Western Carolina University

, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646

About Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is classified as a college or university with a large master’s program. Colleges and universities with a large master’s program typically award over 200 master’s degrees and less than 20 research doctorate’s during the academic year. This large four-year institution has an estimated annual full-time enrollment of 3,000 to 9,999 students. Approximately half of degree-seeking students are enrolled full time, and 25% to 49% of undergraduates reside on campus. This institution awards 60-79% of its bachelor’s degrees within professional fields. Graduate degrees are available in up to half of the fields available to undergraduate majors, and the school only awards research doctorate degrees in education. According to data for fall enrollment, at least 80% of undergraduates are enrolled full-time. Transfer students make up at least 20% of entering undergraduates. Enrollment data shows that both graduates and undergraduates are enrolled at this institution, with only 10-24% of students enrolled in the graduate program.

School Information

General Information

Student Body SizeUndergraduate7,450
Student Age% Under 2566%
 % 25 and Over34%
 % Age Unknown0%
Attendance Type% Full-time73%
 % Part-time27%
Race/Ethnicity% White82.8%
 % Black5.9%
 % Asian0.8%
 % Latino1.7%
 % Native American1.2%
 % Race Unknown4.0%
 % International student3%
Student ServicesCareer CounselingYes
 Student Employment ServicesYes
 Graduate Placement ServicesYes
 Study AbroadYes
 Day CareYes
Religious AffiliationNO
Campus setting
Intitution typePublic
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Academic Information

Art-Related Areas of StudyFilm, Video, TV
Distance Learning AvailableYes
Calendar SystemSemester

Admissions Information

Open AdmissionNo
 % Admitted44%
 % Admitted Who Enrolled29%
Application RequirementsHigh School GPA
 High School TranscriptRequired
 High School RankingRecommended
 College Prep CoursesRequired
 Letter of RecommendationNeither required nor recommended
 Demonstration of CompetenciesNeither required nor recommended
 Admissions ExaminationRequired
 Test of English as a Foreign Language (International Students)Required
Standardized Tests% of Applicants Submitting SAT97%
 % of Applicants Submitting ACT16%
Admitted Student SAT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 SAT Critical Reading / 800550 / 800
 SAT Writing440 / 800540 / 800
 SAT Math480 / 800560 / 800
Admitted Student ACT Scores 25th Percentile75th Percentile
 ACT Composite18 / 3623 / 36
 ACT English17 / 3623
 ACT Writing / 12 / 12
 ACT Math18 / 3624 / 36

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition & FeesUndergraduate Application Fee$45
 Graduate Application Fee$45
 In-State Tuition & Fees$5,124
 Out-of-State Tuition & Fees$14,721
Financial Aid% Undergraduates with Financial Aid77%
 % Undergraduates with Loans50%
 % Undergraduates with Grants67%
 Average Undergraduate Financial Aid Award$ 0
Other CostsBooks and Supplies (Estimated)$2,006
 Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$6,370
 Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$8,655
 On-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$2,607
 Off-Campus Living Expenses (Estimated)$3,329
 Living with Family, Living Expenses (Estimated)$2,607

Neighborhood Data for the Cullowhee Area

Median Age20.1
Median Household Income$16,606
Total Population5,023
Age/Gender % Men % Women
 Total46.1% 53.9%
 Age 0-937.3%62.7%
 Age 10-1731.0%69.0%
 Age 18-2444.4%55.6%
 Age 25-2972.1%27.9%
 Age 30-3956.5%43.5%
Race/Ethnicity% White88.2%
 % Black6.0%
 % Asian0.8%
 % Latino4.1%
 % Native American0.0%
 % Pacific Islander1.0%
 % Indian (South Asia)0.2%


On Campus Housing ProvidedYes
Meal Plan ProvidedYes, number of meals in the maximum meal plan offered
Typical On-Campus Room and Board Cost$6,370
Off-Campus Room and Board Cost (Estimated)$8,655
Median Rent (Rental Units of Any Size)$386
Rental Price Distribution StudioOne BedroomTwo Bedroom
 Under $50067.9%76.3%23.0%
 $500 to $74932.1%23.7%0.0%
 $750 to $9990.0%0.0%0.0%
 Over $10000.0%0.0%41.8%
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