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Western Carolina University provides outstanding opportunities for students in a dynamic living-learning environment that encourages interaction with faculty, participation in organized community service activities, and preparation for future careers. WCU’s quality enhancement plan is designed to link various elements of students’ entire university experience, in- and out-of-class, so that academic and co-curricular activities are woven together into a fabric of intentional learning.

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WCU has a broad array of academic programs to meet your interests and career goals. No matter which program you choose, you'll follow a curriculum preparing you for more advanced study or to move straight into your career. We have expert faculty and over 120 top-rated programs: project management and entrepreneurship are ranked among the best in the nation. Our forensic anthropology program is taught by one of only 55 board-certified forensic anthropologists in the nation. Our College of Education and Allied Professions was the national winner for the 2007 American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Christa McAuliffe Award for Exemplary Programs in Teacher Education. Our faculty is dedicated to giving you hands-on experiences that link your classwork to real-life applications. Throughout your schooling, you can explore your options through off-campus study—from internships to study abroad to programs offered in partnership with other universities.

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