Western Carolina University

School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Cullowhee, NC

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Affordability is calculated by subtracting average financial aid from total tuition and fees.

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$4,285

Avg in-state tuition

$8,285

Avg out-of-state tuition

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About Western Carolina University

School Type: Public

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: N/A While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

Military Friendly: YesMilitary-friendly schools are Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, offer the Yellow Ribbon Program, and have a dedicated point of contact to support veterans, military service members, and their families. Explore our college guide for service members and veterans to learn more.

Western Carolina University is a medium-sized public university located on a rural campus in Cullowhee, North Carolina. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 12,243, and admissions are very selective, with an acceptance rate of 48%. The university offers 77 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 64%, and a student-faculty ratio of 17:1. Tuition and fees for in-state students are $4,285, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students are $8,285.

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Admissions Breakdown

Acceptance Rate Insight

This school has a competitive acceptance rate.

This school is a little more selective about its students. Competitive acceptance schools welcome 15-50% of all applicants.

48% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Retention Rate Insight

81% of full-time students stayed to continue their studies the following academic year. These students started in Fall 2019 and returned in Fall 2020.

Graduation Rate Insight

64% of students graduated out of all full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2014. Keep in mind many students who enroll are not typically first-time students, as most are adult learners. Therefore, the number of first-time students is traditionally low.

Test scores Required

High school rank Recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Required

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Considered (not required)

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required

SAT & ACT

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 20-25

SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1020-1220

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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12k

Students enrolled

81%

Online student enrollment

17:1

Student to faculty ratio

Ways Students Can Learn

Online Check Bold
On-campus Check Bold
Hybrid The program is a combination of on-campus and online learning and varies per program. Check Bold
International Online classes are available for students around the world. Check Bold

Demographics

White

79%

Hispanic

7%

Black

5%

Two or more races

3%

Non-U.S. Citizen

2%

Unknown

1%

Asian

1%

American Indian/Alaska Native

1%

Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

0%

Female student population

57%

Socio-economic diversity

37% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

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Online Programs

Offers Online Programs

Yes

Online Programs

22

Total Online Enrollment

9,903

Student Location Breakout

81% 19%

Percent of Programs Online

82% On-campus

18% Online

Types of Online Programs Offered

Certificates X Bold Not offered

Associate X Bold Not offered

Bachelor's Check Bold 12% online

Graduate Certificate Check Bold 16% online

Master's Check Bold 39% online

Doctorate X Bold Not offered

Financial Breakdown

On average, students at this school receive more financial aid than students at other schools.

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Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid

52%

State Grant Aid

31%

Institution Grant Aid

61%

Pell Grant

37%

Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $4,141
State Grant Aid $1,494
Institution Grant Aid $1,942
Pell Grant Aid $4,591

Financial Outlook

$22k

Average student debt after graduation

$33k

Average salary 6 years after starting school

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Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPED data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.