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Western Carolina University is a public institution located in Cullowhee, North Carolina. Cullowhee is a great place for students who enjoy small town life.

192 Undergraduate Degrees
86 Graduate Degrees
$17,377 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
39% Acceptance Rate

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Western Carolina University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at WCU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#21 Best Value Nursing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards WCU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#23 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#38 Best Colleges for the Money College Factual
#161 Best Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#285 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual

Where Is Western Carolina University?

Location of Western Carolina University

Contact details for WCU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
Phone: 828-227-7100

How Do I Get Into WCU?

You can apply to WCU online at:

Admission Requirements for WCU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into WCU?

39% Acceptance Rate
58% Of Accepted Are Women
40% Submit SAT Scores
WCU has a fairly low acceptance rate of 39%, which makes it more selective than most schools. Take time to make sure you submit all the requested materials and you prepare the application in full. You don't want to get denied right off the bat due to an incomplete application!

Approximately 42% of accepted students are men and 58% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 42%, and the acceptance rate for women is 37%.

Average Test Scores

About 40% of students accepted to WCU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 610. Math scores were between 510 and 590.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Western Carolina University  ( 510 to 610 )

SAT Math Scores for Western Carolina University  ( 510 to 590 )
WCU received ACT scores from 63% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Western Carolina University  ( 18 to 24 )
ACT Math Scores for Western Carolina University  ( 18 to 24 )
ACT Composite Scores for Western Carolina University  ( 19 to 24 )

Can I Afford Western Carolina University?

$17,377 Net Price
67% Take Out Loans
6.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of WCU is $17,377. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At WCU, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $6,190 a year. That adds up to $24,760 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at WCU is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Western Carolina University Undergraduate Student Diversity

8,934 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 10,469 undergraduate students at WCU, with 8,934 being full-time and 1,535 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  WCU

There are also 1,698 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 8,934 full-time undergraduates at WCU, 46% are male and 54% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  WCU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Western Carolina University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of WCU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 103
Black or African American 438
Hispanic or Latino 705
White 6,992
International Students 155
Other Races/Ethnicities 541

Geographic Diversity

North Carolina students aren't the only ones who study at Western Carolina University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 36 countries are represented at WCU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Japan, and Canada.

Online Learning at Western Carolina University

2,151 Took All Classes Online
4,105 Took At Least One Class Online
6.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 10 master’s degree programs available online at WCU. In 2017-2018, 4,105 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at WCU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 5th most popular in North Carolina for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of WCU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Western Carolina University was 6.4%. This is the #1,074 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at WCU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of WCU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Nursing 1%
Registered Nursing 0%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at WCU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at WCU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Registered Nursing #279
Nursing #342

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Western Carolina University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Registered Nursing 192 2 78 0 272
Nursing Practice 0 0 0 6 6
TOTAL 192 2 78 6 278


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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