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Application Deadlines for 2021

Please note: The only programs still open for fall 2021 are the BSBA programs (Business Law, Entrepreneurship, and Finance), Engineering Technology, and Undeclared. The University application for spring 2022 will open July 1, 2021.

Admission to Distance Learning programs is a two stage process. Stage one is acceptance to the university. Stage two is acceptance to the program.

Before you start the application:

  • If you are interested in one of our Graduate Degree Programs, please visit the Graduate School's Application Page for more information.
  • Please check the undergraduate admission requirements to make sure you meet the admission standards. (NOTE: Because all current Undergraduate Distance Learning program offerings require advanced standing and/or specialized credentials, the Distance Learning Application IS NOT designed for entering freshman seeking full-time enrollment.)
  • Make sure to visit the Program page to verify that you meet their admission requirements, too.
  • Check the available terms for your program of choice.

All Semesters

  • Business Administration and Law
  • Innovation Leadership and Entreprenuership
  • Engineering Tech (Hybrid)
  • Undeclared
  • RALC
  • Special Credit
  • Transient

Fall and Spring Only

  • Birth-Kindergarten
  • Criminal Justice
  • Emergency and Disaster Management (EDM)
  • RN to BSN

Fall Only

  • Emergency Medical Care

Steps to Apply:

Complete and submit the online application. (If you are a returning student, please make sure to check our Readmission Policy.) Pay the $65 application fee and submit official copies of all required transcripts. The $65.00 application fee is non-refundable. Send transcripts and other application materials to:

Western Carolina University

Office of Admissions 

110 H.F. Robinson 

Cullowhee, NC 28723

If you are sending your transcript via secure electronic transcript service, please send it to

Submit Supplemental Application to the program, if required.  Some programs do not require a separate application but instead just review your official transcripts after they have been submitted to admissions to determine program acceptance. 

  • Criminal Justice: Applications are now open for spring 2022.  Please have both University and program application completed  and accepted by November 15, 2020 to be considered for spring 2021.  Completion Deadlines are  November 15 for spring 2021 and June 1 for fall 2021. This means you must have been accepted by the  University by this date and have your program application in for CJ as well. We would recommend having your University application submitted and transcripts sent by October 15 2020 for spring 2020 and May 1, 2021 for fall 2020 admission to ensure enough time to be accepted by these dates. No summer admission.
  • Emergency Medical Care:  Fall 2022 will open in September 2021.   Fall admit only. Due January 15. As long as you have a University application in and a program application in by January 15, you will be able to be reviewed. You can still be working through the admissions office for this process as long as you have a supplemental application on file. 
  • RN-BSN:  The spring 2022 program application is now open. Completion Deadlines are September 10 for spring 2021 and  March 15 for fall 2021. This means you must have been accepted by the  University by this date and have your program application in for RN to BSN as well. We would recommend having your University application submitted and transcripts sent by  August 20 for spring 2021 and February 10 for fall 2021 admission to ensure enough time to be accepted by these dates. No summer admission. The program does not make admissions decisions until after the deadline. No summer admission.
  • Birth to Kindergarten degree seeking, AIG, RALC and Alternative Licensure students: Birth to Kindergarten and Alternative Licensure are now CLOSED for fall 2021.  The BK Degree Seeking students for spring 2022 will receive a link to the program application starting in September 2021. There is currently no supplemental application for licensure only (have a bachelor's adlready) students. If you are a licensure only student (not degree) you will need to send verifcation of your bachelor's degree and copies of your unofficial transcripts to Greg McLamb - once you complete the University application. The programs' priority deadline are March 20th and October 20th. If you are fully accepted to the University by the 15th you will receive notification by the 20th. If not, you will have to wait till the next monthly 15th-20th review cycle. This continues till the program is full.

Once University Admissions has all of your materials (supplemental applications go to the program, not Admissions) they will make a decision and send you a letter notifying you of your university admission decision. This is the end of stage one.

If you are accepted by the university, then your application materials and supplemental application (if required, see above programs requiring supplemental applications) will be reviewed by the program. This can take several days to several weeks, depending on the program and your university admission date. Once a decision is made, you will be notified via email and provided with an Intent to Enroll form. Follow the instructions on the form and return the form as directed.

After you return your ITE, you will get one final email with all the instructions you need to contact your advisor and prepare to register.
The timeline for completion of the application process varies for most programs. EMC and RN-BSN generally takes 8-10 weeks from the deadline to begin sending out decisions, but it could take longer depending on the number of applicants and available seats. Most other programs take 1-3 weeks from the completion of stage one to making an offer of admission to stage two. Again, this could take longer during peak enrollment periods.

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