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1st West Scott Hall

Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723

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Event Types Welcomed

Adult Social Event | Corporate Social Events | Expo/Competitions | Professional Meeting/Training/Conference/Retreat | Youth Retreat/Camp
Maximum
Meeting:8000
Meeting
Rooms:50
Maximum
Overnight:3,500
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  • Western Carolina CatafountWestern Carolina Catafount
  • Blue Ridge Conference RoomBlue Ridge Conference Room
  • The Courtyard Dining HallThe Courtyard Dining Hall
  • The Courtyard Dining HallThe Courtyard Dining Hall
  • WCU Catering with Aramark DiningWCU Catering with Aramark Dining
  • WCU Catering with Aramark DiningWCU Catering with Aramark Dining
  • Buffet Style Catering in Blue Ridge Conference RoomBuffet Style Catering in Blue Ridge Conference Room
  • One of many meeting locations (Hospitality Suite)One of many meeting locations (Hospitality Suite)
  • Banquets of all sizes (Concourse)Banquets of all sizes (Concourse)
  • DJ Setup for a Special Event on CampusDJ Setup for a Special Event on Campus
  • The CatafountThe Catafount
  • Campus Recreation CenterCampus Recreation Center
  • Western Carolina UniversityWestern Carolina University
  • Outdoor Adventures: White Water RaftingOutdoor Adventures: White Water Rafting
  • Outdoor Adventures: Great HikingOutdoor Adventures: Great Hiking
  • Summer accommodations availableSummer accommodations available
  • University Center BalconyUniversity Center Balcony
  • John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts CenterJohn W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center
  • The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity CenterThe Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center
  • The Alumni Tower and the University CenterThe Alumni Tower and the University Center
  • Monument to Our Mascot: The CatamountsMonument to Our Mascot: The Catamounts
  • Western Carolina Alumni TowerWestern Carolina Alumni Tower
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About

About Western Carolina University

Nestled in a scenic valley amid the Blue Ridge Mountains, event venues and conference centers at WCU are only 25 minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Cherokee Indian Reservation, tons of hiking, whitewater rafting, and great mountain exploration.

WCU encourages groups with an educational purpose to use our facilities. Groups and organizations WCU works well with include, but are not limited to: band camps, athletic camps, nature and outdoor camps, youth organizations, religious organizations, and more. Whether your group is 200 or 2,000, we are excited about sharing our facilities and providing a great experience for your next North Carolina event.

We invite you to visit WCU for a campus tour and learn more about why Western Carolina University is a great choice for your next event in North Carolina.

Read the latest news about WCU!:
WCU Named Top Adventure College
WCU's Marching Band Opens Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
WCU Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
WCU Opens 400 Student Residence Hall

View our university website here: WCU Conference Services and Event Venues

Watch the videos above to learn more about the University and the many amenities that make Western Carolina University the premier North Carolina event venue.


 
LOCATION + TRANSPORTATION

Asheville - 50
Charlotte - 165

Greenville, SC - 105
Gatlinburg, TN - 57
Pigeon Forge, TN - 64
Knoxville, TN - 120
Atlanta, GA - 150

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Asheville Regional Airport; Asheville, NC - 60 minutes


Taxi | Bus

CATERING
Complete food service from simple cafeteria fare to elaborate banquets, receptions, picnics, or boxed meals can be provided. See the 'Catering' and 'Dining' tabs for more information.


In-House CateringYES


AMENITIES + UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
Business Services
Television
Washer/Dryer
Biking
Hiking
Running
Sports Facilities
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
Outdoor Tent
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
Fitness Center
Overnight Accommodations
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
Food and Beverage On-Site
Wi-Fi
Team Building
MEETING + EVENT SPACE CAPACITIES

8000 Attendees


50 Spaces

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Theatre Style 1,000 | Classroom Style 110 | Standing Reception 2000 | Seated Reception 1000

TECHNOLOGY
WCU offers a full range of audio/visual and multi-media capabilities. All meeting rooms and residence hall rooms have high-speed internet connections (or wireless connectivity). Computer labs, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing facilities are available.

