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- Party SceneB
- Campus FoodB-
- Student LifeB
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.
Western Carolina University Rankings
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- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.84 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.101 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.101 responses
Most Popular Majors
Criminal Justice and Safety Studies161 Graduates
Social Work and Youth Services70 Graduates
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic)58 Graduates
Elementary Education55 Graduates
Engineering Technician55 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 69 responses
- Unique. Most people do whatever they like.29%
- You have several different character types12%
- I'm a new graduate student taking online classes3%
Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.116 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.135 responses
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 77 responses
- It will do9%
- Good fit8%
- WCU Rocks!4%
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.60 responses
Western Carolina University Reviews
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!
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!