Supportive Community

The Department of Residential Living offers a variety of programs and events specifically designed to promote student success. In partnership with faculty and staff from across campus, Residential Living provides regular study halls, academic workshops, and a variety of involvement and social activities.


Western Carolina PEAKS is our residential first-year experience for freshmen. PEAKS is a caring community that provides new students with a strong foundation for their academic career at WCU. PEAKS offers students opportunities focused on helping them transition to WCU and succeed both personally and academically. The PEAKS program works with students to help them connect with others and meet the academic challenges of college. PEAKS students develop meaningful relationships with faculty and staff and work to clarify their goals and aspirations.

The supportive community in PEAKS is continued in EXTREMES for sophomores and juniors living on campus.  EXTREMES is a cooperative venture of faculty, staff and students to support the continued development and success sophomores and juniors. Students who participate in EXTREMES programs will better define academic and personal goals, create a map of coursework for future semesters, and keep a checklist of activities to be completed to stay on track to graduate.

Leadership Opportunities

Residents also have the opportunity to gain leadership experience by getting involved with their Residence Hall Council or the Resident Student Association.  Through these organizations, students represent their halls on a variety of campus-wide topics and work directly with the Department of Residential Living’s leadership team.  Students also have the opportunity to represent WCU at various state, regional, and national conferences.


Living-Learning Communities

These communities encourage learning both in and out of the classroom.  Students with similar interests and goals take classes together and are housed together on themed floors. Living – Learning Communities have a high degree of faculty and staff involvement and make the student experience richer and more meaningful.

band of brothers

Students will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of masculinity. Students will explore opportunities to express emotion in an appropriate manner and in a setting where individuals rely on one another for support towards reaching and utilizing their full potential. There will be opportunities to begin raising awareness of men's issues among others in the campus community and explore the bonds that are created between men.

cultural competency


going green

Students will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of sustainability, as they examine concepts of sustainable development and global climate change. Students will examine the ecological and economic benefits of conserving energy; examine methods on how to reduce energy consumption; and have a positive impact on long term energy consumption habits of the university community. Students will examine the Social Change Model of Leadership Development within the context of energy consumption and how it affects the economy, environment and our overall footprint on the Earth.

Secrets of Powerful Women

This class focuses on the bonds that are created between female friends. Students will examine the role of and issues for women in leadership within the context of the individual, group afflictions, and communities including the global community. Students will examine how individuals and cultures measure success as it pertains to women and how and individual can define her own measures of success. Students will examine questions surrounding what it means to be a successful woman in the new millennium: what a successful woman looks like; how she acts; and the role the media plays in these definitions.

WHEE Teach

The College of Education & Allied Professions has teamed up with the student organization WHEE TEACH and Residential Living to create a dynamic first year experience for students interested in becoming educators. This Learning Community includes an academic cohort of courses including the Transition Pathway course.

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