Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

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Tuition & Fees

$4,285

$8,285

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
620
25th
510
75th
600
25th
510
75th
24
25th
19
75th
25
25th
18
75th
25
25th
20
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undergraduateRatios

45%

male

55%

female

17

students

1

faculty

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Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,290
Declined 7,746
Total Received 15,036
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Public

11,696

undergraduate students

2,087

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 13,783
Established in 1889
Coeducational Coeducational

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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: Small town

Western Carolina University
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC
28723

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
48%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
no
Students are not required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
14%
Top 1/4
41%
Top 1/2
77%
Bottom 1/2
23%
Bottom 1/4
4%

Test Scores

Average freshman score by percentile.

75th
620
25th
510
75th
600
25th
510
75th
24
25th
19
75th
25
25th
18
75th
25
25th
20

Admissions Facts

Application fee $65
Admissions interview (required or recommended) Neither
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline (priority deadline) November 15
Application deadline (final deadline) March 1
School has early action program yes
Early action program application deadline November 15
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted

Selective

48%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,290
Declined 7,746
Total Received 15,036

Admissions Factors

Required

Secondary School GPA
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language
Secondary School Record
Completion of college-prepatory program
Admission test scores

Recommended

Secondary School Rank

Neither required nor recommended

Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
Formal demonstration of competencies

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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

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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Financial Aid

68%

Of undergraduate students
receiving financial aid

$5,641

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $1,000
Room $5,318
Board $5,029
Additional fees $3,285
Books & supplies $616
Total $15,248
Average Financial Aid - $5,641
Total with Avg. Aid $9,607

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $16,610,873
State $8,792,740
Institutional $6,772,263
Other external $1,956,945
Total $34,132,821

Non-need-based

Federal $12,456
State $264,162
Institutional $1,101,695
Other external $825,313
Total $2,203,626
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Financial Facts

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Financial Aid Office


P: 828 227-7290
F: 828 227-7042
finaid@email.wcu.edu

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Varsity Sports

M W
All track combined
Baseball
Basketball
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
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/Recreational Sports

arm wrestling, badminton, bench press, basketball, bowling, cross-country, darts, disc golf, dodgeball, fishing, flag football, football, four square, indoor water polo, kickball, racquetball, soccer (indoor/outdoor), softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, Wiffle ball, wrestling

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Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Southern Conference (Division I, Football I-AA)

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting.
Anthropology, General.
Art Teacher Education.
Art/Art Studies, General.
Athletic Training/Trainer.
Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
Business Administration and Management, General.
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
Chemistry, General.
Clinical Psychology.
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services.
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
Computer Science.
Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services.
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
Dietetics/Dietitian.
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
Education, General.
Educational Leadership and Administration, General.
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision.
Electrical and Electronics Engineering.
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician.
Elementary Education and Teaching.
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic).
Engineering, General.
English Language and Literature, General.
English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
Environmental Health.
Environmental Science.
Environmental/Natural Resources Management and Policy, General.
Finance, General.
Fine/Studio Arts, General.
Geology/Earth Science, General.
Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
History, General.
Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
Industrial Technology/Technician.
Interior Design.
International/Globalization Studies.
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching.
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.
Management Information Systems, General.
Marketing, Other.
Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
Mathematics Teacher Education.
Mathematics, General.
Music Performance, General.
Music Teacher Education.
Music, General.
Outdoor Education.
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.
School Psychology.
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
Science, Technology and Society.
Social Studies Teacher Education.
Social Work.
Sociology, General.
Spanish Language and Literature.
Special Education and Teaching, General.
Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other.
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy.
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Most Popular Majors

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

Programs Offered

  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Self-designed majors

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Art
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Health Professions
  • Humanities
  • Natural Science
  • Social/Behavioral Science
  • Technologies

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-veterinary science

13,783

total students

83%

in-state

17%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

85%

11,696
students

Female
55%
6,480

Male
45%
5,216

15%

2,087
students

Female
67%
1,406

Male
33%
681

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

80%

9,341
students

Female
54%
5,061

Male
46%
4,280

20%

2,355
students

Female
60%
1,419

Male
40%
936

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Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
5%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American 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

Transfer Enrollment

164

Transfer applicants enrolled

1%

Students are transfer students

Transfer Requirements

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

Transfer Application Deadline

Fall: June 1

Spring: November 15

Summer: April 15

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

32

semester hours

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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
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