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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

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Overview

Student Population
12,243
Western Carolina University overview
Location Cullowhee, North Carolina
Online wcu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Western Carolina University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate

Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Western Carolina University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs. In the most recent statistical year 15,036 prospective students applied, and 7,290 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,823 enrolled in the school.  9,634 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,609 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2020/2021, excluding room and board, is $1,000 plus fees of $3,285. WCU is ranked 567 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2022 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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Ratings

5/10
Overall
7/10
Academics
3/10
Resources
5/10
Outcomes
4/10
Value

WCU is rated within the lower 46% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

Rankings

Rankings for Western Carolina University within the 2022 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Average
Western Carolina University overview
SAT 1020/1220
ACT 20/25
GPA 3.46
Applications Accepted
48.5% 
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Applications Due Apr 1, 2023
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $65

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Annual Cost to Attend

North Carolina Resident Tuition
$1,000
In State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$616
Other Fees$3,285
Room and Board $10,954
Budget for Other Expenses$3,019
Total One Year Cost$18,874
Out of State Resident Tuition
$5,000
Out of State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$616
Other Fees$3,285
Room and Board $10,954
Budget for Other Expenses$3,019
Total One Year Cost$22,874

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Outcomes

Average Salary After 10 Years
$39,100 per year
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate
50% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Western Carolina University students
Subject Percent of Class
Education 20%
Health Professions 16%
Business 14%
Engineering Technology 8%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200004 IPEDS survey data for Western Carolina University.

Current students may use the Western Carolina University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.