Yes


Projector ScreenLCD Projectors

OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS

3,500 Overnight Guests


Residence Halls|Hotel-Like|Suite/Private|Suite/Apt Style|House

Yes
Free YES


Private / Shared / Communal

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Accommodations

Accommodations

3,500
Total Number of
Overnight Guests


Accommodation Types
| Residence Halls | 196 beds | floorplan
Albright Hall Floor Plan
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Albright Hall

Albright Hall has study areas and a common lobby used for a variety of student programming as well as for lounging. There is a great outdoor area behind the building which is used for grilling, concerts, and sports activities. Hall Features: main lobby with large TV, a pool table, a laundry room, vending machines, and a nearby basketball court.
| Suite/Apartment Style | 418 beds | floorplan
Balsam Hall Floor Plan
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Balsam Hall

Balsam Hall has seven study areas, seven public kitchen lounge areas, a laundry room, and a vending machine room.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 196 beds | floorplan
Benton Hall Floor Plan
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Benton Hall

Benton Hall has study areas and a common lobby used for a variety of student programming as well as for lounging. There is a great outdoor area behind the building which is used for grilling, concerts, and sports activities. Hall Features: main lobby with large TV, a pool table, a laundry room, vending machines, and a nearby basketball court.
| Suite/Apartment Style | 370 beds | floorplan
Blue Ridge Hall Floor Plan
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Blue Ridge Hall

Blue Ridge Hall has seven study areas, seven public kitchen lounge areas, a laundry room, and a vending machine room.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 184 beds | floorplan
Buchanan Hall Floor Plan
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Buchanan Hall

Buchanan Hall has a study area and a common lobby used for a variety of student programming as well as for lounging. Hall Features: main lobby with large TV, a pool table, a piano, a laundry room, vending machines, and a nearby sand volleyball court.
| Suite/Apartment Style | 292 beds | floorplan
Central Drive Hall Floor Plan
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Central Drive Hall

Central Drive Hall has four study areas and a common lobby used for a variety of student programming as well as for lounging. Arranged in suite-style configuration, each suite consists of either four private rooms or two private rooms and one double room, as well as a shared bath and living area. The common living area is furnished with a couch, loveseat, television stand, and small lamp table. Hall Features: main lounge, a pool table, a community kitchen, a laundry room, vending machines, and a nearby basketball court.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 387 beds | floorplan
Harrill Hall Floor Plan
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Harrill Hall

Harrill Hall is one of three high-rise residence halls on campus. Each of the nine floors is arranged into suites. Each suite consists of four residence hall rooms and a shared bathroom. Hall Features: LEED certified, main lobby with large TV, a pool table, a ping pong table, kitchenettes and study lounges on each floor, a laundry room, vending machines, and a basketball court behind the building.
| Hotel-Like | 40 beds | floorplan
Madison Hall Floor Plan
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Madison Hall

Madison Hall, a historic building converted into a comfortable and convenient meeting facility, offers forty guest rooms with all the amenities of a business-class hotel. Hall Features: private baths, a laundry room, vending machines, and an ice machine.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 420 beds
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 290 beds | floorplan
Norton Road Hall Floor Plan
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Norton Road Hall

Norton Road Hall has eight study areas, eight public kitchen lounge areas, a laundry room, and a vending machine room. Hall Features: large multipurpose room and an outside patio for grilling and sports activities.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Suite/Apartment Style | 273 beds | floorplan
Reynolds Hall Floor Plan
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Reynolds Hall

Reynolds Hall is designed on a suite system. Each suite is composed of two rooms that share a bathroom. Hall Features: main lobby, study lounges, a laundry room, vending machines, and a well-used, well-maintained sand volleyball pit in front of the building.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 80 beds | floorplan
Robertson Hall Floor Plan
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Robertson Hall

Robertson Hall has double rooms which include a private bath and kitchenette. Hall Features: a laundry room, vending machines, and a nearby sand volleyball court.
| Residence Halls | 726 beds | floorplan
Scott Hall Floor Plan
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Scott Hall

Scott Hall is one of three high-rise residence halls on campus. The largest residence hall on campus, each of the nine floors is equipped with four bathroom suites, a study, and an ironing room. Hall Features: main lobby with large TV, a pool table, a ping pong table, kitchenettes and study lounges on each floor, a laundry room, and vending machines.
| Suite/Apartment Style | 20 beds | floorplan
The Village Commons
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The Village

