Western Carolina University, founded in 1889, is a public, multipurpose university. It is a comprehensive university within the University of North Carolina system, offering a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs. The university is committed to a technology-centered environment. The campus is totally networked: Students have access to the network from their dorm rooms. All freshmen are required to have personal computers. The institution is a leader in the use of electronic classrooms in education. The school is in a beautiful rural environment near the Tsali Biking Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains and the Nantahala Outdoor Center, with opportunities for rafting, hiking and other outdoor activities. The 265-acre campus is located in Cullowhee, 65 miles west of Asheville.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
10,145
Undergraduates
4,424
Men - 43.6%
5,722
Women - 56.4%
1,726
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
74% of 13,146 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.44
SAT Math
520-610 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
540-620 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
19-25 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $21,579
Out-of-state: $25,579
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,524
Out-of-state: $14,524
Room and Board
$9,087
Average Percent of Need Met
65%
Average Freshman Award
$9,291
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$29,213
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
567
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
10%
10-19
16%
20-29
33%
30-39
21%
40-49
16%
50-99
5%
Over 100
0%
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Cullowhee Population
6,228
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Not reported
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Catamount
Sororities
Not reported
Fraternities
Not reported
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
Asian
1.4%
Black/African-American
6%
Hispanic/Latino
7.9%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.4%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
78.7%
Unknown
1.6%
International Students
1.5%
First-Year Students Returning
74.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
42.9%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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