$1.53 Trillion. That is the current estimated student loan debt in America, and it grows minute by minute. While those Western Carolina University undergraduates who owe student debt graduate with an average of $20,500 of debt - almost $17,000 less than the national average - our goal is to continue to provide options for students to incur as little debt as possible.
Western Carolina University is doing its part to help those affected by this crisis. In addition to receiving counseling help at Counseling and Psychological Services, students can receive support from Catamounts for Recovery. A student-run organization, Catamounts for Recovery is a sober community of individuals supporting recovery from substance use and assistance with mental health issues.
Move-in day is one of the most exciting days on campus every year…new Catamounts and their parents are buzzing with anticipation for the opening of a new chapter. And upperclassmen return to continue their studies. Now that Chancellor Kelli R. Brown and her husband Dennis are all moved-in, they can’t wait for our students to arrive and begin another incredible academic year!
A familiar face, a friendly smile, an excited wave… As students return home Cullowhee, campus is filled with vibrant life once again. It’s time to gather with friends, catch-up, and kick off a new year school year full of opportunity.
What about… Hit snooze once or twice… maybe three times, but be ready to hit the ground running. New professors and classes promise exciting opportunities to try something different, pick up a new skill, or get to understand the world from another view. Wake up, get out there, and decide to succeed as you chase after your future.
A morning breeze, a good book, sunshine coming through the trees, and the fountain splashing in the distance…If you’re looking for a moment of relaxation on campus or need somewhere to catch-up on your studies, tie up a hammock, sit back, and take it all in. Beauty and tranquility surround you.
The Cullowhee Valley is once again filling with the sounds of the Baddest Band in the Land. As the award-winning Pride of the Mountains marching band prepares for their return to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you can bet you’ll hear the tick of a metronome and beating drums anywhere you turn.
When you see campus, there is only one way to describe what you feel. You don’t know how you know, but you know. It could be the sense of place you feel or the wonder of nature that surrounds you or the connections you’ve forged with forever friends and mentors, but only one thought crosses your mind. This…is home.
Just as sure as the sun rises, it sets. While you’re at WCU, make the most of the time you have. Soak in the wonder and make the most of your experience. When you look back on your time here you don’t want to think of what you wish you had done, but reminisce about the memories you made while you were here and all the many things you accomplished.