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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate74%
Acceptance Rate74%

About Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is a public, state institution in the rural area of Cullowhee, North Carolina. Western Carolina University was founded in 1889. The college currently enrolls around 11,877 students a year, including 10,145 undergraduates.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Western Carolina University

It is moderately difficult to get into Western Carolina University. Western Carolina University admitted 74% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 9,772 out of 13,146 total applicants were accepted.

Western Carolina University Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 74%
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 12%

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Western Carolina University is locatedin Cullowhee, North Carolina,.

If you want to see Western Carolina University for yourself, 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.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Western Carolina University and Cullowhee are like without leaving home.

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

1060 - 1230


Math SAT Range

520 - 610


Reading SAT Range

540 - 620

Western Carolina University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Western Carolina University is like? There are approximately 11,877 students enrolled at Western Carolina University, including 10,145 undergraduate students and 1,732 graduate students. 81% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from NC and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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