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Cullowhee, North Carolina

Western Carolina University Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Western Carolina University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
38.8%
Admission Difficulty for Western Carolina University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Western Carolina University and can I get accepted? The school has a 39% acceptance rate ranking it #10 in North Carolina for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 7,532 out of 19,391 applicants were admitted making Western Carolina University 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 48 percent. Western Carolina University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 27% 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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Western Carolina University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1100-1270
Applicants Submitting SAT
40%
SAT Scores for Western Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 560
SAT Math 25th 540
SAT Composite 25th 1100
SAT Scores for Western Carolina University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 660
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1270
Average SAT Score 1190

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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 41 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1100 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 1010. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1190 out of 1600. The school ranks #13 in North Carolina for highest average SAT composite score. 40 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Western Carolina University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1270 and Above Good >52%
1185 to 1270 Avg + 39%-52%
1100 to 1185 Avg - 27%-39%
1015 to 1100 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 1015 Low <18%
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Western Carolina University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
19-24 
Applicants Submitting ACT
63%
ACT Scores for Western Carolina University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Western Carolina University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 24
ACT Math 75th 24
ACT Composite 75th 24
Average ACT Score 21

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Western Carolina University?

Admission data indicates that Western Carolina University regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 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 24 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #21 in North Carolina for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 63 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Carolina University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Western Carolina University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >55%
21 to 24 Avg + 39%-55%
19 to 21 Avg - 29%-39%
17 to 19 Reach 21%-29%
Less than 17 Low <21%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Western Carolina University. 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 Western Carolina University 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Western Carolina University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 11,776 7,615 19,391
Accepted 4,356 3,176 7,532
Acceptance Rate 37% 42% 39%
Enrolled 1,097 901 1,998
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 25% 28% 27%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Mar 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
109

Applicants have 109 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Mar 1, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Western Carolina University before the Mar 1 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24
Feb 8 Feb 19

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Carolina University and what considerations affect 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

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