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Western Carolina University Admissions

If you want to apply to Western Carolina University, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is March 1 and the fee for the application is $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Western Carolina University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Western Carolina University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 16%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 47%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 65%
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Considering Applying Early to Western Carolina University?

Western Carolina University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! Western Carolina University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University is a moderately difficult school to get into. Western Carolina University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Western Carolina University accepted 48% of all applicants, around 7,282 of the 15,034 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Western Carolina University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Western Carolina University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Western Carolina University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Not Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Not Considered

Western Carolina University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Western Carolina University must submit the following items. Double check with Western Carolina University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Western Carolina University?

Students admitted to Western Carolina University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 89% submitted a class rank. At Western Carolina University 16% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 41% were in the top 25% and 78% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Western Carolina University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 89%
3.75 and 3.99 23%
3.50 and 3.74 22%
3.25 and 3.49 19%
3.00 and 3.24 17%
2.50 and 2.9 13%
2.00 and 2.49 0%

Western Carolina University does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Western Carolina University does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 47% of Western Carolina University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 65% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Western Carolina University?

To be competitive with other Western Carolina University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1030 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Western Carolina University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 1030, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Western Carolina University students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Western Carolina University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Western Carolina University?

To be most competitive at Western Carolina University, you should strive to earn between 20 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Western Carolina University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 20 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Western Carolina University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 20.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Western Carolina University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Western Carolina University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Western Carolina University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Western Carolina University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Western Carolina University?

Students who are admitted to Western Carolina University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Western Carolina University accept transfer credits?

Western Carolina University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Western Carolina University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does Western Carolina University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Western Carolina University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Western Carolina University?

Western Carolina University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Western Carolina University's acceptance rate?

Western Carolina University's acceptance rate is 48%.

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Western Carolina University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

48%

How hard is it to get into Western Carolina University? Western Carolina University is a somewhat selective institution. The Western Carolina University acceptance rate is 48%. This means that the institution accepts 48 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

20 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above

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20 to 25

Avg

20 and Less

Low

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Western Carolina University SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1030 - 1210

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Math SAT Range

510 - 590

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Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

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Western Carolina University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.46

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Western Carolina University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.46. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

12,243

Campus Setting

Rural

Acceptance Rate

48%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$6,984

Out-of-State

$10,984

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Mar 1
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