Community Resources

There is no better place than Western North Carolina and we are lucky to call it home. Not only are we blessed to live in one of the most beautiful, awe-inspiring locations, but we get to do so with great people who share our vision, and who help and encourage us and the region to become even better.

As a partner of the university come join us and take advantage of all that WCU offers.


Performance at Bardo Art Center


Whether you’re in the mood to see a show or watch the game, there’s something for everyone. Talented faculty and staff showcase their talents throughout the year in an abundance of concerts, exhibits, performances and productions. The Bardo Arts Center, ranked one of the 25 “most amazing university performing arts centers,” hosts top visiting performers and entertainers, while the Fine Art Museum upholds its reputation as the premier showcase for contemporary art in Western North Carolina. The Mountain Heritage Center celebrates the natural and cultural heritage of the southern Appalachian region with public exhibits in its museum and produces Mountain Heritage Day, the region’s largest and longest-running Appalachian music and crafts festival, always the last Saturday in September.

If sports are more your style, come cheer on the Catamounts! Our student-athletes compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports, and there are plenty of additional student club teams that would also love your support. If you’d rather get in on the action, take advantage our 6.8 mile, single-track trail system – perfect for hiking and mountain biking, participate Valley of the Lilies half marathon and 5K, or participate in the annual Tuck River Cleanup, nation's largest one-day river cleanup and the UNC system's largest volunteer effort.


Don’t forget to save some time to explore one of the many dining options on campus before or after the entertainment. From coffee and pizza, to burritos and burgers, and salads and smoothies, there’s enough variety for any member of the family. Join us in the Courtyard Dining Hall for lunch or dinner on Friday for only $5. Dining options will increase in fall 2016 with the opening of a new mixed-use facility on Centennial Drive.

Learning Opportunities

Life at WCU program


Whether your goal is to find fulfillment, explore interests, learn new skills or further your career, the WCU campus is a great place to start. In addition to Hunter Library, which is open to the public, the university offers online enrichment courses, professional development programs, and community programs, including Life@WCU, a popular education program for alumni, retired faculty and community members over the age of 50. Additionally, the university offers many camps and programs for children.

The university is also home to a testing center, the Kneedler Childhood Development Center, a five star rated daycare serving children ages 1-5, and hosts Project Discovery – Talent Search, a U.S. Department of Education funded program that helps eligible students access post secondary educational programs. 

Facilities and Conference Services

With state-of-the-art meeting spaces, comfortable residential facilities, top-rated food service providers, audio-visual technical support and great recreational opportunities, our campus is a perfect venue and has the staff to help make any event a success.

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