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#439 of 2,597 In North America
#394 of 2,496 In the United States
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Acceptance rate
85%
Average SAT
1130
Average ACT
23
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
9,956
Graduates
1,679
Male:Female Ratio
41:59
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
wcu.edu

Western Carolina University Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Western Carolina University has an acceptance rate of 85% and is in the middle in terms of the difficulty of admission among universities in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 85% 83% 86%
Applicants 17,917 7,118 10,767
Admissions 15,201 5,913 9,270
Freshmen enrolled full time 1,914 821 1,092
Freshmen enrolled part time 18 13 5

3,482 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

2,858 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
176 or 9%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1020
or below

75% of them
had 1240
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Western Carolina University are 1020-1240 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
547 or 28%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 19
or below

75% of them
had 26
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Western Carolina University are 19-26 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

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

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 8905 (77%)
Hispanic 891 (8%)
Black or African American 742 (6%)
Two or more races 407 (4%)
Nonresident Alien 297 (3%)
Asian 148 (1%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 121 (1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 46 (0.4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 15 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Average aid awarded
$4,526
Students receiving aid
100%

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 $3,453$3,131
Fee in-state $3,453$3,131
Fee out-of-state $3,453$3,131

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 4,347
Combined charge for room and board $11,504
Room charge $6,475
Meal charge $5,029

Western Carolina University majors

Western Carolina University has granted 2,555 bachelor's degrees across 63 programs, 614 master's across 27 programs, and 79 doctorate degrees across 3 programs. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Western Carolina University.

Major Bachelor Master Doctoral
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 250 39
Business Administration and Management, General 252 29
Criminal Justice & Safety Studies 139
Psychology, General 119 12
Health Services & Allied Health & Health Sciences, General 127
Social Work 59 52
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 84 8
Emergency Medical Technology & Technician (EMT Paramedic) 89
Public Administration 76 8
Elementary Education and Teaching 81
Marketing & Marketing Management, General 68
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management 28 39
Construction Engineering Technology & Technician 43 20
Marketing, Other 46 17
Engineering Technologies & Technicians, General 53 9
Kindergarten & Preschool Education and Teaching 61
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 32 27
Education, General 54
Engineering, General 50
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 33 16
Accounting 34 13
English Language and Literature, General 38 6
Physical Therapy & Therapist 44
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 44
Anthropology, General 43
Human Resources Management & Personnel Administration, General 42
Music Performance, General 41
Chemistry, General 25 15
Health & Health Care Administration & Management 40
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 39
Management Information Systems, General 39
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 33
Finance, General 33
Fine & Studio Arts, General 29 4
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management, General 32
Hospitality Administration & Management, General 31
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 29
Environmental Science 28
Environmental & Natural Resources Management and Policy, General 27
History, General 19 8
Therapeutic Recreation & Recreational Therapy 27
Dietetics & Dietitian 26
Forensic Chemistry 26
Music Teacher Education 24
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 23
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 21
Political Science and Government, General 21
Computer Science 20
Interior Design 19
Nursing Practice 19
Outdoor Education 18
Athletic Training & Trainer 17
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology & Technician 16
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 14
Spanish Language and Literature 14
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services 13
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 13
Sociology, General 13
English & Language Arts Teacher Education 12
Mathematics, General 12
Philosophy 12
Special Education and Teaching, General 12
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 11
Art & Art Studies, General 10
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies 10
Geology & Earth Science, General 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 10
Music, General 9
Environmental Health 8
International & Globalization Studies 8
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching 8
Social Studies Teacher Education 5
Art Teacher Education 4
Science Teacher Education & General Science Teacher Education 3
Industrial Technology & Technician 2
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Grand Total 2,555 614 79

Western Carolina University has a graduation rate of 61%, which is among the 39% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 61% 58% 63%
  • Full-time retention rate - 71%
  • Part-time retention rate - 68%

Publications & Citations

Western Carolina University has published 5,067 scientific papers with 71,096 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Political Science, Law, Psychology, Computer Science, Sociology, Environmental Science, Medicine, Biology, and Philosophy.

