Overview

Applicants
15,234
Acceptance Rate
38%
Average HS GPA
3.63

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
460 - 560
SAT Math
480 - 570
ACT Composite
20 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability
Level of applicant's interest

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15.56:1
Total Faculty
627
with Terminal Degree
402

320
Men
307
Women
31
Minority
16
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Michell Hicks
Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from 2003 - present

Jerry Kiser
Retired President and CEO of LA-Z-Boy Incorporated

Frances Owl-Smith
1st female in Eastern Band of Cherokee to earn MD

Gerald Austin
Retired NFL official (25 years and 3 Super Bowls) now working for ESPN

Clyde Simmons
14-year NFL pro Defensive End, 2 Pro Bowl selections, 11th all-time in sack

Mark D. Martin
appellate court judge, NC Court of Appeals

Tony White
key player in the exploration of the human genome

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,214

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,181

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,728

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$5,816

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$3,397
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$12,994
Required Fees
$2,528
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$758

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$983

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
7,979
Out of State

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

1.20%
Asian
6.84%
African-American
3.31%
Hispanic
83.75%
Caucasian
1.06%
Unknown
1.03%
International

53% female
47% male
85% are full time
15% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
49%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
90

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Kimberly Marcus

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation: within 3 years

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
150
Number of Honor Societies
7

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
17

9% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Catamounts)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Catamounts)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: There are both student-led organizations and counselor-facilitated support groups available. For more information go to http://www.wcu.edu/8939.asp

Minority Support Groups: To find out about minority groups, visit http://www.wcu.edu/8907.asp

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
15

Average Number of PC's per Lab
30

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
Yes

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Chris Parrish
Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
Office of Admissions
102 Camp Bldg.
Cullowhee, NC 28723

Phone
8779284968

Email
admiss@wcu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Center
Campus Recreation Center
Hunter Library
Courtyard Dining Hall
Ramsey Regional Activity Center
New state-of-the-art Health and Human Sciences Building.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cataloochee Ski Area
Nantahala Outdoor Center
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Blue Ridge Parkway
Asheville
Our campus is located within 53 miles of Asheville (approx. 1 hour), 106 miles from Greenville/Spartanburg, SC (approx. 2 hours), 119 miles of Knoxville, TN (approx. 2 hours), 153 miles of Atlanta, GA (approx 2 hours and 45 minutes), and 182 miles of Charlotte, NC (approx. 3 hours).

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Monday-Friday at 2pm; Monday and Friday at 11 am
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri -- 10am and 2pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
kjamison@email.wcu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Asheville Regional Airport is 57 miles from campus (approx. 1 hour trip). Information about our on-campus shuttle service, CAT-TRAN, is available at http://www.wcu.edu/9729.asp

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Asheville, NC and points east: Follow I-40 West to Exit 27 (Highway 74 West). Follow Highway 74 West to Exit 85 in Sylva. At third light turn left onto Highway 107 South. Follow Highway 107 South to campus. From Knoxville, TN and points west: From I-40 East, take Exit 27 to Highway 74 West. Follow Highway 74 to Exit 85 in Sylva. At third light turn left onto Highway 107 South. Follow Highway 107 South to campus. From Charlotte, NC: From I-85 South, exit onto Highway 74 West towards Shelby. Follow Highway 74 West to I-26 West to Asheville. In Asheville, exit left onto I-40 West. Follow directions above from Asheville. From Atlanta, GA: From I-85 North, exit left onto I-985. I-985 will turn into GA 365 and will then merge with 441 North. Follow 441 North to Dillsboro, NC. At the light in Dillsboro, turn right onto Business 23. Follow Business 23 through Dillsboro and Sylva to Highway 107 South intersection. Go straight through intersection and follow Highway 107 South to campus.

Local Accommodations
Best Western River Escape Inn & Suites 828-586-6060 www.bestwestern.com/riverescapeinnandsuites Holiday Inn Express & Suites of Dillsboro 828-631-1111
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Key Stats

15,234
Applicants
7,979
Size
38%
Acceptance Rate
1040
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists