Western Carolina University GPA, SAT and ACT Data

Western Carolina University GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Western Carolina University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Western Carolina University GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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Discussion of WCU's Admissions Standards

Western Carolina University has moderately selective admissions. The admission bar is not overly high, but the acceptance rate was just 40% in 2015.  Successful applicants will need solid grades and standardized test scores as you can see in the graph above. The blue and green dots represent students who were admitted. Most had SAT scores of 950 or higher, an ACT composite of 18 or higher, and a high school average in the "B" range or better.

Note that there are a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Western Carolina University did not get get in. Note also that a few students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This is because Western Carolina University has an admissions process that is at least partly holistic -- for many students, the university will look at more than grades and test scores. The rigor of your high school courses matters, and success in honors, AP, and IB classes is factored into the admissions decision. Also, although not required, WCU will consider a personal essay and letters of recommendation. Finally, realize that some programs at WCU have additional admission requirements such as a portfolio, audition, or minimum GPA.

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