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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate85%

About Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is a public, state university in the rural area of Cullowhee, North Carolina. Western Carolina University was founded in 1889. The college currently enrolls around 11,635 students a year, including 9,956 undergraduates.

Western Carolina University Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Carolina University. Western Carolina University admitted 85% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 17,916 applications received in 2021, 15,203 students were offered admission.

Western Carolina University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.4
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 9%

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Western Carolina University is located in Cullowhee, North Carolina,.

If you would like to see Western Carolina University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 to Cullowhee, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Asheville Regional.

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College Info

1 University Way Cullowhee, NC 28723

Campus Setting: Rural

Western Carolina University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Mar 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Western Carolina University is Mar 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Western Carolina University is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Western Carolina University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1230


Math SAT Range

500 - 600


Reading SAT Range

520 - 640

Western Carolina University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Western Carolina University is like? There are approximately 11,635 students enrolled at Western Carolina University, including 9,956 undergraduate students and 1,679 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 85% percent are from NC and 15% percent of students are from other states.


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