Blue Ridge Mountains Hotel near Western Carolina University -Enjoy clean, comfortable lodging at the Hampton Inn & Suites Cashiers/Sapphire Valley. Our Sapphire, North Carolina resort hotel in the Blue Ridge Mountains welcomes travelers with well-appointed guestrooms, hospitable service, and a myriad of amenities. And if you're visiting a student at Western Carolina University, we're just 25 miles from this well-respected institution of higher learning.
Western Carolina University Academics -The rigorous academic curriculum at Western Carolina University cover majors in such popular areas as English, history, biology, business, engineering, and nursing. These programs cover over 120 specialties, including top entrepreneurship and project management programs, an award-winning teacher education program, America's first accredited four-year emergency medical care program, and a criminal justice program, which has been a model for the state's accreditation program.
What's more, WCU features The Honors College as well as professional quality facilities and equipment for those students seeking to stretch their educational limits even further. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/14.asp
Western Carolina University Athletics -A big believer in strengthening both minds and bodies, Western Carolina University boasts a serious sports program. Men's athletic teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, and track and field while female athletes engage in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. For more information, visit www.catamountsports.com
Western Carolina University History -WCU got its start in 1889 as a secondary school to train teachers who would then spread education throughout western North Carolina. During the next four decades, the school expanded its academic offerings and became a junior college. In 1929, it was chartered as a four-year institution known as Western Carolina Teachers College. Liberal arts classes were added along the way and by the early 1950s, postgraduate studies and the degree of Master of Arts in Education were added.
It was then that the school's name changed to Western Carolina College. About 15 years later, it was designated a regional university and took on its current moniker, Western Carolina University. In, 1972, WCU graduated and became an official member of the University of North Carolina system. For more information, visit www.wcu.edu/227.asp