Western Carolina University

Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646
Western Carolina University is a public higher education institution located in Cullowhee, North Carolina.

Western Carolina University awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 36 fields of study and 107 academic disciplines. The school has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has specialized accreditation from the American Dietetic Association - Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education.

Dual credit, distance learning and study abroad programs are offered at Western Carolina University. They accept Advanced Placement and life experience credit towards completion of a degree and on-campus day care is available.


General Information

Main Phone: (828) 227 -7100 Website: www.wcu.edu
Status: Non-accredited Faculty: 586
School Type: Public- 4-year or above Affiliation: None
Size: Medium (5,000 - 10,000 students) Undergraduates: 7,639
Setting: N/A Graduate Students: 1,733
On-Campus Housing: N/A Acceptance Rate: 39%
Out-of-State Tuition: N/A Varsity Athletics: Yes
In-State Tuition: N/A Student-to-faculty Ratio: 16 to 1

Admissions

Application Fee: $ 50


Admission Requirements

Required Recommended
High School Diploma or Equivalent
High School GPA
High School Rank
High School Transcript
TOEFL
Standardized Test Scores

Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 470 560
SAT Math 480 570
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT English 18 24
ACT Math 18 24

Acceptance Rate

Total
Applied 14,979
Accepted 5,813
Acceptance Rate 39%
Enrolled 1,440

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status 85% Full-time 15% Part-time
Graduate Attendance Status 38% Full-time 62% Part-time
Student Gender 44% Men 56% Women

Student Race Ethnicity

82% White 1% American Indian/Alaska Native
6% Black or African American 2% Multiracial
3% Hispanic/Latino 1% Asian/Oriental
0% Polynesian/Pacific Island 5% Other



Financial Aid

Percent Receiving Aid Average Amount Received
Federal Grant 54% $ 6,041
Local Grant 37% $4,088
Institutional Grant 64% $ 1,592
Student Loans 65% $ 5,394

Majors & Degrees


Natural Resources and Conservation

Natural Resources Conservation and Research

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Environmental Science - - 6 - -

Natural Resources Management and Policy

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Natural Resources Management and Policy - - 12 - -

Communication and Journalism

Communication and Media Studies

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Speech Communication and Rhetoric - - 40 - -

Radio, Television, and Digital Communication

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication - - 10 - -

Computer Information Sciences

Computer Science

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Computer Science - - 7 - -

Education

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Kindergarten Preschool Education - - 29 - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development ? Specific Levels and Methods - - 29 55 -
Elementary Education and Teaching - - 80 55 -
Junior High and Middle School Education and Teaching - - 144 55 -

Teacher Education and Professional Development Specific Subject Areas

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Music Teacher Education - - 8 - -
Art Teacher Education - - 6 - -
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching - - 16 - -
Spanish Language Teacher Education - - 1 - -
Social Studies Teacher Education - - 15 - -
English Teacher Education - - 15 1 -
Music Teacher Education - - 15 0 -
Mathematics Teacher Education - - 4 1 -
General Science Teacher Education - - 4 1 -
English Teacher Education - - 12 1 -

Student Counseling

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
College Student Counseling - - - 30 -
School Counseling and Guidance Services - - - 16 -

Educational Administration and Supervision

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Educational Leadership and Administration - - - 45 14
Community College Education - - - 12 14
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision - - - 49 14

Education

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Education and Teaching - - - 49 -

Educational Administration and Supervision

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Educational Leadership and Administration - - - 45 14
Community College Education - - - 12 14
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision - - - 49 14

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Kindergarten Preschool Education - - 29 - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development ? Specific Levels and Methods - - 29 55 -
Elementary Education and Teaching - - 80 55 -
Junior High and Middle School Education and Teaching - - 144 55 -

Teaching English Or French As A Second Language

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Teaching English As A Second Language (esl) Instructor - - - 3 -

Special Education and Teaching

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Special Education and Teaching - - 12 - -

Engineering

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Electrical and Electronics Engineering - - 2 - -

Education

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Kindergarten Preschool Education - - 29 - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development ? Specific Levels and Methods - - 29 55 -
Elementary Education and Teaching - - 80 55 -
Junior High and Middle School Education and Teaching - - 144 55 -

Teacher Education and Professional Development Specific Subject Areas

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Music Teacher Education - - 8 - -
Art Teacher Education - - 6 - -
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching - - 16 - -
Spanish Language Teacher Education - - 1 - -
Social Studies Teacher Education - - 15 - -
English Teacher Education - - 15 1 -
Music Teacher Education - - 15 0 -
Mathematics Teacher Education - - 4 1 -
General Science Teacher Education - - 4 1 -
English Teacher Education - - 12 1 -

Student Counseling

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
College Student Counseling - - - 30 -
School Counseling and Guidance Services - - - 16 -

Educational Administration and Supervision

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Educational Leadership and Administration - - - 45 14
Community College Education - - - 12 14
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision - - - 49 14

Education

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Education and Teaching - - - 49 -

Educational Administration and Supervision

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Educational Leadership and Administration - - - 45 14
Community College Education - - - 12 14
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision - - - 49 14

Teacher Education and Professional Development

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Kindergarten Preschool Education - - 29 - -
Teacher Education and Professional Development ? Specific Levels and Methods - - 29 55 -
Elementary Education and Teaching - - 80 55 -
Junior High and Middle School Education and Teaching - - 144 55 -

Teaching English Or French As A Second Language

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Teaching English As A Second Language (esl) Instructor - - - 3 -

Special Education and Teaching

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Special Education and Teaching - - 12 - -

Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
German Language and Literature - - 2 - -

Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Spanish Language and Literature - - 16 - -
French Language and Literature - - 0 - -

Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields

Construction Engineering Technologies

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Construction Engineering Technology Technician - - 74 14 -

Electrical Engineering Technologies Technicians

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology Technician - - 12 - -

Industrial Production Technologies Technicians

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Industrial Technology Technician - - - 8 -

Engineering Technology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Engineering Technology - - 40 - -

Construction Engineering Technologies

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Construction Engineering Technology Technician - - 74 14 -

English Language and Literature Letters

English Language and Literature

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
English Language and Literature - - 34 13 -

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Biology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Biology Biological Sciences - - 35 8 -

Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities

Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies and Humanities

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Liberal Arts and Sciences Liberal Studies - - 0 - -

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Philosophy - - 15 - -

Mathematics and Statistics

Applied Mathematics

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Applied Mathematics - - - 4 -

Mathematics

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Mathematics - - 13 - -

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

Health and Physical Education Fitness

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Sport and Fitness Administration Management - - 29 0 -

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management - - 18 - -

Health and Physical Education Fitness

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Sport and Fitness Administration Management - - 29 0 -

Mathematics and Statistics

Applied Mathematics

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Applied Mathematics - - - 4 -

Mathematics

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Mathematics - - 13 - -

Multi Interdisciplinary Studies

International Global Studies

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
International Global Studies - - 1 - -

Science, Technology and Society

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Science, Technology and Society - - - 0 -

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

Health and Physical Education Fitness

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Sport and Fitness Administration Management - - 29 0 -

Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management - - 18 - -

Health and Physical Education Fitness

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Sport and Fitness Administration Management - - 29 0 -

Public Administration and Social Service Professions

Public Administration

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Public Administration - - 29 19 -

Social Work

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Social Work - - 37 21 -

Social Sciences

Geography and Cartography

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Geography - - 0 - -

Anthropology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Anthropology - - 32 - -

Sociology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Sociology - - 22 - -

Political Science and Government

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Political Science and Government - - 27 - -

Physical Sciences

Chemistry

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Chemistry - - 17 - -
Forensic Chemistry - - 10 - -
Chemistry - - 10 5 -

Geological and Earth Sciences Geosciences

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Geology Earth Science - - 7 - -

Chemistry

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Chemistry - - 17 - -
Forensic Chemistry - - 10 - -
Chemistry - - 10 5 -

Psychology

Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
School Psychology - - - 0 -

Psychology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Psychology - - 54 9 -

Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services

Criminal Justice and Corrections

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Forensic Science and Technology - - 1 - -
Criminal Justice Safety Studies - - 103 - -

Physical Sciences

Chemistry

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Chemistry - - 17 - -
Forensic Chemistry - - 10 - -
Chemistry - - 10 5 -

Geological and Earth Sciences Geosciences

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Geology Earth Science - - 7 - -

Chemistry

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Chemistry - - 17 - -
Forensic Chemistry - - 10 - -
Chemistry - - 10 5 -

Public Administration and Social Service Professions

Public Administration

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Public Administration - - 29 19 -

Social Work

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Social Work - - 37 21 -

Psychology

Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
School Psychology - - - 0 -

Psychology

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Psychology - - 54 9 -

Visual and Performing Arts

Design and Applied Arts

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Interior Design - - 23 - -

Music

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Music - - 9 - -
Music Performance - - 11 4 -

Fine and Studio Arts

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Art Art Studies - - 6 - -
Fine Studio Arts - - 29 4 -

Music

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Music - - 9 - -
Music Performance - - 11 4 -

Drama Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Drama and Dramatics Theatre Arts - - 12 - -

Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

Hospitality Administration Management

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Hospitality Administration Management - - 30 - -

Accounting and Related Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Accounting - - 34 26 -

Human Resources Management and Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Human Resources Management Personnel Administration - - - 39 -

Marketing

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Marketing - - - 20 -
Marketing Marketing Management - - 33 20 -
Marketing - - 19 20 -

Business Administration, Management and Operations

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Business Administration and Management - - 51 36 -
Business Administration, Management and Operations - - 51 52 -

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial Studies - - 23 - -

Management Information Systems and Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Management Information Systems - - 25 - -

International Business

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
International Business Trade Commerce - - 3 - -

Accounting and Related Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Accounting - - 34 26 -

Finance and Financial Management Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Finance - - 19 - -

Business Administration, Management and Operations

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Business Administration and Management - - 51 36 -
Business Administration, Management and Operations - - 51 52 -

Marketing

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Marketing - - - 20 -
Marketing Marketing Management - - 33 20 -
Marketing - - 19 20 -

History

History

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
History - - 32 9 -

Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

Hospitality Administration Management

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Hospitality Administration Management - - 30 - -

Accounting and Related Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Accounting - - 34 26 -

Human Resources Management and Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Human Resources Management Personnel Administration - - - 39 -

Marketing

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Marketing - - - 20 -
Marketing Marketing Management - - 33 20 -
Marketing - - 19 20 -

Business Administration, Management and Operations

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Business Administration and Management - - 51 36 -
Business Administration, Management and Operations - - 51 52 -

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Entrepreneurship Entrepreneurial Studies - - 23 - -

Management Information Systems and Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Management Information Systems - - 25 - -

International Business

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
International Business Trade Commerce - - 3 - -

Accounting and Related Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Accounting - - 34 26 -

Finance and Financial Management Services

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Finance - - 19 - -

Business Administration, Management and Operations

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Business Administration and Management - - 51 36 -
Business Administration, Management and Operations - - 51 52 -

Marketing

Number of Awards given in 2011-2012 Cert AS/AA BS/BA MS/MA PhD
Marketing - - - 20 -
Marketing Marketing Management - - 33 20 -
Marketing - - 19 20 -

Sports & Athletics

Yes No
Football
Basketball
Baseball
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