Tuition & Fees

$7,113

$17,584

not including room and board

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undergraduateRatios

45%

55%

male

female

1
17

teacher

students

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Selective

40%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,444
Declined + 10,853
Total Received 18,297
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Public

9,171

undergraduate students

1,634

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Nursing
  3. Middle Grades Education
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Codes

SAT 5897
ACT 3172

Social Networks

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
12%
500-599
38%
400-499
43%
300-399
5%
700-800
1%
600-699
13%
500-599
42%
400-499
39%
300-399
5%
600-699
6%
500-599
31%
400-499
46%
300-399
17%
30-36
8%
24-29
24%
18-23
50%
12-17
18%
30-36
2%
24-29
34%
18-23
48%
12-17
16%
30-36
4%
24-29
30%
18-23
63%
12-17
3%
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School Facts

Western Carolina, founded in 1889, is a public university part of the University of North Carolina system. Its 682-acre campus is located in Cullowhee, about 52 miles west of Asheville.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 10,805
Established in 1889
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.)
•  ACA (American Counseling Association)
•  ACCE (American Council for Construction Education)
•  ADiA (American Dietetic Association)
•  APTA (American Physical Therapy Association)
•  ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association)
•  CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs)
•  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  CIDA (Council for Interior Design Accreditation)
•  CoA-NA (Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs)
•  CSWE (Council on Social Work Education)
•  NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)
•  NEHSPAC (National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council)
•  SACS (Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools)

Cullowhee, NC

682-acre campus in Cullowhee (population: 9,428), approximately 53 miles from Asheville; branch campuses in Asheville and Cherokee. Air and bus serve Asheville. Public transportation serves Sylva and surrounding area.

Western Carolina University
440 H.F. Robinson Administration Building
Cullowhee, NC 28723

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Campus Life

yes
Housing available
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
38%
Top 1/2
76%
Bottom 1/2
24%
Bottom 1/4
4%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
12%
500-599
38%
400-499
43%
300-399
5%
700-800
1%
600-699
13%
500-599
42%
400-499
39%
300-399
5%
600-699
6%
500-599
31%
400-499
46%
300-399
17%
30-36
8%
24-29
24%
18-23
50%
12-17
18%
30-36
2%
24-29
34%
18-23
48%
12-17
16%
30-36
4%
24-29
30%
18-23
63%
12-17
3%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
Common application accepted no
Application deadline November 15 (priority deadline)
March 1
School has early decision program no
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 15
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Neither
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Selective

40%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,444
Declined + 10,853
Total Received 18,297

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Class rank
Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
State residency

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment

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Admissions Contact

Philip Cauley
Director of Admissions
P: 877 WCU-4-YOU
F: 828 227-7319
admiss@wcu.edu

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,113
Room $4,616
Board $1,284
Books & supplies $932
Total $13,945
Average Financial Aid - $18,861
Total with Avg. Aid $-4,916

Financial Aid

87%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$18,861

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $14,433,889
State $8,985,496
Institutional $6,118,024
Other external $1,723,290
Total $31,260,699

Non-need-based

Federal $12,798
State $173,107
Institutional $1,069,461
Other external $734,995
Total $1,990,361

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Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
canoe and kayak
cheerleading
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Southern Conference (Division I, Football I-AA)
Mascot
Catamounts/Lady Cats
School colors
purple and gold
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Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accountancy
Accounting
Anthropology
Applied Mathematics
Art
Art Education
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine
Biology
Birth-Kindergarten
Business Administration
Business Administration/Law
Chemistry
College Student Personnel
Communication
Communication Disorders/Sciences
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Community College Administration
Community College Teaching
Comprehensive Education
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Construction Management
Criminal Justice
Educational Leadership
Educational Supervision
Electrical Engineering
Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology
Elementary Education
Emergency Medical Care
Emergency/Disaster Management
Engineering Technology
Engineering/Manufacturing
English
English/Secondary Education
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Health
Environmental Science
Finance
Fine Arts
Forensic Sciences
General Psychology
Geography
Geology
German
Health Care Administration
Health Information Administration
Health Sciences
Health/Physical Education
History
Hospitality Management
Human Resources Development
Interior Design
International Studies
Liberal Arts/Special Studies
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Mathematics Secondary Education
Middle Grades Education
Music
Music Education
Natural Resources Management
Nursing
Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner
Nutrition/Dietetics
Parks/Recreation Management
Philosophy
Physical Therapy
Political Science
Project Management
Psychology
Public Affairs
Recreational Therapy
School Administration
School Counseling
Science Teacher Education
Science/Entrepreneurship
Secondary Education/Social Sciences
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Spanish/Secondary Education
Special Education
Sport Management
Sports Management
Stage/Screen
TESOL
Technology
Theatre
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Undergraduate

85%

9,171
students

Female
55%
5,028

Male
45%
4,143

Graduate

15%

1,634
students

Female
67%
1,090

Male
33%
544

undergraduateFull-time

85%

7,871
students

Female
55%
4,260

Male
45%
3,611

undergraduatePart-time

15%

1,300
students

Female
60%
768

Male
40%
532

Student Break-down

6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
6%
Hispanic/Latino
77%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

70%

Transfer applicants accepted

69%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Required of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: June 1

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

32

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Birth control
  • Career
  • Military
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

Not Reported

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Co-op education
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance
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Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

91%

Additional services

  • Day care
  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service
  • Women's Center

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Special housing
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors

International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 10
Countries most often represented Australia
Germany
Japan
The United Kingdom
Special services offered for international applicants Host family program
Other
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Lois Petrovich-Mwaniki
Director, International Programs & Services
828 227-7494
lmwaniki@email.wcu.edu

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