9,171
Students
Financial aid thermometer
11,395
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
40
40%
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
Rural
Setting
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Overview

Western Carolina University is a University institution located in Cullowhee, NC, in a rural setting.

Location & Contact

Address 102 Camp Building
Cullowhee, NC  28723
United States
Contact Office of Undergraduate Admission
Email: admiss@email.wcu.edu
Phone: 828-227-7317

Majors & Degrees

Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Hospitality Administration Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
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Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
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Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
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Education Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Associate Bachelors
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Engineering Technologies/Technicians Associate Bachelors
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English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
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Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
French Checkmark
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Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Communication Sciences And Disorders Checkmark
Dietetics Checkmark
Emergency Medical Technology (EMT Paramedic) Checkmark
Environmental Health Checkmark
Health Information/medical Records Administration Checkmark
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Registered Nursing/registered Nurse Checkmark
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History Associate Bachelors
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Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
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Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
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Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
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Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
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Parks, Recreation, Leisure And Fitness Studies Associate Bachelors
Parks, Recreation And Leisure Facilities Management Checkmark
Sport And Fitness Administration/management Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
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Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Psychology Associate Bachelors
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Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
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Security And Protective Services Associate Bachelors
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Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
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Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
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Admissions

Acceptance Rate

18,297
Applied
7,444
Accepted
9,171
Enrolled
41%
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Female Admissions

10,883
Females Applied
4,318
Females Accepted
40%
Acceptance Rate
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Male Admissions

7,414
Males Applied
3,126
Males Accepted
42%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

65
Application Fee
3.78
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Other early decision plan Not reported Not reported
Transfer Not reported Not reported

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
ACT Composite 23 20 25

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition

1,000
In-state
5,000
Out-of-state
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Fees

3,220
Full-time student fees
9,682
Room & board
4,974
Room only
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Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered Yes
Tuition pre-payment plan No

Financial Aid

11,395
Avg. Financial Aid Package
11,338
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
6,375
Avg. Loan Aid
2,601
Avg. Grant Aid
6,131
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
99% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
65%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
12%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

9,171
Total undergrad students
1%
International Students
6%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 6.16%
Black or African American 6.53%
White or Caucasian 78.48%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.7%
Asian 1.31%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.12%
Two or more races 4.09%
Other 1.22%

Gender

Male (45.18%)
Female (54.82%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Men-only housing
Women-only housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing Not Reported

Student Activities

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Campus events:
Mountain Heritage Day, Valley Ballyhoo and Homecoming

Student Services

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More services
multicultural center

Student Organizations

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Local fraternities
Local sororities

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
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Athletics

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Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Division 1 Checkmark
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Division 1 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football No Division 1B Checkmark
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Soccer Checkmark No No
Softball Checkmark No No
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark No No
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark Checkmark No
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Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No No No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Bowling Checkmark No No
Cheerleading No Division 1 No
Cross-country Running Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball Checkmark No No
Rock Climbing No Checkmark No
Rugby No No No
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Swimming And Diving Checkmark Checkmark No
Table Tennis Checkmark No No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark No No
Weight Lifting Checkmark No No
Wrestling Checkmark No No

Faculty

688
Total Faculty
17:1
Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-time - 511
Part-time - 177
Male - 326
Female - 362