Western Carolina University

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School Overview

General Information

Admission Office

102 Camp Building

Cullowhee, NC 28723

(828) 227-7317

(877) 928-4968

Fax: (828) 227-7319



Contact: Alan Kines

Director of Admissions
Main Address

HFR Administration Building

Cullowhee, NC 28723

(828) 227-7211

www.wcu.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 7,130

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,224

Degree-seeking undergrads: 6,896

Graduate enrollment: 1,920

Setting

Rural setting

Small town (2,500 – 9,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 51%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 71%


College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Entrepreneurship B
Finance/Banking B
Hospitality Administration/Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Motion picture and television production B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

Education

Art Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
French, secondary education B
German Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Kindergarten/Preschool Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B

Engineering

Electrical/Communications Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Construction/Building Technologies B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Engineering Technology – General B
Industrial Technology B
Manufacturing Technologies B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Emergency Medical Technology B
Environmental Health B
Health System Administration B
Medical Dietetics B
Medical Records Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Recreational Therapy B

History

History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics

Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B

Psychology

Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B
Forensic Technologies B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Western Carolina University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (828) 227-7100
Website: www.wcu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: www.wcu.edu/apply/undergraduate-admissions/apply.aspx
Address: Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 11,639
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 57%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 7,534 (65% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $3,926
Out-of-state Tuition: $7,926
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 88%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $6,380

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Western Carolina University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Western Carolina University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 85
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 51261
Engineering 2
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 32
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 194
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 11
Natural Resources and Conservation 12
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 31
Psychology 1121
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 22
Social Sciences 3
Visual and Performing Arts 61
Grand total 865282

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Western Carolina University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $3,926
Out-of-state $7,926
Books and supplies $1,055

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $7,361
Out-of-state $17,768

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,741 88%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,471 74% $6,380
Student loan aid 1,331 67% $6,190

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,362 68% $6,218
Federal student loans 5,579 59% $6,665

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Western Carolina University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Western Carolina University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 19,344 7,534 11,810
Percent admitted 100% 42% 38%
Percent admitted who enrolled 11% 13% 10%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Western Carolina University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 11,639
Undergraduate enrollment 10,027
Graduate enrollment 1,612

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Western Carolina University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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