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Tuition

$7,239

$17,632

not including room and board

in-state out-of-state More Financial Details

Very Selective

38%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,878
Declined + 9,264
Total Received 15,142
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undergraduateRatios

45%

55%

male

female

1  :  16

teacher

students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Criminal Justice
  2. Nursing
  3. Middle Grades Education
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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 10,107
Established in 1889
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Accredited by •  AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
•  AANA (American Association of Nurse Anesthetists)
•  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)
•  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)

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Codes

SAT 5897
ACT 3172

Social Networks

Public

8,448

undergraduate students

1,659

graduate students

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
11%
500-599
42%
400-499
43%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
700-800
1%
600-699
15%
500-599
50%
400-499
33%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
1%
600-699
7%
500-599
34%
400-499
50%
300-399
8%
200-299
0
30-36
3%
24-29
22%
18-23
56%
12-17
18%
6-11
1%
Below 6
0
30-36
2%
24-29
36%
18-23
49%
12-17
13%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
3%
24-29
27%
18-23
67%
12-17
3%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
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Cullowhee, NC

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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
48%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
97%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
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
11%
Top 1/4
38%
Top 1/2
79%
Bottom 1/2
21%
Bottom 1/4
2%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
2%
600-699
11%
500-599
42%
400-499
43%
300-399
2%
200-299
0
700-800
1%
600-699
15%
500-599
50%
400-499
33%
300-399
1%
200-299
0
700-800
1%
600-699
7%
500-599
34%
400-499
50%
300-399
8%
200-299
0
30-36
3%
24-29
22%
18-23
56%
12-17
18%
6-11
1%
Below 6
0
30-36
2%
24-29
36%
18-23
49%
12-17
13%
6-11
0
Below 6
0
30-36
3%
24-29
27%
18-23
67%
12-17
3%
6-11
0
Below 6
0

Admissions Facts

Application fee $55
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)
Required/GED accepted
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

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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Very Selective

38%

acceptance rate

Accepted 5,878
Declined + 9,264
Total Received 15,142

Admissions Contact

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

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $3,669
Room & board $8,016
Additional fees $2,862
Books & supplies $708
Total $15,255
Average Financial Aid - $9,291
Total with Avg. Aid $5,964

Financial Aid

67%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$9,291

Average financial aid

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Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $13,894,043
State $8,190,702
Institutional $4,330,227
Other external $1,187,443
Total $27,602,415

Non-need-based

Federal $10,210
State $487,336
Institutional $562,613
Other external $453,753
Total $1,513,912

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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

84%

8,448
students

Female
55%
4,642

Male
45%
3,806

Graduate

16%

1,659
students

Female
66%
1,100

Male
34%
559

undergraduateFull-time

83%

7,081
students

Female
55%
3,829

Male
45%
3,252

undergraduatePart-time

17%

1,367
students

Female
60%
813

Male
40%
554

Student Break-down

2%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
79%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
3%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

73%

Transfer applicants accepted

65%

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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