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#9 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

WCU Admission Requirements

Cullowhee, North Carolina

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Chances of getting into Western Carolina University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
48%
Admission Difficulty for Western Carolina University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Average 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into WCU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at WCU is 48%.  It ranks #13 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. WCU is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 7,290 out of 15,036 applicants were admitted.

The school has average admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 53 percent (SAT 1020/1220 ACT 20/25). Western Carolina University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.46. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The WCU application fee is $65 and applications are due by Apr 1.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Western Carolina University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

WCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1020-1220
Applicants Submitting SAT 
50%
SAT Scores for Western Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 510
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1020
SAT Scores for Western Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 620
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1220
Average SAT Score 1120

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Carolina University?

Western Carolina University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 57 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1020 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 920. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. WCU ranks #12 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Carolina University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1220 and Above Good >64%
1120 to 1220 Avg + 48%-64%
1020 to 1120 Avg - 33%-48%
920 to 1020 Reach 20%-33%
Less than 920 Low <20%
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WCU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
60%
ACT Scores for Western Carolina University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Western Carolina University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 25
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into WCU?

Admission data indicates that WCU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #16 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Carolina University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Carolina University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >67%
22 to 25 Avg + 48%-67%
20 to 22 Avg - 36%-48%
18 to 20 Reach 25%-36%
Less than 18 Low <25%
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WCU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.46
Typical High School Grades 
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Western Carolina University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into WCU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Carolina University was 3.46 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #20 in North Carolina for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to WCU will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

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High School GPA's for admitted Western Carolina University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 6.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 17.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 13.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

78% of Western Carolina University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Western Carolina University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 16%
Top 25% of class 41%
Top 50% of class 78%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Carolina University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 9,242 5,794 15,036
Accepted 4,434 2,856 7,290
Acceptance Rate 48% 49% 48%
Enrolled 1,027 796 1,823
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 23% 28% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Apr 1, 2023
Days left to Apply
113

Applicants have 113 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Carolina University is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Carolina University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Western Carolina University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Western Carolina University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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

FAQs

Does Western Carolina University prefer SAT or ACT?

50% of students submit their SAT scores to WCU. 60% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Western Carolina University?

48% of those who apply are granted admission to WCU. Admission competition is low and the college has average admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Western Carolina University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1020 and 1220. 50% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Western Carolina University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 25. 60% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.