Is ‘home of the Catamounts’ the school for you?

Editor’s note: Teens & Twenties will provide profiles of colleges and universities throughout the state during the next few months.

Commentary by Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   Who wouldn’t want to go to a college set in the mountains that encourages community service, a relationship with the outdoors and provides travel opportunities for students?
Western Carolina University (WCU) is all that and more. Set in beautiful Cullowhee, WCU provides a wonderful atmosphere for anyone preparing to attend college. WCU was founded in 1889 and offers more than 200 majors.
With one of the largest Honors Colleges in the country, and a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:19, the classes are filled with interactive discussions and intelligent debates.
With all the options currently offered to students, maybe the “home of the Catamounts” is for you. For more information visit or call (877) WCU-4YOU or email

Kaitlin Gillespie is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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