|Degrees offered||Undergrad & Graduate|
|Student to faculty ratio||17:1|
|Dormitory capacity||4,452 students|
|Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Western Carolina University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 18,297 applications and only 7,445 students were granted admission. Western Carolina University is at the #39 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.
Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 59% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 50% submitted SAT scores.
|SAT||910 to 1120|
|ACT||20 to 25|
Western Carolina University charges different tuition rate depending on students residency. In 2016-2017 academic year, students from out of state paid $14,286 and in-state students paid $3,893.
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In 2016-2017 academic year, 85% of Western Carolina University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 39% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,419 (which is 0.3% below the national average.)
The total number of federal student loan recipients at Western Carolina University in 2016-2017, was 1,038, which is 64% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $5,387 (which is 1.6% above the national average.)
In Fall 2016, Western Carolina University has enrolled a total of 10,805 students (8,567 students full-time and 2,238 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 10,805 students, 831 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 43% men and 57% women and 9,171 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 1,634 for graduates studies.
The institution also enrolled 1,920 students for distance studies.
Black/African American: 7%
Two or more races: 4%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Western Carolina University.Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
|Study Areas||Percent||Total Graduates||Online|
|Engineering Technologies And Engineering-related Fields||10%||301||0|
|Visual And Performing Arts||8%||231|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||7%||203||133|
|Health Professions And Related Programs||5%||158||120|
|Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs||3%||94|
|Public Administration And Social Service Professions||2%||62||0|
Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.
The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Western Carolina University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.
The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.
The typical median income of Western Carolina University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $29,900. Last year, out of the total 2,289 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 2,129 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 2,244 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 1,952 were employed.
|6 years after enrollment||10 years after enrollment|
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