About WCU
Fast Facts

Founded: 1889

Location: Cullowhee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, fifty-two miles west of Asheville, with an instructional site at Biltmore Park near Asheville.

Character: A coeducational residential public university within the University of North Carolina system.

Enrollment: 10,382 students from the United States and from Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Student body is 57% female and 43% male.

Academic Programs: Approximately 115 areas of study for undergraduates in addition to more than 62 graduate-level programs of study.

Campus: 600-acre campus (approximately).

Calendar: Two semesters (August to December and January to May) and multiple summer sessions.

Residence Halls: Thirteen residence buildings -- including one for graduate students and one for married students. Special accommodations include an honors residence hall; The Village, home to WCU's residential Greek organizations; and a "Faculty in Residence" Program. Freshmen are required to live on campus. Find out more about residence buildings, and other residential living matters.

Library: Hunter Library, the largest in Western North Carolina, contains 702,000 books and bound periodicals, 1,513,000 microfilm units, 23,000 e-books, and 3,330 current serial subscriptions. Interlibrary loan and computer databases offer unlimited resources.

Costs: Costs of attending WCU are discussed on the tuition & fees page.

Financial Aid: 74% of students receive some form of financial aid, which includes grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment. Further information is available from the Office of Financial Aid.

Faculty: About 489 full-time faculty members; 74 percent hold doctoral or terminal degrees.

Honors College: WCU's residential Honors College provides an intellectually inviting atmosphere, offering greater academic challenge and enrichment for outstanding students. More than 1,300 students are currently enrolled in the college's programs, making The Honors College one of the largest in the country.

Class Size: 57 percent of all classes have fewer than 30 students; the student/faculty ratio is 16 to 1.

Computers: More than 17,500 data ports on campus in academic, administrative and residential buildings; secured wireless available in academic, administrative, residential, and selected recreational and public facilities.

Accreditations: Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (http://www.sacscoc.org/) to award bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctor's degrees. 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 University. Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related. Please see the WCU Undergraduate Catalog for more specific information about accreditations, and associations and organizations.

Admissions Office: 1-877-WCU-4YOU

Admissions e-mail: admiss@wcu.edu

Admissions fax number: 828-227-7319


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