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Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

According to its mission statement, Western Carolina University, "As Western North Carolina’s regional comprehensive university, Western Carolina University is dedicated to academic excellence, affordability, and access. WCU inspires student learning through innovative teaching, nationally recognized programs, exceptional support, and a robust connectedness with surrounding communities in Southern Appalachia, including the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Through a broad range of scholarly activities, our faculty and students seek to better understand our region, state, nation, and world. With an emphasis on engaging students both inside and outside the classroom, WCU’s bachelor’s, master’s, and professional doctoral programs in Cullowhee, Asheville, and online aim to improve lives and promote economic prosperity throughout Western North Carolina and beyond." [Source]

Website: http://www.wcu.edu/

D

Grading is based on a detailed review of the latest online course catalogs. View rating criteria

10,145
Undergraduate
Enrollment
43%
4-Year
Graduation Rate
$4,367
In-State Tuition & Fees
(annually)
$8,367
Out-of-State Tuition & Fees
(annually)

15:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
5.2%
Student Loan Default Rate
General Education Requirements

Composition

YES

Literature

NO

Foreign Language

NO

U.S. Government/History

NO

Economics

NO

Mathematics

NO

Science

YES


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Curriculum last evaluated: 8/19/2022

2021-22 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.