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Western Carolina is a public graduate school in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It has a mid-size graduate student body with an enrollment of 1,612 graduate students. Of the 28 graduate programs offered at Western Carolina University, 10 are offered online or through graduate distance education programs. The most popular graduate school programs at Western Carolina University are Registered Nursing (RN), Business, and Educational Administration. 53% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
1,612
Part-Time Grad Students
848
Research Assistants
114
Teaching Assistants
126
Racial Diversity
  • White
    78.7%
  • African American
    8.3%
  • Hispanic
    5%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    3.9%
  • Multiracial
    2.2%
  • Native American
    0.8%
  • Asian
    0.8%
  • Unknown
    0.2%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.1%

Student Life

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What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
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  • Friendly
    100%
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What phrase best describes your program?
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  • Supportive/helped me grow
    100%

Professors

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100%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.3 responses
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67%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.3 responses
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100%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.3 responses

Return On Investment

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How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
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  • $25K-$50K
    67%
  • <$25K
    33%
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How much did you make post-graduation?
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  • Did not graduate yet
    100%
67%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.3 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Nightlife
    A-
Median Household Income
$30,041
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$634
National
$949
Median Home Value
$223,600
National
$184,700
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Western Carolina University Reviews

19 reviews
Western Carolina University is an amazing school! The people at Western and around the community are great. There is always fun events going on around campus. The food has always been good to me. Plenty of housing options on and off campus. The campus rec center (gym) is super nice! I spent many hours in there. My favorite part about Western is the fact that it's in the mountains! I love outdoor activities, such as hiking, kayaking, fishing, and more. I have made some long life friends here, and a lot of wonderful memories! The reason I gave Western a 4-star rating is because I wish they had an exercise/kinesiology undergrad program I could've taken. Other than that, my overall experience at Western was great! I'm so excited to be able to attend graduate school at Western this coming fall!
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Per everything that I have heard from word of mouth. That is why I chose this school. The interactions that I have had have been wonderful and the process has been very easy to follow and complete as I am prepping for the graduate program. The staff are exempliary in their professionalism and processes. Everything that I have heard about the school has been over the top amazing and I cannot wait to start my degree and work towards my goal. The process is clear cut and easy to follow so it keeps my stress level low as I navigate and learn the system. The IT department has been very helpful with any needs that have arisen within the process as well. I interviewed with professors during the COVID pandemic and they were flexible and charming regarding the difficult times we were under. I so look forward to working with them through out the next two years as I work towards my degree in Family Nurse Practitioner.
I really enjoyed that the classes were usually in the evening and worked well with my full-time job. In the MPA program, professors brought in experienced people or those currently working in the government and/or not-for-profit sector. These types of real life interactions created excellent opportunities for networking.