
The next steps differ for transfer students who have been admitted to WCU for distance and online programs. Those students should refer to the materials they receive and information found at the Recently Admitted Distance and Online Learning Students site.
Your first step is to make sure that WCU is the fit for you. Be sure to take WCU for
a test drive at an open house or through a campus tour if you have not done so as
yet. 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.
Once you know that you want to become a Catamount, you need to reserve a space in the transfer 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 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 transfer 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 of North Carolina for your enrollment (they must be official health department or physician records rather as opposed to medical information on high school records). Besides, our Health Service professionals need information about you to help keep you healthy and safe.
- Completing CatWalk: CatWalk, our preregistration program for new undergraduates, 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 your 9-2 number that you received in your acknowledgement letter?).
- Registering for Orientation: Orientation is required of transfer students. Policies, procedures, credit assessment and requirements vary from institution to institution. We want to arm you with information that helps ensure your success at WCU. Transfer 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 as to the ascent from gaining admission to actually enrolling as a Catamount.