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Living & Learning
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.
The Higher You Climb, the Better the View
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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||7,979|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||71||1%|
|African American / Black||540||7%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||8||<1%|
|Two or More Races||224||3%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||88||1%|
|Where do WCU undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||6%|
|How old are WCU undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||18%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT||SAT|
|Composite||20 - 24|
|Math||19 - 25||480 - 570|
|English||19 - 24|
|Critical Reading||460 - 560|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||39%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||78%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||93%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.63|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||99%|
The cost to attend Western Carolina University varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||16 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||58%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||95%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||478|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||47%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||5%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||75%|
98% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
49% of all undergraduates live on campus
Nothing is more important to us than the welfare of our students. Through the Office of Student Affairs, we are constantly developing programs and initiatives to ensure the safety of students on campus, such as the Critical Incident Communication Team which provides a protocol for responding to crises on campus.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at Western Carolina University in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.||10%|
|Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.||7%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.||7%|
|Elementary Education and Teaching.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at Western Carolina University|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 74%