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Western Carolina University
Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina 28723-9646 Cullowhee, NC 28723 Phone: (828) 227-7211
  • General Information
    About Western Carolina University

    Western Carolina University creates engaged learning opportunities that incorporate teaching, research and service through residential, distance education and international experiences. The university focuses its academic programs, educational outreach, research and creative activities, and cultural activities to improve individual lives and enhance economic and community development in the region, state and nation.


    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 4-year, Public
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • Teacher certification
    • Distance learning opportunities
    • Study abroad
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Employment services for students
    • Placement services for completers
    • On-campus day care for students' children
    Credit Accepted
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experiences
    • Advanced placement (AP) credits
    • The acceptance of credits for work experience or military experience are subject to review by the school and cannot be guaranteed.
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Postbaccalaureate certificate
    • Master's degree
    • Post-master's certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Rural: Distant
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 7,331
    Percent Admitted 51%
    Men Admitted 51%
    Women Admitted 51%
    Full Time Retention Rate 76%
  • Submitted ACT & SAT Scores

    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Critical Reading 450 550
      Math 470 560
      Writing 430 530
    •     25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
      Composite 18 23
      English 16 22
      Math 18 23
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 10,827
    Native American 144.0
    Asian 92.0
    African American 641.0
    Hispanic 155.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 6,301
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates 682

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