Cullowhee, NC 28723 828-227-7317
About Western Carolina University
  • Year of Foundation 1889
  • Size of Campus 682 Acres
  • Type of Instituition Public institution
  • Religious Orientation None
  • Degrees Bachelor, Master, Post Master
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 6,980
  • Women % / Men % / Out of state 53% 47% 8.8%OUS
  • App. Deadlines FAFSA
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State $2,998 In state, $12,595 Out-of-state
  • Room and Board $6,980
  • Nonfall Registration Accepted
  • Selectivity of the Intuition Less selective
  • Application Fee $45
  • Enrollment No. 7,205
WCU was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries. The university’s mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state and we’re still growing.
Social Life And Activities
  • Number of frat chapter houses 11
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus Valley Ballyhoo
  • Number of students in fraternities 11
  • Percent students who are frat members 7%
  • Number of honor societies Alpha, Lambda Delta, Epsilon Sigma Pi, Honors College Student Board of Directors, Mortar Board, Inc. , Pi Gamma Mu, Psi Chi, Phi Beta Delta, Sigma Xi, National Residence Hall Honorary
  • Setting Rural
  • Number of sororities 9
  • On-campus religious organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Catholic Campus Ministry, Divas for Jesus Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Presbyterian Student Fellowship, Baptist Student Union, WCU Inspirational Choir, Campus Rock Christian Fellowship, Latter-day Saints Stud
  • Other on-campus organizations 0%
  • Percent students who are frat sororities 8%
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Asian Students Association, Di Ga Lii, International Student Association, La Voz Latina, Organization of Ebony Students, Black Theater Ensemble, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Kappa Alpha Psi, Phi Be
  • Alcohol Policies Yes
  • Number of frats 11
  • Other general policies class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited
  • Distance to nearest airport Atlanta (156), Asheville (52)
  • Distance to nearest train Atlanta (156)
  • Distance to nearest bus Waynesville (18)
  • Public Transportation to the University Yes
  • Car Permitted On Campus Yes
Student Housing
  • College campus housing availability Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples 0%
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles 14%
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined 0%
  • Number of students using college housing 42%
  • Type of housing provided for students coed dorms (65%), women's dorms (10%), men's dorms (18%), sorority housing (3%), fraternity housing (3%), apartments for married students (1%)
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles 84%
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 100%
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system 87%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments 2%
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms 100%
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university 23
Campus Services
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in all the libraries, in some classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Number Of Microforms 187,250
  • Computer Courses Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations 7,000
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network 14,000
  • Number of e-books 22,558
  • Student Computer Availability Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms 164
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
  • Number Of Books in Library 701,832
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) 150
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Online Course Registration Available Yes
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 10,790
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library 50
  • Counseling Services minority student, career, personal, veteran student, academic, psychological, birth control
  • OS of Wifi Network Microsoft
  • Library Facilities 100%
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page Yes
  • Number Of Subscriptions 1,838
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help math, writing, study skills
  • Museums Western's Center for Applied Technologies gives students unparalleled access to state-of-the-art audio and video production studios; to advanced engineering labs for work with optoelectronics, metrology and rapid prototyping; and to business-to-business co
Student Employment and Career
  • Employed Students after 6 Months N/A
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs AFLAC, American Express Financial, BB&T, Centex Homes, CINTAS Corporation, Duke Energy, National Climatic Data Centar, NC Dept of Environment and Natural Resources, NC State Patrol, Social Security Administration, US Fish and Wildlife, Wells Fargo, WestCa
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Army ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment 22%
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads 2,038
  • Employed Students after 1 year N/A
  • Student Employment Federal
  • Career placment and training co-op education, on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, interest inventory, interview training
  • Does the school discourage student employment No
Loan, Scholarship, Fellowship, Grant Page Details
  • Specific Locations/Universities Rural