Fast Facts

Western Carolina University is the UNC system's westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 15 public regional institutions in the South.


Western Carolina main campus


WCU’s main campus sits in Cullowhee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville. The location in the rural mountains amidst incredible biodiversity and unique communities creates an opportunity for academic discovery service. The campus covers approximately 600 acres.

WCU also operates an instructional site at Biltmore Park Towne Square in Asheville, where the university offers degree programs in nursing and engineering as well as graduate programs in accounting, business administration, entrepreneurship, and education.


Students in front of the Courtyard Dining Hall on Campus


WCU’s student body is comprised of more than 11,000 students including more than 9,400 undergraduate students.

Approximately 57 percent of students are female and 43 percent male. More than 17 percent of students self-identify as part of a racial minority group. More than 75 percent of students are between the ages of 18 and 24.

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Academic Programs



WCU provides more than 115 undergraduate majors and concentrations and more than 60 graduate programs with a focus on high-demand degrees including a variety of programs in engineering, science, healthcare, education, humanities, business and the arts.

Approximately 57 percent of all classes have fewer than 30 students, and the student/faculty ratio is 16 to 1.


Residence Life



More than 4,500 of WCU’s students live on campus in Cullowhee. The campus includes 13 residence buildings, including one for graduate students and one for married students.

Honors College students reside together in one of the central campus residence halls, and Greek organizations have access to a group of townhouses known as The Village.



Campus Dining



On-campus dining options include two cafeterias stocked from local farms along with multiple national brand options such as Chick-Fil-A, Starbuck’s, Moe's Southwest Grill, Steak'n'Shake and others.

There are also Provisions On Demand and C-Stores which have a variety of fresh fruit, dairy, snacks, frozen entrees, and household and personal items available for purchase.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees


Western Carolina is committed to maintaining accessibility and works to keep costs down while providing the absolute best quality education.

Undergraduate in-state tuition and fees, not including housing and dining, is $4,865.50. Graduate in-state student tuition and fees is $4,950.50. Approximately 83 percent of WCU students receive some form of financial aid.

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NC Promise

NC Promise


In the Fall of 2018, all undergraduate students at WCU will receive reduced student tuition costs as part of a new program from the State of North Carolina called NC Promise.

Undergraduate students enrolling Fall 2018 will pay only $500 for in-state and $2,500 for out-of-state tuition per semester.

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Western Carolina University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees and holds 21 special program accreditations. WCU is also a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Western Carolina.

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