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Cullowhee, NC

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Western Carolina University Student Essentials

Western Carolina University Student Essentials Region: Setting: Type: Affiliation: Size: Mascot: Website: On-Campus Housing Available: Selectivity: In-State Tuition: Out-of-State Tuition: Retention Rate: Enrollment: Year Established:
Small Town Setting
Not applicable
Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)
Catamounts/Lady Cats
Highly Selective
$ 5,925
$ 15,522

About Western Carolina University

Part of the UNC System, Western Carolina University has served North Carolina students for over 120 years. The main campus in Cullowhee is a nature lover’s dream, situated on the Tuckasegee River between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountain.

Because of its location in the heart of Appalachia, WCU is dedicated to the study, appreciation, and preservation of local cultures. The Mountain Heritage Center and Cherokee Center provide exhibitions and educational opportunities, while the school’s Craft Revival project archives the region’s rich tradition of artisanship.

But just as it is committed to preserving the past, Western Carolina University also looks toward the future. This is reflected by its academics, which includee programs in growing fields like technology, education, and healthcare.

WCU prides itself on its project management and entrepreneurship programs, as well as a rare program forensic anthropology.

On-campus studying is not always convenient, so Western Carolina also offers a variety of distance learning programs to meet all of its students’ needs. The school has online programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates and licensures.

The off-site Bachelor’s in Engineering Technology program is ideal for the currently employed, and the Jamaica program offers a unique opportunity to study education in Kingston.

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Ratings & Reviews

Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 5 Reviews

60% of students gave Western Carolina University 5 stars overall.

3 reviews 2 reviews 0 reviews 0 reviews 0 reviews

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Western Carolina is a great place to live, located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The area is rich of Cherokee history, and WCU is home to the annual Mountain Heritage Day. People come from all over the country to sell their hand-made dream catchers, pottery, etc., and to perform folk songs.The campus is absolutely beautiful and I'm still not used to my amazing surroundings. Each breath of crisp mountain air purifies me on the inside. It rids my body and mind of urban toxins. The ripe leaves entrance me with their fresh colors of auburn, crimson and yellow. Small creeks and rivers trickle throughout campus, and I frequently stop to observe them for a moment because I admire their tranquility. After touring this campus years ago, I immidiately knew that there's no way I belonged at any other university. I am a Catamount!

Student at This School - Grad Year 2013

Overall Rating

Western Carolina is a great school because they truely want us to enjoy our social life here. The school and Last Minute Productions host stay at Western weekends when they have events that are to encourage students to stay on campus more. There is always some kind of club activity or event on campus to attend. Last week there was a murder mystery dinner which is basically a real life game of Clue. If you are looking for a school that truely appreciates you WCU is the place to be. It may be a small school in a small city but the fact that the school cares about the students so much overcompensates for the size.

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Western Carolina University Map & Location

Western Carolina University

Highway 107

Cullowhee, NC 28723

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Fair walkability. You could have a car for this area, but walking is possible.

4/10 walk


Seasonal average temperatures for Cullowhee, NC 【 sujetadores aumentax 】 ❤️ Opiniones Y Mejores Ofertas 【Guía septiembre 2020 】

Winter Dec 50 27 Jan 48 24 Feb 53 27 Spring Mar 61 33 Apr 69 40 May 76 50 Summer Jun 82 58 Jul 85 62 Aug 84 61 Fall Sep 78 55 Oct 70 43 Nov 60 33


Full-Time Undergrad Students Freshman Class Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)

Ethnic Diversity:

  • Latino: 3%
  • African American: 7%
  • Caucasian: 83%
  • American Indian or Alaska native: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Unknown and Other: 4%
]]> Latino African American Caucasian American Indian or Alaska native Asian Unknown and Other
Undergraduate 80% Graduate 20% Full-Time 74% Part-Time 26% Women 57% Men 43% International 4% Domestic 96%

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