Overview

Student Population
11,034
National Rank
#459
Western Carolina University overview
Location Cullowhee, North Carolina
Online wcu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Western Carolina University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Religious Affiliation 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 19,391 prospective students applied, and 7,532 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 1,998 enrolled in the school.  8,807 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,227 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2017/2018, excluding room and board, is $1,000 plus fees of $2,926. Western Carolina University is ranked 459 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2019 U.S. Colleges Ranking.


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Admission Standards
Moderate 
Western Carolina University overview
SAT 1100/1270
ACT 19/24
GPA 3.67
Applications Accepted
38.8% 
Western Carolina University overview
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Applicant Competition High

Annual Cost to Attend

North Carolina Resident Tuition
$1,000
In State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,055
Other Fees$2,926
Room and Board $10,103
Budget for Other Expenses$2,621
Total One Year Cost$17,705
Out of State Tuition
$5,000
Out of State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,055
Other Fees$2,926
Room and Board $10,103
Budget for Other Expenses$2,621
Total One Year Cost$21,705

Outcomes

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

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%

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