Western Carolina University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Western Carolina University
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With an acceptance rate of 41%, Western Carolina University is a moderately selective school. Although over half of applicants were not admitted in 2015, the admissions bar isn't painfully high. Successful applicants will generally have standardized test scores and grades that are average or better. To apply, interested students will need to submit an application, high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Western Carolina University Description:

Western Carolina University is a public university and member of the University of North Carolina system. WCU's 600-acre campus is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, about an hour west of Asheville and near the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. Undergraduates can choose from about 220 majors and concentrations, and the university takes pride in its small class sizes -- WCU has a 16 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 19. Professional programs in business, education and criminal justice are both popular and well-regarded. One of the university's most notable student groups is the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band with its nearly 350 members. On the athletic front, the Western Carolina Catamounts compete in the NCAA Division I Southern Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 10,805 (9,171 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 86% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,737 (in-state); $17,130 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $2,151 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,516
  • Other Expenses: $2,516
  • Total Cost: $20,920 (in-state); $31,313 (out-of-state)

Western Carolina University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 85%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 65%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $6,282
    • Loans: $5,809

Academic Programs:

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 25%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 37%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 57%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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