Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

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Tuition & Fees

$4,285

$8,285

not including housing and food

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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

Social Networks

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%
of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
99%
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-preparatory 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
Housing $5,318
Food $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 yes yes
Baseball yes
Basketball yes yes
Football yes
Golf yes yes
Soccer yes
Softball yes
Tennis yes
Volleyball yes

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

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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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