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The Finish Line

Have you completed 90 or more credit hours of college coursework and want to finish your degree? Come to Western Carolina University. We can help you!

What is the Finish Line?
The Finish Line is a degree completion program for students who did not finish their bachelor’s degrees. Whether you were attending WCU or any other college in the United States, we're inviting you to apply, graduate and join our Catamounts by achieving your bachelor's degree.

To qualify for the Finish Line, you must

    • Have stopped out of school for at least 1 year
    • Have at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average
    • You must have achieved 90 or more credits toward bachelor degree requirements.


WCU’s Finish LIne staff will do everything we can to help you meet the goal of graduation:

  • Based on your major, you will be connected with an Academic Advisor who will work with you to create a schedule that fits your life.
  • Division of Student Success staff offer a wide array of services to help you academically such as: math tutoring, writing and learning, advising, and mentoring
  • We can also help you with applying for admission, with the financial aid process, with transferring credits, and any other specific needs.

Finding the Right Major 
Western Carolina University offers a variety of programs, majors and formats to meet your needs and goals. Start by browsing WCU’s list of majors and minors available. We can also customize your degree to better suit your needs through the Interdisciplinary Studies program. For more information contact our Senior Academic Advisor, Hannah Boone.

Can't come to class during the day?

WCU offers a variety of evening, distance learning and online programs.

Visit the Distance and Online Programs website to see a list of online bachelor degree programs.

Ready to finish your degree? 
Whether you want to complete your degree by attending classes on campus or online, WCU has solutions for you. Follow these easy steps for admission into Western Carolina University.

Follow these steps if you meet the Finish-Line admission requirements:

1. Applying for admission

  • First, make sure to fill out the interest form for the Finish Line, so that we can correctly code your application.
  • Apply for Admission to WCU
    • If you intend to be a Distance Learning student, then you will need to fill out the Distance Learning application.
    • If you are coming to WCU for the first time, then you will need to fill out the Transfer Student application. If you are unsure if you meet the Finish Line admission requirements, please contact the Senior Academic Advisor, Hannah Boone.

2. Contact Hannah Boone in the Advising Center or Tony Miller in Educational Outreach for help finding courses that meet your needs.

3. Register for classes.

4. Get help along the way from our Writing & Learning Commons, Math Tutoring Center, and/or Technology Commons. Your faculty advisor and academic advisor are resources for you as well.

Finish Line Staff:

Hannah Boone
Finish Line Coordinator


Tony Miller
Associate Director for Distance Learning


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