Overview

Applicants
15,397
Acceptance Rate
43%
Average HS GPA
3.75

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
17%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 560
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 560
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 530
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 24

Deadlines


Regular
March 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
16:1
Total Faculty
676
with Terminal Degree
437

341
Women
335
Men
31
Minority
11
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
58%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Engineering Technology, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Environmental Health
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General


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

Career overview


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
55%
Graduate in 6 years
58%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,141

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,158

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,926

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$23,806

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

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

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$3,669
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$14,062
Required Fees
$2,826
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$708

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,002

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

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
8,787
Out of State

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

1.34%
Asian
6.62%
African-American
5.12%
Hispanic
81.38%
Caucasian
1.08%
Unknown
2.41%
International

54% female
46% male
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
42%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural

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

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

Sustainability

Western Carolina University is focused on energy conservation. In 2013, the university created the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management to support a holistic integration of sustainability across all divisions of the university. To date, WCU has achieved a 35 percent BTU-per-square-foot reduction from 2002–2003 levels and avoided $20.6 million in energy costs. In 2014 the university began a campus lighting performance contract to convert all lighting in academic buildings and exterior locations to LED. This $3.3 million project will pay for itself in seven years from the energy savings. The university has also reduced its petroleum usage by implementing neighborhood electric vehicles and switching to E10, a blend of ethanol and unleaded gas to power the campus fleet. Further reductions have been made through a private ridesharing network for all students, faculty, and staff to promote carpooling on and off campus. Anything larger than 20,000 square feet on campus is required to seek LEED certification. There are now two LEED Gold buildings on campus. Each year the university participates in RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals. In 2014 they placed top ten in the nation for Campus Conservation Nationals. EcoCATS (Conservation Awareness Team for Sustainability) is leading student efforts to green the campus and has helped launch a variety of projects, including recycling drives at campus events, Campus Sustainability Day, and Earth and Wellness Day. In 2013 the student body passed the Sustainable Energy Initiative, which is a $5 per semester fee to support green projects on campus, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, research, and internships.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
No

Car Sharing Program
No

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
No

Cash-Out Parking
No

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
No

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
No

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
No

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
No

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
No

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
No

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

Campus Visits 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

15,397
Applicants
8,787
Size
43%
Acceptance Rate

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