Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

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Tuition & Fees

$1,000

$5,000

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
4%
600-699
28%
500-599
51%
400-499
18%
700-800
2%
600-699
22%
500-599
60%
400-499
16%
30-36
4%
24-29
28%
18-23
51%
12-17
18%
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undergraduateRatios

45%

male

55%

female

17

students

1

faculty

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Selective

42%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,614
Declined 10,152
Total Received 17,766
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Public

10,469

undergraduate students

1,698

graduate students

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Location

School Facts

Western Carolina University, 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.

Official website Visit website
Application link Apply online
Public/private Public
Campus enrollment 12,167
Established in 1889
Coeducational Coeducational

682-acre campus in Cullowhee (population: 6,228), approximately 53 miles from Asheville; branch campuses in Asheville and Cherokee. Air and bus serve Asheville. Public transportation serves Sylva and surrounding area.

  • Campus Setting: Rural community
  • Campus Size: hectares
  • Nearest airport: Asheville Regional

Western Carolina University
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC
28723

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
yes
Students through freshman year required to live on campus
yes
Freshman guaranteed housing
yes
Coed housing
yes
Men only housing
yes
Women only housing
yes
Disabled student housing

Top Events

  • Mountain Heritage Day
  • Valley Ballyhoo
  • Homecoming
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Campus Facts

  • Student-run campus newspaper
  • Drama/Theater group
  • Student-run radio station
  • Marching band
  • Choral groups
  • National fraternities on campus
  • National soroities on campus

Campus Security

  • 24 hour emergency telephone/alarm devices
  • 24 hour patrol by trained security personnel
  • Late-night transport/escort service
  • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances

% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
15%
Top 1/4
39%
Top 1/2
78%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
4%
600-699
28%
500-599
51%
400-499
18%
700-800
2%
600-699
22%
500-599
60%
400-499
16%
30-36
4%
24-29
28%
18-23
51%
12-17
18%

Admissions Facts

Considers standardized test scores in admission decisions yes
Application fee $65
School has early action program yes
Average Freshman GPA (4.0 scale) 3.77

Selective

42%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,614
Declined 10,152
Total Received 17,766

Admissions Factors

Very Important

academic GPA
class rank
rigor of secondary school record
standardized test scores

Important

extracurricular activities
level of applicant's interest
character/personal qualities
application essay
recommendation(s)
talent/ability
work experience

Considered

first generation
geographical residence
interview
state residency

Not Considered

alumni/ae relation
racial/ethnic status
religious affiliation/commitment
volunteer work

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International Facts

Accepts International Baccalaureate yes
Offers English as a second language yes

Financial Aid

85%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$4,667

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $1,000
Total $1,000
Average Financial Aid - $4,667
Total with Avg. Aid $-3,667

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Not Reported

Non-need-based

Not Reported

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Financial Facts

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Tuition guarenteed plan yes
Installment payment plan yes

Varsity Sports

M W
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-country running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track and field
Volleyball

Club Sports - Men's

climbing, cycling, dance, disc golf, equestrian sports, fencing, in-line hockey, jiujitsu, karate, lacrosse, polo, rugby, swimming, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, wrestling

Club Sports - Women's

climbing, cycling, dance, disc golf, equestrian sports, fencing, in-line hockey, jiujitsu, karate, lacrosse, polo, rugby, swimming, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball

Intramural Sports Men

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-country running, Racquetball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Weight lifting, Wrestling

Intramural Sports Women

Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cross-country running, Racquetball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and diving, Table tennis, Tennis, Ultimate frisbee, Volleyball, Water polo, Weight lifting, Wrestling

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Athletic Conference

NCAA Divison I

Majors

Assc. Bach.
Accounting
Anthropology
Art Teacher Education
Art/Art Studies, General
Athletic Training/Trainer
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Chemistry, General
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
Computer Science
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
Construction Management
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Dietetics/Dietitian
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
Elementary Education and Teaching
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Engineering Technology, General
Engineering, General
English Language and Literature, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Environmental Health
Environmental Science
Finance, General
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Forensic Chemistry
French Language and Literature
Geography
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General
Hospitality Administration/Management, General
Interior Design
International/Global Studies
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
Marketing, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Music Performance, General
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Philosophy
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Political Science and Government, General
Psychology, General
Public Administration
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
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Programs Offered

  • English as a second language
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Independent study
  • Honors college
  • Graduated courses offered to undergraduates
  • Cooporative programs
  • Internships
  • Summer session for credit
  • Study abroad
  • Part time undergraduate degrees

Other Programs

  • Post-bachelors certificate
  • Doctoral degree - professional
  • Doctoral degree research/scholarship

12,167

total students

90%

in-state

10%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

86%

10,469
students

Female
55%
5,752

Male
45%
4,717

14%

1,698
students

Female
67%
1,135

Male
33%
563

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

85%

8,934
students

Female
55%
4,844

Male
45%
4,090

15%

1,535
students

Female
60%
908

Male
40%
627

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Student Facts

Freshman retention rate 78%
Student 4 year graduation rate 56%
Student 5 year graduation rate 1%
Student 6 year graduation rate 1%

Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
Hispanic/Latino
78%
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

1,011

Transfer students enrolled

8%

Transfer students

Transfer Information

Fall transfer enrollment yes
Winter transfer enrollment no
Spring transfer enrollment yes
Summer transfer enrollment yes
Accepts CLEP subject tests yes
Accepts CLEP general tests no
Accepts excelsior college examinations no
Generally accepts credits from other institutions yes
Accepts DSST/DANTES yes
Accepts Life Long Learning Credit no
Age limit (number of years) for completed credits/courses to be transferred no
No Age limit for completed credits/courses to be transferred yes

Transfer Application Deadlines

Not reported

Transfer difficulty

Moderately difficult

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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

  • Career Library
  • Career interest testing
  • Interview workshop
  • Job Fairs
  • Job Interviews
  • Job bank
  • On-campus employer recruitment
  • Resume preparation
  • Resume referral

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
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