The Village is comprised of six buildings. Each building is made up of double rooms with a private bath. Hall Features: full kitchens with all appliances in each house; common living spaces with cable TV in each house; Commons Building with meeting space, a laundry room, and vending machines; and volleyball and basketball courts.
A/C This accommodation has A/C
| Residence Halls | 387 beds | floorplan
Walker Hall Floor Plan
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Walker Hall

Walker Hall is one of three high-rise residence halls on campus. Each of the nine floors is arranged into suites. Each suite consists of four residence hall rooms and a shared bathroom. Hall Features: main lobby with large TV, a ping pong table, study lounges on each floor, kitchenettes, a laundry room, and vending machines. Floors are designed with eight residents sharing a suite. Each suite consists of four residence hall rooms and a shared bathroom. Two residents are assigned to each residence hall room. Walker Hall is a non-smoking building.

Amenities + Unique Experiences

AMENITIES

Amenities
Business Services
Business Services
Television
Television
Washer/Dryer
Washer/Dryer
Biking
Biking
Hiking
Hiking
Running
Running
Sports Facilities
Sports Facilities
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
Outdoor Event/Meeting Space
Outdoor Tent
Outdoor Tent
ADA Accessible
ADA Accessible
A/V Tech Staff
A/V Tech Staff
Fitness Center
Fitness Center
Overnight Accommodations
Overnight Accommodations
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
Food and Beverage On-Site
Food and Beverage On-Site
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi
Team Building
Team Building


Unique Experiences
Our location is a significant feature that makes for a unique experience for any group visiting our campus. Our guests can enjoy all types of exceptional outdoor adventures. Land-based activities like backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, rock climbing. And water-based activities like whitewater rafting, trout fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and river tubing. Because of our heavily forested environment and high elevation, our summer climate is very pleasing as well, ranging from 60’s at night to 80’s during the day with very little humidity. WCU also has our own outfitter and guide services for any number of trip programs as well as equipment rentals through BaseCamp Cullowhee. To put all this in perspective, Western Carolina University has been voted Top Adventure College by Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine the last six years.

Event Spaces

Meeting and Event Spaces

Max Capacities
8000
Overall
110
Classroom
Style
2000
Standing
Reception
1000
Seated
Catered Event


Meeting + Event Spaces
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WCU features an assortment of flexible meeting rooms, dining rooms, computer training labs, recreation spaces, theater spaces, and a large 8,000 seat multi-use arena. In addition to our featured meeting locations listed below, a large variety of classrooms and lecture spaces are also available.
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Cardinal Room (Conference Style)

The Cardinal Room is preset for 45 people. Set up is flexible; can do classroom style for 60 people, and tables can be arranged in a variety of ways. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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Catamount Room (Theatre Style)

The Catamount Room is preset for 50 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options; and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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Rogers Room

The Rogers Room is preset for 18 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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Dogwood Floor Plans

The Dogwood Room is preset boardroom style for 24 people. The other available setups for The Dogwood Room are U-Shape: 18 people; Classroom: 29 people; Theatre: 50 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted wireless LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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Grand Room (Banquet Seating)

The available setups for The Grand Room are Lecture Seating: 500 people; Banquet Seating: 225 people; Information Fair: 40 8' tables; and can be soft-partitioned for smaller meetings. Room Features: Grand Piano, stage, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, conference phone, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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Illusions Stage
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Illusions

Illusions is preset Dance Club style with small round tables and booths for 70. The available setups for Illusions are Lecture Seating: 100 (includes 80 chairs and 5 booths which seat 21 people); Banquet Seating: 80 (includes large and small round tables and 5 booths which seat 21 people). Room Features: stage, ceiling mounted speakers, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, karaoke, LCD projector/screen, and overhead projector.
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UC Mulitipurpose Room (Theatre Style)

The UC Multipurpose Room is a flexible space, with movable walls. It is available as two smaller rooms (A or B) and one large room; each small room is preset for 50. The available setups for The Multipurpose Room are Banquet Seating: 32/64 people; U-Shape Tables/Chairs: 25/45 people; Conference Square Seating: 35/45 people; Lecture Seating: 50/135 people. Room Features: bulletin board, dry erase board, mounting display for flipchart paper, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: ceiling mounted LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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UC Theatre
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UC Theatre

