Frequently Asked Questions

For a detailed explanation of all admissions policies and online application form, please visit our Admissions Page.

Admissions FAQ

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Is there an application fee?

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Yes. There is a $50 processing fee. This fee is waived for applications completed and received by December 1.

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What is required to be considered for admission?

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A completed application form, two essays, (an additional essay is required for applicants who qualify to apply for a Merit Scholarship), official transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, two letters of recommendation, a physician-signed health form, a personal history form, and a telephone or in-person interview.

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Are there specific courses I must take in order to apply?

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Due to the wide variety of schools and home schooling curricula, Wyoming Catholic College makes no specific course recommendations. Nevertheless, the College expects incoming freshmen to have studied a standard Catholic curriculum of preparatory studies, including literature, grammar, American and European history, natural sciences (including biology and chemistry), catechesis in faith and morals, a foreign language, and mathematics up to algebra 2/trigonometry. (While calculus and physics are very helpful, they are not a necessity.) Students should know how to write well, as the College puts a premium on excellent writing.

Time management skills are absolutely critical, as the overall program of formation is rigorous and demanding.

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I am disabled and cannot participate in the Outdoor Leadership Program (OLP). Can I still attend WCC?

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Unfortunately, the College cannot accept students unable to meet the physical demands of the OLP, which is an integral part of the College’s academic program. An applicant who is denied medical clearance cannot be accepted into WCC.

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I am already in college and would like to transfer to WCC. Must I really start over as a freshman?

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Yes. WCC has a fully integrated curriculum in which each course builds upon the foundation of previous courses and is cross-integrated with other courses taken in the same semester and year.

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Are there any admissions deadlines? When do you begin evaluating applicants?

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No. Keep in mind, however, that the freshman year at WCC begins a month earlier than at most colleges. Applications are evaluated beginning September 1st of the year prior to the year of intended enrollment. Wyoming Catholic College employs a modified rolling admissions policy. The Admissions Committee meets regularly to consider and render decisions on all applications that have been completed since the previous meeting.

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Does WCC welcome applications from homeschooled students?

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Yes. Many WCC students were homeschooled and several of our faculty and staff were themselves homeschooled and/or are now homeschooling their own children.

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Do I need my high school transcripts to apply?

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Yes. For applicants registered with an established homeschool curriculum, an official transcript from the curriculum provider is adequate. Other homeschooled applicants are to submit information, signed by a parent, about the curricular materials they used, listing the subjects, major texts, and grades.

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Do I need to take the SAT or ACT to attend WCC? Are there minimum acceptable scores?

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Yes; either test is accepted. Applicants who take the ACT must take the ACT Writing Test. While the College specifies no minimum scores, scores above the 50% percentile in each subject area are associated with an ability to meet the demands of WCC’s rigorous curriculum.

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Does WCC accept SAT/ACT Super Scoring?

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No.

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Do I need to take an entrance exam?

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The SAT and/or ACT fulfill this requirement.

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Can I apply for college if I have a GED?

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Yes.

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Does WCC offer financial aid?

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Yes. The College provides merit and need based scholarships, and is committed to making the unique education it offers available to qualified students regardless of financial need. More information may be found in the Catalog or on this website under the feature button "Future Students," in the item "Financial Aid."

Academics FAQ

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What are the Liberal Arts?

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Traditionally, the liberal arts are the seven main disciplines--grammar, logic, rhetoric, arithmetic, geometry, music, and astronomy--the study of which perfects the mind's powers of reading, writing, reckoning, and speaking. At WCC, we study these arts, as well as those disciplines that both have developed out of them and follow them: literature, history, philosophy, theology, the natural sciences, the fine arts. The liberal arts are intransitive arts, for the actions of the liberal artist begin and end in the agent. In contrast, the fine arts, such as sculpture, and the utilitarian arts, such as carpentry, perfect or bring to completion something outside the agent, such as a slab of rock becoming David or a piece of wood becoming a table. Since the mind is a spiritual thing, while rocks and wood are material, the liberal arts are intrinsically valuable studies, and thus, unlike the fine and servile arts, are studied for their own sake.

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What are the Great Books?

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In short, the Great Books are literally the . . . Great . . . Books. The great English poet and man of culture, Matthew Arnold, told us that to perfect ourselves we should study, "the best which has been thought and said in the world." The consensus of our western tradition is that certain authors, such as Homer, Plato, Augustine, Dante, Chaucer, Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Dostoevsky are Great, and that certain other authors–not so much. Four years is barely enough time to read only some of the greatest works of literature ever written. The thousands of "Good Books" can wait.

