Western Carolina is an above-average public university located in River Township, North Carolina. It is a mid-size institution with an enrollment of 8,040 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Western Carolina acceptance rate is 39%. Popular majors include Nursing, Criminal Justice and Safety Studies, and Psychology. Graduating 59% 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.98 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.98 responses
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- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.113 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.132 responses
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- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.60 responses
Western Carolina University Reviews
I originally applied to Western Carolina because of NC Promise, which grants in-state students $500 tuition per semester, but ended up falling in love with the school. Most classes have fairly good student to teacher ratios, making it easier to reach your professor for any questions or concerns. Western Carolina has some of the most genuine and caring educators that I have been privileged to know. You have to enjoy the outdoors if you're thinking about attending because 90% of the activities outside campus have to do with the outdoors. Dorms and near by apartments can be a bit expensive but are relatively cheap compared to other colleges in North Carolina. Campus parking is a bit difficult as well because it's to find parking spots during the weekdays. Overall, Western Carolina is a great school with a stress relieving scenery that never gets old!
I love the atmosphere. Western is the most enjoyable place I have ever been to. The students here are involved all around, and are the most friendly bunch of people I have met! I first arrived to Western alone with no one to talk to, but within 72 hours I had already made a few friends just from walking around campus. Those connections even led me to join a fraternity. The outdoor life is also great. I love going on hike's on the beautiful mountains we have here. I could not see myself at any other school. Lastly, but the most important is the $500 tuition is the best thing to offer. I do not have to worry about my taking out loans or anything. I am grateful for Western Carolina.
Western has been the greatest decision in my life. The tuition for me being an out of state student is phenomenal! It was cheaper than anything in SC that I got accepted to! It has the atmosphere of a small college and everyone there is very friendly. Their athletic training program is top notch and I highly recommend that program, especially the professors! The climate for me was perfect because growing up in the Charleston, SC metro area, I wanted to go somewhere cooler and Western did just that. Even though it is in the middle of nowhere there is still a lot to do within an hour- two-hour radius of campus. All in all, this is an amazing school and I absolutely love it!