The UC Theatre is preset for 170 people. Room Features: stage, wifi and ethernet hookup, 35 mm film projector, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, ceiling mounted LCD projector/screen, overhead projector, and TV/VCR/DVD combo.
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UC Lawn
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Central Plaza (Catafount)

The UC Lawn is the site of some of our most well-known and large-scale events. It is also used for numerous fundraising events and information fairs throughout the entire year. Various set ups are available. The Central Plaza, commonly referred to as the Catafount, is a great place for large-scale events, but can also be used for a nice social gathering. The Central Plaza has amplification hookups and can have a stage setup for concerts, rallies, and much more.
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The Picnic Area
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The Picnic Area

The Picnic Area, located by the softball field, is the ideal place for events such as cookouts, outdoor meeting locations, and more. The picnic area includes a covered shelter (under which are picnic tables, a grill, and electrical outlets), a wide expanse of grassy lawn next to the creek with several more picnic tables placed around, and working restrooms.
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Blue Ridge Conference Room

The Blue Ridge Conference Room is a flexible space, with movable walls. It is available as three smaller rooms (A, B, or C), a combination of two rooms (AB or BC), or one large room. The available setups for the Blue Ridge Conference Room are Banquet Seating: 200 people; Theater Seating: 235 people; and Conference Square Seating. Room Features: stage, wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible. Special Services & Tech Support Available: podium and microphone, sound system, ceiling mounted LCD projectors/screens, overhead projectors, conference phone, and TV/DVD/VCR combo.
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The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center Main Arena
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The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center Main Arena

The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center arena floor has more than 17,000 square feet of usable space that can accommodate trade shows and other display events, banquets, receptions, and dances. The available setups for the main arena are flexible; it can be used in full or the stands can be partitioned off to accommodate for various size groups. Available setups include Concerts: 8,100; Sporting Events: 7,500; Theatrical Enclosure: 2,500; Lecture Enclosure: 500 or 1,500.
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Event on the Patio
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Event on the Patio

Two patios on the north side of The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center provide scenic outdoor settings for receptions, banquets, and other special events.
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Floor Plan
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Catering in the Concourse

The Concourse at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center has approximately 25,500 square feet of usable space around the arena perimeter that can be set up in a variety of creative configurations.
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Hospitality Suite
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Catering in the Hospitality Suite

The Hospitality Suite at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center is available as two smaller rooms and one large room. The Hospitality Suite can comfortably accommodate up to 150 reception guests or 96 in a banquet setup. Room Features: wifi and ethernet hookup, dining services can provide a large array of dining options, and wheelchair accessible.
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Auxiliary Gym

The Auxiliary Gym at The Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center has more than 8,500 square feet of usable space that can accommodate smaller trade shows and other display events, banquets, receptions, and dances.
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The Star Lobby
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John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

The John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center is a 1,000-seat proscenium theater for music and theatrical performances. It boasts some of the best acoustics in the state. The center also houses the Star Lobby and Gallery Room for display and reception areas.
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The Black Box Theatre Floor Plan

Within the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, there is a fully-accessible Black Box Theatre. The Black Box Theatre has a fully sprung floor, four shure wireless microphones, 2 JBL ion speakers, 1 mackie 1604 mixer, 1 Marantz cd player, 1 podium, 3 ballet bars, as well as a wall of mirrors (which can be covered with curtains if need be). The Black Box Theatre can also accommodate any lighting needs required and obtain other equipment upon request. With various configurations, the Black Box Theatre can be used for a number of different occasions. These include various stage-and-audience options with a maximum audience capacity at 150, a plated dinner option with a maximum capacity of 140, and numerous other opportunities, such as dance classes and award ceremonies. The Black Box Theatre also functions as overflow for the proscenium theatre across the hall. With the Black Box Theatre, the only limitation is your imagination.
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Hoey Auditorium
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Hoey Auditorium

The Hoey Auditorium is the campus' historic 450-seat theatre. Renovated in the 1980s, Hoey Auditorium serves as a primary performance venue for student productions on campus. This beautiful space is structured like a traditional theatre and also includes handicapped seating.

