Western Carolina University Rankings

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In the World#1310 of 14178
In North America#403 of 2629
In the United States#365 of 2528
In North Carolina#14 of 66
In Cullowhee#1 of 1

Quick Review

Acceptance rate
69%
Average SAT
1110
Average ACT
23
Aid receiving
85%
Undergraduates
10,469
Graduates
1,698
Male:Female Ratio
43:57
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
wcu.edu

Western Carolina University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

TotalMenWomen
Acceptance Rate69%69%69%
Applicants11,1284,4846,644
Admissions7,6463,0844,562
Freshmen enrolled full time2,0849221,162
Freshmen enrolled part time23419

2,605 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

2,395 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
1,028 or 49%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1020
or below

75% of them
had 1200
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Western Carolina University are 1020-1200 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
1,230 or 58%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 20
or below

75% of them
had 25
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Western Carolina University are 20-25 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

College-preparatory program Required
SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White9558 (79%)
Hispanic865 (7%)
Black or African American669 (6%)
Two or more races439 (4%)
Nonresident Alien251 (2%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown146 (1%)
Asian132 (1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native39 (0.3%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander4 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$5,376
Students receiving aid
85%

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district$1,000$4,435
Tuition in-state$1,000$4,435
Tuition out-of-state$5,000$14,842
Fee in-district$3,277$2,979
Fee in-state$3,277$2,979
Fee out-of-state$3,277$2,979

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity4,552
Combined charge for room and board$10,100
Room charge$5,206
Meal charge$4,894

Western Carolina University Majors

MajorBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoral
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse19278
Business Administration and Management, General18334
Criminal Justice & Safety Studies119
Social Work6943
Psychology, General10111
Biology & Biological Sciences, General9710
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General5028
Marketing & Marketing Management, General72
Engineering Technology, General62
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching61
Emergency Medical Technology & Technician (EMT Paramedic)53
Accounting2922
Public Administration3714
Finance, General49
Marketing, Other3711
Human Resources Management & Personnel Administration, General48
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management2620
Elementary Education and Teaching45
English Language and Literature, General3213
Kindergarten & Preschool Education and Teaching44
Speech Communication and Rhetoric40
Anthropology39
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General37
Hospitality Administration & Management, General36
Therapeutic Recreation & Recreational Therapy35
Construction Engineering Technology & Technician2311
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services34
Health & Health Care Administration & Management32
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General31
Physical Therapy & Therapist30
Fine & Studio Arts, General254
Engineering, General28
Sociology28
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other26
History, General214
Management Information Systems, General25
Education, General25
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision25
Educational Leadership and Administration, General186
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth24
Computer Science23
Dietetics & Dietitian23
Spanish Language and Literature22
Environmental Health21
Music Performance, General20
Chemistry, General164
Political Science and Government, General20
Electrical and Electronics Engineering19
Interior Design19
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies18
Athletic Training & Trainer17
Special Education and Teaching, General17
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology & Technician16
Mathematics, General16
Natural Resources Management and Policy16
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies15
Forensic Chemistry15
Geology & Earth Science, General12
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other12
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching11
Music Teacher Education10
Environmental Science10
Industrial Technology & Technician9
Art & Art Studies, General8
Music, General7
Philosophy7
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services7
Nursing Practice6
English & Language Arts Teacher Education5
International & Global Studies5
Art Teacher Education5
Social Studies Teacher Education3
Science Teacher Education & General Science Teacher Education3
Spanish Language Teacher Education2
Mathematics Teacher Education1
Grand Total2,14055542
TotalMenWomen
Graduation rate62%61%63%
  • Full-time retention rate - 78%
  • Part-time retention rate - 56%

Publications & Citations

Publications
3,330
Citations
74,728

Publication count by topic

Psychology
917
Medicine
302
Sociology
231
Biology
217
Political science
210
Computer science
207
Business
186
Engineering
132
Chemistry
109
Mathematics
93
Economics
86
History
85
Geology
76
Environmental science
64
Geography
62
Materials science
56
Physics
50
Art
41
Philosophy
29

Topical rankings by citation count

DisciplineWorld RankCitations
Political science6572,326
Psychology71625,497
History722248
Business7356,724
Sociology7394,007
Geology9812,613
Economics10962,905
Computer science11459,314
Philosophy136344
Environmental science13722,197
Engineering15342,175
Medicine18944,136
Geography1894450
Art200011
Biology21474,706
Mathematics2568826
Chemistry29381,641
Physics3037211
Materials science3932206

Annual publication & citation counts

YearPublicationsCitations
199015212
199123195
199222184
199324178
199424214
199533216
199628217
199744275
199843367
199943375
200049456
200141531
200238674
200348842
200460718
2005751046
2006751236
20071001471
20081261705
20091272290
20101632600
20111463176
20121394038
20131744878
20141575549
20151895841
20161735580
20171675464
20181775122
20191786282
20201807115

General info

Alternative namesWCU
Founded1889
WikipediaWestern Carolina University
MottoNo Matter Your Choice, Decide to Succeed
Colorspurple, gold
Academic CalendarAugust to August (August - December; January-May; May-August)
Total FTE staff1,618
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

AddressHighway 107
Cullowhee, North Carolina, 28723-9646
United States
City population6,000
Phone8282277100
Fax+1 (828) 227 7080

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