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Mike Langford - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Mike Langford Mike Langford

Director of Admissions | Western Carolina University


Mike Langford is a experienced director of admissions with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry.



Experienced Director Of Admissions with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Strong education professional skilled in Management, Student Development, Social Media, Music, and Digital Media.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Digital Media

Social Media


Student Development


Education (3)

Western Carolina University: Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Administration 2024

Appalachian State University: M.A., Higher Education Administration 2006

Lenoir-Rhyne University: B.A., Music 1997

Media Appearances (7)

Faculty, staff honored at annual awards event

WCU Stories  online


Langford, WCU’s director of admissions, suggested to pilot waiving the application fee for the first year and transfer students for 2022 as a way to stimulate application submission and remove a barrier to admission review and offers. Doing so would mean a one-year loss in operational funds for his unit, but the idea and potential payoff for the university was shared with Executive Council, which expanded the idea to graduate school applicants as well.

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Spring open houses offered for prospective students

WCU Stories  online


“We look forward to welcoming prospective students and their families to WCU on campus, in your neighborhood or online, whatever is the best option for you. But we hope to see you here in Cullowhee,” said Mike Langford, director of undergraduate admissions.

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COVID-19 pushes Western Carolina's total enrollment down, but grad student numbers jump up

ABC 13 News  online


“After the first semester, obviously, you have a group that graduates, and you have some students that don't come back," he said. "This year, I think COVID is obviously impacting that a little bit more,” said Mike Langford, WCU admissions director. “COVID's had a lot of effect on family financial situations, jobs." Langford said he knows under pandemic stress, some students are taking a break; about 5% more have moved to online classes.

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WCU waives admission application fees for 2022

WCU Stories  online


“Because of the economic impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many households across the state, we thought it was important that WCU waive these fees for next year,” said Mike Langford, director of undergraduate admissions. “Especially during these trying times, we want to ensure that the doors of opportunity to higher education are open to all students, regardless of their economic situations.”

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Promise of lower tuition is attracting more applicants to these three UNC campuses

News Observer  online


So it’s a little hard to tell what’s driving this year’s increase, said Mike Langford, director of undergraduate admissions. But first-year applications are running almost 12 percent ahead of last year, even though the online application was activated by the university two weeks later this year. Transfer applications are up 54 percent over last year.

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Western Carolina University enrollment tops 11,000 for new record

Citizen Times  online


"To date, more than 3,600 applications for admission for next fall are in hand," said Mike Langford, director of admissions. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions encourages prospective students to visit campus, either through attendance at one of several open house events held throughout the year or by participating in weekday campus tours, to see if WCU is the right fit for them, Langford said.

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Tuition reduction program increases WCU enrollment

ABC 13 News  online


“When we might have been a second or third choice on somebody's list, I think we've moved up to a first choice because of NC Promise, because the quality of the academics here is great,” said Mike Langford, WCU director of admissions. Langford said because of the high numbers, WCU is implementing a wait list for the first time. He said some students may have to start in January.

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