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M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Commuter Program


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MPC: Frequently Asked Questions 

What is MPC (M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan's Commuter Program)?

MPC, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan's Commuter program, addresses the transitional needs of first year Commuter students. If you're planning to commute to and from WKU's main campus during your first semester on the hill, then MPC is for you!

Am I a First Year Commuter Student?

First year Commuter* students are new to WKU and have earned fewer than 30 credit hours. They reside within a 50 mile radius of WKU's main campus, and travel to and from the campus to take classes. All first year commuter students, including commuting transfer students, are eligible to participate in MPC.

*If you are planning to commute, make sure to complete and submit your Housing Exemption paperwork to avoid a $1,000 per semester non-compliance fee.

Why Should I Attend MPC?

MPC is designed to help you, the first year Commuter student, successfully transition from home and high school to college. As an MPC participant, you'll gain valuable information and resources, benefit from the opportunity to engage with current WKU students, faculty, and staff, and form social connections with other first year Commuter students before classes even start!

When is MPC?

The MPC program will take place August 13-14, 2017. You're also invited to attend several M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan special events and social activities throughout the week! View the full schedule

What Happens During MPC?

During MPC Registration on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 5-6pm, you'll receive your schedule, name tag, and T-shirt. Your first official event begins at 6:00pm in the Downing Student Union Niteclass (1st floor, directly across from Red Zone). During this event, you'll meet other commuter students as well as the Commuter Student Ambassadors and learn about all the fun happening during M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan week.

After the M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan Commuter Program Welcome, you, along with your fellow commuter students and Commuter Student Ambassador, will attend Convocation, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and MPC's opening ceremony. During Convocation, you'll learn what it truly means to be a Hilltopper, receive your first Red Towel, learn the Fight Song, and hear from WKU President, Dr. Tim Caboni. After the opening ceremony, you'll participate in the official Class of 2020 photo. Be sure to stick around after the class photo for the Kick-off Social!

On Monday, August 14th, you'll engage in educational sessions designed to provide you with information and resources to help you make both a successful academic and social transition to WKU. The sessions will cover a variety of topics - from navigating campus, parking, campus resources, student services, and time management, to balancing home life and college life, and getting and staying involved in campus activities - that reflect some of the transitional issues first year Commuter students face during their first semester in college.  MPC is sure to be a good time and help you feel more confident on that first day of classes!

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to socialize with other MPC and M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan participants at various special and social events throughout the week (August 13th-17th). View full schedule.

On Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, you'll have the opportunity to participate in Big Red's Blitz, WKU's largest community service event! Make sure you sign up if you want to participate on your registration form. More information can be found at Learn about some of WKU's student clubs and organizations and how you can get involved in campus activities at the Campus and Community Involvement Fair Thursday afternoon (1:30 pm - 4:30 pm)! Then feel free to attend TopperU, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan and MPC's closing ceremony Thursday evening, at which some fabulous prizes will be given away and stay for the closing concert!

*Schedule subject to change

Is There a Cost to Participate in MPC?

Yes, the MPC registration fee is $40.

What's Included in My MPC Registration Fee?

Your MPC registration fee covers your T-shirt,  Monday's educational sessions, and all special events listed on your schedule.  Please note: two meals are also included in your MPC registration fee, to cover lunch and dinner on Monday, August 15th.  Be sure to bring extra cash with you to cover additional snacks.

What About ATP? Is ATP Different from MPC?

TOP* is WKU's academic orientation program. While the TOP and MPC staff members work closely together to ensure a meaningful orientation experience for all of WKU's first year students, TOP and MPC are two separate programs.

During TOP you'll meet your Academic Advisor, get registered for classes, and learn about WKU student services and campus departments at the Information Fair.

*Participation in TOP is mandatory for all first year students. For more information, visit

How Do I Register for MPC?

You can register to participate in MPC one of two ways:

  1. Online through TopNet with a credit or debit card.

  2. By completing and submitting the paper registration form, along with a check or money order made payable to Western Kentucky University.

When is the Deadline to Register for MPC?

The deadline to register for MPC is Monday, August 7, 2017. Students may be able to register on-site in the Downing Student Union on Sunday, August 14, 2016.

Who is My Commuter Student Ambassador?

Commuter Student Ambassadors assist with the implementation of the MPC program and serve as Peer Mentors to MPC participants. CSAs are always on-hand to answer your questions, provide tips for success, and share their experiences. Consider your CSA your College Transition Guide...helping lead you to success at WKU!

Is There a Cap on the Number of Students that can Participate in MPC?

No! All first year Commuter students, including commuting transfer students, are eligible to participate in MPC.

What is Expected of Me as an MPC Participant?

MPC participants are expected to attend all group meetings, educational sessions, and special events, as well as take advantage of the opportunity to socialize with fellow MPC participants at the social events. Come to MPC with a positive attitude, great enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn! The MPC staff has worked hard to ensure the program is the best it can be, with fun, engaging, and interactive sessions. But your participation will be the determining factor in how much you enjoy the experience. We give 110% and we're hoping you'll do the same!

Is My Participation Mandatory?

Participation in MPC is optional; you are not required, as a Commuter student, to attend. However, should you choose to register for MPC, please note your active participation in MPC's group meetings, meals, educational sessions, and special events is mandatory and your attendance at these events will be tracked. 

Still Have Questions? Contact Us:

MPC is hosted by the Department of Housing & Residence Life


Phone: (270) 745-2037

Address: Western Kentucky University, Department of Housing and Residence Life, ATTN: MPC, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11093, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1093

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