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Western Carolina University
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  • 4 Year
  • CULLOWHEE, NC

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1.30.2024

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is open! You will want to complete that and submit it as soon as possible. The earlier, the better! Make sure to keep an eye on studentaid.gov for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, if you're interested in visiting WCU, come join a daily campus tour or attend our February or March Open House event! We'd love to see you! Learn More

Report Card

grade B
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade B
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade B+
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade B+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B+
  7. Professors
    grade B+
  8. Location
    grade B
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B minus
  11. Student Life
    grade B+
  12. Safety
    grade B

About

1 UNIVERSITY DR
CULLOWHEE, NC 28723
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference
From Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is proud to be the home of adventurers and action-seekers. Where we wonder why, wander out and win the day. Here in Cullowhee, we face our fears and find purpose. We make discoveries and memories. And we bring Catamount spirit into every endeavor.

WCU is a vital force in the region. We're committed to equipping students and residents alike with the courage, confidence, knowledge and solutions they need to thrive. We are looking for students that are willing to leave their apprehensions behind and see where courage and curiosity can take you - knowing that sometimes, the best discoveries are made when you look beyond what's on the map.

Blaze a trail that's boldly your own as you live Western!

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Western Carolina University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
79%
SAT Range
1060-1230
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$13,082 / 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
$5,772 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
80%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes. 94 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 119 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 119 responses

Majors

College of Engineering and Technology

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At the College of Engineering and Technology, we believe that engineers have a unique opportunity to shape the future. So we equip you with everything you need to maximize your impact. You will have a chance to research, prototype, test and discover, in an environment where youโ€™re surrounded by like-minded peers and connected to a professional network as you seek a remarkable life for yourself.

Online

Programs Offered Entirely Online
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
    29%
  • On Campus
    49%
  • Online
    22%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,031 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,925
Undergrads Over 25
20%
Pell Grant
37%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 87 responses
  • Outdoorsy
    39%
  • Unique. Most people do whatever they like.
    30%
  • You have several different character types
    15%
  • Active
    7%
  • Outgoing
    3%
  • I'm a new graduate student taking online classes
    2%
  • Stressed
    2%

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Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
66%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 134 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 153 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 95 responses
  • Beautiful
    46%
  • Amazing
    13%
  • Good fit
    9%
  • Peaceful
    9%
  • It will do
    7%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • WCU Rocks!
    3%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,700 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
61%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 64 responses

Western Carolina University Reviews

Rating 3.82 out of 5  1,632 reviews
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