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WCU reports record enrollment, retention

For the ninth time out of the past 10 years – and this fall by a small margin – Western Carolina University has experienced an increase in total enrollment, with a new record of 12,243 students enrolled for the 2020 fall semester.  

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Professor announces annual fall color forecast for mountains

Autumn leaves and the natural beauty of fall colors across Western North Carolina are a seasonal sensation that draw thousands of visitors and locals alike - and prompts an annual prognostication by biology professor Beverly Collins.  

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WCU named to Forbes’ list of ‘Best-In-State Employers’

Now the rest of the country knows what WCU employees have known all along – the university is a great place to work.  

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A message from Chancellor Kelli R. Brown

Dear WCU campus community: I write to provide an update concerning videos that were brought to the attention of university leadership over the weekend.  

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Regional economic impact of pandemic examined by the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise

Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory, the Center for the Study of Free Enterprise is conducting an analysis of the economic impact of the pandemic in the region.   

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Hunter Library expands digital holdings with historic Swain County glass negatives photo collection

WCU has obtained a rare photographic glimpse of Bryson City and Swain County in the early 1900s, thanks to a recent donation to Hunter Library’s renowned Special and Digital Collections.  

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WCU updates COVID-19 dashboard to provide more detailed information

WCU has updated its recently launched online COVID-19 dashboard to include additional information about testing, positivity rates, isolation and quarantine.   

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WCU trustees to meet Sept. 3-4 in Bardo Arts Center

The Board of Trustees will hold its quarterly meeting at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, and committee meetings at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center.  

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Western Carolina University statement about residential instruction, first day of classes

Western Carolina University had a successful first day of classes and is moving forward with residential instruction. We have implemented a series of changes including a mask mandate, lowering classroom density, and many other protocols through our Catamounts Care initiative. Additionally, we have erected outdoor tents throughout campus for student, faculty and staff use. We continue to evaluate conditions that may influence our ability to deliver residential operations.   

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