How hard is it to get into WCU and can I get accepted? The school has a 40% acceptance rate ranking it #9 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,672 out of 19,344 applicants were admitted making WCU a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent. Western Carolina University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 29% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.
Find out which students are getting accepted at WCU, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.
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|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||520|
|SAT Math 25th||510|
|SAT Composite 25th||1030|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||610|
|SAT Math 75th||600|
|SAT Composite 75th||1210|
|Average SAT Score||1120|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Carolina University?
Western Carolina University typically requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 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 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #15 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 50 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1210 and Above||Good||>53%|
|1120 to 1210||Avg +||40%-53%|
|1030 to 1120||Avg -||28%-40%|
|940 to 1030||Reach||19%-28%|
|Less than 940||Low||<19%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||20|
|ACT Math 25th||19|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||25|
|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 #18 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. 60 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Carolina University.Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|25 and Above||Good||>56%|
|22 to 25||Avg +||40%-56%|
|20 to 22||Avg -||30%-40%|
|18 to 20||Reach||22%-30%|
|Less than 18||Low||<22%|
What GPA do you need to get into Western Carolina University?
Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into WCU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Carolina University was 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #14 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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|3.50 to 3.75||19%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||15%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||14%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||8%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||N/A%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||N/A%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||N/A%||Low|
GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House
79% 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||11%|
|Top 25% of class||38%|
|Top 50% of class||79%|
|Bottom 50% of class||21%|
|Bottom 25% of class||2%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||27%||31%||29%|
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2020.
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||Neither required nor recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||Yes|
|Subject||Percent of Class|
Charleston, South Carolina
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.
40% of those who apply are granted admission to WCU. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1210. 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.