Tuition & Fees

$7,113

$17,584

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
8%
500-599
38%
400-499
46%
300-399
7%
600-699
6%
500-599
31%
400-499
46%
300-399
17%
30-36
5%
24-29
21%
18-23
49%
12-17
24%
6-11
1%
30-36
2%
24-29
30%
18-23
47%
12-17
21%
30-36
3%
24-29
26%
18-23
61%
12-17
10%
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undergraduateRatios

45%

male

55%

female

1

teacher

17

students

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Very Selective

38%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,554
Declined + 11,922
Total Received 19,476
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Public

9,406

undergraduate students

1,628

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

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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.

Public/private Public
Campus Enrollment 11,034
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
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
45%
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
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
13%
Top 1/4
38%
Top 1/2
78%
Bottom 1/2
22%
Bottom 1/4
3%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
1%
600-699
8%
500-599
38%
400-499
46%
300-399
7%
600-699
6%
500-599
31%
400-499
46%
300-399
17%
30-36
5%
24-29
21%
18-23
49%
12-17
24%
6-11
1%
30-36
2%
24-29
30%
18-23
47%
12-17
21%
30-36
3%
24-29
26%
18-23
61%
12-17
10%

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

Very Selective

38%

acceptance rate

Accepted 7,554
Declined + 11,922
Total Received 19,476

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

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

Financial Aid

65%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$11,395

Average financial aid

Cost

in-state out-of-state
Tuition $7,113
Room $4,616
Board $1,284
Books & supplies $932
Total $13,945
Average Financial Aid - $11,395
Total with Avg. Aid $2,550

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $14,888,448
State $8,631,958
Institutional $6,414,429
Other external $1,841,318
Total $31,776,153

Non-need-based

Federal $7,524
State $253,967
Institutional $1,055,096
Other external $968,246
Total $2,284,833
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Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Institution's own financial aid form

Financial Aid Office

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

Financial Aid Officer

Trina Orr
Director of Student Financial Aid
torr@email.wcu.edu

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Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cross-country
football
golf
soccer
softball
tennis
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
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 Directors

Randy Eaton (men's)
Director Of Athletics
email

Stacey Miller (women's)
Associate Athletic Director Of Student Services/swa
email

Athletic Facts

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

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accountancy
Accounting
Anthropology
Art Education
Athletic Trainer
Biology
Biology Education
Birth-Kindergarten Education
Business Administration
Business Administration/Law
Chemistry
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Communication
Communication Sciences Disorders
Communication Sciences/Disorders
Comprehensive Education
Computer Information Systems
Computer Science
Construction Management
Criminal Justice
Educational Leadership
Electrical Engineering
Electrical/Computer Engineering Technology
Elementary Education
Emergency Medical Care
Emergency/Disaster Management
Engineering
Engineering Technology
English
English Education
Entrepreneurship
Environmental Health
Environmental Science
Film/Television Production
Finance
Forensic Science
Geology
Graphic Design
Health Sciences
Health/Physical Education
Higher Education Student Affairs
History
Hospitality/Tourism Management
Human Resources
Inclusive Education
Interior Design
International Studies
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Mathematics Education
Middle Grades Education
Music
Music Education
Natural Resource Conservation/Management
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Nutrition/Dietetics
Parks/Recreation Management
Philosophy
Physical Therapy
Political Science
Project Management
Psychology
Public Affairs
Recreational Therapy
School Counseling
School Psychology
Science Education
Social Sciences Education
Social Work
Sociology
Spanish
Spanish Education
Special Education
Sport Management
Stage/Screen
Studio Art
Technology
Theatre
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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

11,034

total students

93%

in-state

7%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

85%

9,406
students

Female
55%
5,166

Male
45%
4,240

15%

1,628
students

Female
69%
1,123

Male
31%
505

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

85%

8,040
students

Female
54%
4,314

Male
46%
3,726

15%

1,366
students

Female
63%
852

Male
37%
514

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Student Break-down

1%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
1%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
7%
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

68%

Transfer applicants accepted

70%

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

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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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

Ling Gao LeBeau
Director of International Programs and Services
828 227-3433
lglebeau@wcu.edu

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