Western Carolina University Overview


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Located in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Western Carolina University is a mid-size four year public college offering both undergrad and graduate programs.

In the most recent statistical year 17,699 prospective students applied, and 7,127 were granted admission. Of those admitted 1,639 enrolled in the school. 8,114 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 2,226 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2015/2016, excluding room and board, is $3,779 plus fees of $2,844.

Western Carolina University is ranked 446 nationally in the tonbori.info 2016 U.S. Colleges Ranking.

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A college's graduation rate is a strong indication of its effectiveness and your potential to find success at a school. The following statistics measure the percentage of first-time, full-time students who earned a bachelor degree within four, five or six years from Western Carolina University. For comparison, approximately 58% of starting students nationally earn a bachelor's degree within six years. Western Carolina University is worse than average in terms of graduating students.

4 Years

29% Received a Bachelor Degree in 4 years

5 Years

47% Received a Bachelor Degree in 5 years

6 Years

50% Received a Bachelor Degree in 6 years

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200004 IPEDS survey data for Western Carolina University.

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