WCU

Western Carolina University

1 University Way, Cullowhee, United States
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  • Total Documents
    179
  • Class Notes
    21
  • Textbook Notes
    131
  • Study Guides
    27
  • Currently Enrolled
    110
  • Previously Enrolled
    64

Overview of Western Carolina University (WCU)

About this school

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.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:9,171
    • Men:4,143 (45.2%)
    • Women:5,028 (54.8%)

Location

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Admission Information (WCU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Western Carolina University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is required

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
2
-
History
1
-
Academic Electives
4
8

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
July 1
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
Recommended
July 1
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component required
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Used for admission ACT: Used for admission

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Cullowhee, NC  28723
Phone
(828) 227-7317
Fax
-
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
-
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Not reported
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
Not reported
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
-
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
41% of 18,297 applicants were admitted
Women
40% of 10,883 applicants were admitted
Men
42% of 7,414 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
2,401 (32%) of 7,444 admitted students enrolled
Women
1,265 (29%) of 4,318 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,136 (36%) of 3,126 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.78
375 And Above
19%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
21%
3.00 - 3.24
21%
2.50 - 2.99
21%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported
Sat Critical Reading
Not reported
• Score 700 - 800
Not reported
• Score 600 - 700
Not reported
• Score 500 - 600
Not reported
• Score 400 - 500
Not reported
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
23 average |20-25 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
4%
• Score 24 - 29
30%
• Score 18 - 23
63%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (WCU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $7,191|Out-of-state: $17,584
  • Room & Board: - $9,164 (72.15748031496064%)
  • Other Expences: - $932 (7.338582677165355%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,604 (20.503937007874015%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Western Carolina University accepts

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002981
Free
Institution's own form
-

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
1,727 (90.3%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
1,353 (78.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,332 (98.4%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
164 (12.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$11,338
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,280 (96.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,710
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,044 (78.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,702
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 54 (4.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
72 (3.8%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,546

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
6,554 (83.9%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
5,327 (81.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
5,256 (98.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
651 (12.4%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
65%
Average Award
$11,395
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 4,938 (93.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,131
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 4,227 (80.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,518
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 143 (2.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
350 (4.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $2,601

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
61%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$15,669
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, English, Mathematics
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Ethnic Background, Handicapped Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported

Academics & Instruction (WCU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


511

Part-Time Faculty


177

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


57%

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
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 22% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 56% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 19% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 2% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
50-59
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
Not Reported
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Western Carolina University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


80.2%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


36.7%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


53.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


56.5%

Programs & Majors (WCU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (68)


  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Construction Management
  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
  • Engineering Technology, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Forensic Chemistry
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Interior Design
  • International/Global Studies
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Education

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Health Sciences, Master of Science, Master of Music, Master of Accountancy, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Construction Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management, Master of Social Work, Master of School Administration, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Physical Therapy, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Entrepreneurship

Master's Programs of Study (19)


  • Accounting
  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Disorders
  • Construction Management
  • Education--General
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • Nursing--General
  • Project Management
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Affairs
  • Social Work

Campus Life (WCU)

Location & Geography

Population


6,228

Nearest Metropolitan Area


682 acres

Environment


Rural community

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
24.8 average low in January, 80.4 average high in September
Rain
112 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
65 mile(s) from campus in Asheville
Nearest Bus Station
65 mile(s) from campus in Asheville
Nearest Train Station
-

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Catamount
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, cross-country running, racquetball, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, table tennis, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Western Carolina University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


7,871

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
9,171
Women
5,028
Men
4,143

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

Average Age


22

Number of Graduate Students


1,634

Student Resources (WCU)