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Western Carolina University, founded in 1889, is a public, multipurpose university. It is a comprehensive university within the University of North Carolina system, offering a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The university is committed to a technology-centered environment. The campus is totally networked: Students have access to the network from their dorm rooms. All freshmen are required to have personal computers. The institution is a leader in the use of electronic classrooms in education. The school is in a beautiful rural environment near the Tsali Biking Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, with opportunities for rafting, hiking and other outdoor activities. The 265-acre campus is located in Cullowhee, 65 miles west of Asheville.

Website: www.wcu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
10,469
Undergraduate
Students
(54.9%) 5,752 Women
(45.1%) 4,717 Men
1,698
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
43% of 17,766 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
 

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.77
SAT Math
510-590 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
510-610 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
20-25 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
Not available
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $1,000
Out-of-state: $5,000
Room and Board
Not reported
Average Percent of Need Met
64%
Average Freshman Award
$10,880
Average Indebtedness of 2019 Graduates
$20,123
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
527
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 16% of classes
20-29 students: 33% of classes
30-39 students: 21% of classes
40-49 students: 16% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 0% of classes
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Campus Life

Cullowhee Population
6,228
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
 
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Catamount
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.8% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.1% Asian
5.3% Black/African-American
7.4% Hispanic/Latino
3.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
80.0% White
1.4% Unknown
International Students
1.7%
First-Year Students Returning
78.1%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
56.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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