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Founded in 1889, Western Carolina University. is a Public college. Located in North Carolina, which is a city setting in North Carolina, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 9,171 full time undergraduate students, and 1,634 full time graduate students.
The Western Carolina University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 473 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Western Carolina University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at WCU are considered More Selective, with ,56% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 11 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
79% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 40% were in the top quarter, and 15% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Western Carolina University.
127 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.
88 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
128 Students rated campus food 3.2 stars. 16 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.
128 Students rated school activities 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated local services 3.5 stars. 26 % gave the school a 5.0.
129 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.
83 Students rated Western Carolina University
I absolutely love Western Carolina they are absolutely my number one choice. they have everything you could possibly want and as a school go above and beyond. I would absolutely recommend it to any students or friends. They are a perfect mix of anything you could possibly want. I am absolutely applying early so Western if you see this please let me in.
As I head into my first year of college at western I can say I’m for sure excited for what’s to come for me and the upcoming class from what I’ve seen so far and the people I’ve meet and things I’ve done around campus it’s truly something I’m ready and excited for heading into the year now.
I came to WCU in Fall 2022 and could not have had a better experience. I am fortunate to be an honors college student with a wonderful living situation on campus. On-campus living is required for the first two years of study at this university, and all the dorms (not just the honors ones) are very well kept, clean, and are within good walking distance everywhere on campus. I love the campus because it is not too big but not too small either. Class sizes are considerably small compared to other universities and the classroom atmosphere is generally very welcoming! Sports are not too big, but there are clubs and intramural teams that compete with one another for some friendly competition. The only downside to the campus is the location, which is in Cullowhee, NC. There is nothing in the town beside the university, so off-campus activities can be a hassle because everything that is worth your time will be in neighboring cities. The mountains are absolutely gorgeous, the weather is not too bad, and the students are just so nice. I love the environment WCU has created for itself!
Western is a very culturally rich school that engages with the student body at every given opportunity. Not only does it embrace and preserve the surrounding Native American history and culture of the Appalachian region that it resides in, but it works to inform students about it as well as a means of spreading positive cultural awareness. The campus has multiple major sporting groups who frequently practice and participate in matches and other events both on and off campus. There is also a plethora of student-led organizations including the multiple recognized Greek life groups that hold events and gatherings on a near weekly basis.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Western Carolina University is 40%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I think that students should pick the school that they will be happiest at. It will be difficult to be successful in a place where you are not comfortable or happy. Things such as what you will be studying and overall campus envirnment should be taken seriously as well. Schools that do not specialize in certain areas can still offer good programs but if you want to do something like engineering you should look at schools that have good programs. Students should take the oppertunity to visit several different colleges and get an overall feeling about the campus. Something else important is how far away the school is from home. If you are not comfortable not being able to drive home on the weekends then you are going to be miserable stuck on campus. Just remember that college is a once in a lifetime experience and you should do the research so you can make sure it is a good one.
The only people that should not attend Western Carolina is a person who doesn't want to learn. College is a lot of hard work, but fun when taken seriously.
That there wasnt really much to do in the surrounding area
Western Carolina University is a wonderful college that focuses on the students and has outstanding faculty and staff, wonderful academics, and a diverse variety of activities to accomadate every student.
If you don't have a car you have to plan your shopping trips with your friends. Oh and you have to buy a meal plan and health insurance. Those are really expensive
the friendly enviroment. every one seemed to know each other
I brag about how great my professors have been. The genuinely care about the success of their students and they have been such a tremendous help in times of need.
fund and friendly
it is a beautiful atmosphere to go to school in
I would say that the most frustrating thing is budget cuts. I understand this is the entire state but I feel it is unfair. I'm very concerned that the classes I need for graduation will not be offered in the semester I need them due to these budget cuts. It has already affected other classmates of mine and I can not financially go any longer than one more year. I feel it is very unfair to us students
I think this is a great school for anyone looking to further their education.
The location and the people are so unique. No one will ever be able to replicate what we have at WCU. We experience all four seasons, there's great hiking/kayaking/rafting/etc so close, and we're minutes from Asheville. It's more than just college, it's an experience, a way of life.
Most professors at WCU definitely go above and beyond in dealing with students. All of my professors know my name and in fact I usually end up taking more than one class with professors. I major in English with a concentration in Film Studies and I love the department since I've declared my major I have gotten to know (and become friends with) more people in the department and get to know the a lot of the department's professors. I am actually very interactive with my academic advisor because I have taken more than one of her classes.
I love WCU. I went to visit a lot of schools before choosing Western, but I am more than a little happy with my decision. The size of the college is perfect you can still meet a new person everyday but not feel like there's so many people you get lost in the crowd. We have a lot of really great professors who are more than willing to work with you. Plus, we're in a definite college town so the places around us really cater to the students. Also, our band is pretty amazing they are "the pride of the mountains." Its really easy to feel at home at Western Carolina University.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
85% of students
attending Western Carolina University receive some sort of financial aid.
40% were awarded federal grants.
While 64% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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