Can I apply to WCSC as a first- or second-year student?
Yes! MostWCSCstudents are juniors or seniors, but occasionally mature first- or second-year students
have been accepted into our program.
How does registration work?
Simply notify the registrar at your regular registration that you are interested in
Will I have a roommate?
Probably. We have 9 bedrooms, and a full program is 15 students. This means 12 out
of the 15 students will have a roommate.
Can I use a bike in DC?
Yes! You can bring your own, or use one of the two house bikes. To encourage biking,
travel stipend money will be awarded to students who bike just like everyone else.
Students are responsible for regular house bike maintenance, althoughWCSCwill pay for all associated costs.
Can I bring my car?
Yes, but cars are not essential. Metro rail and bus options are readily available
and are the most common forms of transportation. Students who bring cars must be willing
to drive for group outings such as the retreat in West Virginia and theWCSCchapel presentation atEMU, and will be reimbursed for mileage. City driving may be hazardous to your car’s
health; all car owners should bring a steering wheel lock such as The Club, and consider
leaving flashy cars at home.
Does the house have wireless?
The house is equipped with wireless and broadband connections to all the rooms, including
wireless connection to the house printer. A computer in the seminar room is also available
for student use.
What are the differences between the summer and semester program?
Semester vs. Summer:
Credits for Internship:
Same as On-Campus
For EMU students who are work study eligible
Cost (tuition + room and board + activity fee):
Same as on Campus
*if you are not an EMU student, check with your university
Currently $8,340 (Summer 2021)
How does payment work for WCSC?
If you are anEMUstudent you will pay your tuition, room and board directly toEMU. TheEMUbusiness office will send you a bill at the beginning of each semester. If you are
a student from an institution other thanEMU, you will remain a student at your home institution and pay your regular tuition
and room and board, plus a program fee, to your home institution. ContactWCSCdirector Kimberly Schmidt with specific questions about financial aid and tuition.
What is this retreat I’ve heard about?
EachWCSCgroup goes on a weekend retreat. We are partners in the Rolling Ridge Retreat Center
cooperative, a study-retreat center near Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Retreat time
is used to get a breather from the fast pace of the city, bond with other community
learners, develop spiritually and enjoy the beauty of the woods. Student participation
and a good attitude are assumed.
Do I have to pay for food?
No!EMUroom and board covers your food and lodging costs. The house receives money each week
for groceries, which we refer to as “6400 money” because of theWCSCbudget line it is attributed to. One person will be in charge of keeping petty cash
for the house, collecting receipts from every expenditure, and tallying up totals
each week. The petty cash is used to pay for food, other house items (cleaning supplies,
napkins, etc.), gas for the house car, and emergency taxi fares.
What happens to money left over from grocery shopping?
It pays to be thrifty! Any money not used on the week-to-week basis will be credited
or “banked” toWCSC students. The banked money can then be used to go to cultural, educational, and group-building
events with prior approval from one of the directors.
How much money will I need for WCSC?
Aside from possibly part of your transportation, your only expense should be entertainment.
All your meals and lodging will be covered by your room and board.
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