About Western Carolina

As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.

16to1
Student/faculty ratio
120+
undergrad degrees, minors and concentrations
35+
grad degrees and certificates
Top 5
nationally for undergraduate research

Our Mission and Vision

The History of WCU

Regional Impact

Office of Web Services