Western Carolina University

1,225 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%
  • I'm a new graduate student taking online classes
    0%
  • You have several different character types
    0%

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%
  • Adventurous
    0%
  • Charming
    0%

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

1,225 reviews
  • Excellent
    229
  • Very Good
    468
  • Average
    422
  • Poor
    72
  • Terrible
    34
I love it! Not only is Western Carolina University located in one of the most beautiful places in North Carolina, but the school itself is so clean and well kept. The staff and student population is very welcoming allowing newcomers to find a sense of home immediately. Football games are a blast with the combination of the roaring student section and "The Pride of The Mountain," Western Carolina band. All in all, everything about the school compliments itself, the location, student body, and the devoted staff.
  • College Freshman
  • 13 days ago
I enjoy the campus, it's so nice! I'm glad I can enjoy my walk to class and the view from my room. The location is great for those who love nature and the outdoors.
  • College Freshman
  • 22 days ago
This is my first experience at going to school Online. I like the pace of it. I can do and work too.
  • College Sophomore
  • 23 days ago