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Western Carolina University
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  • 4 Year
  • CULLOWHEE, NC

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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 C
  9. Dorms
    grade B+
  10. Campus Food
    grade B
  11. Student Life
    grade B
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

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

We look for students who fight for success. The students who come to Western Carolina University are ready to explore, to challenge themselves and work harder for their ambitions. They come to WCU to be inspired by a community of support that recognizes their potential and will work to help define and achieve their goals. Here you'll be surrounded by great teachers and mentors in one of the most beautiful and naturally diverse regions of the world.

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Western Carolina University Rankings

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Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
69%
SAT Range
1020-1200
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$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%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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. 104 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 104 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
    23%
  • On Campus
    61%
  • Online
    16%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
8,934 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
1,535
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 72 responses
  • Outdoorsy
    44%
  • Unique. Most people do whatever they like.
    29%
  • You have several different character types
    11%
  • Active
    8%
  • I'm a new graduate student taking online classes
    3%
  • Stressed
    3%
  • Outgoing
    1%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
No data available  
Poll
69%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. 119 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life. 138 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 80 responses
  • Beautiful
    46%
  • Amazing
    14%
  • Peaceful
    11%
  • It will do
    10%
  • 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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Rating 3.77 out of 5  1,500 reviews
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