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What degree programs are offered by WCC?

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The College concentrates on offering a superlative education towards the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Arts, awarded to those who successfully complete our four-year integrated Great Books curriculum. We have no majors or minors, specialized degrees, or graduate programs.

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Why should I pursue a general degree?

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Before you are a carpenter, a doctor, or a teacher, you are a human being, and a degree in the liberal arts serves to educate your human powers, the powers of analysis, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity. These powers need rigorous and systematic formation. Job training is essential, of course, but don't put the cart before the horse.

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Is the College accredited to grant degrees?

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Wyoming Catholic College is a Candidate for Accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. Under this status, Wyoming Catholic College enjoys most of the privileges associated with accreditation such as transferable credits, acceptance into private and public university graduate programs, and tax and insurance benefits.
Additionally, Wyoming Catholic College is pre-accredited by the American Academy of Liberal Education (AALE).

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What will I gain from the Outdoor Program?

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You will endure twenty-one straight days in the wilderness, surviving only on what you can carry on your back. You will lead other students on expeditions, students for which you will be responsible to keep safe and bring to the right destination, employing skills of careful observation, tracking, and map and compass reading. You will endure a week of freezing weather and snow, during which you will have to make an outdoor shelter–and no one is going to make it for you. You will rappel sheer cliffs, climb treacherous mountains, and kayak turbulent rivers. What will you gain from all this? You will gain the virtues of toughness, resilience, self-sufficiency, prudence, courage, and humility. WCC’s outdoor curriculum feeds the heart viscerally with hands-on wisdom, and emboldens and encourages the heart. Our outdoor program produces leaders that know what to do in the moment in new, uncharted territory, in other words, the real world into which you will be graduating.

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What if I already had a classical curriculum in high school? Will WCC add anything?

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High school study of the classics is one thing–a WCC classical education, quite another. The liberal arts are complex crafts. To learn a craft, one needs a guild, a community devoted to excellence, with masters and apprentices and tools. There are some very good high-school level guilds that turn-out very good neophyte liberal artists. But why remain a neophyte when you can become a journeyman? To gain a full liberal education that forms one’s body, mind, imagination, and spirit at an advanced level takes many years, certainly more than four years of high school, and actually, even more than four years of college. But that is all we colleges have, and if the education is done right, it will enable you to go on to complete your education on your own because it will render you an independent inquirer and learner, always, of course, with Christ as the main teacher.

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Can people who are not enrolled as full-time students take or sit in on WCC courses?

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No. Due to the tightly integrated curriculum, the small student-teacher ratio, and the limited space at the campus, courses are open only to those students who are enrolled full-time and who intend to remain for the entire four-year B.A. program. The one exception to this is a prospective students who visits the College as part of the application process. Such visitors are welcome to experience our classes while here.

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Will there be any college offerings available to the public?

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Yes. We will extend to the surrounding community an open invitation to a number of WCC events such as our Guest Lecture Series that will bring in prestigious speakers from around the country, our collegiate liturgies at Holy Rosary Church, and musical performances. It is also our intention to offer summertime courses on the Catholic faith and other subjects of interest to the public.

Student Life FAQ

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Is there on-campus housing?

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Yes, all students live on-campus, in separate men's and women's dorms, all four years.

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Do you have housing for families?

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No.

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Do I have to live on campus all four years?

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Yes, all students will live on campus all four years. Truly exceptional situations will be reviewed by the College's President.

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Do you have an intercollegiate athletics program?

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No, but WCC does have intramural activities throughout the year.

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Are there opportunities for physical fitness training?

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The local community swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness center (both of them marked on the map of Lander available on this website) may be used free of charge.

Outdoor Leadership Program FAQ

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Do I need to be an outdoors person to attend WCC?

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No, any student who is willing to be immersed in the reality and beauty of nature can succeed at WCC.

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Do I need to be athletic to succeed in WCC's Freshmen Orientation Program?

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No, but students need to submit a Health Form which will be provided to evaluate if they can handle the Orientation Program. We strongly urge students to participate in a cardio-vascular exercise program (at least one hour, three times a week) for a reasonable length of time (8 to 12 weeks) prior to the wilderness experience.