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WCU Admission Requirements

Cullowhee, North Carolina

Chances of getting into Western Carolina University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
39.7%
Admission Difficulty for Western Carolina University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionHigh

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.

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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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WCU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1030-1210
Applicants Submitting SAT
50%
SAT Scores for Western Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Western Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1210
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Carolina University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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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 20
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Western Carolina University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
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 #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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Carolina University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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WCU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.67
Typical High School Grades
B+

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Western Carolina University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 44% Good
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

High School Class Rank

79% 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 11%
Top 25% of class 38%
Top 50% of class 79%
Bottom 50% of class 21%
Bottom 25% of class 2%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Western Carolina University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,810 7,534 19,344
Accepted 4,481 3,191 7,672
Acceptance Rate 38% 42% 40%
Enrolled 1,214 984 2,198
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 31% 29%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Mar 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

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

Western Carolina University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

Credits Accepted

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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
T
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

G
Georgia Southern University

Statesboro, Georgia

C
Citadel Military College of South Carolina

Charleston, South Carolina

M
Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

I
Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

S
Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

M
University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

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?

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.

What SAT score is required for Western Carolina University?

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.

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.


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