Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University Student Essentials

Western Carolina University Student Essentials
Region: Southeast
Setting: Small Town Setting
Type: Public
Affiliation: Not applicable
Size: Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Mascot: Catamounts/Lady Cats
Website: www.wcu.edu
On-Campus Housing Available: Yes
Selectivity: Highly Selective
In-State Tuition: $5,925
Out-of-State Tuition: $15,522
Retention Rate: 74%
Enrollment: 11,213
Year Established: 1889

About Western Carolina University

Part of the UNC System, Western Carolina University has served North Carolina students for over 120 years. The main campus in Cullowhee is a nature lover’s dream, situated on the Tuckasegee River between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountain.

Because of its location in the heart of Appalachia, WCU is dedicated to the study, appreciation, and preservation of local cultures. The Mountain Heritage Center and Cherokee Center provide exhibitions and educational opportunities, while the school’s Craft Revival project archives the region’s rich tradition of artisanship.

But just as it is committed to preserving the past, Western Carolina University also looks toward the future. This is reflected by its academics, which includee programs in growing fields like technology, education, and healthcare.

WCU prides itself on its project management and entrepreneurship programs, as well as a rare program forensic anthropology.

On-campus studying is not always convenient, so Western Carolina also offers a variety of distance learning programs to meet all of its students’ needs. The school has online programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and licensures.

The off-site Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology program is ideal for the currently employed, and the Jamaica program offers a unique opportunity to study education in Kingston.

Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 5 Reviews

60% of students gave Western Carolina University 5 stars overall.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Western Carolina is a great place to live, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The area is rich of Cherokee history, and WCU is home to the annual Mountain Heritage Day. People come from all over the country to sell their hand-made dream catchers, pottery, etc., and to perform folk songs.The campus is absolutely beautiful and I'm still not used to my amazing surroundings. Each breath of crisp mountain air purifies me on the inside. It rids my body and mind of urban toxins. The ripe leaves entrance me with their fresh colors of auburn, crimson and yellow. Small creeks and rivers trickle throughout campus, and I frequently stop to observe them for a moment because I admire their tranquility. After touring this campus years ago, I immidiately knew that there's no way I belonged at any other university. I am a Catamount!


Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Western Carolina is a great school because they truely want us to enjoy our social life here. The school and Last Minute Productions host stay at Western weekends when they have events that are to encourage students to stay on campus more. There is always some kind of club activity or event on campus to attend. Last week there was a murder mystery dinner which is basically a real life game of Clue. If you are looking for a school that truely appreciates you WCU is the place to be. It may be a small school in a small city but the fact that the school cares about the students so much overcompensates for the size.


Western Carolina University Map & Location

Western Carolina University
Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723


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Getting Around Western Carolina University

Walkability

Fair walkability. You could have a car for this area, but walking is possible.

4/10
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Weather

Seasonal average temperatures for Cullowhee, NC

Winter
Dec
50
27
Jan
48
24
Feb
53
27
Spring
Mar
61
33
Apr
69
40
May
76
50
Summer
Jun
82
58
Jul
85
62
Aug
84
61
Fall
Sep
78
55
Oct
70
43
Nov
60
33

Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students 8,921
Freshman Class 2,011
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students) 11,213

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 3%
  • African American: 7%
  • Caucasian: 83%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 4%
Latino 3%
African American 7%
Caucasian 83%
American Indian or Alaska native 1%
Asian 1%
Unknown and Other 4%

Undergraduate 80%
Graduate 20%
Full-Time 74%
Part-Time 26%
Women 57%
Men 43%
International 4%
Domestic 96%

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