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 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%|
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.
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.
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.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Alumni/ae Relations||Not Considered|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Important|
|Racial/Ethnic Status||Not Considered|
|Religious Affiliation/Commitment||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
|Volunteer Work||Not Considered|
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||√|
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|
|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.
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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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.
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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
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:
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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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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First-Year Applications are Due
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
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Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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.
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