WCU is a member of the University of North Carolina system and a regional comprehensive university offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, with classes in Cullowhee and in the Asheville-Hendersonville area at Biltmore Park Town Square. Founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina, WCU now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries. The university’s mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state—and we’re still growing.
The Asheville Marathon that will take place on the Biltmore Estate in 2013 offers WCU the opportunity to participate in an event that will have both a social and economic impact on Asheville and Western North Carolina. Buncombe County is home to the largest population of WCU alumni in the state, and the marathon’s proximity to a large alumni base and to the university’s newly opened instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square make the university’s involvement in the inaugural event a natural fit.