Publications
5,067
Citations
71,096

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
3,608 / 54,475
Political Science
2,409 / 29,950
Law
2,247 / 28,823
Psychology
2,198 / 40,347
Computer Science
2,159 / 37,920
Sociology
2,151 / 35,990
Environmental Science
2,128 / 34,889
Medicine
2,096 / 29,222
Biology
2,039 / 37,037
Philosophy
1,675 / 27,559
Engineering
1,645 / 19,442
Business
1,558 / 20,722
Physics
1,458 / 20,146
Mathematics
1,421 / 24,801
Geography and Cartography
1,272 / 23,306
Economics
1,218 / 13,812
History
1,139 / 15,482
Chemistry
1,078 / 16,134
Geology
1,016 / 20,904
Ecology
977 / 17,571
Social Psychology
975 / 26,074
Quantum and Particle physics
901 / 12,318
Archaeology
880 / 14,602
Statistics
825 / 18,464
Development Studies
804 / 6,773
Education Majors
773 / 8,531
Linguistics
764 / 10,780
Psychiatry
761 / 12,889
Paleontology
756 / 16,566
Management
714 / 12,172
Art & Design
697 / 6,956
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
658 / 8,488
Math Teachers
607 / 8,297
Child Psychology
576 / 12,506
Health Science
569 / 5,386
Genetics
555 / 13,551
Pathology
530 / 7,916
Anthropology
502 / 15,589
Marketing
500 / 7,567
Neuroscience
483 / 8,516

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 36 160
1992 38 146
1993 36 151
1994 43 202
1995 50 181
1996 45 185
1997 70 240
1998 67 295
1999 80 320
2000 79 394
2001 60 451
2002 74 558
2003 68 643
2004 78 615
2005 91 812
2006 90 922
2007 129 1102
2008 133 1287
2009 147 1582
2010 191 1766
2011 174 2141
2012 184 2544
2013 198 3079
2014 175 3458
2015 213 3595
2016 218 3612
2017 212 3785
2018 294 4365
2019 225 4870
2020 326 5795
2021 253 6178
2022 232 6254
2023 255 6576
Academic rankings

Western Carolina University alumni

  1. Ariana DeBose

    Ariana DeBose
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1991-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    danceractorsinger
    Biography

    Ariana DeBose is an American actress. She has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, and a Golden Globe Award, in addition to nominations for a Tony Award and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2022, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

  2. David Sedaris

    David Sedaris
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    comedianwriteressayist
    Biography

    David Raymond Sedaris is an American humorist, comedian, author, and radio contributor. He was publicly recognized in 1992 when National Public Radio broadcast his essay "Santaland Diaries". He published his first collection of essays and short stories, Barrel Fever, in 1994. His next book, Naked (1997), became his first of a series of New York Times Bestsellers, and his 2000 collection Me Talk Pretty One Day won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

  3. Louis Ducruet

    Louis Ducruet
    Born in
    Monaco Flag Monaco
    Years
    1992-.. (age 32)
    Biography

    Louis Robert Paul Ducruet is the son of Princess St├ęphanie of Monaco and Daniel Ducruet.

  4. Rich Hall

    Rich Hall
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 70)
    Occupations
    television actorcomedy writerscreenwriteractor
    Biography

    Richard Travis Hall is an American comedian, writer, documentary maker, and musician, first coming to prominence as a sketch comedian in the 1980s. He wrote and performed for a range of American networks, in series such as Fridays, Not Necessarily the News (popularising the "sniglet" neologism), and Saturday Night Live.

All 29 notable alumni

General info

Alternative names WCU
Founded 1889
Motto No Matter Your Choice, Decide to Succeed
Colors purple, gold
Academic calendar August to August (August - December; January-May; May-August)
Total FTE staff 1,658
Carnegie classification Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and contacts

Address Highway 107
Cullowhee, North Carolina, 28723-9646
United States
City population 8,000
Phone 8282277100

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