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Western Carolina University Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Western Carolina University? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 7,127 out of 17,699 applicants or 40% were admitted making Western Carolina University a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores. Western Carolina University typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 10,546 7,153 17,699
Accepted 4,203 2,924 7,127
Acceptance Rate 40% 41% 40%
Enrolled 902 737 1,639
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 21% 25% 23%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Western Carolina University and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Western Carolina University regularly accepts students with ACTs of 20 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 24 and above have very competitive chances. 57 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Western Carolina University.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1010 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 915. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1105 out of 1600. 53 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1010 1200
SAT Reading 500 600
SAT Math 510 590
ACT Composite 20 24
ACT English 19 24
ACT Math 19 24

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
24 and Above Good >53%
22 to 24 Avg + 40%-53%
20 to 22 Avg - 28%-40%
18 to 20 Reach 19%-28%
Less than 18 Low <19%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1200 and Above Good >53%
1105 to 1200 Avg + 40%-53%
1010 to 1105 Avg - 28%-40%
915 to 1010 Reach 19%-28%
Less than 915 Low <19%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Western Carolina University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Western Carolina University was 3.67 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Western Carolina University will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 44% Good
3.50 to 3.75 19% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 15% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 14% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 8% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Mar 1, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Western Carolina University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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