Archived News

WCU waives admission application fees for 2022

WCU waives admission application fees for 2022

Western Carolina University officials are waiving admission application fees for both undergraduate and graduate programs for students wanting to enter the university during spring 2022, summer 2022 and fall 2022 academic semesters.

“Because of the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many households across the state, we thought it was important that WCU waive these fees for next year,” said Mike Langford, director of undergraduate admissions. “Especially during these trying times, we want to ensure that the doors of opportunity to higher education are open to all students, regardless of their economic situations.”

The $65 waiver does not apply to additional fees that university programs may require to be accepted into their programs.

So now, applying for admittance into WCU is even simpler. An undergraduate student who chooses to be considered for admission will only need to submit a completed application along with grade point average information and optional ACT/SAT test scores. WCU is on a rolling admissions process with undergraduate application deadline dates of Nov. 1, Jan. 2 and Feb. 1. Rolling admissions dates for WCU Graduate School programs vary from Sept. 15 through Aug. 1 for spring, summer and fall 2022 semesters.

Students wishing to enter undergraduate or graduate programs can receive more information by visiting in person on campus Oct. 30 or Nov. 20. Students are also encouraged to meet WCU admissions staff during several “Western on Tour” events scheduled throughout the next couple of months.  Doors open at 5:30 p.m. 

The dates are as follows: 

  • Sept. 13 – Embassy Suites, 204 Centreport Drive., Greensboro, N.C. 27409
  • Sept. 14 – Hilton Garden Inn, 3912 Arrow Drive., Raleigh, N.C. 27612
  • Sept. 15 – Embassy Suites – Ayrsley, 1917 Ayrsley Town Blvd., Charlotte, N.C. 28273
  • Oct11 – Hawthorne Inn - The Hawthorne Inn & Conference Center, 420 High St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101
  • Oct12 – Sheraton Imperial, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, N.C. 27703
  • Oct13 – Hilton Garden Inn, 444 Cox Road, Gastonia, N.C. 28054

To register for any of the Western on Tour events go to The Graduate School also continues to offer monthly virtual open house events for students wishing to enter programs based in Cullowhee, Asheville at Biltmore Park, and online. Virtual Graduate Open House events are open for registration

Smokey Mountain News Logo
Go to top
Payment Information


At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.