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Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 9,171
   Women 5,028 (54.8%)
   Men 4,143 (45.2%)
Graduate Students 1,634
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 41% of 18,297 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline  
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.78 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 460-560 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 450-560 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
20-25 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance In-state: $19,806
Out-of-state: $30,199
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $7,027
Out-of-state: $17,420
  Room and Board $9,516
Average Percent of Need Met 87%
Average Freshman Award $18,707
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 493
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 17% of classes
20-29 students: 31% of classes
30-39 students: 24% of classes
40-49 students: 12% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Cullowhee Population 6,228
Nearest Metropolitan Area  
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 98% of freshmen, 42% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Catamount
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.7% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.3% Asian
6.6% Black/African-American
6.2% Hispanic/Latino
4.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
79.6% White
1.2% Unknown
International Students 1.4% from 40 countries
First-Year Students Returning 80.2%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 36.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported