As the westernmost institution in the UNC system, Western Carolina University provides
educational opportunities to residents of the state’s western region and attracts
students from around the globe to explore the area’s vast resources.
At Western Carolina University, we view our admissions process as our opportunity
to build the community that defines our institution. We look for people eager to explore
and ready to redefine success.
Programs and courses at Western Carolina are designed to provide hands-on, applied
experience. Students engage with communities across the region as they practice their
profession in real-world environments.
Western Carolina’s unique mountain location helps fuel a vibrant campus community
with more than 170 student clubs and organizations as well as a busy performing arts
calendar and the campus’s own adventure guide service.
Western Carolina is home to 16 Southern Conference athletic teams with more than 375
student athlete competitors. WCU strives to inspire student-athletes to compete like
champions on the field and in the classroom.
Western Carolina was founded to serve the region it calls home, and that has not changed.
WCU continues to focus on regional development initiatives, engaged service and community
programs. It also partners with alumni and donors to ensure access to higher education
for deserving students in the region and beyond.
The Department of Campus Recreation & Wellness works to shape the collegiate recreation
experience by building a university culture that recognizes, appreciates, and invests
resources toward the long-term sustainability of programs, services, and facilities.
Our mission is to foster a campus-wide culture of recreation and wellness through
a comprehensive array of programs and services that educate, empower, and engage individuals
to pursue and sustain healthy, balanced lifestyles. We offer quality facilities and
programs that support the university community in achieving a balanced quality of
The Campus Recreation Center is a stand-alone facility located in the heart of campus
between the University Center and Reid Gym.
What does the Campus Recreation Center have to offer?
More than 9,800 square feet of fitness space featuring cardiovascular and weight equipment
Two multi-purpose courts
A three-lane indoor jogging/walking track; each lap = 1/8 of a mile
Two group exercise/multipurpose studios
48-foot climbing wall with belaying and bouldering
Meeting room and conference room
Full locker room facilities
Two assessment rooms
Equipment Available for Checkout:
Disc Golf Discs
Racquetball Racquets & Balls
Softballs, Bats & Gloves
Tennis Racquets & Balls
Equipment Checkout Policy:
When equipment is checked out from the Campus Recreation Center (CRC), it is the responsibility
of the patron who checked out equipment to return equipment that same day and in the
same condition as it was when checked out. If equipment is not returned within 48
hours of checkout, the patron who checked out the equipment will owe the Campus Recreation
Center the value of the equipment plus a processing fee before being granted further
access to the CRC. If equipment is not returned within 14 days, the missing equipment
fee will be charged to the student's account.
Disc Golf Course
Catamount Link is our on-campus disc golf course featuring 13 holes and 1 practice
basket. Check out discs at the CRC equipment cage, then start at Hole #1 directly
behind the CRC.
The Intramural Fields are located across the street/creek from the football stadium
and the Ramsey Center. Depending on the semester, they accommodate two flag football
fields, two softball fields, and one rugby field. These fields are typically reserved
for Intramural Sports and Club Sport practices/games, but they can also be used for
informal recreation on a first come, first serve basis. Groups wanting to reserve
the intramural fields must fill out a facility request form.
Reid Gym and Pool
Reid Gym is the building southwest of the Campus Recreation Center, which is managed
by the School of Teaching and Learning. Located within Reid are four gymnasiums and
a pool. While the facility is mainly used for health education classes and parks and
recreation management academic classes, Intramural Sports games are often held here
too. To access upstairs Reid before 9:00pm, you can enter through the Reid Fitness
area to take the stairwell upstairs. If after 9 p.m., you must walk around to the
backside of Reid and enter through a set of double doors at the bottom of a stair
well. To get to Reid Pool, you must first enter the locker rooms and through there
you may reach the pool.
WCU is home to one of the most extensive climbing programs in the East, and we have
the tallest collegiate wall in North Carolina. The Climbing wall typically opens on
weekdays at 4pm, with additional hours for clinics, family climbs, and kids climbs
Multi-Use Trail System
Our campus contains over six miles of single-track trail perfect for mountain bikers,
hikers, and trail runners.