Western Carolina University


Highest Degree Offered: Doctoral

College Type: Public

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: North Carolina


Western Carolina University is a public university and member of the University of North Carolina system. WCU's 600-acre campus is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, about an hour west of Asheville and near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Undergraduates can choose from about 220 majors and concentrations, and the university takes pride in its small class sizes -- WCU has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19. Professional programs in business, education and criminal justice are both popular and well-regarded. One of the university's most notable student groups is the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band with its nearly 350 members. On the athletic front, the Western Carolina Catamounts compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Construction Engineering, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, History, Marketing, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 9050
Total Grad Students: 1547
Undergraduate Students: 7503
Faculty: 472

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1

Percent Male: 47%
Percent Female: 53%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 28%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 51%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information


Cullowhee North Carolina 28723


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Main Phone: 828-227-7211

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 17 24
English 18 24
Math 18 24
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 470 560
Math 480 570
Writing 440 530

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 39%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -39%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 2006

Other Expenses: 2607

Room and Board: 6370

Tuition and Fees: 14721

Total Cost: 25704

Tuition and Fees – In-State: 5124

Total Cost – In-State: 16107

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 4973

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 83%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 66%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 59%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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