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About Western Carolina

As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina provides comprehensive educational opportunities to more than 11,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

17to1
Student/faculty ratio
120+
undergrad degrees, minors and concentrations
40+
grad degrees and certificates
Top 5
nationally for undergraduate research

Our Mission and Vision

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The History of WCU

Regional Impact

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