Overview

Applicants
19,341
Acceptance Rate
40%
Average HS GPA
3.93

GPA Breakdown

22%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99

Need to boost your grades? We can help.

Learn More

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
520 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
510 - 600
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 15

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


Get a personalized plan for a competitive application from an admissions expert.

Learn More

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17.2:1
Total Faculty
755
with Terminal Degree
504

388
Women
367
Men
65
Minority
17
International

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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

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.

  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • 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 TECHNOLOGIES AND ENGINEERING-RELATED FIELDS.

  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician.
  • Engineering Technology, General.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Athletic Training/Trainer.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Dietetics/Dietitian.
  • 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.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.

  • 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, General.
  • 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.

  • 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

Notable Faculty


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
40%
Graduate in 5 years
58%
Graduate in 6 years
61%

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
$6,742

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,349

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,447

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
63%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$10,038

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$1,000
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$5,000
Required Fees
$3,220
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$805

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,254
Transportation for Commuters
$974

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
10,027

Demographics

1.15%
Asian
5.34%
African-American
7.10%
Hispanic
79.07%
Caucasian
1.31%
Unknown
1.04%
International

55% female
45% male
9% are out of state
86% are full time
14% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

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
Paul Perrotta

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


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.

84/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
No

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

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer, Dell

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


Articles & Advice