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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||510|
|SAT Math 25th||510|
|SAT Composite 25th||1020|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||620|
|SAT Math 75th||600|
|SAT Composite 75th||1220|
|Average SAT Score||1120
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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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||19|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||24|
|ACT Math 75th||25|
|ACT Composite 75th||25|
|Average ACT Score||22
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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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||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
78% of Western Carolina University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||16%|
|Top 25% of class||41%|
|Top 50% of class||78%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||23%||28%||25%|
Applicants have 113 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Apr 1, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Western Carolina University is $65.
What are the requirements for admission to Western Carolina University and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|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|
|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.
50% of students submit their SAT scores to WCU. 60% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.