Western Carolina University Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Western Carolina University
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
Applicants Submitting SAT40%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||560|
|SAT Math 25th||540|
|SAT Composite 25th||1100|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||660|
|SAT Math 75th||610|
|SAT Composite 75th||1270|
|Average SAT Score||1190|
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 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.
|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%|
Western Carolina University ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT63%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||18|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||19|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.67
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
|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|
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)||25%||28%||27%|
Applications are DueMar 1, 2020
Days left to Apply109
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|
What are the requirements for admission to Western Carolina University and what considerations affect 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|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200004 IPEDS survey data for Western Carolina University.