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  • Do you love to learn, especially when it challenges what you already know?
  • Do you enjoy discussing what you've learned and sharing opinions and insights with others?
  • Do you want to apply your creativity and intelligence to your academic work, using what you've learned in new ways?
  • Are you curious about other people, who they are, what they believe and why they believe it?
  • Are you interested in exploring local and global issues, understanding issues and proposing solutions for a better world?
  • Do you want to be part of a diverse, international community, surrounded by the language and food of many cultures?
  • Are you ready to work in new ways and discover new perspectives on life?

If you can answer "Yes" to any one of the preceding questions, you should explore Watauga Residential College further—it might be the right program for you.

Since 1972, Watauga Residential College (formerly Watauga College) has been the program where students read, write, think, argue, challenge, ponder, change, struggle, laugh and live together during their first years of college.

All Watauga classes meet general education requirements in interdisciplinary team-taught (multiple professor) core classes that blend fact, fiction, culture, philosophy, motion, art, music, myth, and religion. The variety of classroom formats—lectures, smaller discussion sections, small project groups, linked classes and even trips outside the classroom—provide many different approaches for learning, assuring that one or more of these formats will be ideally suited to you. Working closely with your peers, upperclassmen, and faculty, you will blend academics, residential life, and international concerns into a seamless experience.

Watauga Residential College is located in the Living Learning Center, on the west side of campus, featuring four-person suites, kitchens, lounges, classrooms, an art studio, a music room, and a library.

A very important aspect of Watauga is the community that forms through shared academic work and living experiences. No barriers separate the academic, cultural, and social components of Watauga students, faculty, and staff. In Watauga, the community forms the basis for all that happens. At the same time, you remain free to pursue your choice of a major and can enjoy a variety of student activities offered by Appalachian, including intramurals, service clubs, student government, fraternities and sororities. You get all the benefits of a comprehensive university as well as the close ties inherent in a small learning community.

All students accepted at Appalachian State are eligible to participate in the program. We seek an interesting mix of students who are interested in exploring life in all of its fascinating forms and want to be involved in the world around them.

McFarlane International Travel and Research Endowment

This endowment provides support for students currently active in Watauga Residential College (WRC) and enrolled in a university sponsored study abroad trip or semester abroad.  Students must have completed twelve semester hours of Investigations coursework, be enrolled in a research project relevant to the study abroad, and be mentored by a WRC faculty member.  Administration related to this endowment is the responsibility of the College of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with Watauga Residential College.  The endowment: McFarlane Family International Travel and Research Endowment.