Food + Beverage

Food + Beverage

Availability
YES


Catering
Complete food service from simple cafeteria fare to elaborate banquets, receptions, picnics, or boxed meals can be provided. See the 'Catering' and 'Dining' tabs for more information.
Dining Options
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Courtyard Dining Hall

On campus food service is provided by Aramark Dining. A wide variety of food options abound in our 53,000 square foot Courtyard Dining Hall which features an all-you-care-to-eat venue offering a variety of stations from home cooking, to a Mongolian grill, full salad bar, pizza and pasta, deli, desserts, and grilled food. Make the meal that suits you by mixing and matching from stations to get the best of everything. It includes vegetarian and gluten free options, as well. We can also work with professional catering staff to select the menu for the perfect meal or meeting break.
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Starbucks

Unique to the campus, Starbucks offers a full drink menu featuring hot or cold espresso creations, delicious brewed coffee, breakfast pastries, and delicious desserts! It’s warm coffee shop atmosphere makes it a great place to study and wait between classes. Starbucks is located on the first floor in the Courtyard. Starbucks has a partnership with catering.
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McAlister's Deli

With a more relaxing and restaurant atmosphere, McAlister's Deli offers fresh made to order sandwiches, salads, soups, and spuds. One of the few dining locations on campus with outside seating, students have the option of hanging out with their friends in a booth or on the patio. Just like your favorite McAlister's spot, order at the counter and be served at your seat! McAlister's Deli is located on the first floor in the Courtyard. McAlister's Deli has a partnership with catering.
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Which Wich

Which Wich offers made-to-order sandwiches with a personal touch. You select a bag for the sandwich you desire and a red sharpie; then you are given the control and time you need to select the ingredients you want. Once the sandwich is ready, your name is called. Which Wich is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Which Wich has a partnership with catering.
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Panda Express

Panda Express offers many of its restaurant menu items, such as fried rice, orange chicken, egg rolls, and more. As a university campus is considered a nontraditional location, Panda Express works with the campus to create a menu to suit the interest of its constituents. Panda Express is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Currently catering does not work through Panda Express.
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Moe's Southwest Grill

New to the campus, Moe's Southwest Grill has a mission to bring the highest-quality ingredients to every guest. The menu is varied, including vegetarian options, lower-calorie choices, and gluten-friendly ingredients. Moe's Southwest Grill is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Currently catering does not work through Moe's Southwest Grill.
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Burger Studio

Burger Studio offers made-to-order burgers that are fully customizable. On an interactive digital display, you build your burger with all the toppings you would like and select your sides. Burger Studio is located in the Courtyard Food Court. Currently catering does not work through Burger Studio.
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Freshens

Freshens prides itself on its mission of "healty eating, better living" and offers fresh, made-to-order crepes, salads, smoothies, ice cream and more. Located in the Convenience Store on the first floor in the Courtyard. Currently catering does not work through Freshens.
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Einstein Bros. Bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels boasts its ability to make fast food that doesn't taste that way. They specialize in made-to-order sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and gourmet coffee. Einstein Bros. Bagels is located in the University Center. Einstein Bros. Bagels has a partnership with catering.
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Papa John's Express

Papa John's Express has all the same great value of a regular store, only express. It sells pizza by the slice, but also made-to-order pizzas. Papa John's Express is conveniently located in the University Center in the UC Foud Court and is available for grab-and-go, as well as a sit down option. Papa John's Express has a partnership with catering.
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Chick-fil-A Express

Chick-fil-A Express has many of the same menu items you would find at a typical store, such as chicken nuggets, the original chicken sandwich, waffle fries, lemonade, and more. Chick-fil-A Express is conveniently located in the University Center in the UC Foud Court and is available for grab-and-go, as well as a sit down option. Currently catering does not work through Chick-fil-A Express.

