Western Carolina University

Women's Independent
8 / 10
10,027 Undergrads / 11,639 Students
2 / 10
$12,965 Net Price
4 / 10
69% Admitted
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  • College Type

    4-year, Public

  • Campus Type

    Town: Distant

Student Body
  • Male
  • Female
  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • In-State
  • Out-of-state
  • Foreign
  • Other
  • White
  • Black
  • Asian
  • Latino
  • Foreign
  • Other
Student-to-faculty Ratio
17 to 1
Return For Sophomore Year
Overall Graduation Rate
Graduate On Time / in 6 Years
43% / 62%
Calendar System
Religious Affiliation
On campus housing is provided and is not required for incoming freshman

Other includes American Indian, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, two or more races and unknown race / ethnicity.

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Where Grads Live
  • Asheville North Carolina Area
  • Charlotte North Carolina Area
  • Raleigh-Durham North Carolina Area
  • Greensboro/Winston-Salem North Carolina Area
  • Greater Atlanta Area
  • Hickory/Lenoir North Carolina Area
  • Greenville South Carolina Area
  • Knoxville Tennessee Area
  • Washington D.C. Metro Area
  • Greater New York City Area
  • Tampa/St. Petersburg Florida Area
  • Wilmington North Carolina Area
  • Charleston South Carolina Area
  • Greater Nashville Area
  • Fayetteville North Carolina Area
Where Grads Work
  • Wells Fargo
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • Mission Health
  • Bank of America
  • Lowe's Companies Inc.
  • US Army
  • BB&T
  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Duke Energy Corporation
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Eaton
  • IBM
  • Southwestern Community College
  • NC State University
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
What Grads Do
  • Sales
  • Education
  • Operations
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Healthcare Services
  • Information Technology
  • Support
  • Finance
  • Community and Social Services
  • Program and Project Management
  • Administrative
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Media and Communication
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Overall Experience
Student Life
Professor Rating
Test Scores
Critical Reading
450 - 560
510 - 590
1020 - 1200
19 - 24
19 - 25
20 - 25

This range represents the middle half of incoming freshman from the 25th to 75th percentile. The writing component is now optional and no longer reported. Historical writing ranges: 430 - 530 for SAT

SAT Reading

This distribution represents incoming freshman test scores and GPA on 4.0 scale.

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Applicants 11,128 4,484 6,644
% Admitted 69% 69% 69%
% Admits That Enroll 28% 30% 26%
Incoming Freshman Average GPA 3.78 (weighted)
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    Majors / Programs

    Degrees offered by popularity. Type = Bachelor.

    Business (21%)
    Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General (18%)
    Education (10%)
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse (9%)
    Business Administration and Management, General (8%)
    Criminal Justice & Law Enforce (5%)
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies (5%)
    Visual & Performing Arts (5%)
    Human Services, General (5%)
    Psychology, General (4%)
    Psychology (4%)
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General (4%)
    Biological & Biomedical Sciences (4%)
    Social Sciences (4%)
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General (3%)
    Social Work (3%)
    Parks, Recreation & Fitness Stu. (3%)
    Net Price

    Average net price = sticker price - financial aid.


    Average net price by income for incoming freshman receiving financial aid.

    Net price for students paying in-state tuition rate (public institutions).

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    Sticker Price

    Sticker price = estimated total cost of attendance.

    On Campus
    Tuition & Fees$4,277 $17,130
    Books & Supplies$1,059 $1,059
    Cost of Living$10,725 $10,725
    Personal Expenses$2,679 $2,679
    Sticker Price$18,740 $31,313

    Personal expenses includes laundry, transportation, entertainment and furnishings.

    Financial Aid

    85% of full-time, incoming freshman receive financial aid.

    Receiving Aid %
    Avg. Aid Amount
    Type of Aid
    Grant or Scholarship68%$5,376
    Federal Grants39%$4,667
    Pell Grants38%$4,581
    Other Federal4%$1,092
    State & Local Grants32%$1,537
    Institutional Grants63%$2,134
    Student Loans64%$6,004
    Federal Loans63%$5,205
    Other Loans7%$8,607

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    All financials shown for full-time, incoming freshman.

    Total Amount
    Per Student
    Financial Assets $82 Million $7,046

    Value of endowment assets at fiscal year end.


    Total federal debt after graduation for undergrad borrowers: $22,500.

    Total cumulative student debt by percentile.

    Total Principal
    Monthly Payment
    10 Year Repayment $15,500 $239

    Most student loans have a grace period before repayment begins.

    3 Year Avg. Default Rate: 6.2%

    Avg. rate for colleges with lacrosse is 5.1%.

    Total federal debt excludes private student loans and parent PLUS loans. Cumulative debt cohort includes 4,320 students.


    Earnings 10 years after enrollment: $37,700

    Earnings of former students working by percentile.

    Earnings of former students who received federal financial aid. Figures shown are median.


    How long until this college investment pays off: 6.06 years.

    Median debt and foregone earnings divided by median earnings. Foregone earnings assumes 4 years to graduation; at this school, 43% of students graduate on time.

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    Campus Safety
    On Campus
    In Residence Halls In Res. Halls
    Criminal Offenses
    Murder - -
    Negligent Manslaughter - -
    Rape 8 8
    Fondling 5 5
    Incest - -
    Statutory Rape - -
    Robbery - -
    Aggravated Assault 3 2
    Burglary 17 15
    Motor Vehicle Theft 2 1
    Arson 1 1

    In Residence Halls are a subset of On Campus statistics. Murder includes non-negligent manslaughter.

    The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here. Statistics represent 3-year average data.

    Data from The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

    Carnegie Classifications
    Basic ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
    Undergrad InstructionProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    Graduate InstructionResearch Doctoral: Single program-Education
    Enrollment ProfileHigh undergraduate
    Undergrad ProfileFour-year, full-time, selective, higher transfer-in
    Size and SettingFour-year, medium, primarily residential

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