Returning Students

Who is a Returning Student?

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You are a returning student if you wish to enroll at WCU to earn an undergraduate degree, you have enrolled previously at WCU to earn an undergraduate degree, and:

  1. You were not in good academic or social standing when you ceased enrollment at WCU and have missed one or more semesters at WCU (excluding summer) OR
  2. You were in good academic and social standing when you ceased enrollment at WCU, you did not complete your undergraduate degree, and you ceased WCU enrollment for three or more consecutive terms, including summer (i.e., you were not enrolled for a consecutive fall, spring, summer; a consecutive spring, summer, fall; or a consecutive summer, fall, spring) OR
  3. You completed or will complete the undergraduate degree in which you are enrolled but wish to continue at WCU to pursue another undergraduate degree.

NOTE: If you were an undergraduate student in good standing who ceased enrollment prior to graduating and you plan to return prior to missing three consecutive terms (one academic year), then you are a “resuming student” as opposed to a “returning student” and you do not have to re-apply. Contact the Advising Center for more information and to resume enrollment.

NOTE: Some policies and procedures differ for students who plan to enroll or re-enroll in distance or online programs. Refer to the distance program admission webpage for more information.

Important Policy Change - Please Read Carefully!

Effective 7-1-2010, if you were (1) enrolled at WCU within the past calendar year but are not enrolled now, (2) currently are in good standing at WCU (your WCU GPA is a 2.00 or above, and you are not on academic or disciplinary suspension or probation), and (3) you are not changing your classification (i.e. are not changing your degree/non-degree status, did not graduate from WCU since your last enrollment, or are not requesting a change in graduate/undergraduate level), you do not need to reapply to WCU.  You should contact the Advising Center at advisingcenter@email.wcu.edu or 828-227-7753 for more information about advising and course registration. If you attended another college or university since your previous enrollment at WCU, official transcripts of this work must be sent to the Registrar’s Office. See the chart below for further clarification.

Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015 Fall 2015 Spring 2016
Enrolled Not Enrolled Not Enrolled Not Enrolled Reapply    
  Enrolled Not Enrolled Not Enrolled Not Enrolled Reapply  
    Enrolled Not Enrolled Not Enrolled Not Enrolled Reapply

Any student who (1) has not been enrolled at WCU for one calendar year or more, or (2) is returning after academic or disciplinary suspension or probation, or (3) is changing degree/non-degree seeking status or graduate/undergraduate level (or graduated from WCU since your last enrollment at WCU)must apply for readmission. The link for completing a new application is below. You are required to submit the $65 application processing fee. If you attended another college or university since your previous enrollment at WCU, official transcripts of this work must be sent to the Admission Office.  

If you are returning after academic or disciplinary suspension or probation, then you will need to fill out the Statement of Academic Intent which can be found here.

Click here to begin the application process.

If you have any questions regarding the university or the admission process, please contact us at:

OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION
Western Carolina University
1 University Drive
102 Cordelia Camp Building
Cullowhee, N.C. 28723
877.928.4968
828.227.7317

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