Location

Location + Transportation

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Nearby Airport
Asheville Regional Airport; Asheville, NC - 60 minutes
Nearby Cities
Asheville - 50 miles | Charlotte - 165 miles | miles | Greenville, SC - 105 miles | Gatlinburg, TN - 57 miles | Pigeon Forge, TN - 64 miles | Knoxville, TN - 120 miles | Atlanta, GA - 150
Transportation + Parking
Taxi
Bus

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Attractions
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In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, discover 500,000 acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness on one of the oldest uplands on earth! The Smoky Mountains are 95 percent forest - home to diverse wildlife, breathtaking streams, waterfalls and flowering plants.
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Discover America's largest home, built by George Vanderbilt. The 8,000 acres are surrounded by inspiring gardens, Americas most-visited winery, and the Interpretive River Bend Farm.
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The Mountain Heritage Center, located on the WCU campus, presents a deeper understanding of the rich cultural and natural heritage of the southern Appalachian region.
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Whitewater Rafting and kayaking can be arranged on the nearby Tuckaseegee River Gorge and The Nantahala River for 4 hours to 7 hours, through WCU's own, Base Camp Cullowhee. Prices vary from $18-$25 accommodating up to 60 participants. Raft trips will be guide assisted allowing the opportunity for participants to work together to maneuver down the river.
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NOC is nationally-known for its guided trips and outdoor activities along the Nantahala River. NOC has been recognized by various media including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Outside, National Geographic Adventure and more. Activities/amenities offered by NOC are: Whitewater rafting on seven Southeastern rivers; World-class paddling instruction in whitewater and flatwater; International paddling adventure travel; Shopping for outdoor gear, apparel and souvenirs at the Wesser Outfitter's Store, NOC Gatlinburg, and NOC at The Grove Park Inn; A leadership institute for wilderness medicine and river rescue; Fully-customizable group adventure programs; Three distinct restaurants at our Nantahala Resort; Guided activities like fishing, hiking, biking and climbing; Bike rentals and repairs at our Bike Shop; and Festivals and events throughout the outdoor season.
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Base Camp Cullowhee offers state-of-the-art indoor climbing wall, along with guided hiking trips, rock climbing and rappelling, team-building activities, and caving at Worley's Cave, known for its voluminous size. It has more than 37,000 feet of mapped passages on two levels.
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This is the first and only fly fishing trail in the United States. The Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, situated in Jackson County, features some of the best trout waters in the Great Smoky Mountains. The trail takes you to 15 excellent spots for catching brook, brown and rainbow trout. Whether you seek quantity or size, open waters or small streams, the WNC Fly Fishing Trail has it all.
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Located on the border of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the 56,000 acre reservation is still linked to ancient customs, culture, history, and traditions.
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The casino features non-stop action in an 88,000 square foot gaming space with video-style gambling. It has 3,500 slot, video poker and video blackjack games, an entertainment arena, and three restaurants.
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One of the most compelling outdoor dramas, Unto These Hills, tells the tragic story of how the Cherokee ancestors were forcefully driven out of the Great Smoky Mountains and marched 1,200 miles to Oklahoma.
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At Pigeon Forge, there is always a unique event going on, but many visit Pigeon Forge for its various attractions, shows, and stores. Visit to Cades Cove, Dollywood, one of two Titanic Museum Attractions, or even the WonderWorks Indoor Amusement Park, and much more.
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Gatlinburg is one of America's great mountain resort destinations, with accommodations of every kind, dozens of local-to-national restaurants, and attractions galore – all nestled in the foothills and surrounded on three sides by the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, the most visited national park in America. Gatlinburg prides itself on its walkability amidst mountain heritage and the arts, crafts and shops that reflect that tradition, as well as summer-long street performances featuring musical performers, storytellers and artisans.

Services

Services

Services

The experienced conference staff at WCU can help take the headache out of planning your organization's next workshop, conference, symposium, or meeting of any size. We know planning an event and seeing it through to a successful conclusion can be daunting. The staff at WCU is ready to partner with you and offer our resources to help keep you on track. Services include: Event planning to create a project timeline and budget; Marketing support includes e-marketing and print capabilities (Print Services includes the design and printing of promotional materials, folding, collating and binding of materials, decals, banners, signage, name tags and copying services for event materials); Event website development including event registration.

