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Western Carolina University

Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC

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Western Carolina University is a public institution located in Cullowhee, North Carolina and provides a large number of degree programs for students. Approximately nine thousand students are enrolled per year at WCU.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs WCU offers:

  • Education
  • Health And Clinical Professions
  • Security And Protective Services
  • Business And Marketing Studies

The admissions process starts with the submission of an application, transcripts, records, and test scores, which are then evaluated by the admissions office. Either the ACT or SAT exam must be taken in order to be able to apply to WCU. Scores between 19 to 24 on the ACT or 1390 to 1660 on the SAT are needed to greatly increase the chance of getting accepted. This school has an acceptance rate of about 39 percent of which only 25 percent chose to attend. More information from the admissions office can be found at wcu.edu.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is different for in-state and out-of-state residents. In-state residents pay nearly $5,900 and nonresidents pay $16,000 annually. The cost of on-campus housing is about $3,700 annually. Some students at this school may be eligible for financial aid, which is generally offered as scholarships, grants, and loans.

The Western Carolina University "Catamounts" compete in a number of intercollegiate sports through participation in the NCAA. Available athletic programs offered may include but not limited to:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division I-AA)
  • Football (NCAA Division I-AA)

Students who would like to get more about Western Carolina University can take a look at their website at http://www.wcu.edu.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Western Carolina University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Western Carolina University is around 10,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 16% of the student body.

$12,700

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $12,700. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $55 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are:
    • State Residents: $3,800-$4,500
    • Out-of-State: $14,000-$17,010
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $340-$400 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $740-$890 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid86%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships71%$6,306
Receiving Student Loans68%$5,996
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Western Carolina University may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Career path counseling
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Helping students find work after graduation
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Western Carolina University is close to 51%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years32%
Graduating in 5 Years16%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program
  • Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

Western Carolina University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-AA classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southern Conference)
  • Basketball (Southern Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southern Conference)
  • Football (Southern Conference)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Western Carolina University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
40.27%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
86%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
16:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
34

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$6,011