Western Carolina University: Statistics

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#440 of 2,597 In North America
#396 of 2,496 In the United States
#11 of 65 In North Carolina
#452 of 1,044 For Social Work
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Quick Review

Acceptance rate
48%
Average SAT
1120
Average ACT
23
Aid receiving
85%
Undergraduates
10,517
Graduates
1,726
Male:Female Ratio
42:58
Control
Public
Highest Degree
Doctor's degree
Website
wcu.edu

Western Carolina University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 48% 49% 48%
Applicants 15,036 5,794 9,242
Admissions 7,290 2,856 4,434
Freshmen enrolled full time 1,779 778 1,001
Freshmen enrolled part time 44 18 26

6,876 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

3,027 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
842 or 46%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1020
or below

75% of them
had 1220
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Western Carolina University are 1020-1220 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
1,180 or 65%
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

White 9611 (79%)
Hispanic 918 (8%)
Black or African American 669 (5%)
Two or more races 409 (3%)
Nonresident Alien 206 (2%)
Asian 160 (1%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 155 (1%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 44 (0.4%)
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 7 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Average aid awarded
$5,319
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 $3,285$2,979
Fee in-state $3,285$2,979
Fee out-of-state $3,285$2,979

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity 4,552
Combined charge for room and board $10,347
Room charge $5,318
Meal charge $5,029

Western Carolina University Majors

Major Bachelor's Master's Doctoral
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 178 57
Business Administration and Management, General 184 28
Psychology, General 151 4
Criminal Justice & Safety Studies 142
Social Work 55 49
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 89 12
Marketing & Marketing Management, General 71
Public Administration 45 19
Accounting 41 20
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 37 24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 55
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management 31 24
Construction Engineering Technology & Technician 29 25
Emergency Medical Technology & Technician (EMT Paramedic) 53
Engineering Technologies & Technicians, General 52
Human Resources Management & Personnel Administration, General 50
Education, General 48
History, General 42 6
English Language and Literature, General 37 10
Elementary Education and Teaching 46
Kindergarten & Preschool Education and Teaching 46
Chemistry, General 35 9
Management Information Systems, General 41
Marketing, Other 25 15
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 28 11
Finance, General 39
Hospitality Administration & Management, General 38
Parks, Recreation, and Leisure Facilities Management, General 36
Engineering, General 34
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services 33
Health & Health Care Administration & Management 32
Anthropology, General 31
Music Performance, General 31
Fine & Studio Arts, General 24 4
Physical Therapy & Therapist 28
Political Science and Government, General 28
Spanish Language and Literature 27
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 26
Interior Design 26
Therapeutic Recreation & Recreational Therapy 26
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 23
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 23
Environmental & Natural Resources Management and Policy, General 22
Dietetics & Dietitian 21
Health Services & Allied Health & Health Sciences, General 21
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 21
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 21
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 20
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 18
Music Teacher Education 18
Sociology, General 18
Athletic Training & Trainer 15
Entrepreneurship & Entrepreneurial Studies 15
Environmental Health 15
Special Education and Teaching, General 15
Forensic Chemistry 14
International & Globalization Studies 14
Mathematics, General 13
Computer Science 12
Electrical, Electronic, and Communications Engineering Technology & Technician 11
Geology & Earth Science, General 11
Industrial Technology & Technician 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 10
Philosophy 10
Social Studies Teacher Education 10
Environmental Science 9
Counselor Education & School Counseling and Guidance Services 8
Art & Art Studies, General 7
Junior High & Intermediate & Middle School Education and Teaching 7
English & Language Arts Teacher Education 6
Nursing Practice 4
Art Teacher Education 3
Science Teacher Education & General Science Teacher Education 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 2
Music, General 2
Grand Total 2,217 579 43
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 64% 59% 68%
  • Full-time retention rate - 81%
  • Part-time retention rate - 74%

Publications & Citations

Publications
2,913
Citations
72,607

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
1,059 / 18,398
Psychology
791 / 26,605
Medicine
596 / 10,752
Business
441 / 11,907
Environmental Science
306 / 8,853
Computer Science
284 / 14,123
Engineering
242 / 3,136
Mathematics
236 / 4,859
Political Science
223 / 1,517
Social Psychology
213 / 14,221
Sociology
208 / 5,222
Biology
200 / 4,636
Child Psychology
186 / 6,448
Education Majors
174 / 3,137
Health Science
165 / 2,618
Math Teachers
153 / 2,646
Economics
152 / 2,368
Demography
143 / 3,431
Chemistry
134 / 1,622
Physics
123 / 767
Art & Design
115 / 2,647
Communications and Public Relations
112 / 3,022
Clinical Psychology
112 / 2,784
Ecology
108 / 3,179
Marketing
89 / 4,659
Psychiatry
78 / 1,422
History
74 / 308
Criminology and Criminal Justice
72 / 528
Geography and Cartography
70 / 733
Geology
66 / 2,761
Management Information Systems
61 / 1,798
Materials Science
58 / 244
Special Education
57 / 1,146
Law
56 / 310
Nursing
56 / 1,130
Cognitive Science
52 / 1,154
Gerontology
50 / 1,341
Public Policy / Administration
50 / 517
Healthcare Management (MHA)
47 / 779
Human Resource Management
45 / 1,389

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 25 198
1992 24 190
1993 26 180
1994 28 247
1995 37 223
1996 34 248
1997 48 315
1998 46 410
1999 53 417
2000 54 568
2001 48 596
2002 40 748
2003 54 961
2004 64 861
2005 79 1140
2006 79 1373
2007 111 1665
2008 136 1961
2009 132 2527
2010 173 2813
2011 159 3442
2012 147 4331
2013 180 5172
2014 161 5840
2015 190 6222
2016 184 6061
2017 173 6366
2018 180 6666
2019 186 7635
2020 196 8962
2021 226 9471

Western Carolina University alumni

  1. David Sedaris

    David Sedaris
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1956-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    writeressayistcomedian
    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. He is the brother and writing collaborator of actor Amy Sedaris.

  2. Rich Hall

    Rich Hall
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1954-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    actorcomedy writerfilm producertelevision actorscreenwriter
    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.

  3. Geno Segers

    Geno Segers
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    actorvoice actortelevision actorstage actorrugby league player
    Biography

    Lonnie G. "Geno" Segers Jr. is an American actor known for his roles as Chayton Littlestone in the Cinemax original series Banshee, Dwayne in NBC's "Perfect Harmony", Mason Makoola in the Disney XD television series Pair of Kings, Kincaid on MTV's Teen Wolf and also as co-host of Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge for two seasons.

  4. Rachel Reilly

    Rachel Reilly
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1984-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    television personalityactorreality television participant
    Biography

    Rachel Eileen Reilly Villegas is an American television personality, talk show host, actress, and reality show participant. Reilly appeared in two seasons of the U.S. edition of the reality TV series Big Brother, winning season 13 in 2011. She has also participated in two seasons of The Amazing Race with her husband Brendon Villegas, placing third both occasions. She participated in a third season with her sister Elissa Slater, placing seventh.

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 1,655
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
Fax +1 (828) 227 7080

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