WCU was voted the Number One Outdoor Adventure University in the Southeast by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, three years in a row. Being located in a thermal valley means that our summers are mild and provide great opportunities to enjoy all the activities that our mountain campus has to offer.

Our outdoor recreation program, Base Camp Cullowhee, can provide guided trips and activities including kayaking, white water rafting, paddle boarding, caving, rock climbing, hiking and backpacking. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided kayaking trips. WCU is close to many places to kayak, most notably the Nantahala River, the same used by the nationally- and internationally-recognized organization the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided white water rafting trips. There are many places to go rafting near WCU, such as the Tuckasegee River which runs alongside campus or the Nantahala River, the same used by the nationally and internationally-recognized organizations, the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided paddle boarding trips. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided trips to Tennessee to go caving. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided trips to go rock climbing. Being in the mountain has its advantages, as there are many places to go rock climbing. All programs are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Base Camp Cullowhee can provide guided hiking and backpacking trips all throughout Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. WCU also has a 7.2 mile hiking and mountain biking trail system within walking distance from campus. All programs led by Base Camp Cullowhee are planned and executed by trained students and our professional guide staff. All staff are highly qualified and hold such certifications as Wilderness First Responder, EMT, Swift Water Rescue, American Canoe Association Whitewater Instructor, CPR, American Red Cross First Aid, American Mountain Guide Association Single Pitch Instructor, and more.

Our on campus recreation opportunities are varied, including our 7.2 mile hiking and mountain biking trail system within walking distance from campus.

Our on campus recreation opportunities are varied, including our 50 foot tall indoor climbing wall. Operated by Base Camp Cullowhee, this indoor climbing wall can be reserved for groups.

Our on campus recreation opportunities are varied, including our indoor swimming pool operated by our Campus Recreation Center on campus. This pool can be reserved for groups for a number of water activities, such as water polo. Ask us about Pool Battleship!

Our on campus recreation opportunities include a full disc golf course that is well-used and well-maintained.

On campus recreation opportunities include well-used and well-maintained outdoor sand volleyball courts.

Among other things, our on campus recreation opportunities include several multi-use athletic fields, six indoor gymnasiums, and a large picnic facility with cook-out facilities (see Event Spaces for more).

In addition to all the campus recreation opportunities and guided trips offered through Base Camp Cullowhee, nestled between trees, WCU is the perfect campus to string up a hammock and relax.

Along with the natural locations to lounge back in your hammock, WCU now offers the first of it's kind, Electron Garden on the Green, a solar powered Eno Station. Learn more here!


Technology

Technology

Equipment Available On-Site
Projector Screen
Projector Screen
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors

Description
WCU offers a full range of audio/visual and multi-media capabilities. All meeting rooms and residence hall rooms have high-speed internet connections (or wireless connectivity). Computer labs, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing facilities are available.
Technology

WCU offers a variety of meeting spaces with the latest special technology, as well as tech support staff to help with any accommodations needed. All meeting spaces are equipped with wifi and ethernet hookup, ceiling mounted wireless LCD projectors and ceiling mounted screens, as well as a VCR/DVD combination which hook up to the projector. Conference phones are available upon request. Some spaces have built in sound systems; microphones and podiums are also available upon request. WCU also has two computer classrooms (each holds 24 computers). WCU also offers an interactive television classroom (Community Link, seats 30), as well as a distance learning theater (seats 35) and a distance learning conference room (seats 6-12).

Testimonials

Testimonials


The WCU team was AMAZING!!! The Director of Conference Services, the Conference Assistants, the cleaning crew, the dining team, essentially everyone that we met was wonderful. We had a few things that came up that had been looked over by the staff during our planning phase; however, the staff did their best to make it right. Everyone had the "can do" attitude; and no matter how great the facilities are at WCU, THAT attitude made all the difference! 

Conference Services staff were, hands-down, the best summer staff I have worked with in 20 years of our conference leadership. They were friendly, responsive, forgiving of our quirky (and sometimes rude) people, and good at their jobs. They also (and this is key for WCU to know) had the power to get our needs met by working with other campus departments. On some campuses, Conference Services staff are ignored when they ask for classroom space or maintenance or other things--this was not the case at WCU. That made our experience exceptional--because even the small problems got handled quickly and professionally.



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