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Institutional Commitment

A positive attitude toward your college or university

Students enroll in college for lots of different reasons. According to a recent national survey, the vast majority of students enroll in college to get a better job or ensure future financial success.


While you may be focused on your current classes, your major, and - eventually - that job, don’t forget that your college or university is here to help. College provides a host of benefits beyond just getting a degree. Make sure to ask, pursue, and enjoy those opportunities while you can.

I'm going to college. I don't care if it ruins my career. 
I'd rather be smart than a movie star.

Natalie Portman

How can I improve my Institutional Commitment?

Resources at Western Carolina

  • The Office of Student Retention implements targeted advising interventions for students in need of additional support to be successful and connects them with campus resources.

  • The Mentoring and Persistence to Success (MAPS) connects first generation and independent students with resources to accomplish their academic and personal goals. These resources encompass skills coaching, academic guidance, exploration of majors/careers, as well as the provision of social and personal assistance.

  • The Compass Program provides additional guidance and support for first-generation, low income, or independent students. Students who are accepted into the Compass Program not only have full access to the services provided by MAPS but are matched with a MAPS academic coach who serves as a guide throughout their academic journey at WCU. 

  • The Division of Student Success provides the resources needed to help you reach your academic potential and complete your degree that will lead to opportunities beyond WCU. Refer to the Division of Student Success for support in academic advising, career and professional development, tutoring, and mentoring. 


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