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Western Carolina University

Women's Independent Contact: Katherine Henriques
Profile
Size
8 / 10
10,027 Undergrads / 11,639 Students
Cost
4 / 10
$15,021 Net Price
Selectivity
9 / 10
40% Admitted
  • Team Conference

    Independent

  • College Type

    4-year, Public

  • Campus Type

    Town: Distant

Student Body
Gender
  • Male
  • Female
Enrollment
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
Geography
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
Ethnicity
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
17 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
80%
Overall Graduation Rate
62%
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
40% / 62%
Calendar System
Semester
Religious Affiliation
None
Housing
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

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Location
Highway 107, Cullowhee, NC, 28723, Cullowhee, NC, 28723 See Directions
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Where Grads Live
  • Asheville North Carolina Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Greensboro/Winston-Salem North Carolina Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Hickory/Lenoir North Carolina Area
  • Greenville South Carolina Area
  • Knoxville Tennessee Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Wilmington North Carolina Area
  • Charleston South Carolina Area
  • Greater Nashville Area
  • Fayetteville North Carolina Area
Where Grads Work
  • Wells Fargo
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • Mission Health
  • Bank of America
  • Lowe's Companies Inc.
  • US Army
  • BB&T
  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Eaton
  • IBM
  • Southwestern Community College
  • NC State University
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Support
  • Finance
  • Community and Social Services
  • Program and Project Management
  • Administrative
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communication
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Overall Experience
Student Life
Professor Rating
Academics
Athletics
Campus
Academics
Test Scores
SAT
Critical Reading
450 - 560
Math
510 - 600
Total
1020 - 1200
ACT
English
20 - 25
Math
19 - 25
Composite
20 - 25

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 430 - 530 for SAT

GPA
SAT Reading
ACT

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Admissions
 
Total
Male
Female
Applicants 19,344 7,534 11,810
% Admitted 40% 42% 38%
% Admits That Enroll 29% 31% 27%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.78 (weighted)
  • Accepted
  • Denied
  • Applied
  • Waitlisted
  • Admission Considerations
     
    Required
    Recommended Rec.
    High School GPA
    High School Rank
    High School Transcript
    College Prep Classes
    Recommendations
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    Admission Test Scores
    Other Tests (Wonderlic, etc.)
    TOEFL (English proficiency)
    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (20%)
    Health Professions (19%)
    Education (9%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement (7%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (5%)
    Engineering Technology (5%)
    Public Admin. & Social Services (5%)
    Psychology (5%)
    Social Sciences (4%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
    Communication & Journalism (3%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Studies (3%)
    Engineering (2%)
    Physical Sciences (2%)
    Natural Resources & Conservation (2%)
    English Language & Literature (2%)
    Mathematics & Statistics (1%)
    Liberal Arts & Sciences (1%)
    History (1%)
    Foreign Languages (1%)
    Computer & Information Sciences (1%)
    Interdisciplinary Studies
    Philosophy & Religious Studies
    Financial
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.

    $15,021

    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for students paying in-state tuition rate (public institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

     
    In-state
    Out-of-state
    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$3,926 $17,130
    Books & Supplies$1,055 $1,055
    Cost of Living$10,103 $10,103
    Personal Expenses$2,621 $2,621
     
    Sticker Price$17,705 $31,313

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    88% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

     
    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship74%$6,380
    Federal Grants43%$4,774
    Pell Grants42%$4,674
    Other Federal6%$1,111
    State & Local Grants43%$3,028
    Institutional Grants68%$2,059
     
    Student Loans67%$6,190
    Federal Loans67%$5,672
    Other Loans3%$11,074

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

     
    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Endowment
    Financial Assets $82 Million $7,046

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.

    Debt

    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $22,500.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

     
    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,500 $239

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 6.2%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 4,320 students.

    Salary

    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $37,700

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.

    Payback

    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.06 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 40% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
     
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 7 7
    Fondling 2 2
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 3 1
    Burglary 18 13
    Motor Vehicle Theft 1 -
    Arson 1 1

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Category
    Classification
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Single program-Education
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, medium, primarily residential

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