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Compass Program

The Compass program is designed to provide additional guidance and support for first-generation, low income, or independent students. All first-generation, low income, or independent students are eligible to apply, and are accepted into the program based on need as determined by the MAPS professional staff. In addition to access to all services provided by MAPS, students accepted to Compass are matched with a Professional Advisor from the MAPS office who serves as an academic advisor, coach, mentor, and guide throughout their academic journey at WCU. Students meet regularly with their Compass Advisor for individualized consultations regarding a variety of topics, such as academic, social, personal, and career exploration and planning.

How to Apply

Students admitted to WCU can apply by completing this Compass Intake Survey.   All applicants who meet eligibility requirements will be considered for the Compass Program. However, our program only accepts a limited number of students each semester.

Students are encouraged to complete the intake survey as soon as they receive their acceptance to WCU. Upon completion, you will receive an email about connecting with a Compass Advisor for support throughout the semester.  If you have questions about the survey, or Compass support options in general, please contact us at maps@wcu.edu or 828.227.7171. 

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