Frequently Asked Questions

(For a detailed explanation of all admissions policies and a downloadable Application and Health 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, 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 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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Is the College accredited to grant degrees?

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Wyoming Catholic College is pre-accredited by the American Academy of Liberal Education (AALE). We are also currently in the process of seeking accreditation by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

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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.