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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

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Overview

Student Population
11,639
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
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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 11,128 prospective students applied, and 7,646 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,107 enrolled in the school.  9,381 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,258 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2019/2020, excluding room and board, is $1,000 plus fees of $3,277. WCU is ranked 648 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2020 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

Ratings

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

WCU is rated within the lower 47% 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 2020 CollegeSimply Best Colleges Lists.

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Getting In

Admission Standards
Moderate
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SAT 1020/1200
ACT 20/25
GPA 3.67
Applications Accepted
68.7% 
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Applications Due Apr 1, 2021
Applicant Competition Low

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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$1,059
Other Fees$3,277
Room and Board $10,725
Budget for Other Expenses$2,679
Total One Year Cost$18,740
Out of State Resident Tuition
$5,000
Out of State Costs for Western Carolina University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,059
Other Fees$3,277
Room and Board $10,725
Budget for Other Expenses$2,679
Total One Year Cost$22,740

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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.