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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Western Carolina is an above-average public university located in River Township, North Carolina. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,617 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Western Carolina acceptance rate is 40%. Popular majors include Nursing, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Business. Graduating 62% of students, Western Carolina alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $31,900.
Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference

Western Carolina University Rankings

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Western Carolina Admissions

Acceptance Rate
40%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1020-1200
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$12,965/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$5,376/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
85%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.84 responses
65%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.101 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.101 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
8
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
8
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    17%
  • On Campus
    69%
  • Online
    15%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,617Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,410
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 69 responses
  • Outdoorsy
    45%
  • Unique. Most people do whatever they like.
    29%
  • You have several different character types
    12%
  • Active
    9%
  • I'm a new graduate student taking online classes
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%
  • Stressed
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
68%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.116 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.135 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 77 responses
  • Beautiful
    47%
  • Amazing
    13%
  • Peaceful
    12%
  • It will do
    9%
  • Good fit
    8%
  • WCU Rocks!
    4%
  • Adventurous
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.60 responses
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I am a Communication Sciences and Disorders major who transferred into Western Carolina this year. WCU is the perfect school for me. The classes are fairly small, I have had 30-70 students in each of my classes. This allows you to really connect your your professors. If I am struggling with a topic, my instructors are always ready to help. My classes have been interesting and line up perfectly with my career choice. My favorite thing about WCU is the clinic they have in the Health and Human Sciences building. In the clinic students can observe speech therapy sessions and gain knowledge on how to handle their own sessions when the time comes. The campus is beautiful and the school is always trying to become better. Overall, Western Carolina is a great school!
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I've enjoyed most of my experience at WCU! Though there have been several stressful moments with class work and exams, there is so much to enjoy around campus when I'm not stressing on school work. The football games, which always have an awesome halftime show by the band. There are movie showings in the UC on the weekends and many other activities throughout each week. Also the campus is not far from the Blue Ridge parkway and many hiking trails.
I am very familiar to the area, so I am transferring, but if I was completely new to this area and looking for an outdoor school with a closely-knit feel, WCU would definitely be the school I would be looking at! I feel there is definitely a weird attitude around making friends, with occasional "clique culture", but maybe that was just personal experience. Overall, very great programs, instructors, and clubs and student organizations!