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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University, or WCU, is a coeducational public university located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, United States. It was founded in 1889 with the intention of educating the people of the western North Carolina Mountains. WCU is a constituent campus of the University of North Carolina system. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Allied Professions
  • College of Fine and Performing Arts
  • College of Health and Human Sciences
  • Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology
  • The Graduate School
  • The Honors College

Western Carolina University ‘s sports teams are nicknamed the Catamounts. WCU is a member of the Southern Conference, and its athletic teams participate in the NCAA Division I athletics.

Profile of Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC is home to Western Carolina University. Cullowhee is a rural area. The school is a public institution. Degrees at Western Carolina University go up to the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Students at the school can choose among many degree programs. Students commonly pursue studies in education and teaching.

Western Carolina University Selectivity

Prospective students are advised that admissions are not open to all; the school selects from among qualified applicants. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 450. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 460 and 560.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at Western Carolina University is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

The school has 9, 056 enrolled students.

Student Life

Full-time students are the norm at Western Carolina University. The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Western Carolina University offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Southern Conference.

Western Carolina University Tuition and Affordability

Western Carolina University is a relative bargain, with lower tuition and fees than most schools offering similar degrees.

Western Carolina University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching414middle school teaching, elementary school teaching, educational supervision, teacher education, education, college student Counselling, educational administration, secondary school administration, . . .
Business and Management355business management, marketing studies, accounting, business administration, marketing, MIS, finance, human resources, . . .
Liberal Arts147English, sociology, history, political science, Spanish language, anthropology, social services, liberal arts and sciences, . . .
Security and Law Enforcement102criminal justice and safety, forensic science
Engineering Technician102engineering technology, construction engineering tech, electronics tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech
Therapy and Counselling100physical therapy, psychology, communication disorders, school psychology, clinical psychology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine89registered nursing, EMT paramedic
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy89sports and fitness management, parks and recreation management, recreational therapy, dietitian, athletic trainer
Media70communication studies, media and digital communications
Family and Social Work67public administration, social work, family studies
Science49biology, chemistry, geology, science and society
Medical administration33environmental health, medical records admin, health care administration
Fine Arts32fine arts
Design25interior design
Music18music performance, music
Hospitality17hospitality management
Mathematics14applied mathematics, mathematics
Conservation and Resource Management12natural resources management, environmental science
Drama and Performing Arts10drama
Medical Support and Technology9clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy6philosophy
Computer Science and Engineering4computer science
Art Studies0art studies
Engineering0electrical engineering

Contact: Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 28723-9646

General Phone: (828) 227-7211


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