Western Carolina University

1,203 reviews
  1. Cullowhee, NC
  2. 4 Year
B-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    C+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    C+
Western Carolina University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Southern Conference
Address
Highway 107
Cullowhee, NC 28723
Website

Western Carolina University Rankings

Niche ranks over 1,000 colleges based on more than 50 statistics and nearly 12 million opinions from college students.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
43%
SAT Range
950-1130
ACT Range
20-24
Application Fee
$55
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$12,916/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $9,009/ year
  • $30-48k
    $10,838/ year
  • $49-75k
    $14,000/ year
  • $76-110k
    $17,217/ year
  • $110k+
    $17,957/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
84%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.51 responses
79%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.52 responses
77%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.52 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
7,373Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
8%
Pell Grant
39%
Varsity Athletes
5%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Outdoorsy
    44%
  • Unique. Most people do whatever they like.
    40%
  • Active
    16%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
71%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.76 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.91 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Beautiful
    50%
  • Amazing
    21%
  • It will do
    11%
  • Peaceful
    11%
  • Good fit
    7%

After Western Carolina University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$35,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
58%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
85%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses

Reviews

1,203 reviews
  • Excellent
    225
  • Very Good
    454
  • Average
    418
  • Poor
    72
  • Terrible
    34
I am an out of state student, and I absolutely love everything about my school. It has countless opportunities to discover new aspects of yourself. By having so many ways to experience new atmospheres, the adventures are countless. The students and employees of the school are so focused on learning and enjoying the college experience, it is hard not to love this school.
  • College Sophomore
  • 2 months ago
I am going to describe all of the topics a typical college student would ask someone who already has experienced and went to Western Carolina University. So when you wake up in the morning its not just your average college. You look out your dormitory or apartment and see the sun rise and the mountains. This just makes your day a whole lot better and gets you in the mood to get up and go to class. There is a lot of diversity at Western, and you meet different people just about every day, as long as you take a different route to class that is. The teachers can sometimes be tough on you and that is just because they want to push you to your ability. And also get you ready for whatever job you are trying to pursue after undergraduate. Athletics are a major thing at Western, mostly the football team. Our stadium is amazing and you always have a great time at the games, everyone is so nice and polite and never rarely see any one not having fun. This is just a little of what i love about my school!
  • College Junior
  • 2 months ago
Western Carolina is a school rich in culture and diversity with easy access to the things i need to be successful.
  • College Freshman
  • 3 months ago